Mom’s Classic Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

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Classic Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream is a Thanksgiving staple. For many, it’s just not the holiday without pumpkin pie on the dessert table.

Mom's classic pumpkin pie is a family legend, enjoyed by 3 generations.

My mom made a lot of pies. I mean A LOT! For that reason, I changed the name of her pumpkin pie to Mom’s classic pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream.

The vanilla whipped cream is my addition but I seem to remember her making a cinnamon whipped cream. My family voted for vanilla. After I took this photo my son piled on another very large spoonful.

Everything prepped to make pie.


  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Deep Dish Pie Crust
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Confectioners’ Sugar

My Mom called this recipe Bob’s Pumpkin Pie because it was probably my Dad’s absolute favorite. My brother, who is not really all that fond of pumpkin, loved this pie.

Now, my kids, even the picky one, love this pie. That’s 3 generations and that makes me happy! They have asked for it for dessert for Thanksgiving and I’m happy to oblige.

Mom's classic pumpkin pie is a family legend, enjoyed by 3 generations.

So, when I said my Mom made a lot of pies, let me explain. She would make 3 – 4 pies a week, from scratch including a from scratch crust.

Unfortunately I did not learn her pie crust making skills before she passed in 2014 so I used a frozen crust. It was fine but I’m still working on the from scratch version.

Back to the pies. She made apple, pecan, cherry and, from what my brother tells me, peach. I don’t remember the peach but you can be sure I’ll be looking for the recipe in her collection. My brother told me he used to eat her fruit pies for breakfast. After all, fruit is good for breakfast, right?

Should you refrigerate pumpkin pie?

Yes, you should refrigerate pumpkin pie. It’s a sort of custard and should not sit out on the counter. 

If you’re making your pie the day of Thanksgiving it’s OK to cool it and serve it at room temperature or warm it slightly.

If you’re baking it in advance, cool it completely and then refrigerate. Warm in the microwave for about 45 – 60 seconds and serve with the whipped cream. Honestly, the flavors have a chance to meld.

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Mom's classic pumpkin pie is a family legend, enjoyed by 3 generations.

Mom’s Classic Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Classic pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream is a Thanksgiving staple.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


Pumpkin Pie

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten, I used Eggland’s Best
  • 1 can 16oz pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup sugar I used Dixie Crystals
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can 12oz evaporated milk
  • 1 9- inch deep-dish pie crust

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste
  • 2-3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar I used Dixie Crystals


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place frozen pie crust on rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine slightly beaten eggs, pumpkin, sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice and evaporated milk. Gently whisk together until well combined.
  • Carefully pour filling into pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake an additional 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cool.
  • Garnish with vanilla whipped cream.
  • Vanilla Whipped Cream: In a mixing bowl combine heavy cream, vanilla bean paste and Dixie Crystals confectioners’ sugar. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat ingredients until stiff peaks for, being careful to not over whip. Serve with pie.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am now craving pumpkin pie. I passed a huge display of them in the store and it was calling my name. I need to make some for Halloween for sure.

  2. My mom made a lot of pies (all with homemade crust of course) as well – though not multiples per week. My sister also makes her own pumpkin pie that she raves about. Don’t tell her, but I like my mom’s more! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    You just can’t beat a slice of pumpkin pie – this looks absolutely delicious. I love the sound of that vanilla whipped cream too!

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