Thursday, October 21, 2010


I’ve been doing some traveling over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been on the first part of a book trip visiting various Williams-Sonoma stores to sign some books and meet you guys. Hi guys. Hope you’ve been having fun. I have.

The signings happen around lunchtime and because I’m a big bundle of nerves right before each one, I’ve gotten in the habit of not eating much of anything right before. Butterflies and such.

Then, by the time the signings start, I’m hungry. Luckily the stores have been making treats. Yummy, yummy little treats. They’ve ended up being my lunch. So I thought I’d share their recipe with you in case you wanted to try them, too. They’re quick and easy. You’ll love. Promise.


Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares.



Here’s what you’ll need.

A yellow cake mix, sugar, flour, milk, eggs, butter, cinnamon and the star ingredient…


Pecan Pumpkin Butter! Acquired at Williams-Sonoma.

By the third time I had the dessert squares, I was buying this butter to send home and swiping the recipe cards from each store to ensure I would have the directions to make for you guys when I got back to my kitchen.

And now that I’m back for a few days, I thought I should bake. I know. It’s about time. I feel it to.

Okay, here we go.


The steps are easy.

Reserve 1 cup of the cake mix from the box…


… and mix the rest with an egg and melted butter. Combine and press into the bottom of a prepared 9 X 13 pan.


Then mix the pumpkin butter, two more eggs and milk until combined. Spread over mixture pressed in the pan.


Mix the rest of your dry ingredients together. Flour, sugar, cinnamon and reserved cake mix.

Add some softened butter and mix together until crumbly.

Then just sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the top of the pumpkin butter and bake. Easy peasy.

Cool and cut into small squares.


Williams-Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares

18.25 oz. package yellow cake mix, set aside one cup
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
13.5 oz. jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan.
  • Divide cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir the melted butter and one egg into the cake mix until combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • In another bowl, mix pumpkin butter with two eggs and milk until combined.
  • Spread pumpkin mixture over pressed cake mix.
  • Stir the reserved 1 cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Then add the softened butter and mix together until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin layer.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool and cut into 2 ” squares. Serves 24.


And have some for lunch… or dinner… or both. Then have some for dessert.

I hope I get to have some again this Saturday in Atlanta and next week in Dallas. Hint. Hint… Williams-Sonoma if you’re listening.


Also, I gotta think this would work with an apple butter too. If you try it let me know what you think.

The Boob Nazi said...

Oh wow. Yuuum

I actually made the Easy Apple Cake tonight. SOOOO good!

October 21, 2010 12:40 AM
Sue said...

Those sound dangerous.

October 21, 2010 12:45 AM
Leigh said...

Ohhh these have been a staple in our house since I first sampled them at W-S a few years ago! I always pop in periodically throughout November and wait for them to clearance that pumpkin butter and then I buy it all up! :D

October 21, 2010 12:48 AM
Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls said...

Okay these sound ridiculously cellulite inducing and wonderful

October 21, 2010 12:50 AM
Amnah said...

Mmmm… these were soooo good! The store (Williams-Sonoma, Walnut Creek) smelled so amazing while we were all standing in line to meet you. Glad you posted the recipe.

October 21, 2010 12:53 AM
Pirateivy said...

These look so yummy!! I wonder how they would do at my bake sale…

October 21, 2010 12:58 AM
RedVelvetLover said...

I make these all the time and have been making them since I was 8! They’re a huge hit every time!!!

October 21, 2010 12:58 AM
Terra said...

Oh my, I may be headed to William Sonoma this weekend to buy some just so I can make those. Bet the pan doesn’t last a day. :)

October 21, 2010 01:03 AM
Pam K. said...

No William Sonoma stores in my area. Is there anything you can substitute for the pumpkin butter that would still use pumpkin?

October 21, 2010 01:08 AM
Pamela Susan said...

Oh no–now I have the midnight munchies!! Those look amazing!

October 21, 2010 01:14 AM
Roxanne said...

Does package cake mix have to be used?

October 21, 2010 01:15 AM
yani said...

