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4 Best Pumpkin Pie Recipes

‘Tis the season for my favorite pie! Even 100 turkeys won’t save your holidays if you don’t have a pumpkin pie to be that “cherry in the middle”. But lucky for you, here are 4 of the best recipes for pumpkin pie to choose from:

1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

(Photo via tasteofhome.com)

What about joining two of the most delicious sweetheart pies of America into one? This cream cheese pie and pumpkin pie combo from Taste of Home has been well-received by those who’ve dared to venture into dessert hybridism. Great choice if you’re going for a rich texture and taste. Check out their site for the recipe.

Time to make: 1 hr 20 min

General Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1-2/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


3. LIBBY’S Famous Pumpkin Pie

(Photo via verybestbaking.com)

This ancient Nestlé recipe has been popular for decades. If you think you’ve never eaten a pie made from this famous recipe, think again. This might just be the recipe used when you first fell in love with pumpkin pie that once upon a time.

I love this recipe for two reasons: (1) the well-proportioned blend of spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves), and (2) the incorporation of well-trusted and easy-to-use Libby’s and Nestlé products.

Time to make: 1 hr 10 min


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)


3. Classic Pumpkin Pie

(Photo via thekitchn.com)

Another classic, this well-crafted recipe from The Kitchn will give your thanksgiving celebrations an unforgettable flavor. And the blend of spices is rustically calculated. But get ready for some meticulous work:

Time to make: ~1 hr 40 min


  • 1 9-inch unbaked Pie Crust
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves or all-spice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs


4. Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Pie

(Photo via foodnetwork.com)

If you want some authority behind that orange slide of goodness, I bet this Paula Deen recipe will do the trick. With a unanimous 5 star rating, this pumpkin pie is top notch one and ready within 50 minutes. Out of all the recipes, I’d say this one has the lightest flavors–it takes it easy on the spices. Check out the recipe.

Time to make: 1 hr 35 min


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
  • 1 piece pre-made pie dough
  • Whipped cream, for topping


Decisions, decisions… “Which of these best pumpkin pie recipes to make?” you ask? Why not all of them? Like my Econometrics professor used to say, “The more pies the better!” (As an analogy for interaction variables in your regression model. o.o)

Featured image via flickr.com.
Written and researched by contributor vlad; edited and posted by hungry hacker.

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