Turtle Pumpkin Pie

This Turtle Pumpkin Pie just gave the original pumpkin pie a run for its money. You are going to love how easy and delicious this recipe is. If you need a quick dessert, this one only takes a matter of minutes. It is also the BEST pie recipe for Thanksgiving.

My parents have some friends who have a Thanksgiving Eve Pie Party at their house each year.

They make a ton of pies and then invite all their friends over for a Pre-Thanksgiving feast. I thought that it was such a fun idea and great way to kick off the weekend of eating.

Nothing is as classic as pumpkin pie, but this Turtle Pumpkin Pie is going to give it a run for it’s money. If you are looking for a delicious spin on pumpkin pie, look no further.

This pie is seriously amazing and so easy to throw together.

It only requires a few simple ingredients, and it seriously tastes AMAZING. You are going to love how easy this is. The best part is, it doesn’t require any baking. You just cleared up some Thanksgiving oven space.

If you love pie, try our Easy Pecan Pie!  It can be made in less than 1 hour and is always a crowd pleaser!

could i make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it?

You could most definitely make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it. You could even make it about 2 days in advance, before serving it on Thanksgiving, and keep it in the fridge.

If you are making it ahead of time (especially if you plan to freeze it) we recommend not adding the pecans or caramel on top, until it is fully thawed.

The caramel freezes and thaws a little weird, and the pecans may sink more into the batter as it thaws.

If you plan on making this ahead of time, and freezing it, we recommend taking it out of the freezer and placing it in the fridge, a day ahead of time, to allow it to thaw.

If it isn’t thawing as fast as you’d like, you could also place it on the counter for about an hour or two, to speed the process up a bit.

We recommend only freezing this for about 1-2 weeks. After that, it could get freezer burned, or taste a little funny.

what could i use in place of the pecans?

If you are not a pecan lover you could also use

  • Walnuts
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Gingersnap Cookies
  • Extra Graham Crackers
  • Vanilla or Biscoff Cookies

watch how to make another one of our favorite pumpkin desserts here:

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Each recipe is tried and true, so you can trust your family is going to love it.

If you aren’t pumpkin pie fans, then branch out and make something everyone will love, this Thanksgiving.

This Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake is the perfect dessert to please all the picky eaters this year. I even have to agree it tastes way better than pumpkin pie.

Watch how to make it, here:

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Serves: 8

Turtle Pumpkin Pie

A delicious spin on pumpkin pie - the creamy layers and graham crust along with caramel make an amazing dessert!

1 hr, 10 Prep Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk (cold)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cool Whip


  1. Pour caramel topping onto bottom of pie crust; sprinkle with pecans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together pudding mixes, milk, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Mix in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip to the pumpkin mixture then spoon into crust.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  5. Top pie with remaining Cool Whip, then drizzle with additional caramel topping and pecans (optional) before serving.


egg free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free



865 cal


61 g


63 g


19 g
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6 Responses to “Turtle Pumpkin Pie”

  1. I have enjoyed your recipes over the years and look forward each day to new ones and your daily updates, etc. BUT.....when you changed your blog or website, ie: updated it a while back it has caused me all sorts of problems. It takes forever to download and boggs down my computer to the point that sometimes it will hang up in the middle of downloading. As I type this message I can type 3 or 4 words before I see them on the screen. Sincerely, John F. Battle Ground, WA
  2. This is a great twist on the classic pumpkin pie for anyone wanting something different. I am eager to try it out! I made sure to pin it for later. Thanks. Anyone wanting to learn how to bake a pumpkin from scratch to use fresh pumpkin puree in this recipe instead of the canned pumpkin can take a look at cookingupgrades.com for a quick tutorial: http://www.cookingupgrades.com/how-to-bake-a-pumpkin/

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