There are certain things that just scream fall – apples, turkey, green beans, and pumpkins! During the fall season, our family always makes sure that there is some type of pumpkin pie dessert.

Pumpkin shortbread

Most of the time it’s a standard pumpkin pie, but sometimes we opt for a pumpkin shortbread. To me, a pumpkin shortbread is like a beefed up pumpkin pie. The filling is almost identical to a pie filling, but the crust is about three times as thick. And since I love crust, pumpkin shortbread is one of my favorite fall desserts.

So without further ado, here is a simple pumpkin shortbread recipe that has the flavors of fall, tastes like a beefier version of a pumpkin pie, and is a family favorite.

Pumpkin Shortbread

Pumpkin Shortbread

Serves 18-20
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Halloween, Thanksgiving
From book Favorite Island Cookery



  • whipped cream


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter


  • 4 eggs
  • 29oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups evaporated milk


Let pumpkin shortbread cool completely before serving. Optional - serve topped with whipped cream.


Step 1
Combine flour and sugar into a large bowl. Cut cold butter into the flour mixture. Press frimly into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.
Step 2
Combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour the mix onto the partly baked crust. Reduce the oven heat to 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until top looks firm. Refrigerate overnight to cool. Serve topped with whipped cream.

This post is part of the Pinterest Party Thanksgiving Blog Hop. Pinterest Party is a Facebook group for pinners who love to collaborate and share. If you’re gathering ideas for Thanksgiving, be sure to follow along as each post is published. Here’s the schedule:

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October 21 Apple Pie Ice Cream

October 22  Pumpkin Shortbread (that’s me)

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  1. Yum, Erlene! These sound so tasty! I love the look of the ones baked in the individual custard cups — what a cute idea!