Family Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Recipe


My Gammy has a trove of family desserts that she keeps safely in our family recipe book. The book is worn from years of use and dates back to the past 30 years. Each recipe connected to an important memory in my mind. My favorites are the ones centered around a holiday or celebration. It’s wonderful how a recipe can transport you back in time.



It would not be Thanksgiving without the Pecan Pumpkin Dessert. It is really the best of both – a crunchy pecan crust with a smooth pumpkin filling. It’s easy to make as long as you have the patience to bake in layers. It may not be as traditional as a pumpkin or pecan pie, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.


I love how Thanksgiving is a time for family and grateful wishes. So I couldn’t resist the chance of passing this recipe along to you and your family. My hope is that you love it as much as my family does!


2 cans (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1 cup butter (melted)

1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Frosting: 1 pkg cream cheese, 1 & 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1tsp vanilla, 1 carton Cool Whip


Line a 13×9 baking pan with waxed paper. Coat the paper w/ cooking spray, set aside. In a bowl, combine pumpkin, milk + sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Pour in pan. Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter. Add the pecans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Invert onto a large serving platter. Remove wax paper. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar + vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Frost dessert. Store in refrigerator.