Hello :)

i’ve been your silent reader from singapore ever since i came across yr website after blog hop. i would simply love to try the above recipe unfortunately in s’pore thy dun sell pecan butter or apple butter :(

yr bk have yet to travel all d way here…i’ve been enquiring at it at Borders here…mmm…can’t wait to get 1.

cheers from sunny island – Singapore (yani)

October 21, 2010 01:18 AM
libby said...

yummmm! thanks for sharing!

October 21, 2010 01:20 AM
Maité said...

Hi, Bakerella!! I´m Maité, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love everything you do, you are such a genius! I will try to make my first cakepops soon!
Thank you so much for this! I hope you understand what I try to write! :)
Best Wishes!!!!

October 21, 2010 01:23 AM
Elizabeth said...

How funny, when I was waiting for your signing in Santa Monica, I was so hungry too and had not eaten. Then I saw the wonderful Williams-Sonoma employee with her little tray of goodies and I started salivating instantly! Glad you posted the recipe, I have since lost the paper they passsed out!

October 21, 2010 01:27 AM
Leah said...

This looks like a great naughty lunch! :)

October 21, 2010 01:31 AM
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Pecan Pumpkin Butter = ohhh my goodness!!

October 21, 2010 01:37 AM
Shelby said...

that looks divine! I wish I could be at your Dallas signing (I’m a Texan)…I am a military spouse stationed in Germany and can’t be there but Texas is BIG fun so you’ll have a grand time there, I’m sure! xoxo

October 21, 2010 01:44 AM
Wei-Wei said...

That looks amazing.

October 21, 2010 01:58 AM
Sue said...

Your photos are amazing!!!!!

October 21, 2010 02:56 AM
Chiara ilpomodorosso said...

Noooooo, in Italy I can’t buy Pecan Pumpkin Butter..:-( Maybe I’ll buy it in etnic store..

October 21, 2010 03:18 AM
Vivian said...

oh dear o:
that looks delicious ^^
and i specially like the cinnamon picture! :D

October 21, 2010 03:20 AM
notyet100 said...

looks yum..

October 21, 2010 03:44 AM
Monica said...

Stop it. No pecan pumpkin butter in Norway, so just stop it, will you? You’re just being mean.

October 21, 2010 04:00 AM
Mim said...

Oh you are horrid! I’m in Australia! I want the pumpkin butter NOW!! I am so excited about getting your book any day now in the post!

October 21, 2010 05:31 AM
A Cupcake for Moose said...

What a perfect fall treat! And so nice of WS to make them for you..A+ lunch if you ask me. Congrats on the book tour!


October 21, 2010 05:45 AM
Paulette said...

Great recipe, I must try those for Halloween. Thanks Bakerella Paulette

October 21, 2010 05:51 AM
lizzy said...

Those look delicious. I will have to try them one day soon
Thanks again for another great recipe

October 21, 2010 06:10 AM
tammy said...

There’s a recipe for pecan pumpkin cheesecake on the recipe card with the jar that is to die for — and pretty much foolproof. I made the crust with gingersnaps and it was WOW! Great for Thanksgiving, too!

October 21, 2010 06:19 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

I love that pumpkin pecan butter! Just got my second jar of the season on sunday!

October 21, 2010 06:48 AM
Heather Flemm said...

I think this calls for a Bakerella Bakes Bars….a collection of square treats :) Your next cookbook!

October 21, 2010 06:51 AM
Anissa said...

I may have to run to WS today!

October 21, 2010 07:17 AM
Remy said...

These are amazing! There is also a super quick pumpkin pie recipe on the jar of pecan pumpkin butter… it literally takes like 2 minutes to make! You can also use WS cranberry relish instead of pumpkin for a more thanksgiving-y treat :)

October 21, 2010 07:39 AM
Katrina said...

Oh my! That pecan pumpkin butter looks so good!!

October 21, 2010 07:51 AM
Barb said...

I was thinking apple butter as I was reading this. I made my crock-pot apple butter yesterday and have 5 pints.

October 21, 2010 08:08 AM
Jeannette said...

So sad that I can’t come see you in Dallas. Money is a bit tight, and I was hoping that you’d come to Houston. We have a beautiful Williams-Sonoma in highland village *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

October 21, 2010 08:20 AM
Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

I love pumpkin butter, what a fun way to use it!

