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Pumpkin Spice Delight: Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

Are you ready to embrace the warm, comforting embrace of pumpkin spice season? We certainly are! While pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice breads have taken center stage in the fall flavor lineup, we have something different and delightful in store for you. Introducing the Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups, a treat that not only tastes amazing but also looks fantastic with its unique layered effect.

One of the secrets to the success of this recipe lies in the ginger snap cookies, and I recommend using the crunchy gingersnaps from Walmart for the best results. The combination of the spiced pumpkin pudding, the ginger snap crunch, and the adorable royal icing pumpkin patch decoration will make these pudding cups a hit at any fall gathering.


For the Pumpkin Pie Pudding:

  • 1 package of pumpkin pie pudding mix (for the easy route) OR 1 package of vanilla pudding mix, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning (for a more homemade version)

  • 2 cups cold milk

  • Orange food coloring (optional)

For the Layered Effect:

  • Crushed crunchy ginger snap cookies (for the bottom and top layers)

For the Royal Icing Decoration:

  • 3 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup water (warm)

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Orange and green food coloring


1. Prepare the Pumpkin Pie Pudding:

If you're taking the easy route, simply follow the instructions on the pumpkin pie pudding mix package, using the cold milk. For a homemade twist, whisk together the vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie seasoning until smooth. Add orange food coloring if desired.

2. Make Royal Icing Decorations:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water and meringue powder. Add the powdered sugar and beat until the mixture is smooth and thick.

  • Divide the icing into two portions (3/4 for orange and 1/4 for green) and add orange food coloring to one and green to the other. Mix until you achieve your desired shades.

  • Using a piping bag, create small pumpkin shapes on parchment paper with the orange icing.

  • Allow the royal icing decorations to dry completely. These can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.

  • * For a tutorial on how to make the pumpkins, check out my instagram page at @ds_bakeshopaz

3. Assemble the Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups:

  • Start by adding a layer of crushed ginger snap cookies to the bottom of your clear glass or dish.

  • Using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner cut off, pipe the pumpkin pie pudding into the glass, filling it about 3/4 of the way.

  • Add another layer of crushed ginger snap cookies on top of the pudding.

  • Now, it's time to decorate your pudding cup like a pumpkin patch! Place the royal icing pumpkins on the top layer of ginger snaps and use the green icing to pipe vines around them.

With the layers of creamy pumpkin pie pudding, the satisfying crunch of ginger snaps, and the adorable pumpkin patch decoration, these Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any autumn gathering. Plus, with the royal icing pumpkins prepared in advance, you can save time and enjoy the festivities without stress.

So, go ahead and savor the flavors of fall in a delightful new way with our Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups – a treat that's easy to make, fun to eat, and a perfect addition to your seasonal dessert repertoire. Happy pumpkin spice season!

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