Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

I don’t mean to be biased, but all other pumpkin pies have NOTHING on this one. Every bite of this amazing pumpkin pie has the smooth and rich pumpkin, spicy gingersnaps, buttery pecans, and of course the warm brown sugar touch.

I’m telling you right now that if you make this upgraded pumpkin pie for your guests at Thanksgiving, you will have everyone wanting the recipe. You’ll be the talk of the night, and everyone will be so grateful to have you, the master pastry chef, in their family.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients (Pie Crust)

adapted from Whole Foods
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter (cut up into tiny piece, about 6 cubes per tablespoon)
  • 4 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 2 cups of gingersnaps
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

How-To (Pie Crust)

  1. In a large bowl (with an electric hand mixer) or in your stand mixer, combine the flour, salt and butter.
  2. Next add in 1 tablespoon of the ice cold water into the mixer at a time, until the dough will form a ball when pressed in.
  3. Form the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until it’s cold.
  4. Preheat oven to 350Β°.
  5. Roll out the pie crust onto a floured surface.
  6. Carefully transfer it to your pie plate, crimp, and tuck under the excess dough.
  7. Now, in a food processor or blender combine the pecans and gingersnaps and chop them until they are finely chopped.
  8. Add in the powdered sugar, combine.
  9. Drizzle the butter in and combine.
  10. Push gingersnap mixture in the bottom and halfway up the sides of the crust.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Let cool on a cooling rack.

Ingredients (Pie Filling)

adapted from Southern Living
  • 15 ounces of pumpkin purΓ©e (or canned pumpkin)
  • 14 ounce can of low fat or fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

How-To (Pie Filling)

  1. Beat eggs in your stand mixer or with your hand mixer.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour the pie filling into the crust and cover with a pie crust shell or foil to protect the crust.
  4. Bake on a baking sheet for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove and sprinkle the Pecan Streusel (recipe below) around the edges.
  6. Bake for another 40 minutes.
  7. Let cool for about an hour.

Ingredients (Pecan Streusel Topping)

from Southern Living
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rough chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

How-To (Pecan Streusel Topping)

  1. Combine all ingredients and sprinkle round the outside edges of the pie.


  1. Please make one for us all for Thanksgiving! I am thankful to have a creative chef just a click away. If only you could FTP a delectable.

  2. Hi Caroline πŸ™‚ Just wanted to let you know I made this wonderful pie last week and it did not disappoint! WE LOVED it so much! I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thanks again! Lori πŸ™‚

    1. That’s great! That is a goooood pie. It makes me so happy that you tried it…and especially happy that you loved it! πŸ˜€ Thanks Lori!

  3. Caroline,
    You already know I am a big fan of your baking but this gingersnap pie is just about the best pie I have ever tasted and I have tasted a lot of really good pies in my time. Great job and thanks for all you do for the RE group.

  4. Pecans are $20/lb here and can’t bring myself to buy them. Would walnuts be almost as good? I don’t eat nuts (other than peanuts) so I don’t really know. I just read that they’re an okay substitute, but do you think they fit with pumpkin? I’m making gingersnap tomorrow so that I’ll be able to make this. I’m so excited!

    1. That’s outrageous. I guess there aren’t any pecan trees in Germany, eh? πŸ˜‰ But yeah, I bet walnuts would work fine. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I tried making this, but due to a butter-from-the-apple-pie-spilling-all-over-the-oven-and-making-lots-of-smoke incident, I was not successful. Pies are a pain in the butt. Oh well. I tried (and I’m sure it would have been fantastic had my apple pie not ruined it). I hope you had a super Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, no…sad. Dumb apple pie. πŸ˜‰ I know the feeling with the smoke thing. When I made the mini gingersnap pies I had the same thing happen and it took me a couple times of baking to remember that I NEEDED to clean the oven. I finally did it and it’s all normal again. πŸ™‚ I had a great Thanksgiving…I hope you and your husband were able to celebrate!

  6. I still haven’t cleaned the oven. πŸ™ It was really bad. It was seriously like a stick’s worth of butter that leaked! Stupid German flour… doesn’t work the same way. Anyway, we celebrated with 10 of my American colleagues and although it would have been nicer without the near fire, it still very nice. πŸ™‚

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