Pumpkin Praline Squares
Just as autumn approaches suddenly everything turns pumpkin flavored, from coffee to beer and bagels, you can find almost any of your favorite foods and drinks now in pumpkin flavor. But who’s complaining? I bet a lot of people can’t wait for that first leaf to fall so they can go out and grab a pumpkin latte.
As Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought many people will be enjoying a nice slice of pumpkin pie. But if you’re looking to put a spin on your pie this year, may I suggest trying these Pumpkin Praline Squares. I adapted this from a dessert my grandma found in her Betty Crocker cookbook years ago.
Pumpkin Praline Squares are super easy to make because they’re what I like to refer to as semi homemade. They’re like a combination of pie and cake. After you whip up the traditional pumpkin pie filling you pour it into a 9×13 baking dish and top it with a yellow cake mix, nuts and butter. Using the cake mix is why I refer to it as semi homemade, it’s a great way to doctor up a cake mix and turn it into something so much better.
Even though it’s tempting to try to eat Pumpkin Praline Squares right after they come out the oven, I’d suggest to let them cool for about a half hour. After they’re cooled you can cut them into small squares and serve with fresh whipped cream. They’re gooey and delicious, every bite tastes like pumpkin pie topped with cake and crunchy pralines. It’s a delicious change for those who are in the mood to try something new.
For me this dessert is like pumpkin pie topped with my favorite ice cream – pralines and cream and who’d turn that down?