I made this for my family for Thanksgiving and got rave reviews!

TURTLE PUMPKIN PIE

Prep. Time 15 minutes plus refrigeration . serves 10

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping (divided)
1 graham pie crust (16 oz)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans (divided)
2 pkg 13.4 oz Jello Vanilla instant pudding (can substitute 1 butterscotch)
1 cup cold milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tub 8 oz. Cool Whip topping (thawed; divided)

POUR 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle 1/2 cup nuts
BEAT pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin and spices with whisk until blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip; spoon into crust
REFIGERATE 1 hour. Top with remaining Cool Whip; 2 Tbsp. caramel topping and nuts just before serving

12 comments

  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel // November 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

    Linda, this sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it. Wonder if you could use sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin for a change up? Thanks for the recipe, it will be a great addition to my collection of holiday recipes! Too bad our boys of the night don't eat pie! Oh well, more pie for us ladies!

    Scarlet

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel // November 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

    Linda, this sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it. Wonder if you could use sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin for a change up? Thanks for the recipe, it will be a great addition to my collection of holiday recipes! Too bad our boys of the night don't eat pie! Oh well, more pie for us ladies!

    Scarlet

  3. Toni V.S. // November 29, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

    Hey, can we have this when I get there in January? I'm on a diet so I should be at a point where I can splurge, calorie-wise by then. It sounds great!

  4. Toni V.S. // November 29, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

    Oh, Scarlet, Marek can eat pie, since he's not a "real" vampire. In fact, he has a weak spot for junk food, especially Pringles!

  5. Mary Ricksen // November 29, 2009 at 5:44 PM  

    Oh my God! that sounds so good. What a great idea to change the pumpkin pie thing.
    Yummy!

  6. Scarlet Pumpernickel // November 29, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

    Soooooooooo, I have been told, by a little birdie that the "boys" can eat pie as well as drink hard liqour! Imagine, the best of both worlds, they can enjoy Linda's heavenly pie and chase it with their favorite Brandy!

    By the way, the first post was made from the new mini-computer and no, I am not liking it. The reception isn't what it should be so, I will return it!

    Scarlet

  7. Mary Marvella // November 29, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

    Linda, that recipe rocks! Soooooo many calories but so yummy!

  8. Barbara Monajem // November 29, 2009 at 6:29 PM  

    Hmmm... Wouldn't it be *wonderful* if someone brought this to the GRW party next weekend...? (No, I'm not volunteering... already down for something else:))

  9. Mary Marvella // November 30, 2009 at 12:17 AM  

    Is that a hint, Barbara?

  10. Beth Trissel // November 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

    I'm not wild about turtles in my pumpkin but this looks super!

  11. Joanne // November 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

    This recipe is a keeper and perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing, Linda. It's so different!

  12. Judy // November 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

    Linda, This recipes is delightfully sinful. I've printed it out and will save it for special times. YUM! thanks