Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family’s Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood. Whether you make it with a traditional pie crust or a graham cracker crust, this pumpkin pie is a winner.

Let’s try to describe this pie:

  • Silky
  • Creamy
  • Fluffy
  • Airy
  • Light
  • No-bake
  • Spiced

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

This pumpkin chiffon pie is one of our Grandma’s famous (to us) recipes. Many, many years ago when Barbara was in elementary school, she sat down with Grandma and made a collection of all her recipes. She thinks that this is one of the first that Grandma told her.

Grandma knew all of her recipes by heart. Isn’t that the way of the past generation? We are so thankful that our mom pushed Barbara into this project.  She printed a collection of Grandma’s recipes and gave them to all of the grandchildren. What a special treat these are for us and future generations.

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

Pumpkin Silk Chiffon Pie Ingredients

  • Pie Crust –  traditional, graham cracker crumb or crustless (your choice)
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Ground Ginger
  • Eggs (separated into yolks and whites)
  • Ground cloves (optional but highly recommended)
  • Salt
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Evaporated Milk (not sweetened condensed milk)

If you are looking for an alternative to a traditional pumpkin pie, try Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. It's silky and smooth and so delicious.

Notes About Easy Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipe:

Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Dessert recipe is absolute perfection.  Cooked on the stove, the recipe uses unflavored gelatin as a thickening agent.  Don’t be scared by this recipe if you aren’t familiar with separating eggs or using gelatin.  Any novice baker can make it, and believe us, once you have this version, you will never go back to any other recipe or a store-bought pie.

If you want to make your own pie crust, go for it. Pie crusts are one thing that our mom was never able to master (both our grandmas made great pie crusts), so that means we never mastered it either!

If you prefer a graham cracker crust, this pie would be delicious in any type of pie crust!  You could even think outside the box and make a crust with gingersnap cookies.  The spices would pair wonderfully with the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in the pie. Or, make it a crustless pumpkin chiffon pie, if desired.

Let’s reiterate! This pie is a silky, creamy, airy, fluffy, light, no-baked version of the traditional, dense, heavy pumpkin pie that you are used to seeing at Thanksgiving. It is so good, that we make it all year long.

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

How to Make Pumpkin Silk Pie from Scratch:

Prepare a 9-inch pie crust according to package instructions. Meanwhile, separate egg yolks from the whites. In a saucepan, mix gelatin, sugar and spices. Stir in evaporated milk and egg yolks. Next, cook on low, stirring constantly until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in pumpkin.

While the pumpkin mixture cools, beat egg whites and sugar until stiff. Fold in whites to the pumpkin mixture, and refrigerate.

Full recipe for Silky Pumpkin Chiffon Pie can be found below.

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

No-Bake Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Crust Options:

My grandma always used a traditional crust for this pumpkin chiffon dessert, and hers of course was made from scratch. If you have a favorite pie crust recipe, use it!  Or, if you are more of the convenience-type, a premade pie crust works great. I have a friend who swears by Marie Callender Pie Crust.

But there are more options…

Pie crust not your thing? Make a crustless pumpkin chiffon pie. Make the silk filling and pour into a pie plate–no crust needed.

I also love a graham cracker crumb pumpkin chiffon pie.  These come pre-made or you can easily make a graham cracker crust by using the following instructions.

How to Make a Graham Cracker Crust from Scratch:

  1. Crush one sleeve of graham crackers (approximately 9 whole graham crackers). Crush in a food processor or put in a resealable plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin or mallet.
  2. Stir 1 tablespoon white sugar and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in with the graham crackers.
  3. Pour in 6 tablespoons melted butter and stir until all the crumbs are moistened.
  4. Pour the moistened, sweetened graham crack crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate.
  5. Spread out the crumbs, and then use a clean measuring cup to press the crumbs up the side and in the center. It is important to get the pressed down so they stay as a crust.
  6. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for approximately 7 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Let cool before filling.

Thanksgiving Pie Ideas

Real Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie is a simple, old fashioned recipe that features fresh lemon juice.  This recipe is a lemon pie without cornstarch instead using regular flour as a thickener.  It's the perfect balance between sweet and tart, and the rustic appearance makes it a favorite among amateur bakers.

Peanut Butter Pie

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling. 

Amaretto Sugar Cream PieAmaretto Sugar Cream Pie takes two of my favorite things and makes the most incredible dessert----Amaretto and Sugar Cream Pie.  The filling is creamy and smooth and fantastically delicious. 

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

If you are looking for a fail-proof pumpkin pie that is perfectly spiced and dense, then look no farther than our Impossible Pumpkin Pie recipe. This is a vintage recipe that features Bisquick.  Blend all the ingredients together in one-step, pour into a pie plate, and the rest is magic. No pie crust required. 

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Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
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Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chiffon pumpkin pie recipe from scratch, easy pumpkin chiffon pie, Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, no-bake pumpkin chiffon pie, old fashioned pumpkin chiffon pie recipe, pumpkin chiffon dessert, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Pumpkin Pie, pumpkin silk chiffon pie, thanksgiving pie ideas
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie crust baked
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves can be omited
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup sugar To be mixed with egg whites

Instructions

  • Choose your pie crust: traditional, graham cracker crumb or crustless. If using a frozen pie crust, bake the 9-inch pie crust according to package instruction.  Usually this involves pricking the bottom of the pie crust and baking for approximately 10 minutes. Let cool.
  • Separate the yolks from whites in all 3 eggs.
  • In a medium saucepan, mix together gelatin packet, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in evaporated milk and egg yolks.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
  • Place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly until the gelatin is completely dissolved and the mixture starts to thicken slightly, approximately 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
  • Let sit on counter to cool until the mixture forms a mound when dropped from a spoon.
  • While pumpkin mixture cools, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and beat stiff.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
  • Once the pumpkin mixture begins to mound, fold in the egg whites gently.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
  • Turn into cooled pie crust and chill until firm.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.
  • Top slices with whipped cream or Cool Whip.
    Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

Notes

  • This is a light, airy version of pumpkin pie. If you want a traditional version, try our Impossible Pumpkin Pie.
  • Gelatin is typically found in the baking section. 
  • Use a regular pie crust, graham cracker crust or go crustless. 

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

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3 Comments

  1. My aunt used to make a pumpkin chiffon pie very similar to this recipe. She always did a Cinnamon Crisp Graham Cracker crust which was very good with this pie. Really good with cinnamon crisp crust!

  2. Thank you so ,I h for this. I used to make this pie many years ago and it was my dear mother’s favorite. Then after moving I lost the recipe so I am greatly pleased that I found you gals today. Can’t wait now to make the Peanut Butter Pie.I will be following you for more wonderful retro recipes…thanks for sharing.Hi from 🇨🇦

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