Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
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Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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I always fix this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was given to me by a friend and I've shared it with many others.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 568 calories, 33g fat (17g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein


  1. Line a 13x9-in. baking dish with waxed paper and coat the paper with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with pecans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Invert onto a large serving platter; carefully remove waxed paper.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Frost dessert. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Pecan Pumpkin Dessert in Country October/November 2000, p51

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"So easy to make, and a wonderful change from pumpkin pie. A great potluck dessert as well during the holidays. Folks love it and ask for the recipe every time. I do like to add the spices I normally use in my pumpkin pie for the best flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This is nothing less than a 5 star dessert! I make it a minimum of 4x per Thanksgiving/Xmas holiday (and usually many times in-between) and have for the past 7 years. I don't know if I would be allowed to attend our family Thansksgivings without it because many years ago it replaced the traditional pumpkin pie! Everyone looks forward to this dessert and newbies ALWAYS request the recipe. I even started using this as my preferred "Wedding Shower" recipe to share with new brides :)"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Someone said this had no taste. Looking at the Recipe, I would agree. You have to add the spices, if you buy the Pumpkin that doesn't have the spices already in it..............I'm sure that's what she did. I would add spices to this........cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie give it more pumpkin taste. I will make this, it look's really good! Add spices to taste!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"Question: Has anyone ever made this ahead and frozen it?"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"This is a MUST at every Thanksgiving. It is the best pumpkin dessert I've ever tried!"

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