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Apple Butter-Pumpkin Pie

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Elizabeth Blake
Prep time 40 mins
Chill time 3 hrs
Yield Serves 10


  • Crust:
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 envelope (1/4 oz.) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup apple butter

Nutrition Information

  • calories 344
  • fat 22 g
  • satfat 11 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 53 mg
  • sodium 157 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Make crust: Spread pecans on a baking sheet; toast until nuts are golden and fragrant, about 8 minutes, shaking pan twice. Transfer to a bowl to cool; chop finely.

  2. Mix pecans, graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter until evenly moistened. Press into pie plate. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

  3. Make filling: In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup cool water; let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree.

  4. Place bowl of gelatin in a pan of simmering water and warm, stirring, until melted, about 2 minutes. When gelatin is clear and smooth, remove bowl and stir in 1/2 cup pumpkin filling. Fold gelatin mixture into remaining pumpkin filling. In a smaller bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form, then fold into pumpkin filling. Spoon filling into pie crust and smooth top. Spoon apple butter around top of filling; press lightly into filling with spoon. Drag a small knife through apple butter in a swirl pattern to create a marble effect, taking care not to hit crust. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.