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Pumpkin Shortbread Dessert

My family prefers this to traditional pumpkin pie, which is just fine with me. It feeds a crowd, so I need to make only one dessert instead of several pies. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • Whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon, optional


  • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and flour; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • In a bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, salt, spices and remaining sugar. Stir in milk. Pour over crust.
  • Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 50-55 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Cut into 15 squares. If desired, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 258 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • keajay
    Oct 9, 2020

    Excellent recipe! I’ve made several times and has been enjoyed by all!

  • Ravyn
    Oct 3, 2020

    One of the best fall recipes I have ever made! Turned out great and looked just like the pictures in this recipe. I can see how this would be made over pumpkin pie! My family loved it! Not too sweet or too sugary and the perfect blend of pumpkin and fall spices. Hard to stop at just one piece!

  • Elise
    Oct 13, 2019

    I haven't made this yet, tho it looks right up my alley with one exception... why would you use canned pumpkin? Ugh

  • recipehound54
    Sep 23, 2019

    So much easier than rolling out pie crust! I cut the recipe in half and used a 9x9-inch glass baking pan; it worked out just fine and we saved us from ourselves because it was so good that we would have eaten the entire bigger pan over the course of a couple of days! This is my new go-to Thanksgiving or fall dessert.

  • mebaumert
    Nov 25, 2018

    Tastes just like a pumpkin pie, but without the mess of rolling out dough!

  • Terryfl
    Oct 30, 2018

    I had leftover butternut and acorn squashes so I used them instead of pumpkin, no one could tell the difference.

  • blueyedtraveler
    Dec 27, 2017

    Love this recipe. I was out of cloves, so left out the other two spices and used pumpkin pie spice instead. Was delish and an easy dessert to bring to potlucks etc.

  • bakingmad
    Dec 8, 2017

    This is excellent! It's really just two pumpkin pies baked in one large pan. If you like pumpkin pie (my favorite!), you will enjoy the convenience of this easy dessert without the hassle of rolling out pie crust. The recipe is easily halved for an 8-inch square pan. Don't halve the amount of cinnamon, though, and the spice amounts will be exactly the same as those for one Libby's 9-inch pumpkin pie.

  • sd20
    Nov 19, 2017

    No comment left

  • judy
    Nov 16, 2017

    I'll be making this for the first time for Thanksgiving and was wondering if it can be made ahead of time and frozen. Thanks!!