Pumpkin Cream Pie with Candied Walnuts

A luxurious creamy pumpkin pie that’s a bit of a change from the old standby. This spiced pumpkin cream pie is brimming with autumn flavors and is sure to delight your Thanksgiving guests!

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve had a little bit of a cream pie infatuation going on this year. It started off with a banana cream pie that eliminated the need to make stove-top custard, which morphed into a coconut cream pie, then later turned into a chocolate peanut butter cream pie.

I’m seeking help… No need for alarm.

Yet before I say goodbye to my cream pie tomfoolery, I wanted to share just one more variation. The Pumpkin Cream Pie!


And just in time for Thanksgiving. Can you believe the timing?

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This one started with my hohum attitude toward traditional pumpkin pie.

I love baking with pumpkin, yet something about the texture of classic pumpkin pie has never really appealed to me. Every year I look for ways to lighten or fluff it up.

So obviously, turning my pumpkin pie into a pumpkin cream pie was the perfect solution.

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As with all pies, the making of something spectacular starts with a great crust.

I always use super finely-ground Gold Medal Flour to make sure my pie crusts bake into flaky perfection.

Starting with my most basic pie crust recipe: Gold Medal Flour, Butter, Salt, and Booze.

I don’t use water or milk for pie crust because a little nip of your favorite libation makes the pie crust extra flaky and leaves a little note of boozy flavor behind as it evaporates in the oven.

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Once the pie crust has baked and cooled, simply beat the creamy pumpkin filling and chill.

There’s no need to put this pie back in the oven, which is just another reason why you should make it on Thanksgiving. You can even make it several days ahead.

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So say goodbye to plain ol’ pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving… and I’ll do my best to say goodbye to cream pies this year.

But I can’t make any promises!

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36 comments on “Pumpkin Cream Pie with Candied Walnuts

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted November 6, 2013 at 4:16 am Reply

    This looks so good! You make it seem so simple to make your own pie crust. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.
    I just might switch up one of my traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pies!

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted November 6, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

    Oooooooooh pie. Where was this last night when I was craving something sweet? :-)

  3. Tieghanposted November 6, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    There is nothing wrong with cream pies, I am pretty sure most people really love them! I say keep bringing them on! This look so pretty!

  4. Mariaposted November 6, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

    Beautiful pie!

  5. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted November 6, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    Never say never to more cream pies! My fam eats pumpkin cheesecake in lieu of pumpkin pie every thanks giving, so I’m all about the twists on a classic. Also, booze in the pie crust–it works like magic!

  6. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted November 6, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    I think I’m going to make this pie today, not for any special occasion, just because it looks amazing! Can’t wait to eat it up. :)

    • Sommerposted November 6, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

      Pamela, good idea! Wish we lived closer so I could pop over for a slice. ;)

  7. Heather Christoposted November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    OMG Sommer, I love pumpkin pie and this one looks divine! It is Pete’s favorite and I love this twist on it!

  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 6, 2013 at 9:32 am Reply

    this is so beautiful! cream pies are up my alley!!

  9. marlaposted November 6, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    Such a GREAT fall pie!!

  10. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted November 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Sommer, this pie is perfection. That perfectly whipped filling is calling my name. Pinned.

  11. Dinaposted November 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply

    this looks like an amazing pumpkin pie!

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Wonderful twist on a classic!

  13. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted November 7, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

    This is brilliant, Sommer! Really love this idea and might just have to change up my traditional pumpkin pie this year.

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted November 7, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    Sommer I’ve been seeing this pie everywhere for the past couple days. It’s just gorgeous! Pinned! I love how cream and thick and rich the filling is!

  15. Meghanposted November 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous pie, Sommer!

  16. Erin Harrisposted November 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Do you have a suggestion to replace the instant pudding?

  17. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

    My husband loves candied walnuts, he is going to go nuts over this pie! It looks perfect :)

  18. Shariposted November 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm Reply

    This pie looks amazing! The crust is perfect and the candied walnuts bring a nice crunch to the creamy filling. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!!

    xoxo ~Shari

  19. Jenny Flakeposted November 20, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    What a perfect lovely pumpkin cream pie! Mmmm!

  20. Suzanneposted November 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Yum, my kind of pumpkin pie easy and creamy!

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  22. taraposted November 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm Reply

    What if the cream doesnt peak while im beating it? Is it all right if it doesnt firm up?

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  27. Glory/ Glorious Treatsposted September 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm Reply

    This sounds utterly delicious!! Adding to my holiday menu this year!!

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  29. Ashleyposted November 27, 2014 at 1:15 am Reply

    I made this pie last night for thanksgiving. Everything turned out perfect and super yummy except the pie crust. It tasted fine but it would not bake in the middle and I didn’t want it raw so I kept adding time to it. It was in there so long it started to shrink down the sides of the pie dish. While it tasted delicious, my presentation was lacking. Help! What did I do wrong?

  30. killprettyposted November 28, 2014 at 2:57 am Reply

    This was amazing. Thank you. I’m one of those people that adds to a recipe and then says how good it is lol. But without your insight I would have never known how good cream pie could be. I used a nilla wafer,granham cracker,gingersnaps,sugar and lots of butter baked crust. Then used 1cup brown sugar and 1/4 p.sugar in pie and half evap milk and half whipping cream in pie. The whipped cream i made with 8 tablespoons of brown sugar and fresh vanilla bean and cinnamon,half dash nutmeg and ginger. So freaking good. :) huge hit here

    • killprettyposted November 28, 2014 at 3:04 am Reply

      p.s. I made the pie crust but baked it for only 8mins. and used it for my dutch apple pie. Amazing

  31. REBECCA NORRISposted November 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Love this…I tried substituting butterscotch pudding mix and topping with butterscotch chips. YUM

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