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This easy version of pumpkin pie doesn't rely on custard for its silky texture. Instead, a small amount of cream cheese and gelatin is used to set the filling.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2009
Total Time Prep Servings


For the Crust

For the Filling and Topping


Cook's Notes

When forming crumb crusts, use a flat-bottomed glass or dry measuring cup to press the crumbs against the pan, forming a firm layer.

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  • creativeT
    17 NOV, 2010
    I recently made this and it was a hit with the family. I, however, thought that the pumpkin filling was not set and firm enough in the middle even though I refrigerated overnight. Is it really supposed to be a cup of water that the gelatin is sprinkled over?
    • jamohety
      15 NOV, 2017
      no. 1/4 cup if you see the video
  • MrsMartian
    9 NOV, 2013
    This recipe was not pumpkiny enough. My husband expected a stronger pumpkin flavor. I also thought it was too salty, and I used unsalted butter for the crust. Don't think I will make this again.
  • MS11222510
    24 NOV, 2012
    This is my favorite. I cannot even imagine making any other recipe ever!
  • claritygolden
    27 NOV, 2011
    I wasn't sure I would like this pie because I don't often like pies with gelatin, but this texture was perfect--set but still silky. I cut back on the sugar by a couple tablespoons but thought it was still plenty sweet. I didn't make the crust because I was making this for a group that included someone with a gluten intolerance, so instead I subbed in a crust made with rice cereal. I thought the pie was even better 2 days later as the flavors had really blended. Great recipe!
  • LindaSweets
    16 NOV, 2011
    This recipe is delicious!!!! I decided to try it as a cupcake and it came out fabulous! Just press the graham cracker crust in the bottom and up the sides of cupcake papers in a cupcake pan, add the filling and refrigerate! They were a HUGE hit!
  • marymichaelmcdaniel
    4 OCT, 2011
    It appears that the error in step to has been corrected. I made this recipe last Thanksgiving & have been looking forward to it again this year. It is the best pumpkin pie I've ever had. The crust is amazing....
  • RCowmeadow
    26 NOV, 2010
    There's a mistake in this recipe! I have the original version of the recipe from the November 2009 edition of Everyday Food magazine, and in step 2 you're supposed to use 1/4 of a cup of water to sprinkle to gelatin on, NOT 1 cup. I made this last year and it turned out beautifully. But this year, for convenience, I just printed out the recipe from the website and used 1 cup of water in step 2, and it never set properly.
  • shandl
    25 NOV, 2010
    Is anyone having trouble with this setting up? If so what do you do? Mine has been in refrigerator for almost ten hours and is still not set up. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
  • jericagrace
    25 NOV, 2010
    I can't wait to make this for the first time today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This sounds like a winner in my book.
  • dhernandez3
    25 NOV, 2010
    I am making this now! This pie is for my son, he can not have eggs! I found this and it looked good. Thanks Martha for an egg free pumpkin pie!

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