- 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
- Whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon, optional
- In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and flour; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
- In a bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, salt, spices and remaining sugar. Stir in milk. Pour over crust.
- Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 50-55 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Cut into squares. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Yield: 15-18 minutes.
Reviews for Pumpkin Shortbread Dessert
"This recipe is great! Easy to make, can be made ahead, and each bite tastes like the center of a pumpkin pie! It also feeds more people than a traditional pumpkin pie, which is nice if you are feeding a crowd. This one will definitely be a repeat in our family!"
"Family really like this one! I love the simplicity and that this requires no graham cracker crumbs, nor a traditional pie crust. Keeps cost down. Also in the interest of cost, I made this using a recipe to make your own evaporated milk from instant dry powder, BIG mistake, there was a weird off taste- I definitely always use the canned evaporated milk."
"If you love pumpkin pie, you'll love this recipe. I really enjoyed the shortbread crust. This is my go-to dessert for Thanksgiving. It's so much easier than messing with pies."
"No fail. I always make this for Thanksgiving"
"Excellent, easy, delicious and feeds a crowd. I call it "Pumpkin Cookie Pie" because you get the best of both worlds with pie and cookie taste. I like to whip my own topping, completely cover the top of dessert and garnish with chopped pecans. A real favorite."