Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm thankful for PIE

I am a complete sucker for desserts. No matter how much I have stuffed myself with the main course, I will not - can not - turn down something sweet. Because of my weakness, it is my duty at Thanksgiving to create the last morsel of food for the night: PUMPKIN PIE.

I've made a couple variations over the years - traditional, pumpkin cheese cake to name a few. This year I tried a new recipe courtesy of a Cool Whip ad called Turtle Pumpkin Pie and to date, this is the winner! What is great about this pie is it's Cool Whip base making it very light and delicate, perfect for after a heavy meal of turkey and three different kinds of stuffing (yes, three. All in my belly.) Here is the super easy to make recipe:

Turtle Pumpkin Pie
Prep time: 15 min + refrigeration
Serves 10

  • Graham cracker pie crust (the recipe I used called for a store bought crust, but I made one mixing 12 pulverized graham crackers, 5 Tbsp melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar. My crust was a little on the crumbly side so I suggest upping the butter amount to your consistency liking. Pack tightly into pie dish.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans, divided
  • 2 pkg. (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup nuts (I left out the nuts at this point because not everyone in my family cares for them, but I think they would add some nice texture)

Beat pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin and spices until blended. Stir in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with remaining Cool Whip, drizzle remaining caramel as desired and top with nuts.



  1. Oh. My. God. i wish i would have read this before i made my regualr boring pumpkin pie.

  2. get ready I'm not much of a cook but I am a great baker!!! I'm going to make my 8,000 calorie peanut butter cookies first thing when we move so it feels like home!

  3. Hahah im a huge fan of pizzookies! Cant wait to taste your bakingggg!