Perhaps the best part of Thanksgiving is the part when pie is served. Baking the pies, however, can be a whole ‘nother ball game. Between prepping the turkey, stirring together the stuffing and tossing together the sides, who has time to bake a pie? Well sure, we always find a way. But here’s an even easier option: Magic Pumpkin Pan Pie. Called “magic” because it makes it’s own crust, this recipe is a combination of pumpkin pie and pumpkin streusel bars. An incredibly simple way to enjoy all that pumpkin flavor you love, without all the prep time of a traditional pie. One of our favorite holiday recipes. Especially when you’re called upon to serve a crowd. Makes enough for the whole crew, with a total of 12-16 easy slice servings from every pan.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Flavor Swap. Instead of vanilla, try a Spice Cake mix for extra seasonal flavor.
  • Add Booze. Swap half the butter in the recipe for bourbon. So much caramel flavor in that final pie! YUM!
  • Get Saucy. Serve slices of this pie topped with your favorite caramel sauce. Too good for words.

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Magic Pumpkin Pan Pie

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Cuisine: Dessert


  • 16 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • nonstick baking spray


Heat oven to 350°F.

Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with nonstick baking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice and eggs.

Sprinkle 2/3 cup cake mix in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with pumpkin mixture.

Sprinkle remaining cake mix atop cake, drizzle with butter and top with pecan halves.

Bake for 24-28 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set.

Remove and cool before slicing. Top with whipped cream, if desired.


A cross between a cobbler and a pan pie, this easy dessert is a must-try autumn favorite. Buttery, crumbled topping, sweet spiced pumpkin filling. Serves 12.

Posted in Desserts, Recipes by Goodcook staff |