Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Called Pumpkin Crunch But We Called It "Pumpkinlicious"!

If only I could get a picture of this dessert that would: 1. do it justice and 2. let you taste it just so you could know how good it is.  Maybe good is not the right word, maybe it should be fabulous - pumpkinlicious.  All I know is that it is one of the best dessert's ever - EVER!  Goodness gracious, I have no effective description for this fantastically wonderful goodness.  

Our second daughter and son in love came to dinner last week, and I wanted to make a dessert that I had all the ingredients for.  Well, God bless Pinterest  because I had found this recipe a while back and posted it to my recipe boards.  Let me tell you, it's a keeper!  Here is what you need.


1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cups butter (1.5 sticks)
1 12 oz container cool whip
1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350

Mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon and eggs and pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture.  Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix.  Cover nuts with pieces of thinly sliced butter.  (Make sure it is almost completely covered with butter, you'll understand when you eat it).  Bake at 350 for one hour.  Let cool completely  Beat cool-whip, cream cheese and confectioners sugar together and spread on top.  Serve.

Wowee, did we all love this dessert.  Our "kids" each ate two pieces.  I mean, yeah, it's that good.  You are thinking that is a lot of butter, but it makes the pecans all "praline like" and the filling is like pumpkin pie and all that gooey goodness on top.  Wowza.  If you could just taste it, you would rush to your kitchen right now and make one.  I'm not kidding.

This is an easy dessert to make for the holidays and everyone will enjoy it of that I can be sure!  This will become a standard at our celebrations - right there with coconut cake and pecan pie.  It's actually better than pumpkin pie and easier to make.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  It's making my mouth water just writing about it.  If only I had a yellow cake mix in the house......

Everyday Donna

Things to Remember:

Christmas was better when I still believed in Santa.  Oh to be 20 again.  ; )

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