October 21, 2010 08:21 AM
Bess said...

definitely gotta try this one!

October 21, 2010 08:22 AM
Heather said...

LOVE these! Had them in-store a few years ago and have been a staple of our fall tables ever since!!

October 21, 2010 08:26 AM
Sandy said...

Yum! I might try these, substituting the pumpkin butter I pick up at a great little store just over the Texas/Oklahoma state line. Maybe chop up a few pecans to add to the mix…

October 21, 2010 08:28 AM
mrs lusher of the lushers said...

I have 2 jars of that stuff in the pantry waiting to become those lovely dessert bars. Yum!!

October 21, 2010 08:33 AM
allison @ livingoneday said...

aha! i used this same pumpkin butter in my morning oats just this morning! i found a lone jar in the fridge (which i’m now assuming my mom picked up at willams sonoma) and it totally made my pumpkin oats!!!

October 21, 2010 08:39 AM
Indiana Lori said...

My Mother-in-Law gave me a jar of it and I made that recipe a year or so ago. Thanks for reminding me amazing it was! It was just delicious. I find pumpkin so surprisingly delicious.

Best, Indiana Lori

October 21, 2010 08:45 AM
jeannette said...

I am so happy for you and your beautiful book. WS should give you the store not just pumpkin squares . . . have a great tour

October 21, 2010 08:54 AM
Trendy Tree - Jeannie Pence said...

looks very good……very good)))

October 21, 2010 08:58 AM
Amalia said...

this looks so incredibly good! I love bars and these look like blondies! thanks!


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October 21, 2010 08:59 AM
CarolinaGirl said...

Those look awesome! I saw that pecan pumkin butter at WS the other day and wondered if it was good, I’ll definitely be making a run to the mall to get some!

October 21, 2010 09:18 AM
Corinna said...

These look so yummy!! Congrats on your book tour!

October 21, 2010 09:30 AM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

looks like the PERFECT lunch to me!

October 21, 2010 09:49 AM
ladybughugs said...

OK, now I’m going to have to go and find a Williams Sonoma.

October 21, 2010 09:51 AM
becca said...

I used to have to make those when I worked at W-S before I got married. Always a hit. :)

October 21, 2010 09:52 AM
Cindy said...

I loved those pumpkin things. Thanks for getting the recipe. And I LOVED meeting you. Thanks for answering my smooth question and being my new BFF.

October 21, 2010 10:00 AM
Kristen L said...

These are actually also great just with a can of pumpkin instead of the pumpkin butter! J

October 21, 2010 10:18 AM
Joanna said...

I LOVE these. I make them every Thanksgiving. YUM!!!

October 21, 2010 10:22 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

gorgeous pictures!! these look amazing

October 21, 2010 10:47 AM
Melissa said...

No WS here so before mine arrives via .com I’m gonna try the apple butter. Thank you for this recipe!! I promised myneighbor goodies andthis is it. Also thinking of some chopped pecans for the crumble.

October 21, 2010 10:52 AM
claudie said...

i’d llike to have the recipe with apple butter.

October 21, 2010 11:26 AM
Denise said...

My daughter and I made those last Thanksgiving , mmmm They are wonderful !

October 21, 2010 11:30 AM
Laura Payne said...

These are wonderful!!

October 21, 2010 11:44 AM
Lora Joy said...

They were SOOOO yummy!!! I took a bite, then Julie comes out and says picture with your book…i got so excited and I dropped it! hehe

October 21, 2010 11:53 AM
Consuelo said...

sooo delicious!! I have to try them…the only things is that I haven’t seen that butter pecan pumpkin butter….but I’ll look for it….

thanks a lot!!!

October 21, 2010 12:16 PM
Rachel O. said...

I made these this morning and they live up to the gorgeous pictures. I didn’t have any pumpkin butter on hand and the closest Williams Sonoma is 45 minutes away so I made my own. I used a scant 2 c. of homemade and they turned out perfect! I also added chopped pecans to the crust and topping. Divine!

October 21, 2010 12:19 PM
Marissa said...

