this one's a keeper

pumpkin pie bars

oh my, are you in for a treat today. this recipe is famous at the general store of minnetonka, where my mother in law recently visited and indulged in a slice. she was so impressed that she bought the cookbook and we recreated the pumpkin pie bars this weekend at the lake. the buttery crust (made of yellow cake mix and chopped pecans) might be my favorite part. or maybe it's the pumpkin pie-like filling... or the piled-high whipped cream top. i will never be able to choose.

please, please make these this season... you might find you like them more than pumpkin pie. just saying.

gloria's famous pumpkin squares
from the general store of minnetonka cookbook
29 oz. can pumpkin
12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup butter, melted
preheat oven to 350 degrees. line 9x13 inch pan with waxed paper or parchment. mix pumpkin, eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. pour into lined pan. sprinkle cake mix over mixture evenly and pat the nuts into cake mix. spoon or drizzle melted butter over the mixture. bake 1 hour and ten minutes (knife inserted should be clean). cool 20 minutes. run knife along edges and turn over onto serving tray (it will be upside down). peel waxed paper off and refrigerate until cool. 
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 cups whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
beat whipping cream, add powdered sugar and vanilla, then frost.
store in fridge and slice into squares for serving.
ps. i hope you can excuse the last minute, right-before-the-fork-was-dipped-in photo...