Walnut Crunch Pumpkin Pie

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs 3 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8 servings


Walnut Crunch Pumpkin Pie features a crispy-candied layer of walnuts on top of a delicious creamy pumpkin pie. This makes an elegant version of a traditional holiday dessert.


  • 1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, unbaked
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


PREHEAT oven to 425° F.

COMBINE walnuts and brown sugar in small bowl. Place 3/4 cup nut-sugar mixture on bottom of pie shell. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl; mix well. Pour into pie shell.

BAKE for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

COMBINE butter and remaining nut-sugar mixture; stir until moistened. Sprinkle over cooled pie. Broil about 5 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly. Cool before serving.

YUM !!

by J. Joan , on Nov. 2009

Tried this recipe for a Church Bazaar - was the first one sold. Person came back and wanted name, etc of baker --"was the best Pumpkin pie ever!!" I cut out little leaves to decorate the edges of the crust. Pretty !! Definitely doing it again.

Pumpkin Perfect

by M. Marie , Sunrise, FL on Oct. 2008

This is a fabulous pie! A great variation of Libby's famous pumpkin pie, the nuts and crunch topping compliments the pumpkin and spice flavors, and "dress up" this pie in gourmet style. A new favorite! Will make it again and again for the Holidays.

A Different Pumpkin Pie

by L. Laura , RICHLAND, WA on Jan. 2008

This recipe was very easy to follow and make. What a great new way to have a traditional holiday favorite! Made one for Thanksgiving and had to make another for Christmas. Everyone said it was the best Pumpkin Pie they had ever enjoyed!


by J. Jennifer , MOBILE, AL on Dec. 2007


Great twist on pumpkin pie

by C. Catherine , FARMINGTON, NM on Dec. 2007

I tried this topping on individual pumpkin custards (to save the calories from the crust) and it was superb. My guests loved it too. Adds a great flavor and crunch to the smooth pumpkin filling. It's a keeper.

An Instant Favorite

by C. Cynthia , PITTSBURGH, PA on Nov. 2007

Absolutely delicious! I added some cinnamon to the brown sugar-walnut mixture, and substituted a jar of baby food sweet potatoes for some of the pumpkin. I actually had enough filling for two pies. The filling also freezes well. Fantastic pie!!!

This is a keeper

by M. Marianne , LAKEVILLE, NY on Nov. 2007

Wanted something a little different from just a plain pumpkin pie. Made this for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! Everyone raved about it. This will definitely be a keeper for my recipe box.

wonderful twist on the traditional

by L. LAURA , NAPERVILLE, IL on Nov. 2007

We had this pie for Thanksgiving. Our family is split between traditional pumpkin pie and a fluffier version. When they had this pie, they ALL loved it! It's slightly fluffier than a traditional pie, and the walnuts add interesting texture and flavor. I would definitely recommend giving it a try. I know we will have it again. Enjoy!

Pretty tasty

by S. Shannan , FONTANA, CA on Nov. 2007

I made three of these pies for Thanksgiving. They were good, but I thought that the walnuts in the crust made the pie a little soggy. Next time I will just put the walnut crunch mixture on the top of the pie.

Walnut Crunch

by B. Bethany , SAN ANTONIO, TX on Nov. 2007

I just made this for Thanksgiving...it was really good, but I should have also made a regular pumpkin. The brown sugar topping distracted from the pumpkin flavor. So on its own, a good recipe. But in place of the traditional, doesn't quite cut it.