Pumpkin Chess Squares

Posted by on Thursday, November 12th, 2009


These chess squares made with pumpkin are incredible.  They are a simple variation of the traditional chess square.  These will be on our Thanksgiving menu for sure!


  • 1 box butter recipe yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick real butter softened


  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
Combine cake mix, egg and butter, mix well with electric mixer.  Press mixture into a lightly greased 13×9 pan.

In a large bowl, cream the cheese and pumpkin together until smooth and fluffy.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter.  Beat well.  Next add powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Spread pumpkin mixture over crust mixture.  Bake 40-50 minutes.  Center should not be overcooked and remain a little gooey.

Serve with fresh whipped cream.

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3 Responses to “Pumpkin Chess Squares”

  1. Taraon 14 Nov 2009 at 5:47 pm 1

    Our son came home from college and some of these pumpkin square still left in the pan. He tasted one, then came and said, “Who came down from heaven and showed you how to make these?” That made my day.

  2. Georgeon 24 Dec 2010 at 11:40 am 2

    What size package cream cheese?

  3. Taraon 24 Dec 2010 at 3:00 pm 3

    Hi George,

    8oz package is what I used.