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Pumpkin Walnut Squares

My mother-in-law handed this pumpkin bar recipe down as a surefire way to keep my husband happy during the holidays. It's his favorite childhood dessert. —Melissa Conchieri, Northport, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size), divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, divided use
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Set aside 1/2 cup cake mix for filling. In a small bowl, combine the oil, 1 egg and remaining cake mix. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup walnuts.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, reserved cake mix and remaining eggs. Pour over crust; sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 419 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.
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