How do you make a Thanksgiving classic pumpkin pie even better? Replace your basic pie crust with this delicious pecan sandy cookie crust instead!

Pecan candies bring a delicious buttery, nutty goodness to everyone’s all-time favorite holiday pie. The unexpected twist adds some mild fun without upsetting the pumpkin pie purists.

Note: Process cookies in a food processor or place cookies in a  zip-top bag and crush with a heavy rolling pin. 


Pumpkin pie with a pecan sandy crust

For the crust: 

  • 2 cups pecan shortbread cookie crumbs (about 1 package of Keeblers Pecan Sandies or 20 cookies)
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the pie:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounce) pure pumpkin puree (Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin is my favorite)
  • 1 can (12 fl. ounce) Evaporated Milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until crumbs are well coated with butter.
  3. Press mix evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a slightly-deeper than normal 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until crust starts to lightly brown. Set aside to cool.
  5. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves.
  7. In a large bowl, add pumpkin, eggs, and sugar mixture. Stir until combined.
  8. Gradually pour in evaporated milk and stir until combined.
  9. Pour mixture into pecan sandy pie shell.
  10. Bake pie at 425ºF for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350ºF, and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes. Pie is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Remove pie from oven and let cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately with whipped cream.
  12. Refrigerated the leftovers quickly!

Try this recipe: Pumpkin oatmeal morning breakfast.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.