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Sumptuous Seasonal Indulgences

Updated on October 26, 2008

With the holidays just around the corner, (and Starbucks once again offering their delicious PSLs aka Pumpkin Spice Lattes,) it is time to round up several of my all-time favorite seasonal dessert recipies to share.

I grew up loving my grandma's homemade (from crust to filling) pumpkin pies and I even made a pumpkin pie from scratch once. Now that was quite an endeavor, due to the process of taking a whole pumpkin, cleaning it, steaming it, and ending up with enough pulp to equal two large cans. Spare me the extra time and idealistic notion that natural is better, in this particular case.

Give these two recipies a try! They are both very easy and will compliment both formal and informal settings.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

What you will need

2 (14 ounce) packages gingerbread mix

1 (5.1 ounce) package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix

1(30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon

1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping

1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional


Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamon into the pudding. Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, pretty punch bowl. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping. Sprinkle on the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. Yield 20 servings.

Pumpkin Delight

What you need

3 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 cup sugar

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

1 package of Betty Crocker Yellow Cake mix

1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


In a large bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and spices. Stir until smooth. Add evaporated milk and stir to blend. Pour into prepared pan (large brownie pan size.) Sprinkle cake mix over the top and spread chopped pecans. Drizzle melted butter over the top. Bake 50-55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. Top with your favorite whipped cream and enjoy!


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      Margie 3 years ago

      Fidning this post has solved my problem

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      Catlyn 9 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      are you going to make yourself, Russ?

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      Russ52 9 years ago

      Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm,

      Sounds & Looks Delich & cant wait to taste them.....

      Thanks 4 sharing

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      Catlyn 9 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      moonlake and BizzyMuse - You will not be disappointed! Let me know what you think aafter you indulge!

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      BizzyMuse 9 years ago from Southern California

      Yum! My mouth is watering after reading your hub. I can't wait to try these, and I sent the link to my mom. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      These sound really good ....