Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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A piece of chocolate cake on a plate, with Pumpkin pie

What do you think of when you hear the word Thanksgiving?

Do you excitedly dream of a wonderful meal surrounded by family and friends gathered around the table, sharing the blessings of life?

A large chocolate cake on a plate, with Pie and Thanksgiving

Voices in loud conversations and energetic discussions about everything from school to church with many stops in between.

Maybe your children were in a pageant at school with little pilgrims and Indians. They probably even made adorable pilgrim hats for the boys and paper bonnets for the girls.

As homeschoolers we definitely had some Thanksgiving fun, and the older siblings loved torturing dressing up the younger ones!

A young child wearing a hat

One part of me definitely misses those sweet days with my children, homeschooling and living life together 24/7.

Even though I know things are different I also rejoice in the knowledge that our first grandchild will be here soon to love on and to put silly hats on his head.

I can show him pictures of his own mother and how unique she was as my first test subject in our homeschooling experiment that began 21 years ago.

A couple of people posing for the camera

The circle of life will continue on just as God designed.

Maybe this year is a hard one for you. Have you lost a loved one or had a difficult year with losses that you keep inside?

Are your memories of loved ones no longer present at the table a heartache you experience alone?

I have a personal relationship with grief, and the only comfort I can give is to remind you you are not alone.

I even have an entire category on my blog devoted to my walk through grief and unimaginable hurts.

Let me encourage you to know that tomorrow will come and I care about you, my reader and friend, 

As the days rush forward to the holiday maybe this is the year you need  to change up your traditions and try something new.

A bowl of food on a plate

Maybe start with dessert (the best part of dinner, of course!)

This recipe is just a bit different from your normal pumpkin pie, which was appealing to me. Anything with vanilla pudding and whipped topping can’t taste bad, right? You still get the flavor of pumpkin with a very different texture.

A piece of chocolate cake on a plate, with Ice

I would love to know your holiday stories or even if you want to share a loss that is painful. I care about you, sweet friend who is struggling.

Turtle Pumpkin Pie

Tired of the traditional pumpkin pie? Here's an alternative that is delicious and easy!
Author Marty's Musings


  • 1/4 cup fudge ice cream topping or caramel
  • 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 2 pkgs 3.4 oz each vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 8- oz. whipped topping thawed


  • Pour fudge topping onto bottom of pie crust and sprinkle with nuts.
  • Beat next 5 ingredients in large bowl with whisk until blended.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping and spoon into crust.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Top with remaining whipped topping, drizzle with fudge and sprinkle with nuts.


I only had fudge topping on hand but caramel topping is even better!
You can carefully transfer crust from pie pan to a plate before filling with the ingredients if you want a more festive look!

For some more Thanksgiving dishes you might enjoy try my Cranberry Apple Casserole, Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread, Dried Beef Cheese Ball and Easy Pumpkin Muffins.

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  1. This looks yummy! Maybe I will make it for my son! (thanksgiving is difficult because my mom is alone. I would love to be with her, but she is 700 miles away. I drove last year and nearly fell asleep at the wheel coming home, so it just doesn’t make good sense. My brother, however, is only 20 miles from her, but his wife won’t include my mother. You can imagine how we feel about HER!)

    1. Hey, Kirby! I’m sorry about your mom. I know how hard the holidays can be, especially from a distance. 700 miles is a crazy distance to drive. I’m sure she knows where your heart is. (((hugs)))