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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Anne’s Pumpkin Squares

My sister Anne has moved to our town! We haven’t been closer than 800 miles to family since we moved to California, so having a family member just one mile away is soooo exciting for us. My girls are especially ecstatic and are planning their first sleepover at Auntie Anne’s apartment on Friday!

Anne’s Twitter and Blogger profiles state the following: “I’m night blind but I make the best pumpkin squares you’ve ever had.” Well, after years of reading this every time I visited her blog, I decided it was time to have Anne prove herself. First, we made her drive around at night without her glasses on. Then, we made her throw together some pumpkin squares. Okay, scratch that first part, but I did beg her to make pumpkin squares last night and she happily obliged.

And I think they might have been the best pumpkin squares I’ve ever had. Especially hot out of the oven…be still my chocolate-loving heart. And yeah, yeah, they’re pumpkin. I stand by the fact that pumpkin can be enjoyed at all times of the year, even if the leaves on the trees aren’t turning orange and falling to the ground.

Anne, we’re so happy you’re a Californian now. (And, don’t worry, it’s not just because of the pumpkin squares…although those certainly don’t hurt!)

Anne's Pumpkin Squares
From Anne Wallin, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (if using un-salted butter, ¾ tsp)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup pumpkin puree (sometimes Anne adds more, but no more than 2 cups)
  • Bittersweet chocolate chips (about 1 or 2 cups, depending on how much you like chocolate)
  1. Whisk flour, cinnamon, soda and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in mixer until well-mixed. Beat in egg. Add vanilla, mix. Beat in pumpkin puree so it looks lumpy and sort of curdled. Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Spread in 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes – the edges will pull away from the side and the toothpick should come out clean (with maybe a crumb or too on the toothpick).



  1. 1

    Those sound amazing!! Congrats on finally having family close by. We have never lived closer than a 4 hour drive to family but this summer we are moving and will be within one hour of almost EVERYONE on both my and my hubby’s side. SO EXCITED!!!

  2. these sound amazing. i love anything pumpkin!

  3. 1. I want a sister. 2. I want a sister that lives a mile away. 3. I want some of these pumpkin squares.

  4. 4

    Perfect timing! I have 2 cups of pumpkin that I need to use – these sound great! Congrats to having a sister close. Such a blessing. Wish mine were closer, especially since one of them is in labor as we speak! Wish I was there… sniff, sniff.

  5. 5

    Since I began eating healthy 3 years ago, I have developed a flour-less pumpkin square dessert, which I will share- gladly. It’s all the pie without the crust. And if you’re counting points on weight watchers, pumpkin has no points, or maybe just one- that’s 1, baby. A friend whose brother is a chef invited her for Thanksgiving, and she made my recipe. eeehhawww, as we say in Texas. Katie Diamond

  6. 6
    Nikki CB

    That is so exciting that she moved SO close!! Awesome. I miss my two sisters in the Bay Area!

    And those look delicious…especially w/out chocolate chips…heheheh.

  7. 7

    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! I just made some with some of the mass quantities of pumpkin I roasted and froze last fall. I did 1.5 times the recipe and baked it in my 12×12″ square cake pan. I also used 2 stix butter and 1/2 c. low fat greek yogurt, and it is still very moist and wonderful. I can’t stop eating it. If you’ve ever seen that Sex and the City ep. where Miranda keeps cutting a thin slice off her chocolate cake…yeah, that’s been me all day. MUST give some away before I consume the entire thing. Again, AWESOME recipe!!!! Everyone needs to make this immediately!

  8. 8

    These pumpkin squares look delicious. I’m a huge fan of anything pumpkin- thanks for sharing this recipe. If I have any success, I’ll surely let you know! Feel free to check out our twist on Food, Fitness, Life as well ( (I have put you in our blogroll!). Keep writing!

  9. 9

    How wonderful for you both Jane! Sisters are the best! And for Auntie Anne’s nieces & nephew – nothing better!

  10. 10

    I made these Pumpkin Squares and they were delicious!!! Even my husband who doesn’t like pumpkin ate them! Who could resist! My mom also loved them and asked for the recipe. I will be making them again SOON! Thank you!

  11. 11

    I am going to make these this week for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. 12

    Is this in farenheit or Celsius? ?

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