Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

Pumpkin Crunch Dessert
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

Pumpkin Crunch Dessert is in my “top ten” best recipes!

Need a dessert easier than pie?  Here’s my holiday gift to you, this is in my 10 ten top recipes.  Really, you will be amazed at the ease of preparation and how yummy it is.  My family requests Pumpkin Crunch over a pumpkin pie…lucky for me!

Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

I’m not afraid of pie crust.  I have just found over time that my guests will “ooh and aah.” about Pumpkin Crunch Dessert that goes together in a jiff, so I can enjoy time with them. Another benefit, it makes a great big pan, between 16 to 24 servings, comparable to four pies.  You’ll see, it really is easier!
So all you need to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now whip up your filling…just like pie…canned pumpkin, eggs, canned milk, sugar, and spices.  Prepare a 9×13″ pan glass or metal works well, however if you use a glass pan, set your oven 25 degrees lower, at 325 degrees. Spray it with a non-stick spray.  Pour the filling into the pan.
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert
Sprinkle your cake mix evenly over the top.  Don’t dump it on top, please.  I like to use a yellow one, and yes for those who need a gluten free dessert, I have used a gluten free cake mix, (Betty makes the best). Now top with pecans, my husband likes them whole. Chop your pecans if you’d like, drizzle with butter, the easiest part, and it’s ready for the oven.
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert
Bake for one hour, remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Top with ice cream or a pretty swirl of whipped cream.  You can serve it warm and not quite so set, or let it cool and serve it at room temperature.  It really is like pie and you can make it earlier in the day or even the night before.  In that case, I recommend you keep it chilled till a couple hours before serving.
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

Enjoy Pumpkin Crunch Dessert with lots of love and thanksgiving.

As I serve Pumpkin Crunch Dessert, I always think of the commercial where the cook is dusting flour off of her nose, as she passes out the Rice Krispy Treats.  I try not to let anyone know I like to soak in the tub while it’s baking!!!!

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Pumpkin Crunch
All of the deliciousness of pumpkin pie with much more ease. It's too yummy to save for just the holidays, please enjoy 12 months out of the year!
Serves: 16-20 generous servings
  • 1 (29 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 yellow cake mix*
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • ice cream or whipped cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and eggs.
  3. Pour into a 9x13" pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  4. Sprinkle cake mix over the top of filling, then pecans, and drizzle with melted butter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  6. It will hold together best if you let it sit for another hour before serving.
  7. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
*For family and friends that require gluten free desserts, this one is perfect. Use a gluten free mix, (I like Betty Crocker) and really no one else would ever know!

I’d love to know what your easiest holiday recipe is.  How do you simplify your menu and what’s worth lots of time and energy at your house?

Happy Thanksgiving and pinning to all of you!
Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Brandi

    Oh my looks delicious. I must give this a try! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Erin@likegrandmas

    Geesh! The hits keep on a rolling! I am going to make this for turkey day for certain. I am sure, unless you want to throw something at me tomorrow…. This looks so yummy, I am sticking with this for certain:) Thank you much!

  3. Kris

    Mercy me….that looks goooood!!

  4. Jami

    mmm…Love this!

  5. Jenny Harris

    Ooh, this sounds yummy! Will have to try this sometime this season. Thanks for sharing!

  6. lana


  7. Country Gal

    I’m all for not rolling a pie crust – especially if it involves cake mix, butter and nuts! Yum!

  8. Julie Harward

    It sounds just wonderful to me…Have a great day on Thanksgiving! 😀

  9. Jennifurla

    What a great treat, I love it!

  10. Robin

    I haven’t been to your blog before but I am already delighted by your header, the recipe, and the picture of the temple is absolutely beautiful. Did you take that picture yourself? I’ll be stopping by again……..

  11. Julie

    Yum!! Another wonderful dessert!

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Jacqueline

    This looks similar to a family dessert we do. I am not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but I love pumpkin in everything else. This looks so yummy. Wish we had some leftover of this to snack on. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  13. heartofacountryhome

    sounds like a fruit cobbler/crunch we make in a Dutch Oven when camping. Yummy!

  14. Tres French Hens

    This looks delish! I’ve made something like this before but it didn’t have the nuts on top…I’ll have to give it a try!

  15. a little lovely

    haha i was totally thinking the same thing as the person before me…this looks delish! 🙂 i’m featuring it tom!! thanks for sharing and linking up to my satuday soiree

  16. Julie

    Hi! I pinned this one. Can’t wait to try it. Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!! Enjoy! Hugs from Nebraska!!!

    • Renée

      Hey thanks Julie. Hope you like it and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. COurtNeYlynne

    Ooooothis looks absolutely delicious! I definitely need to give this pie a pin and give it a try! Yum


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