Better than Famous Pumpkin Pie

Time for us to start thinking about Thanksgiving.  The first thing that comes to mind for me when I think of Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Pie.  Yep, even before Turkey, it’s gotta be pumpkin pie.  So, if you want a good pumpkin pie, use the recipe found on the back of a can of Libby’s Pure Pumpkin.  If you want a recipe that’s better than Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie, try this one.  It’s based off of Libby’s with a necessary variation.

If you need a good pie crust recipe, try our Never Fail Pie Crust.

Better than Famous Pumpkin Pie

Serves 8
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 5 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Thanksgiving
By author Dish Ditty
If you want a good pumpkin pie, use the recipe found on the back of a can of Libby's Pure Pumpkin. If you want a recipe that's better than Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie, try this one. It's based off of Libby's with a necessary variation.


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  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 can Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 can Carnation Evaporated Milk (12 fl oz)
  • 1 Unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie shell (4 cup volume)
  • 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg (*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves


  • 2 tablespoons Maker's Mark Whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)


The main difference in this pie is the nutmeg.  I'm not sure why Libby's doesn't call for nutmeg but it makes a huge difference in the taste of the pumpkin pie.  Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie is the base for this recipe.


Step 1
Preheat Oven to 425 degrees.
Step 2
Mix Sugar & Spices
In a small bowl, mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
Step 3
Beat Eggs
In a large bowl, beat eggs.
Step 4
Stir in pumpkin and sugar/spice mix to beaten eggs. Combine well. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
Step 5
Pour into pie shell
Pour into Pie shell.
Step 6
Cover crust
Cover crust with aluminum foil to prevent over browning of crust.
Step 7
425 for 15 minutes
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
Step 8
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes
Remove aluminum foil...

and reduce oven to 350 degrees and return pie to oven to bake for 40 minutes.

Total time of baking will vary on your oven and the size of your pie. If you are making two smaller pies, 40 minutes is likely the right amount of time. For me, I had a deep dish 9" pie and it took 65 minutes to bake.
Step 9
Test with knife
Test to see if the pie is done, a knife inserted into the center should come out clean.
Step 10
Knife not clean
This knife isn't clean. Return to oven and bake in 10 minute increments until knife comes out clean.
Step 11
Still not quite clean
Nope, still not done yet. This knife still isn't clean. Return to oven and bake in 5-10 minute increments until knife comes out clean.
Step 12
Knife is clean
Ah, now the knife is clean. Remove pie from oven...
Step 13
Cool on wire rack for 2 hours
Cool pie on wire rack for at least 2 hours.
Step 14
Serve with whipped cream. Or refrigerate.

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