Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

a slice of pumpkin pie

There’s a new Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe on the can label, and it’s the first change to America’s favorite pie in 75 years! ~ today I made Libby’s ‘New Fashioned’ pumpkin pie, and compared it with the original.

A slice of Libby's famous Pumpkin Pie with maple whipped cream

the most baked pumpkin pie recipe in the world got a facelift

I bet Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe from the can label has been the go-to Thanksgiving dessert for most of you reading this post right now. Unless you have a super creative chef in the family most of us fall back on the this classic because, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Well, Libby’s has released pumpkin pie 2.0, with the first changes to the beloved recipe in generations. Luckily this traditional from scratch pie is still as easy as ever.

Spoiler alert: I loved it, and I’m not even a pumpkin pie person!

Libbys Pumpkin Pie recipe

What’s ‘new’ about Libby’s updated pie recipe?

  • The new recipe omits the 3/4 cup sugar from the original.
  • Another change is that the updated recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk in addition to the traditional evaporated milk.
  • And finally, the new recipe specifies a shorter cooking time by 10 minutes.
Filling pie shell with Libby's famous pumpkin pie recipe

It’s funny that this is the first pumpkin pie recipe on the blog, even though I adore pumpkin and have about a gazillion pumpkin recipes in the archives. I’m glad I started out with the classic, but this one has got me inspired to try more variations.

Can you make this pumpkin pie ahead?

  • Yes, that’s just what I did.
  • Make the dough for the crust and fit it into your pie pan. Wrap and refrigerate.
  • Make the filling separately, cover, and refrigerate.
  • You can do this up to 2 days ahead, then fill and bake on the day you want to enjoy it.
The new updated Libby's famous pumpkin pie recipe, ready to bake

Can I use a ready-made or frozen pie crust?

Of course! Because the Libby’s pie is so easy, I figured I had to save face and make my own crust, but you can totally use a frozen or refrigerated crust from the supermarket. Be aware that Libby’s specifies a deep dish to accommodate the amount of filling.

TIP: If you use a frozen crust, don’t thaw it, use it straight from frozen.

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How long to cook pumpkin pie?

  • The short answer is: quite a while. Pumpkin pie filling is very thin, and if you’re using a deep dish pie, it can take over an hour to fully set.
  • Ovens aren’t always accurate, so be sure to invest in an inexpensive oven thermometer for the baking season.
  • Finally, don’t be a slave to the recipe directions…if your pie is still wiggling and jiggling after the specified time, keep baking. Ovens and pie plates vary greatly.
  • I had to bake the Libby’s pie a little longer than the recipe called for, but it turned out great.
Pumpkin pie just out of the oven

How can I check my pie without sticking a knife in it?

I hate the idea of poking into my perfect creamy pie, especially when I’m going to be serving to guests, so here are a few alternative methods for checking for doneness…

  • The color will be darker, the pie will be slightly puffed, and the edges will look set. The crust will be golden.
  • Gently shake the pie, the sides should be set, and the center can have a slight wobble but no jiggly waves of batter.
  • Remember the pie will continue to set up as it cools.
  • When in doubt, let it cook a little longer, and cover with foil if the crust is browning too much. I cooked mine just until the center did not wobble, and it turned out perfect.

How long to let pumpkin pie cool before serving

  • Give your pie at least 2 hours. The custard will continue to set as it cools, and your pie will slice more neatly.
  • That being said, there’s no shame in digging in while it’s still warm.
taking first piece of Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe

Can pumpkin pie be left out on the counter overnight?

  • No, the FDA recommends leaving a pumpkin pie at room temperature no longer than 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate your cooled pie if you won’t be eating it within 2 hours after cooling.
  • Do NOT refrigerate a warm pie, you’ll get condensation on the surface.

Can I freeze pumpkin pie?

  • Libby’s does not recommend freezing this pie because they say the crust will separate from the filling, however most sources agree that pumpkin pies freeze beautifully, and I have done so with success.
  • Let your pie cool until completely room temperature. Wrap in several layers of plastic wrap, and then wrap again in foil.
  • Plan on using your frozen pie within a month for best texture.
  • To thaw: remove pie to refrigerator overnight. Then bring to room temperature on the counter, and finally, unwrap.
Libby's pumpkin pie recipe with maple whipped cream

Conclusion: what’s the word on the new Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe?

  • Love it! I think they actually succeeded in making this classic pie even better.
  • The filling is generous, which I appreciate, I loathe a thin, flat pumpkin pie.
  • The spicing is subtle, not overly ‘pumpkin spiced’, which is another plus.
  • The pie has just the right balance of sweetness and I think the pumpkin flavor is allowed to shine. The sweetened condensed milk does the trick without overdoing.
  • My only beef is that my pie took considerably longer to set. I’m a little confused as to why they lowered the baking time with this new recipe.
  • I suggest using a foil collar for the edges of the crust or at the very least covering loosely with foil toward the second half of the cooking.
  • Some of you regular readers might recall me mentioning how I don’t generally like pumpkin pie… but this recipe has changed my mind…I feel like the filling tastes lighter and definitely creamier than anything I remember ~ I’m a new fan!

*This is not sponsored, and I’m not affiliated with Libby’s in any way, but the pie is super yummy 🙂

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Libby’s New Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Have you heard the breaking news?  There's a new Libby's pumpkin pie recipe on the can label, and it's the first change to America's favorite pie in 75 years!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 477kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • A deep dish 9 inch pie plate

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 15 ounces Libby's canned pumpkin (1 can)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 single unbaked deep dish pie crust (recipe below) You can use a frozen premade deep dish pie crust if you like, but don't thaw.

pie crust (this recipe makes 2 crusts)

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks, 226 grams)
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Whisk eggs well in a large bowl. Whisk in the pumpkin, both milks, salt, and spices. Mix until everything is completely combined.
  • Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust and place on a baking sheet to make transferring to the oven easier. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350F and bake for another 50-60 minutes, or until set around the edges and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. See my notes in the blog post about how to know when your pie is done. Check on the early side.
  • Cool on a rack for 2 hours before attempting to slice. If you aren't serving the pie after 2 hours, then refrigerate, loosely covered.

