Frozen Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
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Frozen Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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This ice cream dessert can be prepared and frozen weeks in advance. I've found it has more mass appeal than traditional pumpkin pie. —Susan Bennett, Edmond, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 181 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Fold in ice cream. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  2. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Frozen Pumpkin Dessert in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p134

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This was the worst dessert I have ever made. We threw out the entire thing. Not even the kids would eat it. It tasted like pumpkin ice cream that separated from the pumpkin and got freezer burn. I have never tried a taste of home recipe that I didn't like until now. Would not recommend and would never make again."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"The ice cream is listed at the bottom of the list right above the optional chopped walnuts. 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"I have not made this, but there is no mention of ice cream in the list of ingredients. How much ice cream do you use? It sounds appealing, but needs some more info in the recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This is s easy and delicious. My friend asks me to make this for my halloween party every year!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"This is a very unique dessert. My husband & I enjoyed it. You just have to be prepared for the spices & pumpkin flavor in a frozen concoction.

~ Theresa"

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