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Squash Squares

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Mary McNamara is one of my oldest friends – and we have baked in professional kitchens together as well as with one another at our homes. Mary is a natural born cook and baker and she is my #1 phone call when I want to brainstorm recipe development ideas. She is also a prolific gardner and lives on a farm – Plainville Farms, hence the image. These Squash Squares are typical of her approach – based on fresh fruits and vegetables, simple preparation, homespun and delicious. She likes to use butternut squash for these; it is easy to find, even pre-peeled, and has a brilliant color and rich, sweet texture.

This is from my mother in law. It's simple, but it's always very popular.

Squash Squares

Author: mary-mcnamara
Makes: 1, 10 by 15 inch pan


  • 1 cup flavorless oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked mashed squash, such as butternut
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup of nuts (optional)
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • Sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. For the Squares: Mix first 4 ingredients until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together. Slowly add to blended ingredients. Pour into a greased 10 by 15 pan. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  2. For the Icing: Beat cream cheese. Add milk and vanilla. Add sugar until desired thickness.

Author's Tips

  • Use your favorite cream cheese frosting if you like, and load on as much as you like!

Comments (3)

3 Responses to Squash Squares

  1. Joanne Wisniewski August 5, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    When I make these I top the cream cheese frosting with orange zest. Keeps anything from sticking to the top if I transport them anywhere as well as tasting great.

  2. Claire Carlson August 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Our recipe for Squash Squares includes the note “use canned squash and die” …in Mary McNamara’s handwriting……….

    • Mary McNamara August 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

      Sigh. I used to care. But it is true that a 20 ounce tray of cut squash cooks up to just the right amount for this recipe!