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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is light, fluffy, and exceptionally creamy! Every forkful melts in your mouth with hints of warm spice! It’s one of the BEST Pumpkin Pie recipes ever!

A chiffon pie made with pumpkin and whip cream

This is, hands down, my all time FAVORITE pumpkin spice recipe! Growing up there was the traditional pumpkin pie. I like pumpkin pie. It just wouldn’t feel like fall without traditional pumpkin pie.

Can Thanksgiving BE Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? But…what if, there was something better than plain ol’ pumpkin pie?

Hold on to your tail feather’s cause…THERE IS! It’s this Pumpkin Chiffon Pie!

Last week when I made this pie one of my bestie’s stopped by my house to drop something off . I handed her a piece of pie” for the road”! (You know, covered in plastic wrap, on a paper plate.)

A few minutes later I got the BEST text message and photo from her! She said as she was driving home that pumpkin and spice kept “calling” to her and she just had to pull over and eat it then and there!

I still don’t know how she took a photo of herself leaning over the plate, eating that pie with her fingers, but I laughed till my sides hurt! (I totally wanted to post the picture, but I want to keep her as part of my posse!)  It was the BEST! Needless to say…she LOVED the pie!

One bite and I promise you are going to look at it and say “Where have you been all my life lover?!!!”


How To Make Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

You will need one baked 9 inch pie crust. You can find my recipe for my pie crust here. Just be sure to cut the recipe in half as that is for a double pie crust. You will only need a single.

TIP: You can use a store bought pie crust if you want and that makes your life easier!

For a single crust pre-baked pie crust bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Be sure to check it at 10 minutes. If the edges are lightly tan…and the crust no longer looks “raw” pull that beauty out! It needs to cool completely!

TIP: When making a pie crust for a baked pie shell, poke the crust with a fork so that it will not bubble up. (We’re gonna bubble up from eating this pie…but, we don’t want the crust to bubble up. lol)


Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Filling

In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, add 1 envelope unflavored gelatin. (That is made by Knox gelatin. You’ll find it in the jello section usually on the top shelf.) 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, cinnamon, allspice, 1/4 tsp. ginger, nutmeg.

Stir in milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin. (I love those whisks! My favorite for cooking with! You can find the link to one in my recipe card below!) 


Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens and gelatin dissolves. It should look like the photo below. Can you see how much thicker it is than the one above?

TIP: It’s very important that you make sure your mixture is thick because you need that gelatin dissolved!


Remove from the heat, pour into a separate bowl, and chill until partially set.

Okay, we are going to stop for a second!

See the photo below? Remember how I said “I’m always going to keep it real here?” So, I got busy and stopped checking the mixture! (Shocking I know! Wink-wink) Mine did more than “partially set”. If you don’t want to have your arm fall off when blending this mixture with the next mixture…don’t do that! lol Seriously!

It should be really thick…BUT…you should still be able to stir it with a spoon. So, be sure to check on it from time to time. I usually leave a spoon in mine and just open the refrigerator, give it a stir, and check it for texture. Usually! lol


Part Two of Filling, Egg Whites

Next beat your egg whites till soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until stiff peaks. You may need to wear your sunglasses for this part!

(Goodness me that is a lot of reflective BRIGHT white! )


In another bowl, beat whip cream until stiff and firm. Add to the egg whites. (I did warn you about the sunglasses!)

Fold the pumpkin mixture into the egg white and whip cream mixture.

Do NOT stir! You don’t want your whip cream and egg whites to go flat on you. You need to FOLD in the pumpkin mixture which is why you don’t want to let it set as long as I did!

Keep folding until the two mixtures are completely blended.


Pile into cool baked pie shell.

Finishing Touches

Chill until firm. I recommend over night, but at least 4-5 hours.  Trim with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg! Yuuuuuummmmm! (Lick the bowl, lick the spatula, lick your fingers…it’s a must! I won’t tell!)


The crust is flaky. The pumpkin Chiffon is “Chiffony”…it resembles a delicious creamy pumpkin mousse.

The pumpkin and spice flavors are not overpowering. To quote Goldilocks…”They’re just right!”. Just the perfect blend of everything!  Add in that topping of whipped cream and nutmeg…there ya go…you just fell in love!


I can never eat just one slice! I’ve tried…and failed! I’ll own it! I love the texture, flavors, creaminess, everything about this pie!

Trust me…you WANT this pie in your life on Thanksgiving Day after all the Turkey and Stuffing! Unlike my friend, you can even eat it with a fork. If you’re fancy like that! lol

(My favorite part after the photo shoot!)


This truly is the perfect Holiday dessert for your Thanksgiving table! Your guest will love it!

I’m sharing this recipe over on a few of my favorite link parties. Click the links to join the fun! Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Pot Luck!

Great Holiday Desserts For Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve got the printable right below for you. I really hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s a huge hit at our Holiday table and I know it will be at yours too! Have a Fantastic Fall Day!

