Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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In the Galley

Pumpkin Squares

Pumpkin Squares Multihulls Magazine

I’ve always liked pumpkin pie, but it just seemed like too much of a hassle on the boat – having to make a crust and roll it out on the tiny counter, then refrigerating the pie in the tropical heat (how in the world would I keep it even semi-level?).

Instead, I made pumpkin squares. For holidays, it’s still the traditional pumpkin flavor but just five minutes to mix up and then no worries about not refrigerating them. I’ll admit it – while I enjoy cooking, I also enjoy lots of other things about cruising and don’t want to spend all my time in the galley . . . even over the holidays!

For topping, you can use a variety of things, depending on where you are: whipped cream (a can is easy to store if you’ve got refrigeration or even a cooler); cream cheese frosting (easy if you can buy it pre-made, it’ll take about half a can); a dollop of softened cream cheese on each square; or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. It’s even good plain.

Pumpkin Squares

An easy holiday/fall/winter dessert – traditional pumpkin taste, with less work. Added bonus is that it doesn't take any special storage!

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil (or ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce plus ¼ cup canola oil)
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