Harvest Bars
From the recipe box of Mabel Bettinger, my paternal grandmother
I am not sure how many bars you will get out of this.  Depends on how many you cut in the pan.
You also may have to adjust your ingredients. This is an old recipe, (1954) so I am not sure of the way some ingredients come together, like butter, eggs, milk etc.
c. small amounts
C is a full cup
tsp is teaspoon
Tblsp is Tablespoon

2/3 c. pumpkin
1 C. brown sugar
1/4/c. melted shortening (or sub oil or butter)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4/tsp cloves
1 Tblsp  cinnamon
1/4  tsp  nutmeg
1 Tblsp of vanilla
Mix above ingredients then blend ingredients below
1 C. flour  (I am not sure what type of flour she used, try all purpose. She also would sift her flour)
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt ( you could omit)
Add 1/2 c chopped dates, raisins ( or your choice of fruit)  1/2 c walnuts (or your nut of choice)
Bake in a 9x13 pan that has been greased and floured, in a 350* oven for about 25 minutes

This would be awesome with a cream cheese frosting also.

Cream 1/2/c powdered sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 Tblsp of margarine or butter
about 1 tsp of milk, (you may have to adjust this also)
This mixture will be thick
Spread on bars right out of the oven

Pumpkin Mallow Pie
This is not diet friendly!!

1 Small box of Jello brand (or your choice of pudding mix)  This need to be the kind that has to be cooked. My grandmother used vanilla, sometimes butterscotch in this pie.
3 Cups of small marshmallows, or use the whipped topping in the jar.  This was before the mallow stuff was in jars.
2 Cups of pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (or your choice of spices for your taste)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 9 inch graham cracker crust, (or make your own)

Prepare pudding mix as directed on box, except use 1 Cup of milk, add 1 Cup of marshmallows, stir until mixed, grandma used a double boiler.
Add pumpkin and spices: Mix well Then chill bowl with the pumpkin/pudding/mallows mixture until well chilled.
Then add and fold in whipped cream and remaining mallows, pour into graham crust and chill several hours.

Paradise Pumpkin Pie

1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

1 9 inch pastry crust (or use a premade shell to save time)
1 1/4 Cups of pumpkin
1/2 c sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of salt ( or omit)
1 Cup of evaporated milk
2 eggs slightly beaten

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla, mixing well until well blended. Add 1st egg to this mixture, mix well.  Spread into bottom of pastry shell.

Combine remaining ingredients: Mix well, Carefully pour over cream cheese mixture on bottom of shell.  Bake at 350* F for about an hour, just check to see if it is browing too much. Cool,  Serve with a little maple syrup over this or whipped cream, or place any type of nut you wish if you like nuts.



  1. These sound delicious!

    I look forward to trying them.


  2. I will have to try these. I have jars of canned Long Island Cheese Squash from two years ago! They sound delish!

  3. Oh! I found it! Sounds like a really good recipe. Hugs, Ilene