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Pumpkin Pie Dessert

on November 19, 2014

I came across this photo of Grandma in a costume and I just had to share it!!! How cute is this?

grandma costume

She must have been in a school play. I just love the roses on the garland, and the rolled socks! Those cheeks! Those dimples! That headband! There is another photo of her on the same page of the photo album and it says 1926. I think she looks a little younger in this one, maybe 10-12 years old.

Today’s recipe is so typically a Grandma recipe. It’s so easy and so good! There isn’t have an official name on the card, and at first I couldn’t decide if it was bars, cake, or dessert. I think I’ve decided that it should be a dessert. Pumpkin Pie Dessert is very easy and you can even do the day before you need it.

Pumpkin Pie Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Dessert 2

Again – so easy, so fast, so good.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Pumpkin Pie Dessert

For the crust, mix together:

1 yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup of mix for the topping)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

Pat into 9″ x 13″ cake pan.

For the filling, mix together:

3 cups pumpkin

1/2 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup milk

Pour over crust.

For topping, mix together until crumbly:

1 cup reserved cake mix

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup butter

Sprinkle over top of filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.


It doesn’t look like a lot of crust, but it does cover the bottom of the pan. I found that using a small metal offset spatula helped spread it better.


The filling looks just like pumpkin pie filling.


It turns golden and delicious after baking.


This really is an easy one.


Here is what it looked like right after baking.


This is what it looked like the next day. The layers of topping, filling, and crust are more pronounced and the whole thing firmed up. I would always make it a day ahead.


This is great for any occasion that calls for pumpkin pie. Anything you can do a day ahead is ok with me! Don’t forget the whipped cream!



4 responses to “Pumpkin Pie Dessert

  1. mom says:

    It is delicious!!

  2. […] posted a few recipes over the years. I’ve done Pumpkin Pie – the Chiffon Kind, Pumpkin Pie Dessert, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie , and Autumn Gold Pumpkin Cake. I’ve done Sweet and […]

  3. […] years. I have done other pumpkin desserts on Plenty Sweet Life, like Pumpkin Crunch Dessert and Pumpkin Pie Dessert, plus many other pumpkin pies and cakes, but this one is the tastiest – in my opinion. I keep […]

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