Yes, I know Halloween is over and the name of this recipe implies that this is a Halloween themed recipe, which I have to admit that it is. However, it could just as easily be a Thanksgiving themed recipe. These scrumptious bars are like little pieces of pumpkin heaven on a plate. A great alternative to pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day. Thank you to my friend Robin for introducing me to this recipe. It can also be found on MyRecipes.com and in the A Ghastly-Good Halloween (recipe book) by Gooseberry Patch.
Here is what you’ll need to make these delicious treats:
- 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used low fat)
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 15 oz can pumpkin
- 18 1/2 oz package yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter (yes, that’s an entire stick)
- Garnish: whipped topping, candy sprinkles or colored sugar (I used cool whip)
- Combine all ingredients except cake mix, butter, and garnish.
- Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
- Sprinkle on the dry cake mix evenly across the top (Do not stir).
- Dot with butter – Lesson learned: I did not cover the entire top of the dry cake mix with butter and this is why part of the powder did not bake. It is important to slice the butter into very thin slices and cover the entire top of the cake mix so that the butter will moisten the cake mix in order to make a nice crispy crust.
- Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes – Another lesson learned: I added an additional 10 minutes and it still was not cooked to my liking. Based on your oven, keep checking after the 35 minutes has passed until the top is an even golden color.
- Serve with whipped topping.
- Decorate with candy sprinkles or colored sugar.
This recipe makes 20 squares. I could not find the nutrition information. However, based on the fact that it contains an entire stick of butter and 1 cup of sugar, it is not something you’ll want to eat on a regular basis. This would be put in the ‘special occasion treats’ category. And after finding the definition of Skullduggery, which means underhand dealing or trickery, I realized that if you really want to fatten up your skinniest friend, this recipe would probably be a good start.
This recipe was a hit with my son and my husband. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, they are both very particular about what they like and don’t like when it comes to food. They REALLY liked this recipe. The crusty top was so tasty and rich and the pumpkin filling was just like a good pumpkin pie.
Based on other peoples’ reviews, adding chopped walnuts on top, before baking, would make it even tastier. I will be sure to try that next time. I would also think that vanilla ice cream would be a great alternative to whipped topping. Just sayin’.
Try this at your next Thanksgiving gathering as opposed to the traditional, same old, humdrum pumpkin pie . I guarantee you will be the new Skullduggery Square ‘go-to’ for all future gatherings.
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