Monday, October 26, 2009

3-Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie

I've been meaning to post this for a few days now.  Before I start, I apologize for the lack of pictures from my end.  Maybe the next time I make it the pictures will come out better; the three or four I took of the pie were blurry almost beyond reason -- I really, really, really need to get a  new camera.  So, you get the photo from the recipe!  This pie is very fall and I love the fall!!
3-Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie

 2 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Jell-O Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 c. cold milk
1 graham cracker crust
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1/2 c. whole pecans (optional)
1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
Beat Jell-O pudding mixes, milk, and cinnamon with a wire whisk until completely smooth (about 2 minutes).

Spoon 1 1/2 cup pudding into the pie shell and set aside.

Add 1 1/2 cup Cool Whip to the pudding mixture and mix, carefully, until blended (don't over mix, Cool Whip tends to flatten when it's over mixed).  Carefully spread mixture on top of the pudding in the pie shell.

Top with remaining cool whip.  Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes before serving.

If you decided to include pecans, cook nuts and honey in skillet on medium-low heat 2 to 4 min. or until nuts are caramelized, stirring frequently. Spread onto sheet of waxed paper, separating larger clusters. Cool. Sprinkle over pie just before serving.
I found this recipe ridiculously easy, mine came out looking almost exactly like the picture!!  I didn't make the pecans, because I don't like them, so it was a one bowl wonder!  The prep time was about 10 minutes, and only that long because it requires a bit of measuring and care when spreading on the layers.  It keeps in the fridge for days, which surprised me because pudding tends to turn watery in the fridge.  I liked it so much, I got the materials to make it again... twice!!  It doesn't actually have any pumpkin in it, and has a very harvest spice type flavor, so those not thrilled with, or allergic to, pumpkin will like it!  Matt even liked it and though pumpkin is starting to grow on him it's still not his favorite thing at all.  I'd say this pie was a hit, all around!
I also got the stuff to make a chocolate version of this pie.  The beauty behind this pie is, with a few minor substitutions (ie. a bit of cocoa for the cinnamon, different flavors of Jell-O pudding), it can be made in a lot of different flavors.  I think I'm going to try to make it Lemon at some point and rather than adding cinnamon, I'll add lemon zest!  There's an unbelievable combination of flavors that would work with this pie!  So, I'll let you know how the chocolate version comes out and you let me know if you made, and liked, this one!


  1. Yum looks delicious!! Do you have the nutrition fact for that by any chance? I am having to really watch it, a couple days ago I bought one of those chocolate dream pies --I think it's Sara Lee-- it was really good but I got one heck of a tummy ache from it! AFTER I ate it I looked at the nutrition facts...Ugh!! One slice has 24 grams of fat, that is almost a whole days worth for me, not to mention the sugar, and 420 calories per slice! Yea, I won't be eating anymore of that stuff...sure was good though ha!

  2. I'm afraid I don't have the nutritional facts, but this pie could easily be made lower sugar by using cool whip free. If you made it in other flavors, you could also use instant sugar-free fat-free pudding and skim milk. That way, the only really sweet thing in the recipe would be the crust. It's a really adaptable, easy to mess up recipe, which is why I love it! Okay, it's not the only reason I love it, but ease is an important factor in whether I make something again or not.

    If you make it with the cool whip free and stuff, let me know how it comes out! Love ya!

  3. I soo have to pick this one up. We are some punkin lovin gals.
    ooo I just picked up this new Pumpkin pancake/waffle mix from
    Tader Joes yesterday and i can't wait to try them. I have splurged
    and had punkin pancakes from IHOP this season but i really wanna
    buckle down and cook more from home. I wanna be cool and post
    my recipes with pics too but i'm such a slacker. (hehehe)

    k off to find some coo-ooool whiiiip. :P

  4. Ooh!! Post pics of the pumpkin pancakes. That sounds amazing. We, sadly, don't have an IHOP closer than Waco, so we can't just go out for pancakes like we use to! When we move to CA, however, that will change, since there're like two IHOP's in the desert! Can't wait!!

    Enjoy the pie!

  5. OMG, this is an ideal recipe for halloween this year. And it looks easy enough that not only I can do it, but I think my kids would love to help as well. We can make it a family event :)