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Enjoy Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice this Thanksgiving

Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving in Canada is almost here, and I have just the recipe to make you give thanks. It’s got the traditional pumpkin spice and all things nice, however, it’s not quite that pumpkin pie you so love. It’s close. It’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie! 

These pumpkin pecan squares stray slightly from the traditional pumpkin pie, it has a graham cracker and pecan crust. Mmm, can you taste it already? I wish I came up with this idea, but I found it on the Eagle Brand website. I tweaked it just a little to cater to my family’s tastebuds.

This recipe is the perfect potluck item if your name’s down for dessert this Thanksgiving. It can also be another tasty lunchbox treat if you substitute the pecans with an additional 3/4 cup of graham crackers.

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin (or canned)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for glass dish).
  2. Mix: butter, coconut, graham cracker crumbs and nuts in a medium bowl.
  3. Keep 1/2 cup of crumb mixture for topping. 
  4. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  5. Combine pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. 
  6. Pour the mixture over prepared crust and top with remaining crumbs.
  7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. 

The chopped pecan and shredded coconut give the graham cracker base a toasty boost compared to a traditional graham cracker base. I hope you love this recipe as much as our family does, considering my husband is a pumpkin pie connoisseur, lol.

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!