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

A light, fluffy, creamy, deliciously amazing Pumpkin Chiffon Pie! Like Pumpkin Mousse in a crust! Perfect for family get together's and Holiday meals. Sure to become a Family Favorite!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 - 9 inch baked pie shell
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Combine gelatin, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium sauce pan. Stir in milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour into a bowl. Chill until partially set, checking periodically.
  2. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue beating on high until stiff peaks form. Beat whip cream until stiff peak form. Place whipping cream and egg whites together. Fold Pumpkin mixture into egg whites and whipping cream.
  3. Pile into baked pie crust and chill over night or at least for 4-5 hours until firm. Trim with whipped cream and nutmeg.


Cook and Prep times do not include "chill" time.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

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Sunday 19th of December 2021

I loved this, my kids loved this, my guests loved it. Just like my mother used to make. I created my own graham cracker crust with the addition of glazed pecans processed until fine and added to the processed graham crackers. I set the crust in a tart pan and refrigerated. No baking required. I decorated final pie with whipped cream rosettes, sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on, and then scattered glazed pecan pieces. Unbelievable!

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Hi Alicia! Goodness me! I want to come to your house and have this pie! I love all your additions. Each one is perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year! Merry Christmas, Norine


Thursday 10th of December 2020


Friday 11th of December 2020

Hi Judy! If you've already made the pie and you just don't like the look...I'd sprinkle it with powder sugar on this pie! If your pie crust is turning out darker every time...turn the heat on your oven down by 25 degrees. On a single layer pie crust that is pre-baked, you can pull the crust out once the edges begin to brown and the bottom of the crust has bubbles popping up giving you the flaky layers you desire in a pie crust. I hope this helps. Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. Please come back soon.


Julie Lowry

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

This is the real deal. I have made this pie for about 34 years. I originally got it from the old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, the red and white checkered one. (I don't think you can buy it anymore). I was in WA two years ago for Thanksgiving and I had forgotten to bring this recipe with me. I looked all over the internet. I finally found the same one on this site. I was so excited. My family loves this one sooo much more than the thin cooked-in-the-oven kind. This piles up high in the pie crust and is very light and fluffy. It stays soft and creamy because of the beaten egg whites and whip cream added in. It has a creamy pumpkin taste, much lighter flavor than the baked one. ( I make the crust from my mom's recipe.) I was in Boston this year for thanksgiving and my daughter called me and wanted the recipe, she hadn't ever made it, but this is her favorite. She made 2 and said they came out perfectly. You need to try it. You'll be so glad you did. Thanks so much Norine. So glad I found this.


Saturday 25th of December 2021, Perfect & totally nostalgic - for me at least! Thanks, Norine! Was invited to a friend's this year & asked to bring a pumpkin pie, so decided to make "Mom's" chiffon pumpkin in addition to the traditional. Looked through her old recipe boxes & loose-leaf collection and finally resorted to looking online. This one looked about right... and was a big hit! (made it with a vanilla-wafer crust) Didn't read the Comments 'till now, but just thought I'd mention that Julie (and you) were exactly right. Just found it - *exactly* the same - in Mom's old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (red & white checks). Definitely used many times! Penciled in the margin - she'd substituted an additional egg (3 yolks & 3 whites) - and left out the whipped cream. (not sure why - maybe $$) Anyway... Thanks for "bringing back the memories"!! in addition to THE Best Pumpkin Chiffon recipe! Duly Bookmarked.. and... Merry Christmas! Jean H

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. My Mom may have found the original recipe in her Better Homes and Garden cookbook too? I'm really not sure. I just know she put it in the cookbook she wrote for me of Family Favorites as a wedding gift. This pie was always on the dessert menu for Thanksgiving growing up. I love how fluffy it is. You described it perfectly. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us. You made my day! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy Nesting! Norine


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

I haven’t been able to find any unflavored gelatin. What can I substitute?


Saturday 21st of November 2020

@Tina, I bought Kroger brand unflavored gelatin


Friday 4th of September 2020, Thanks for all the information 😊 I have one more store then Amazon . My problem is I need it now !!

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Hi Tina, I'm not sure the substitutes for unflavored gelatin are going to be much better but you can use 4 sheets of Leaf (sheet) gelatin for each packet of unflavored gelatin. You can also use 2 teaspoons of agar powder. I wouldn't even know where to begin to tell you to find those two products. Knox generally is the biggest maker of unflavored gelatin. Have you tried Amazon or a local bake shop to see if they may have some they could sell you? I'm sorry, I know our current situation makes finding ingredients tough right now. Hope I helped a little. Thanks for stopping by! ~Norine

Ginger R

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Do you know if this will be as good if made a day ahead? I’m concerned about the crust getting soggy.

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Hi Ginger! This pie bakes up beautifully ahead of time. I always make mine a day or two before the holidays and it's perfect. I actually think the flavors intensify a tad as it refrigerates. The crust will not be soggy. It will be perfect. Hope this helps you out. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week. Norine

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