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Gingersnap-Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

Gingersnap-Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

I've never quite gotten the hang of making a good pie crust. So I came up with this recipe, featuring a cake mix crust. The creamy pumpkin filling pairs well with the crunchy topping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling YIELD:15-18 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size), divided
  • 1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional gingersnap cookies, halved, optional


  • 1. Set aside 3/4 cup cake mix for topping. In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and remaining cake mix; stir in butter and egg. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  • 2. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs. Beat in the pumpkin, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and mix well. Pour over crust.
  • 3. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the gingersnap crumbs, sugar and reserved cake mix; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over filling.
  • 4. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until filling is set and a thermometer inserted near the center reads 160°. Cool on a wire rack for 1-1/2 hours. If desired, garnish each serving with a gingersnap half. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 15-18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 430 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.