Hey, everyone! Today, as I was driving down the road I am just amazed at the beautiful fall colors! It like hits me by surprise every year how gorgeous Fall is.
And now it has got me really wanting to schedule fall family photos, but until then: Another classic fall time staple is -- PUMPKIN!
My favorite fall time tradition is baking tons of yummy fall desserts and this one is my all time favorite.
Before I get into the recipe, aren't these super cute? I love this Rachael Ray casserole & baking dish! The color is so pretty, sure to make any casserole or dessert look incredible with style.
And this orange hand mixer definitely screams "Fall"!
Now, there are a few different variations to this recipe, so I'm just going to explain my method and you can "edit" this recipe based on your preference!
Crust (layer 1)
You can either use a premade cookie crust that you would find in the baking aisle of your grocery store. I always choose a shortbread cookie crust. I like that it's lighter in flavor compared to a graham cracker crust. Your dessert will be round, like an icebox pie. If you would like a more rectangular appearance, crust recipes are pretty simple to make.
I usually put a box of shortbread cookies in the food processor with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter and a 1/2 cup of sugar and process until crust resembles wet sand. Then I press crumbs into a buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, to let the crust set up.
There is also a variation where you use a pecan crust: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup butter. Mix and bake as directed above. The ingredients listed above reflect the pecan crust method!
Both are equally delicious, I'm just not a fan of pecans, so the shortbread is my favorite crust.
Layer 2: Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar, add 1 cup of the whipped topping then spread over cooled crust.
Layer3: Mix milk, pudding mix, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and 1 cup whipped topping until smooth. Spread over top of layer 2.
Layer 4: Spread remaining 1 cup of whipped topping and sprinkle pecans.
Let chill for 3 hours or until set.
Hope you all enjoy my favorite fall dessert! If you have any that are your favorite. Be sure to drop me a comment! I love finding new seasonal desserts to test out! :)