DELICIOUS! A friend JUST told me about this recipe from Williams Sonoma this morning and now its on your blog. This definitely means I must make them soon- heading to Williams Sonoma after work! :)

They’ll be on my blog soon:


October 21, 2010 12:40 PM
mel said...

These bars were my lunch a few weeks ago at your WC signing! I didn’t have lunch that day, so when the WS employee started passing them out, I gladly took one to eat for lunch! So glad you posted the recipe! Yum, yum, yum!

October 21, 2010 12:49 PM
lauren ibarra said...

we make these every year around this time. i seriously want to eat the whole pan!!!

we have tried them with apple butter and are delicious!

i’m trying to figure out a way to do them maybe with strawberries. any suggestions?

October 21, 2010 12:57 PM
Holly said...

Yum..and thank you for the recipe. Perfect for the holidays and by the way, do eat something healthy for yourself as well as the know the holidays will be here before we all know and it would be a bummer to be sick!

October 21, 2010 01:21 PM
nancy k. said...

Oh, yum city. I will be heading to Ws soon to pick up the main ingredient. Thanks for sharing the recipe .
Happy to hear you travels are going well.

October 21, 2010 02:23 PM
sarah k @ the pajama chef said...

great lunch. i love the apple butter idea too!!

October 21, 2010 02:23 PM
adrienzgirl said...

I love all things pumpkin and these sound super yummy. Off to Williams-Sonoma I go!

October 21, 2010 02:27 PM
Natalie Robinson said...

Rachel O – How does one make their own pumpkin butter? I tried and it didn’t work. Clearly I’m a novice here…

October 21, 2010 02:43 PM
Angela (Diary of a Deaf Girl) said...

Oh man, those look yumm!!

October 21, 2010 02:44 PM
Notes from Holly St. said...

this looks delicious and fairly simple…i’ll have to try it!

October 21, 2010 03:14 PM
Lorie said...

Popped into your Portland visit… but didn’t get any of these:( They look super yummy. Being #55 in line… and encouraged to keep our visits quick… I was actually at a loss for words when I finally got to you. I’ve loved my book… just can’t get over how creative each pop is… little edible works of art.
ps… your Disney post was just too cute. Lucky Disney! Best to you as you tour.

October 21, 2010 03:17 PM
lynda clark said...

Just made a batch and you should smell my house… yummy!
I used a spice cake mix since I didn’t have a yellow mix on hand. Plus, I threw some chopped pecans in with the top layer. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

October 21, 2010 03:20 PM
Jen Fairbanks said...

Just finished looking at the photos from your tours. You are darling! I’m such a fan!! Just wish you were my neighbor so I could eat all your yummy treats without having to do the work myself (yeah, I’m that lazy!). Congratulations on your book success! You deserve it!! :)

October 21, 2010 03:25 PM
Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) said...

Love this! Now why doesn’t anyone else in my house like pumpkin? Looks like they’re all for me!

October 21, 2010 03:29 PM
Desirae said...

I am totally going to WS to buy 4 jars of that this weekend – one for myself and then 3 for gifts – I LOVE pumpkin stuff! Thanks for sharing!

October 21, 2010 03:38 PM
Raquel said...

I just bought all the ingredients for this after trying some at one of your book signings :-) They smell wonderful! Cant’ wait to make some and enjoy it with a cup of tea, especially since it’s raining here in SoCal. I love this time of the year and pumpkin!

October 21, 2010 04:33 PM
Joy said...

Hmmm pumpkin butter. I didn’t know that existed.

October 21, 2010 04:57 PM
Donna said...

They look great!

I must say, I much prefer this style of recipe blogging rather than having each picture full sized.

Keep up the great work! I love your blog! :)

October 21, 2010 05:58 PM
robin said...

i discovered this recipe years ago when my local W-S made samples of this delectable dessert. it’s my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE fall dessert! soooooooooooooooooooooo yummy!!!!!!!

October 21, 2010 08:41 PM
Jenna said...

My boyfriend’s mother has been making these bars for a long time and I got the recipe from her. They are a hit every time! I definitely recommend making them for your next get-together!

