Magic Pumpkin Buckle Recipe
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Magic Pumpkin Buckle Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Probably my family's favorite pumpkin dessert, this is something I've been making since our two daughters - now 23 and 18 - were small. the crust mixture, which is actually poured in first, rises to the top during baking to form a rich topping. So you don't get a soggy bottom crust like you do with a pie. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, cloves and nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 353 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. Pour butter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, milk and eggs. Combine the remaining filling ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture. Pour over crust mixture (do not stir). Dot with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Magic Pumpkin Buckle in Country Woman March/April 1999, p33

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Not good!! Spices were overpowering and had an odd aftertaste. The same with the crust. It tasted like a biscuit not a dessert."

BBagins 71689
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"I'm getting ready to make this AGAIN and thought I should review it here. My husband's favorite dessert was pumpkin pie, but now he asks for this! So good and easy - a family favorite now!"

jackie.baker 19970
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"Delicious and easy, what more could you want!"

cookingkeri 25355
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Absolutely Awesome, if you love pumpkin or Pumpkin pie, this is a really close second."

Brenda625 69525
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I wanted to try something different with pumpkin other than bread and pie. I was just surprised at the amount of sugar in it. I love sugar but a total of 2 cups plus 2 tbls. seemed excessive and a bit too sweet. I gave this 4 stars because it tasted good but really didn't taste any different than pumpkin pie. It wasn't as dense but almost custard like. I probably wouldn't make it again because if it tastes like pumpkin pie, then the pie would be easier to make."

momof2gees 69487
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"My boss gave me this recipe last Thanksgiving and it was an instant hit! Everyone who tasted this LOVED it!!"

deboralbtn 24105
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I've made this several times since seeing it. My family loves it and is already asking for it for this Thanksgiving."

l2bake 28782
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"I love to bake and try new recipes, but my family was not happy with the results of this."

jabaker 71678
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"Great tasting and easy to make, what more can you ask for!!"

mugglemom 69486
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"Love it, love it, love it! I have made this for church dinners and everyone wants the recipe! Simple and delicious!

JoAnn, Newtown PA"

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