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.
Recommended: Top 10 Pumpkin Pies
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. Spritz a 13x9-in. baking dish with cooking spray; line it with parchment paper. 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 parchment 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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Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 28646
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."

bethie1988 User ID: 7504038 81276
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 :)"

[email protected] User ID: 827602 41990
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!"

Anisoptera User ID: 6972443 81275
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

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

Gessica User ID: 1193660 32108
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

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

RECIPELOVER40 User ID: 734254 81565
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"I get requests for this recipe from my family - immediate and extended. It has replaced pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving feast!"

kellyrh User ID: 1580379 28103
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I make this again and again and even get requests to make it. A family favorite and a crowd pleaser. FANTASTIC!!"

JoannaRenae User ID: 4943586 41989
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"An older lady from our church brought this to a potluck the month that it was issued in 2000. Since then it has been a staple to every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It has almost entirely replaced pumpkin pie, and has completely done away with the idea of pumpkin cheesecake. We cannot live without it."

Dianne Montalban User ID: 5952818 41960
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Delicious, delicious, delicious!! Had it for the first time two weeks ago at my nephews house. Had to make it when I got home for one of my company suppers. Everyone raved about it. Definitely will make it again."

lisa914326 User ID: 4360118 74629
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011


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