Pumpkin Crisp

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

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Fall desserts are the best desserts. I said it. Maybe it’s the pumpkin. Maybe it’s the rich, buttery goodness. But either way, I want them all.

And this Pumpkin Crisp is at the top of the list. A rich, pumpkin pie layer topped with a crumbly crisp topping. It’s just what Thanksgiving ordered.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

Like Pumpkin Pie, But Better

If you love pumpkin but aren’t a big fan of pumpkin pie, this is the dessert for you.

It seems like the mushy texture is what gets people when it comes to pumpkin pie. We fix that problem in a few ways with this Pumpkin Crisp while still providing those warm, fall flavors.

The pumpkin layer has some definite pumpkin pie vibes but with a bit more density. And the crispy, crumbly, buttery topping provides SO much texture. No soggy crusts here.

So it’s not overwhelmingly mushy like pumpkin pie often seems to be. That difference in textures adds so much goodness.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Crisp

  • Canned pumpkin: You’ll want to grab pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Evaporated milk: This thins out the pumpkin filling and gives it a rich, creamy texture.
  • Granulated sugar: Adds sweetness to the pumpkin layer.
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin pie spice: To give lots of warm, spicy flavor to the pumpkin filling. You can buy it premade or make your own with spices you already have on hand. Here’s my favorite recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice.
  • Salt: You always need salt in a dessert recipe to help balance out the sweetness.
  • Butter pecan cake mix: Yep, that’s what makes up the crispy, chewy crumble on top of the pumpkin crisp. I love the rich, buttery flavor the butter pecan cake mix adds. If you can’t find this varierty or don’t love pecan flavor, feel free to use yellow cake mix or spice cake mix in its place.
  • Butter: Adds more flavor and texture to the crisp topping.
Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

How to Make Pumpkin Crisp

This dessert is one of the easiest around. You’ll have it prepped and ready for the oven before it’s even preheated.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, egg, evaporated milk, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and set aside.

Place the cake mix in another bowl and drizzle in the melted butter. Mix together until the cake mix is crumbly and you no longer see any dry spots.

Sprinkle the cake mix crumble over the pumpkin mixture and it’s time to bake.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

Make It Ahead of Time

This dessert is super flexible and can definitely be made the day before serving. Simply bake it as directed then allow it to cool completely.

Once cooled, cover and refrigerate until serving.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

How to Serve Pumpkin Crisp

You can serve it cold or zap it in the microwave for a hot crisp situation. I like it both ways!

And it’s of course best served with a big scoop of old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. Or a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.

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Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.
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Pumpkin Crisp

Need an easy dessert for Thanksgiving? Prepared in less than 10 minutes and make ahead friendly, this Pumpkin Crisp will bring a major fall mood to the table.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin crisp
Yield: 9 servings
Author: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Ingredients

For the Pumpkin Layer:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk (3/4 cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

For the Crisp Topping:

  • 1 15.25 oz. package butter pecan cake mix
  • 9 Tbsp. butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, egg, pumpkin pie spice and kosher salt. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared pan.
  • In another bowl, combine the cake mix and melted butter. Mix until crumbles form and there is no longer any dry bits. Sprinkle over the pumpkin layer. Gently spread evenly. Bake for 45 minutes.

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