At Thanksgiving I am usually more on the 'enjoying' side of the table and not on the 'cooking' side of it. That's all changed this year. I took over on making one of my Mom's classics and I thought I would share it will all of you

This is a really simple recipe for some seriously delicious dessert squares. So whip up a batch of these for the holidays, and don't forget to tell me how it goes!

Step 1: The Recipe and Ingredients

Let's start with the recipe.

1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup margarine melted
1 egg
3 cup (1 lb 15oz can) pumpkin pie mix (not just pumpkin pie filling)
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine

Grease the bottom only of a 13x9x2 inch pan. Reserve 1 cup cake mix for topping. Combine remaining cake mix, melted margarine, and 1 egg. Press into pan—to make the bottom crust. Combine the pumpkin pie mix, 2 eggs, and milk. Beat until smooth. Pour over crust. Combine the reserved cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, and margarine (not melted). Cut the margarine in—so it is dry and crumbly. Sprinkle over the filling. Bake in a 350 degree oven 45-50 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream or cool whip.

Don't worry, I'll walk you through it. If you're as cooking inept as I am you'll need it ;).
This looks good. Does anyone have ideas about adapting it to no or low sugar? I am diabetic, and would want to substitute pumpkin for the pumpkin pie mix, and Splenda for any sugar, etc. And I can use some sugar free boxed cake mixes that I can buy at a local store. Thanks, Toklatkate
My friend brought these to our Thanksgiving dinner. Very Great! Thanks for putting the recipe first for those who may know a little about cooking and for the long essay version for those who need help! Great instructable!
Forgive me, Greg -- I'm confused. What is the difference between pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin pie mix? Also, you list yellow cake mix in Steps 1 & 2, but check out Step 1's pic and instructions for crust (Step 4). I am presuming that it really doesn't matter whether yellow and white cake mix are used -- correct? -- and wonder if you and your family have a personal preference.
On the stuff it says MIX and it's usually found right next to the filling. If you need another picture I can take one as I have already started shopping for this years dessert squares ingredients. On the cake mix it really doesn't matter which kind you use. I believe I used yellow cake mix and then labeled it white cake mix. I prefer the yellow. Thanks for looking at this Instructable!
This sounds great! We'll try to make it tomorrow during our Thanksgiving prep and report back. I'm expecting 43 people for dinner, so we find ourselves in need of a bit more dessert, particularly quick-prep stuff.
I did this for my company's pot luck yesterday. It was a smash success. If you are doing it for a larger group I would suggest not going for the optional nuts. I was questioned many times if nuts were an ingredient and not everyone got some because of my answer.

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