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Pumpkin pie with spice nut crust recipe is made with pecans & butter with a rich creamy pumpkin filling with ground cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The secret ingredient with this pie is Sweetened Condensed milk instead of evaporated milk.  Baked until golden brown, the pie performs beautifully with no cracks or separation from the crust!  YUM!!!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Nut Crust lizbushong.com

With all the baking and cooking that we do over the holidays this pie takes just a few minutes to create.  The crust is made in a food processor which speeds up the process.  One tip- if you lay out all of your ingredients and preheat your oven before you start the process this will save time and your oven will be at the right temperature when you are ready to bake.  Bake on a double lined baking sheet for stability and even baking.

So.. just plan ahead to make baking a breeze.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Preheat oven to 425. Place oven rack in middle of oven.

Chop the pecans with a food processor fitted with steel blade.  If you haven’t toasted the  pecans, do so now by spreading the nuts on a baking sheet and pop in oven for 5 minutes. Watch carefully so they nuts do not burn.

Making the Crust

In a medium mixing bowl, toss together, flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and salt.  Melt butter in microwave on high for 40 seconds or until melted.  Toss butter with dry ingredients. I like to use a fork to blend it together.  If you need to add more butter, do so but make sure it isn’t too wet.  Once the dough when pinched together holds it’s shape, press into a lightly greased 9″ pie plate.  I used cooking spray to coat the pie plate.  Bake in preheated oven for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and prepare filling.

What Kind of Pumpkin do you use?

I am so glad you asked that question.  I use and recommend Libby’s pumpkin puree, not the pie filling, but only puree meat.  This product has the best consistency and will create a pretty pumpkin pie color.

Pie Filling Meets Crust

In a medium mixing bowl,  add all ingredients for the filling and whip by hand or use a mixer. It is very simple to use a whisk to blend the ingredients.  Pour into the pre baked crust.  Important:  Reduce oven to 350.  Bake for  50-55 minutes.  If the outer edges of crust turn brown before the center is set, cover outer edges with foil.  

Pie is done with center puffs up and is slightly firm.  It will continue to bake as it sits on your counter.  Chill before serving.  Serve with fresh whipped cream and toasted pecans if desired

Heres’ the Recipe


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1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1/4 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar

1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans


116oz can pumpkin puree-*tested Libby’s

114 oz can sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare 9 ” glass pie plate. Do not spray pan. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in microwave on high for 40 seconds or until melted
  3. Mix flour, pecans brown sugar and cinnamon with melted butter in bowl, toss to coat.
  4. Form crust by pressing mixture into glass pie plate.
  5. Bake at 425 for 7 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, set aside until filling is prepared.
  7. Reduce oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Prepare filling. Combine all ingredients in large bowl until smooth and blended.
  9. Pour into partially baked spice nut crust.
  10. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until center of pie is done. Pie will have a shiny top and no cracks due to condensed milk. Remove from oven, let cool before serving.
  11. Serve with whipped cream, edible acorns and maple leaves if desired.

Topping option: Praline Almond or Pecan Topping Crumble.

Praline Almond Topping Ingredients:
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 1 egg, 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup,1 tablespoon butter, melted, and 1 cup toasted chopped almonds or pecans.


Combine all ingredients, stir well.  Spoon topping evenly over baked pie, then bake an additional 15 minutes to brown.


Great pumpkin pie for Fall and Holidays. No filling separation from the crust or cracking on the top.  This has been a recipe in our family for many years.  I think the original recipe was from Southern Living or Midwest Living?  It has been adapted with the different toppings over the years.

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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Nut Crust recipe lizbushong.com

Hope you will try this recipe.  We have used this recipe on many occasions especially for Thanksgiving!  It has been in our family many years.  I think the original recipe came from Southern Living about 20 years ago.  The pie plate is glass but you can bake the pie in any decorative pie pan or large tart pan. 

Enjoy!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Other Ideas You Might Like to Try:

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies lizbushong.com

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Try this as a garnish for the Pumpkin Pie 

Edible Caramel Acorns


Edible Acorns Recipe

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1 packages Kraft caramels, unwrapped

½ cup chocolate frosting- canned or home made

½ cup chocolate jimmies


  1. In microwave safe bowl, melt caramels until smooth.
  2. Using a teaspoon, scoop warm caramel and then form into an acorn shape.
  3. Set aside on wax or parchment paper to harden.
  4. Pipe or spread chocolate frosting on wide end of acorn.
  5. Dip into chocolate jimmies.



These can get very hard and may not want to eat, but they do look pretty on a cake or cupcakes/pies.  You can also make edible acorns from frosting two whole pecan halves together and dipping one end into chocolate frosting and roll in chopped pecans or chocolate jimmies.

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  1. Why are you calling for 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts which I Know go in the crust; and further down, calling for 1/2 cup chopped nuts9 (where do these go, on top of pie?

    1. Hi Myrna, Those extra nuts are for the garnish if you want to pipe whipped cream on top of the pie. xo Hope you enjoy making it. It is a delicious recipe. All the Best,

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