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Pumpkin Layer Pie

Pumpkin Pie used to be the main thing I loved about Thanksgiving dinner (foodwise that is ;)), until I found this recipe about 15 years ago.  I’ve never had a piece of regular pumpkin pie since.  I’ve tried a bite here and there, just to see, but this pie is SO much better that I don’t think I’ll ever go back.  I’ve modified it over the years from the original recipe.  I never could get a consistent texture, until I tweaked a few things.  In the original recipe the cream cheese layer is about 1/3 to 2/3’s pumpkin.  I evened it out a bit, because pumpkin layer would tend to not set (the biggest complaint in all the reviews).  It’s still delicious as a soupy pie haha, but I like it better with the below modifications.Blog Pumpkin Layer Pie-1Ingredients

For the Crust…
I am a BIG graham cracker crust fan.  I have been known to double a recipe both for this or when I make cheesecake haha.  So, this is a bit thick, but so yummy!!
  • 2 packets of graham crackers
  • 1 1\2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup) (melted)

Crush graham crackers (either in a food processor or in a large zip lock bag with a rolling pin).  Pour butter over graham crackers and mix until you can form it into your pie pan.Blog Pumpkin Layer Pie-2 For the bottom layer…

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I use light, but wouldn’t use non fat-too soft)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed (you could probably use real whip cream if you’re a purist ;).  I happen to LOVE Cool Whip-total guilty pleasure!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk

In a large bowl, whisk together cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, and sugar until smooth. Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread into bottom of crust.Blog Pumpkin Layer Pie-3For the Pumpkin Layer

  • 2  packages of 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 Can (15 oz) of pumpkin puree.
  • 1 Cup Cold Milk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin Pie Spice (I go a lot lighter on the spice, because it tasted to overwhelming to me)  You could also use a mix of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Pour pumpkin puree and a cup of milk into large bowl, and thoroughly mix in pudding mix, and spices. When thickened, spread over cream cheese layer.  I knifed across the layers to make a marble pattern 🙂Blog Pumpkin Layer Pie-4Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.  I usually make it the night before…