Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie

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I have not always been a pumpkin pie lover.

Around the holidays, when other family members were reaching for the pumpkin pie, I would likely go for chocolate or apple pie. To me, pumpkin pie was dense and bland.

One Thanksgiving I decided to try to make a pumpkin pie that I would enjoy… Something lighter in texture with a bit more punch.

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After quite a few test runs, I found that just a couple minor alterations created what I considered a perfect pumpkin pie.

One that didn’t even need whipped cream to make it worthwhile!

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That’s where the secret ingredients come into play for today’s Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie.

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You can easily fluff-up the texture of pumpkin pie by adding cream cheese to the mix. Not so much cream cheese that you end up with a pumpkin cheesecake, mind you. Just enough.

The cream cheese gives this Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie an ultra luxurious texture that is hard to resist.

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The second secret ingredient amplifies the earthy pumpkin flavor in a major way. Instead of using traditional pumpkin pie spices, I added Chinese Five Spice, a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and szechwan peppercorns.

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The cinnamon and cloves provide a touch of tradition, while the fennel, star anise, and szechwan peppers adds a bit of pop!

Chinese Five Spice is the perfect complement to pumpkin pie.

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Instead of making classic round pies, this Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie recipe makes one large shallow rectangular pie.

Slab Pies are Convenient Because…

  • Slab pies take less time to bake than traditional pies.
  • They take less time to cool as well.
  • Slab pies are easier to cut.
  • And easier to lift out of the pan without breaking the crust.

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Plus, our Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie makes 24 servings, so it’s perfect for parties!

If you’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie, give this Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie a try. I think you’ll find the slight changes are just enough to make you a convert!

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Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie

Yield: 24 pieces

Prep Time:30 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:30 minutes

5 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie Recipe – The Best Pumpkin Pie recipe due to two secret ingredients that improve the flavor and texture!


For the Pie Crust:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold (16 tablespoons)
  • 8 tablespoons shortening, cold
  • 2/3 – 3/4 cup ice cold amaretto liqueur

For the Pumpkin Filling:

  • 3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 12 ounces cream cheese (could use low fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Five Spice (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. For the pie crust: In a food processor add the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Then cut the cold butter and shortening into cubes and place in the food processor. Pulse again until the mixture resembles small peas.
  2. Add 2/3 cup ice cold amaretto and pulse again. If the dough looks too dry add 1-2 more tablespoons and pulse. Dump the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press into a rectangle shape and wrap well. Refrigerate for at least 3o minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese on high until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl and add a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree and beat again. Add the remaining pumpkin puree little by little, as the mixture beats, to ensure the mixture comes together without clumps of cream cheese.
  4. Add in the brown sugar, followed by the egg, cream, vanilla, Chinese Five Spice, and salt. Scrape the bowl again and beat until smooth.
  5. Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Cut 25% of the dough off one end. Wrap the smaller piece and place back in the fridge. Place the larger section on a well-floured piece of wax paper. Roll into a large 12 X 17 inch rectangle. Carefully flip the dough over onto a 10 X 15 inch jelly roll pan and peel off the wax paper. Roll the edges under and crimp with a fork.
  6. Pour the pumpkin filling into the prepared crust and smooth out evenly. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until its set in the middle when lightly giggled.
  7. For decoration, roll out the remaining piece of dough and use a small pumpkin cookie cutter (or leaf shape) to cut out 24 pieces. Bake on a separate baking sheet for 5-10 minutes until golden. Once the pie is cool, cut into 24 squares and top each piece with a pie crust pumpkin!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 pieces, Serving Size: 24

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 300 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg
  • Sodium: 359mg
  • Carbohydrates: 31.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 14.1g
  • Protein: 4.9g
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22 comments on “Secret Ingredient Perfect Pumpkin Slab Pie

  1. Emily @ Life on Foodposted October 21, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

    Right in time for Thanksgiving. I love the little pumpkins!!.

    Rating: 5
  2. Heather Christoposted October 21, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

    Wow- it’s genius to serve pumpkin pie in a slab like this!

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  4. Mary Pisarkiewiczposted October 21, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply

    What a great updated version of a pie. it is perfect to bring to a get together.

    Rating: 5
  5. Maria Lichtyposted October 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

    What a great idea, and so cute!

  6. Heather Bposted October 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm Reply

     How would you suggest turning this into a regular pie? Maybe just cut the recipe in half? The Chinese five spice is a fun idea and I really look forward to trying it out. 

    • Sophia Butlerposted November 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply

      Normally, slab pies are made with double the crust and 1.5 filling of a regular pie. Looking through the recipe this seems to be the case here too.
      So, reduce all ingredients by a third for the pumpkin mixture and by half for the crust

  7. Naomi @BakersRoyaleposted October 24, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply

    I think I could eat the whole pan all by myself!

  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted October 28, 2016 at 10:21 am Reply

    Oh I love that there is cream cheese in this pumpkin pie! And I’m intrigued to try the chinese 5 spice in it.

  9. Karen Wyattposted November 10, 2016 at 1:59 pm Reply

    What can you use in place of the amaretto?

    • Sommerposted November 23, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

      Hi Karen,

      You can substitute milk or cold water. :)

  10. Gaby Dalkinposted November 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply

    I never thought about adding cream cheese! I love the twist you added on this classic pumpkin pie recipe!!

    Rating: 5
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  12. Yvetteposted October 31, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Can you use sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin?

    • Sommerposted November 6, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

      Hi Yvette,

      I haven’t tried that with this recipe, but in theory, yes! You will need to add in a little extra liquid (cream or milk) because sweet potatoes are so much more starchy than pumpkin. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  13. Angelaposted November 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

    I used this recipe last year and loved it, but this year I just need round pies, so you have directions for that by chance?

    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply

      Hi Angela,

      I am going to take an educated guess that this recipe would make two 9 inch deep dish pies. Happy baking!

  14. Laurenposted November 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Made this last year for Thanksgiving. Making again this year. EXCELLENT!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted November 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply

      Hi Lauren,

      YAY! I’m so very glad you liked it. :)

  15. Jewelposted November 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

    I love this idea, I always think punkin pie needs more spice , I love where you went with it and can’t wait to try it ! I’m gluten free, would this work if I used a nut crusted bottom instead . Maybe a pecan and cashew crust ? 

  16. Tiffany Wheetposted November 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Hands down the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever tried! Great smooth texture and wonderful flavor.

    Rating: 5
  17. apkpureposted December 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

    How irrational can a grown woman be! I love your description of this johnny cake and love even more that it’s not fried. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks