I wanted to share one of the yummiest pumpkin recipes ever. My mom has made this for years. It’s the one dessert that everyone always asks her to make for holiday parties. If you love pumpkin pie you will absolutely love this tasty pumpkin torte. It is made of 4 layers which we all know that layered recipes are a pain in the rear, but it’s worth it I promise! The first layer is crunchy graham crackers, the second a cream cheese mixture, the third is the yummy pumpkin layer, and the topping is a cool whip and nuts if you so desire.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together and press into 9×13 pan.
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
Mix together cream cheese and sugar. Add milk and beaten eggs. Pour over crust. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely.
2 cups pumpkin mix
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Mix and cook in pan until mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
Dissolve gelatin in water and add to hot pumpkin mixture. Cool.
3 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
Beat egg whites and gradually add sugar. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over cooled crust.
Cool Whip, 2 bowls if you like it thick
Nuts, pecans or walnuts
Spread on top and refrigerate until serving.
My mom usually only covers half of the torte with nuts in case people don’t like them, so I did the same. My biggest tip is to absolutely make sure the layers are cooled completely before moving on. Put your pan in the freezer to cool faster. Especially when putting the last cool whip layer on. If the pumpkin is still warm it melts the cool whip. One time mine started melting and the cool whip started to mix with the pumpkin so I ended up mixing the two layers together. It still tasted fine, but just not the right way to do it. Also I have noticed that I have a hard time getting one bowl of cool whip to entirely cover the dessert completely. I suggest buying 2 bowls of cool whip to be safe. I am sure you can find something else to use the leftover cool whip for. Or if your kids are like mine they eat the stuff straight from the container! Ewww!