Pie crust (this recipe makes 2 crusts)

  • Pulse the flour and salt a few times in a food processor to combine. Add the cold chunks of butter to the bowl and pulse about 20 times until the mixture is grainy.
  • Add the ice water, a little at a time, while continuing to pulse, then run the machine briefly JUST until the dough comes together in a clump. This will take under a minute. NOTE: you may not need all of the water, but you may also need a little more, so feel free to adjust.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and bring it together into a ball. If there is still any remaining dry flour make sure to knead that into the dough to get it all incorporated. If your dough is too sticky, add a touch more flour.
  • Cut the ball of dough in half, form two flat disks, and wrap each one in plastic. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours (or overnight) before rolling it out. You can freeze the extra disk of dough for later.

Cook’s notes

The pie filling is from Libby’s.  The crust is my own recipe.
For reference here is the ORIGINAL Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven 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 for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 8542IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Chelsea Terrel
    November 22, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    I experimented with this new recipe and I thought it was delicious. I like the custard style over the dense pumpkin pies. In fact, I didn’t really like pumpkin pie in general until I tried this recipe! I added a little cinnamon and nutmeg to my crust for added flavor which was awesome and also threw in some allspice instead of cloves and it was SO good. Definitely need to be patient with this pie as it does seem to take a little longer than the recipe calls for. There is A LOT of filling, so use as much as your crust can hold and because of how thin the mix is, I highly suggest using her too of putting the pie on a baking sheet for easier transfer. This recipe’s got my love!

  • Reply
    Elise
    November 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    My mom made the new one and the old one a few weeks ago to compare and decide which we would make for Thanksgiving. I didn’t like the new one; it had kind of a mealy texture, and I prefer a more custard-like texture for pumpkin pie.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 22, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Interesting, I wonder what would account for that.

  • Reply
    Yuri
    November 20, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I’m disappointed that they now use condensed milk instead of plain sugar. I generally avoid any recipe with condensed milk (e.g. key lime pie) since it usually comes out super sweet and super high in calories. I’m guessing it’s Nestle’s way of getting you to buy their condensed milk.

  • Reply
    Delilah
    November 19, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    4 stars
    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Made the new version the other day prior to Thanksgiving so we could review before making it for turkey day guests. It was good but we all agreed we like the original best. So it’s back to basics for us.

    • Reply
      Robin
      November 24, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      I agree! I like old re pie better and now I cannot find it! Would you happen to have old recipe?

      • Reply
        Sue Moran
        November 24, 2021 at 1:23 pm

        The old recipe is also in the recipe card, Robin!

  • Reply
    Lee Ann Samons
    November 18, 2020 at 8:26 am

    3 stars
    I’ll keep using the old recipe because I can substitute Splenda for most of the sugar. Sweetened condensed milk is delicious, but it’s not good for diabetics.

    • Reply
      Melissa
      November 25, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      That’s not a good reason to give the recipe 3 stars. Just because you prefer the other one for health reasons doesn’t mean this isn’t a good recipe.

  • Reply
    Louisa
    November 15, 2020 at 8:35 am

    This recipe has been around a long,long while. i like to use the sweetened condensed milk as it makes a smoother pie. it is misleading to new cooks to say that there is no ( granulated) sugar in it . Sweetened condensed milk has a ton of sugar in it.

  • Reply
    Eileen Matarese
    November 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    5 stars
    Doesn’t the sweetened condensed milk have just as much or more sugar than the original recipe?
    Having Type 2 Diabetes I have to watch the sugar intake.
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 12, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, the total sugar is a little bit more in the new recipe.

  • Reply
    Steve Philippi
    November 10, 2020 at 6:52 am

    As I read it, The new recipe is longer by 10 minutes.
    15 plus 50-60 minutes new
    15 plus 40-50 minutes old.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

      Good observation!

  • Reply
    sheri russo
    November 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    How do you adjust for two pies.> I always get the 29 oz of libby’s . Gotta make two pies for extended family

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

      I’ve only made the single pie, maybe another reader will weigh in.

    • Reply
      Alison Farmer
      November 25, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      5 stars
      I had the large can of pumpkin, so I doubled all the other ingredients to get 2 pies. They turned out fabulous!

      • Reply
        Sue
        November 25, 2020 at 1:26 pm

        Yay! Happy Thanksgiving Alison 🙂

      • Reply
        Robyn
        November 27, 2020 at 6:25 am

        5 stars
        Did you have to adjust the baking time at all?

  • Reply
    Carol Ann
    October 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    3 stars
    I made both Old Fashioned and New Fashioned to taste test before our Thanksgiving (US). This sort of tastes ok. Not too different. But the differences I noticed makes me not want to make it again. They are: it’s lighter in color, more volume and more like custard than pie, it made a bullseye in the center (strange) and kind of a marble sized dent in the center, the edges of the actual pie (not crust) were light on one side and very dark on the other. I think the Old Fashioned has more of a pumpkin flavor and is more pie like rather than the custard style the New Fashioned made. Thoughts? Did I not mix enough or did I perhaps overmix? Anyway, thanks for sharing. It did take as long as your recipe states, not the shortened time on the can.

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