Butternut Cream Pie Recipe
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Butternut Cream Pie Recipe

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I enjoy making up recipes and began experimenting with squash a couple years ago. Lase fall, my garden was loaded with squash, so I came up with this creamy pie. It really went over well at Thanksgiving dinner. -Sandra Kreuter Barney, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • Whipped cream and toasted flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

384 calories: 1 slice, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe dish; add hot water. Cover and microwave for 13-15 minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop out pulp and mash. Set aside 1-1/2 cups squash (save remaining squash for another use).
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the squash until blended. Beat in the sugar, caramel topping, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves until blended.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk cold milk and pudding mix for two minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft set. Stir into squash mixture.
  4. Spoon into pastry shell. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and coconut. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Butternut Cream Pie in Taste of Home August/September 2004, p28

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Wow. I'm sorry to disagree with the other reviewers, but I found this pie sickeningly sweet. My children wouldn't even eat it. I tried to salvage it...but ended up throwing it out. The taste could be alright if it wasn't overpowered with the sweetness."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"The reaction to this pie when it is served is enough to make anyone's day.

I found it slightly difficult mixing the cream cheese together with the butternut squash, so I used my food processor, which worked!

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Wonderful! Smoothe texture, well blended flavor. I lightened with sugar-free pudding, 1% milk, light prepared whipped topping, no-fat caramel topping --everyone asked for seconds."

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