Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie is the BEST pumpkin pie recipe. This pumpkin pie will be everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The Secret Ingredient to the BEST Pumpkin Pie

Confession, I am really not a pie person when it comes to dessert. I would rather have a cookie or brownie any day. And I really don’t like pumpkin pie…at all. BUT there is one exception, I do love Josh’s pumpkin pie because it is different. It has a secret ingredient that is a major game changer. Josh adds salted caramel sauce to the traditional pumpkin pie and it is EPIC! This is hands down the BEST pumpkin pie in the world!

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie, a Thanksgiving Tradition

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving tradition. We always had Libby’s pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving feasts and I would always try to like it, but I would always take a bite and give my piece to my dad. I wanted to love pumpkin pie, but I could never get on board. I always felt bad because pumpkin pie is a holiday tradition.

But now I can embrace the tradition and eat an entire piece of pumpkin pie because this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie is perfection! Sorry Libby, but Josh’ pumpkin pie is the BEST! In fact, we were going to put this recipe in our cookbook, but everyone that tried it told us they couldn’t wait for the book, they NEEDED it on the blog for the holidays because they wanted to make it for their family and friends. We decided to share it because we didn’t want to ruin anyone’s Thanksgiving:)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream

Tips for Making the Best Pumpkin Pie

  • Start with your favorite pie crust. You can make the pie crust from scratch or use store-bought. We love this pie crust recipe. It makes two pie crusts, you can use one and freeze the other or make two pies. You might need two pumpkin pies because this pie always goes fast:)
  • After you roll out the pie dough, place it in a pie pan, and crimp the edges, you will need to blind bake the pie. What is blind baking? It is basically pre-baking the crust so the pie crust doesn’t shrink and so the bottom doesn’t get soggy. This is necessary for pumpkin pie and other cream and custard pies. To blind bake, you can weigh the pie down with pie weights, dry beans, or dry rice. Make sure the weights cover the bottom of the pie and press against the sides of the pie. The weights on the bottom will keep the pie from puffing up and the weights against the sides will keep the sides from sinking as the crust bakes.
  • Make sure you buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. We are making our own pumpkin pie filling and it’s SO much better. You will love all of the spices and the secret ingredient, salted caramel sauce.
  • You can use our homemade salted caramel sauce, it’s the best! If you want to use store-bought, you can, just make sure you get a nice, thick caramel sauce, not ice cream topping. Trader Joe’s salted caramel sauce is really good if you are in a pinch.
  • If the edges of the pie crust start to get too brown, you can cover them with a pie shield.
  • When the pie is done baking, turn off the oven and let the pie cool in the oven with the oven door slightly open. This will prevent cracking. Remove from oven when the pie is cooled to room temperature.
  • When the pie is cool, cut into slices and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
  • To store, cover the cooled pie loosely with plastic wrap or foil and keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Best Thanksgiving Dessert

Make this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving and you will be the hit of the holiday. Everyone will LOVE it and wonder why this pumpkin pie is SO delicious? I am telling you, that salted caramel is magical! You can tell them the secret ingredient or you can keep it our little secret. Just beware, they are going to beg you for the recipe…or they will just assign you to bring pumpkin pie to Thanksgiving every year because this pie is the BEST Thanksgiving dessert.

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Pumpkin Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

This is hands down the BEST pumpkin pie recipe! You will LOVE the salted caramel sauce addition. Make this epic pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas! It will for sure be the favorite dessert at your feast!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 35 minutes
Cuisine
American

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough into a 12-inch circle. Carefully drape the dough over the rolling pin and transfer to a 9-inch pie pan that is 1-1/2 inches deep. Gently fit the dough into the pan. Trim the dough to 1/2-inch over the pie pan and pinch the edges using your fingers to crimp the rim. You can also use a fork to seal the edges. Place the crust in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line the pie dough with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then fill with pie weights, dried beans or dry rice. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment paper or foil.
  3. To make the pumpkin pie filling, in a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add in the heavy cream and salted caramel sauce. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the pumpkin filling into the partially baked pie crust. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the center is almost set, but still a little jiggly. Don't over bake.
  6. When the pie is done baking, turn off the oven and let the pie cool in the oven with the oven door slightly open. This will prevent cracking. Remove from oven when the pie is cooled to room temperature.
  7. Cut the pie into slices and serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
Keyword

pumpkin

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. It is nice to read your recipes but as european, danish, it is difficult to find the measures. How much is a can pumpkin ? How big is your cup ?

    1. Use either your own recipe for homemade pie crust OR click on the hi-lighted blue words to get/go to a posted pie crust recipe. Salted caramel sauce link is hi-lighted in blue too… will take you directly to that particular recipe!

  2. salted caramelThe salted caramel sauce – click on where it says to add the caramel sauce (caramel sauce is in blue) and it will take you to the recipe

    1. Make your own spice:>>>To start, you’ll need all of three minutes and the following ingredients: 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and take a little whiff. (Smells like heaven, right?) Store the mixture in a clean small jar or spice container.
      Amount of ready-made pumpkin pie spice to use instead of individual spices…(general idea/recommendation of portions) :>>Note: Substitute 1-3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; the taste will be slightly different. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in small bowl.

  3. 5 stars
    I have had actual dreams about this pie since I had a piece last year. I am so happy you published the recipe! I am definitely making Libby step aside this year!

    1. It depends on the crust you buy. You can pie pie dough, that are unbaked. Read the instructions on the package.

  4. This recipe sounds fantastic! Definitely going to try it this year!
    Where I live I can’t find any pumpkin pie filling. How do you make yours? What Typ of pumpkin do you use? Do you have a recipe for it as well?

  5. 5 stars
    This pie is in the oven now.  Will report back but I fully anticipate it being scrumptious.  Thanks for the recipe Twopeasandtheirpod!   As for the making of the mix, I used a 15 oz (425g) can of Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin.  I made my own salted caramel sauce a couple days in advance using the link in the above recipe.  It was easy and came out perfectly.  

    The only thing I did different is the crust….I decided to go for a Speculoos crust from Belgiumfoodie.com (https://belgianfoodie.com/recipe/speculoos-pie-crust/).   Her recipe is a cross between a crumb crust and a regular crust.    

    I used a 23cm (9.5 in)  flex straight sided mold and worked the crust up to the top.  I parbaked it for 10 mins as her recipe notes without weights.  It only shrunk the slightest bit.  There was a little bit too much filling for my mold so I had used the extra dough/filling and made mini pies.  

    Happy baking everyone!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this pie and a classic pumpkin pie (a tried and true winner), and the salted caramel was the first one gone and received high praise from those lucky enough to get a piece! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! I’m sure it will be part of our Thanksgiving sweets tradition from now on 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I rarely, if ever, leave reviews about recipes. But this pie is incredible. I don’t even like pumpkin pie, but my family loves it; especially this time of year. I made this pie this evening because I had a can of Libby’s pumpkin purée that was best by the end of October. I forewarned my family that this was not the normal recipe. They all approached it with a healthy amount of skepticism, but had to agree it was fantastic! I didn’t make the caramel sauce from scratch but just happened to have a fancy jar of salted caramel sauce in my pantry, just looking for a reason to be used. It was perfect. Thanks for sharing this winner!

  8. Can you tell me is itOK to use the Libby brand? I wasn’t sure if you were suggesting not to use them and use a better pumpkin puree??

  9. Maria, I also want to ask what is the oven temperature for baking the pie? Is it 375 degrees, the same temperature for baking the crust? Thank you – this looks wonderful!

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