Pumpkin Spice Chess Squares!

 
 
 
These "Pumpkin Spice Chess Squares"  taste just like Fall should taste!  They have just a bit of pumpkin and a hint of spice that makes them so yummy!   This is an adaptation of the original recipe for what we have always called Chess Squares and have been making for years.  That basic recipe can be adapted in various ways to create so many great flavors!  This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu!   Here is what you will need:
 
1 (15.25 oz.) yellow or butter cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
1 egg
 
Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1  (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 eggs
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
3 cups confectioner's sugar
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Mix the butter, cake mix and egg together and press it into the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish you have sprayed with nonstick baking spray.
 
Beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and pumpkin pie spice.  Gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar until well combined. Pour over the crust.  Place in the preheated 350 degree oven for 40 -45 minutes!
 
The top will just be starting to crack a little. It might still look a little jiggly, but as it cools it will firm up.  Allow to cool completely before serving. 
 
Slice in squares and serve with a dollop of whipped cream!
 
 



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