As a college student, there is only one goal when your parents come to town: to prove that you’re a real adult. You have to clean off all those beer cans and take-out boxes from your coffee table and light a few candles in their place. You have to shower and wear real pants. You have to act like you actually use the kitchen to feed yourself.
Now that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, it’s crunch time. Soon, parents will be knocking on your door, and they’ll expect results. Your solution: Cookie Monster Pumpkin Pie. The second they catch a whiff of a fresh-baked pie, they’ll be sold.
But this is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. You don’t need to spend hours slaving over a hot stove, waiting for your homemade crust to cook. All you need is a few ingredients and a half hour to blow their minds.
Follow this recipe to make a quick pumpkin pie the next time your parents decide to “pop on over” for a visit.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)
1 can pureed pumpkin (15 oz.)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/2 roll refrigerated cookie dough (sugar cookie dough is used here, but feel free to try any flavor)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a glass pie dish. Press 1/4 of the roll of cookie dough into the bottom of the glass dish using your fingers. The dough should only be about 1/4 inch thick, because it will rise as it bakes. Set aside the rest of the dough.
2. Place the pie dish in the oven for 7 minutes so that the bottom of the pie pre-bakes a bit.
3. While the crust is pre-baking, mix the sugar, salt and spices in a small mixing bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and pumpkin together until smooth. Mix these ingredients with the dry ingredients.
5. Slowly add in the condensed milk until smooth.
6. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Once you are able to touch the dish with your fingers, press the other 1/4 roll of cookie dough into the sides of the dish. Then pour the filling in to the center of the dish, being careful not to fill it completely.
7. Return the pie to the oven and let it bake for 10-14 more minutes. You may remove it when the crust is golden brown.
8. Eat it. Love it. Impress your parents with it.
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