Pumpkin Gooey Chess Squares

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
45 mins
45 mins

An alternative to pumpkin pie.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°; position oven rack in the middle of oven; spray the bottom only of a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Melt ½ cup butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. In a bowl, beat the cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg with an electric mixer set on medium speed until well blended (mixture will come together as a thick dough).
  4. Pat the dough evenly into prepared pan; set aside.
  5. Melt the remaining stick of butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  6. In a bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and canned pumpkin with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended and smooth, scraping down the sides of bowl when needed.
  7. Add in the melted butter, remaining 3 eggs, and vanilla extract; blend until smooth.
  8. Add in the powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice; blend until smooth.
  9. Spread pumpkin mixture over prepared crust; bake 42-45 minutes (do not overbake; bars should be slightly gooey).
  10. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  11. Cut into bars/squares; cover and store in refrigerator.