Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Lust Dessert

Nothing screams holiday like a pumpkin dessert. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin roll, and the list goes on and on.  My husband is especially fond of anything pumpkin, so I went looking for something different than what I have made in the past.  I found it, but the most surprising thing about it is..there isn't any pumpkin in it!  Seriously.  The pumpkin flavor comes from pumpkin spice or if you can find it in your local grocery store, pumpkin spice pudding.  This has become one of my favorites!

4 layers of goodness

Nutmeg sprinkled on top gives it the perfect finish

1/2 cup of butter, melted
1 cup of flour
1 cup of chopped nuts (I used half pecans and half almonds)
2 tablespoons of sugar

 Cream Cheese Layer
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup of powdered sugar, sifted
1 16oz tub of cool whip, divided

Pumpkin Layer
2 small packages (3.4oz) of vanilla pudding
(if you can find the pumpkin spice pudding use that in place of the vanilla pudding)
3 cups of cold milk
1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice (if you are using vanilla pudding)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper.

Combine butter, flour, nuts and sugar and press in prepared pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Layer
Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cups of cool whip until smooth.  Spread over cooled crust. 

Pumpkin Layer
Mix pudding mixes with cold milk. (if using pumpkin spice, mix with vanilla pudding) Mix for several minutes.  Place in fridge for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
Spread over cream cheese layer.
Top with remaining cool whip, and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Keep refrigerated.

Adapted from Sweet Treats and More


  1. Star,
    Ooou, it sounds yummy!
    I agree, nothing says holiday like 'pumpkin'.
    And guess what?
    I have the pumpkin spice pudding.
    Aunt Karin

  2. LOL Not fair! I can't find that pudding around here anywhere. ;-) Miss you guys.

  3. Hi Star! I love the recipe! New GFC follower (Barb), and e-mail subscriber!

  4. This is awesome! My family loves it. THANKS!