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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Filling Recipe {Worth The Effort}

Upgrade your homemade pumpkin pie with this easy and delicious pumpkin pie filling recipe! This pumpkin pie filling from scratch starts with canned pumpkin puree and is perfectly spiced…

pumpkin pie made with pie crust with shortening

Call me Un-American, but I’ve just never been a fan of turkey. For me, and I dare say for my five kids as well, the pumpkin pie is the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey and all of the tempting side dishes served are just the opening act for the two glorious homemade pumpkin pies that I bake each year.

Yes, I hear you — baking pies from scratch isn’t an easy task, but store bought pumpkin pies can’t hold a candle to the creamy goodness of a homemade pumpkin pie, not to mention you can bake at least two of these treats for the price of purchasing one!

And so each year I carry on the tradition of baking my pies from scratch, using the Crisco Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie Filling recipes passed down from my own mother who also baked our pies every year, a tradition that I hope at least a few of my kids carry on with their own families some day.

Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients

There’s not a lot of skill required for my preferred pumpkin pie filling and the ingredients aren’t out of the ordinary. The key is in the timing — make sure that you check the pies frequently during the last few minutes of cooking, testing them frequently for doneness as indicated in the recipe.

pumpkin pie made with pie crust with shortening

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Filling

Yield: filling for 2 pies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 can pumpkin (29 oz.) or 3 1/2 cups homemade pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cans evaporated milk (12 oz.)


  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  2. Pour into two unbaked pastry shells.
  3. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35-45 minutes until a knife inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean. Cool before serving.

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I used canned pumpkin for this batch, but you could also make your own homemade pumpkin puree. Try topping your pie with fresh homemade whipped cream for a decadent treat!


Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Can I use light brown sugar for the sugar?

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 3rd of December 2021

I'm sorry -- I've never tried making it with brown sugar, so I'm not sure how it would affect the filling. If you try it, I'd love to hear your results!


Monday 17th of February 2014

Hi i am from Brasil and i dont think we have evaporated milk. Can i use Any substitute?

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

Hi Fernanda! I think an equal amount of light cream would be a good substitute.


Monday 3rd of December 2012

I have a very similar family recipe for Pumpkin Pie, and agree that store bought pies don't compare at all. One question I've had recently is whether the pie filling, once mixed, can be stored in the fridge/freezer? I just bought some 5" pie pans, and would like to mix up the filling and make a small pie once a week or so, but not have to go through the hassle each time. Anyone have an idea of how long it can last? Thanks!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Monday 3rd of December 2012

I do often mix up the filling the evening before I'm planning to bake my pies and refrigerate it overnight. Just make sure to give it a good stir before using it, and you will need to bake the pies for longer. You'll also probably want to make a foil ring for the crust so that it doesn't over brown.

I'm not sure that it would last for a week in the refrigerator though.


Wednesday 21st of November 2012

Is that vanilla in your picture? B/c I don't see vanilla in the recipe. I would hate to leave it out if it calls for it.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Monday 3rd of December 2012

I'm sorry I missed this, Amanda. Yes, that's vanilla in the image, but I can't imagine why I put it in there because the recipe does not call for it. This is one of the first recipes that I ever posted, so I apologize for the confusion!

Lawrence, Johannesburg, South Africa

Saturday 22nd of October 2011

Hello all. Found your site almost by accident. Really appreciate the clear lay-out, photographs and concise, printable version. So many pumpkin recipes in America. Is Pumpkin Pie your National Dish? It is certainly used to describe solid old-fashioned values, and nurturing, pioneering Mothers. No canned pumpkin here. Is it simply canned plain-cooked pumpkin or does it contain sugar and spices at all? Just wondering how I can match your product. Be well. Lawrence


Tuesday 13th of November 2012

it's just pumpkin, no spices or sugar or other ingedients.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Sunday 23rd of October 2011

Hi Lawrence! You certainly could use plain homemade pumpkin puree as a substitute for canned pumpkin.

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