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Potluck Pumpkin Torte

A local newspaper featured this potluck-friendly recipe years ago. A creamy alternative to pumpkin pie, it quickly became one of my favorites. —Peggy Shea, Lowell, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • PUMPKIN FILLING:
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 350° until center is almost set, 25-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. In a large saucepan, combine pie filling and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly.
  • Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Cool for 10 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer. Spread whipped topping over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 413 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Laurie
    Nov 1, 2019

    Out of 5 stars I give this recipe 6 stars. It is excellent and beautiful ! Even those who don't like pumpkin like this dessert.

  • jamieheck
    Oct 30, 2016

    Ive made this twice now. It it is on my favorite list of pumpkin recipes. I do a thick gingersnap crust and for the pumpkin layer I just do one envelope of gelatin in a quarter cup of water and I use pure pumpkin not mix so add 1 1/4 c. sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ginger and 1/2 tsp of cloves. Everything else I follow the recipe. So good!!!

  • Ginger
    Oct 19, 2016

    I had a friend who made this for my birthday. Ever since then I have loved it loved it!!!!!!??????

  • cindiak
    Aug 23, 2016

    I have made this several times and everyone loves it. I garnish the top with crushed toasted pecans.

  • shawnba
    Jan 7, 2016

    I made this torte for my work potluck, and it was a huge hit!! I even had a co worker ask me to make one for her!! What a lovely recipe, so easy and good. Exactly what you need during the holidays

  • Coady2
    Dec 29, 2015

    Made this several times, as is, tasting delicious, easy to make. Everyone liked it.

  • Tweetybird924
    Aug 10, 2015

    I never buy pumpkin pie filling only pumpkin puree. Added pumpkin pie spice and didn't use all the evaporated milk called for. I also didn't put sugar in the crust as graham wafer crumbs are sweet enough without it. I agree with fam4th, always read through any recipe before you make it.

  • fam4th
    Dec 7, 2014

    My advice to others is first read the recipe just before making it! Especially note how much milk and pumpkin puree to add. And if you do what I did and use whole cans of pumpkin and evap milk, you'll then have to spend much time on rescuing the torte. I came through in the end, but it took too much time. Oh and remember that the recipe needs flavored pumpkin puree, not the plain.

  • Inthekitchn
    Dec 1, 2014

    I have used a similar recipe, and wanted to give this a try. There was only one adjustment made to the recipe. I did add pumpkin pie spice to the filling. Everyone loved it at Thanksgiving and the dessert looked great!

  • kwarren
    Nov 14, 2014

    This was a really great dessert. Nice and light and very flavorful. I did let my pumpkin filling cool for quite a while and did not add my whipped topping until everything was totally cold. Makes a beautiful presentation.