photograph by Matt Hulsman

3 cups butternut squash
½ stick butter
2 eggs
1½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup nuts, raisins, or dried pineapple
½ cup coconut, flaked

Boil, drain, and mash squash. Mix ingredients, except coconut, in order listed, and turn into a well-buttered baking dish. Lightly cover top with coconut. Bake at 350° until coconut is golden yellow or soufflé is hot.

As part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, Queen Street Church in Kinston took 500 new recipes and put them together with the church’s 1961 cookbook and 1906 cookbook.

To order a copy, call the church at (252) 527-2119 or visit

This story was published on

For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.