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How to Make a Pumpkin Torte

Carla is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about food and sharing her recipes with others.

Pumpkin pie is a staple at many Thanksgiving tables. I have never been a huge fan. One day, my girlfriend brought me a slice of her pumpkin torte with its buttery graham cracker crust and cream cheese layer, and it was divine. It has since become a favorite Thanksgiving dessert for me to whip up. Do you need an alternative to pumpkin pie? Try the recipe below.


  • 1 1/2 C Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 C Margarine/Butter
  • 1/3 C & 3/4 C & 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 8 Oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 2 Beaten Eggs
  • 2 C Pumpkin
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Package Unflavored gelatin (Knox)
  • 1/4 C Cold Water
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip


  1. To make the graham cracker bottom, add 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs to 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Melt margarine, add sugar and crumbs. Press into 13" x 9 " pan.
  2. For the cream cheese layer add 8 oz cream cheese, 3/4 cup granulated sugar,1/2 cup milk and 2 beaten eggs. Cream cream cheese and sugar. Add milk gradually, beat in eggs. Pour over crust and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.
  3. For the pumpkin layerAdd 2 cups of canned pumpkin, 3 egg yolks, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (Knox) and 1/2 cup cold water Cook everything except gelatin and water over medium heat until cooked through. Remove from heat and add 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin which has been dissolved in 1/2 cup of cold water. Cool.
  4. Fold into pumpkin mixture 3 egg whites beaten with 1/4 cup of water until stiff. Pour over cream cheese mixture.
  5. Spread top with 16 oz. Cool White. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Can be made a day ahead.

What Is Knox Gelatin?

Knox gelatin is a very specific kind of gelatin. It works differently than most. You can probably use regular gelatin, but I suggest reading more about this and then deciding.

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