Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pumpkin Crisp Recipe

pumpkin dessert, Thanksgiving recipe

If you are still planning your Thanksgiving menu or deciding what to take to a pot luck, I have a fantastic and super easy recipe to share.  I’ve had to write out the recipe for everyone who has tasted this dessert.  Personally, I see recipes as inspiration rather than strict rules and I’d love to hear what variations you try.  The original recipe came from Southern Living but the version below is my take on it.

Pumpkin Crisp
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 cup evaporated milk
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
1 butter flavored yellow cake mix (I like Duncan Hines)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
Preheat the oven to 350.  In a medium bowl, stir together the pumpkin, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Sprinkle cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture.  Sprinkle pecans on top of the cake mix.  Drizzle butter over all.  Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
I like pumpkin crisp warm with whipped cream but my husband prefers it plain and at room temperature. 
This is a really rich dessert.  As a lighter variation, I’ve made it in an 8×8 pan and used a jiffy cake mix and half of the nuts and butter.  It’s still tasty, but in my house, we’ve decided smaller servings of the rich version are the way to go.
I've shared this recipe before on a friend's fabulous blog, Sippy Cup Mom.  Please check her out.

pumpkin dessert, Thanksgiving recipe
Pumpkin mixture in prepared pan, begining topping

Topped with cake mix

Yum, pecans

Drizzle butter over it all

Ready for the oven.  Don't mix it!

Bake 45+ minutes.

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Finished pumpkin crisp

pumpkin dessert, Thanksgiving recipe


  1. ok so do you mix the cake mix or do you just leave it dry ?

    1. Just sprinkle it over the top.

    2. Could you substitute applesauce instead of butter?

    3. I don't think you could in this case since it's not getting all mixed up prior to baking.

  2. This looks yummy Amy!! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. This is wonderful! My friend Daneeen made it for a church pot-providence. I asked for the recipe and she showed me this link!! Thanks ever-so-much!! God bless!


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