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Pumpkin Shortbread Dessert Recipe

Pumpkin Shortbread Dessert Recipe

My family prefers this to traditional pumpkin pie, which is just fine with me. It feeds a crowd, so I only need to make one dessert instead of several pies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling YIELD:15 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, salt, spices and remaining sugar. Stir in milk. Pour over crust.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Cut into squares. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 258 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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emadams527 User ID: 7813716 33775
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"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!"

Lstrange User ID: 5890429 129796
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014 Edited Oct. 13, 2016

"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 recommend using the canned evaporated milk."

RhondaLou User ID: 1565144 41257
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"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."

suekg User ID: 3417903 39467
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012 Edited Nov. 27, 2013

"No fail. I always make this for Thanksgiving"

JCLyn User ID: 6507909 129795
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"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."

cooktorelax User ID: 6413713 57702
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I am putting this recipe in my favorites. Great time saver one dish not several pies to make. Great change of taste from usual crust. The flavor is wonderful. Thinking about topping with whipped cream and sprinkle with toffee chips"

cooktorelax User ID: 6413713 82286
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I made this a few years ago misplaced recipe. Just found it I plan to make it for our Christmas. Soooo much easier than several pies to make and the crust is a pleasant change. I top each individual piece with whipped cream and sometimes I just spread whipped cream over whole dessert. Thank you for your service I've searched my cookbooks for over three years to find it. You simplified my life!!!"

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 51977
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"This is such a terrific recipe, I've been making it for years, we all love it. I usually top it with a streusel before baking, the result is fantastic. give it a try!"

jhorwathschaefer User ID: 3178818 115834
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"I been making this every year since 2002 to feed our Thanksgiving crowd - it's easy and tasty. It's as good as the recipe on the pumpkin can label without the hassle of making a pie crust."

MzCalibrat User ID: 3844547 39466
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"I have made this recipe 3 times in the last month because everyone loves it so much....the crust is delicious! Tastes like pumpkin pie, but less work and a tastier crust."

Coupon_Queen User ID: 4384242 82285
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I loved how this tastes exactly like traditional pumpkin pie; same texture and everything. Except its double the size! There is definitely more to go around than making a pie. We called it pumpkin pie squares."

tiffy2522 User ID: 4254578 51976
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"i'm not really a fan of the crust in pumpkin pie but this kind of crust is just yummy. definitely my favorite way to have pumpkin pie."

beltza User ID: 2199797 82283
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I would have given this recipe 5 stars if the sugar in the crust wasn't gritty when you bit into it. I'll make again but will omit the sugar in the crust. My friends said it was the best pumpkin pie they ever ate and asked me to make one for their Thanksgiving dinner!"

sketcher User ID: 2822114 82278
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"My husband swears this is better than pumpkin pie! This is easier to make and is going into my recipe box! Thanks."

VegChef User ID: 3387384 51927
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"This is much like a very old recipe. Based on that recipe, comments on another website, and my experience, the crust is better if baked for a few minutes before adding the filling. Many people want cruelty-free recipes, and I made this vegan by using 3 cups almond milk, 1/4 c. milled flaxseed, 3/4 c. water, and 4 T. cornstarch in place of the eggs and milk. I used only 1 cup of sugar in the filling. It was good and is basically pumpkin pie with a different crust."

bakingmad User ID: 875200 115832
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2008

"This is excellent! It's really just two pumpkin pies baked in one large pan. If you like pumpkin pie (my favorite!), you will enjoy the convenience of this easy dessert."

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