Pumpkin Torte ~ Yum-o!

Hi everyone!   As most of you know, my family and I celebrated Thanksgiving early ~ this past Saturday.   Yay, everything turned out well and there were no catastrophes in the kitchen!   🙂

Since we had our meal early, I was able to take a photo of my family’s (and guests’)  favorite Thanksgiving dessert.    I’ve actually been making this for over 30 YEARS — yep, I’m old!   hehehe   This goes way back to when I only needed to bring a dessert along to our family Thanksgiving gatherings … not prepare the entire meal!

It seriously is always a hit.  I’ve given the recipe out to just about everyone who has tried it.   Soooo, I wanted to share this with you.

I guarantee you and your guests will love it!!


 Pumpkin Torte


1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs, ½ cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ½ cup butter ~ melted

Preheat oven to 350.    Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar & cinnamon together.  Add butter, mix well and pat into a 9×12 pan – I use a small measuring cup to press it into the corners.  Set to side.

 First Layer:

2 large eggs, ¾ cup sugar,  2 pkgs. 8 oz cream cheese at room temp

 Beat cream cheese until smooth.   Add eggs and sugar and mix until fluffy.   Put on top of crust and bake for 20 minutes.    Let cool.

 Second Layer:

1 lb. pumpkin (2 cups), 3 large egg yolks, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup milk, ½ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. cinnamon

Mix and cook pumpkin, egg yolks, sugar, milk, salt & cinnamon in a small pan over medium heat until thick and bubbling – about 5 minutes – stirring constantly.   Remove from heat.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin, ¼ cup cold water

In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in water.   Add gelatin mixture to pumpkin mixture.   Mix well and let cool.

3 large egg whites, ¼ cup sugar

 Beat egg whites and sugar until stiff.  Fold into cooled pumpkin mixture.  Pour into baked crust.  Let set in refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight. 


1 pint heavy cream (2 cups), 6 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, Pumpkin Pie spice

 Whip cream until soft peaks form, add sugar and vanilla.  Top Torte with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top.

Try it  ~  you’ll love it!   🙂


  1. Looks delish Mary! Thank you for the recipe will surely try it! Have a great Thanksgiving!


  2. BOBBI ISERI says:

    That looks and sound delicious. Am on my way to the store to get my food list for Thursday. This is now added to that list. Hope I can make it as delicious as your picture looks.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. Wow, looks like a picture from a Martha Stewart magazine!!! Will definitely give it a try thanks so much for sharing…

  4. WOW what a great gift from you!
    THANK YOU Mary
    Happy to hear the day went so well for you ~
    Hugs, Candy

  5. MMMM hhhhhhhhhhhh Mary sound yummy,
    I will try it for Christmas, then I will have a bit more time.

  6. She sews and she cools….Yummy!

  7. This sounds absolutely delicious….

    I’ve got to give this a try!!

    Thanks for sharing.

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