October 21, 2010 09:51 PM
Alessandra said...

Hi, first time here, this place is really great! Brava.


October 21, 2010 11:03 PM
Nillawaferz said...

Oh, I am so happy you posted this recipe! My mom bought me a jar of this particular pumpkin butter last year and I wasn’t sure how to use it other than a pie. I am making these for a party next weekend.

October 21, 2010 11:08 PM
RedPanda said...

I just made them using a jar of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, mixed with enough TJ’s canned pumpkin to bring it to 13.5 ounces by weight instead of the Pecan Pumpkin Butter. (Hubby and I are allergic to nuts, and no WS near here.) I also added 1/2 c. old fashioned oats to the topping. Yummy!

October 22, 2010 01:18 AM
ardna said...

mmm they look yummy. btw, i got ur book. It’s AWESOME! :D

October 22, 2010 02:41 AM
The Necklace Lady said...

I tried some at Costa Mesa WS… then I tried another piece just to make sure. A 3rd piece confirmed what I figured on the first piece… delish!

October 22, 2010 02:58 AM
amy said...

Sounds delicious and easy to make! :) Guess I would need to get myself a jar of the pecan pumkin butter goodness and give this recipe a try!

October 22, 2010 04:05 AM
Emma said...

Wow great pictures! They are actually great and I like this website a lot


October 22, 2010 10:29 AM
Kim in MD said...

They look delicious! I love pumpkin ANYTHING!

I finally recieved your new cookbook in the mail yesterday, and I absolutely love it! The photos are gorgeous! I want to make each and every cake pop in the book! :-)

October 22, 2010 11:28 AM
Lindsey said...

I’m so excited about this recipe!!! I just made pumpkin butter the week before last and have a ton to use up in my freezer…yay for pumpkin butter recipes!

October 22, 2010 11:58 AM
Heather said...

I’ve worked at the Utah Trolley Square store for about 3 1/2 years now. I was vacationing in Italy last week and was SO sad to miss your book signing at our store! Glad you discovered our pumpkin squares though, they are dangerously delicious! I always love when the fall season comes around and we get to make these for customers!

October 22, 2010 12:10 PM
Nancy B. said...

Mmmmm…. I haven’t had lunch yet and this is making me drooool.

October 22, 2010 03:46 PM
Kristen Swanson said...

My friend and I will see you in the ATL tomorrow. We’ll be the awesome ones. These look delicious by the way, and I will be making.

October 22, 2010 04:37 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Heck, there is a chance that if you change the flavor profile of the rest around (swapping something out for the cinnamon and using less egg) that it would work with lemon curd. And as I love lemons and lemon curd, I’m just going to have to try it!

October 22, 2010 04:45 PM
Sharyl@The little brown house said...

Dang you twisted my arm! Off to buy some!

October 22, 2010 06:46 PM
Maria said...

Oh, my, GOODNESS! I made these tonight and they are INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!!

October 22, 2010 08:39 PM
Tauni said...

I went to the Utah signing and tasted one of the bite sized samples…that’s all it took for me to march over to the register and purchase a container of pecan pumpkin butter.

I am planning to make these for a fall dinner party we are hosting next month. Few things say fall as well as delicious pumpkin flavor.

Also, wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you. You’re absolutely charming!

October 22, 2010 09:18 PM
Kristi Jo said...

I recently read an article in my local newspaper describing your cake pops and book. I felt like I met my twin sister! I have always experimented with recipes and more specifically on the presentation and wow effect that matched the season or occasion! I have been on your bakerella site multiple times a day, bought your book, bought all the supplies, and have made 2 batches of your cake pops! I brought some to a Halloween part, great success, and some for home! I plan on making some dance line themed cake pops for a dance line invitational competition my daughter’s school dance line is hosting in December. Do you have any ideas? I thought maybe your cupcake pops with coordinating school colors for each school represented with a good luck tag on each pop, having a bouquet of these in their dressing rooms on their arrival to the competition.

October 22, 2010 09:22 PM
marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Love that W & S have been serving up these treats! I agree, these Pumpkin Butter dessert squares would be grand anytime of day :)

October 22, 2010 10:37 PM
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