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Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie

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Oh. My. God. You Guys! This Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie is one of the best pies I’ve ever made!

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie | | The BEST meringue I've ever had!

I often wonder if people think I’m running a drug house. I’m not really…only I guess I sort of am. Instead of distributing drugs, I’m dealing sugar-ladden treats.

I’ve been baking a lot lately and I do not want to keep stuff in my house. So I’ll pack it in baggies and bring it to school pick-up. Or I’ll put out a call on Facebook and tag my sugar-loving friends.

Last week, when I made this pie, people were actually stopping by my house after stalking my car and realizing I was home. I was happy to deal share this pie because otherwise I would have eaten the entire thing – no joke.

It’s that good.

The pie is awesome. It’s a frozen pumpkin pie. I mean, *swoon*, right?

But then. Then there is meringue. The best meringue I’ve ever eaten or made in my entire life.

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie | | The BEST meringue I've ever had!

This pie almost didn’t get made because I almost strapped the mixer bowl on like a feed bag and went to town. But I resisted, because I had to share it with you.

When I was at Duncan Hines last month, Chef Joe showed us how to make the perfect meringue. The secret is 2 parts sugar to 1 part egg whites, and it’s probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever made.

People – it was easier to make the meringue than it was to figure out how to turn the blow torch on.

It was easy. Believe me!

Chef Joe likes to give measurements in weights. As in 5 ounces of this and 1 pound of that. I know that’s all well and good, and the way we’re supposed to do it, but I’m a home cook and so are you. I converted his weights to cups for you. But I also included the weights I used. In case that’s the way you roll.

If you take nothing else away from this post, please take the meringue. OMG you must make it.

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie | | The BEST meringue I've ever had!

The pie itself is a mixture of pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, spices and Cool Whip. A note about the spices: the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons. I actually made it with a tablespoon and it was a little too spicy for me. If you like spice you can go heavier. I think 2 teaspoons would have been perfect.

You place the mixture in a pie shell that’s been pre-baked (I love Pillsbury refrigerated crusts best!) Then you freeze it.

As I said, making the meringue could not be easier – you just whisk egg whites and sugar over a pan of boiling water and then beat them in a mixer. When you’re ready to serve your pie, you top it with the meringue, and then torch the tips. I got a kitchen torch recently and have been dying to try it. It made it so simple to brown the tops of the meringue, but you can also do it under a broiler, if you don’t have a torch.

And I didn’t burn down the house!

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie | | The BEST meringue I've ever had!

So, yeah. If you like desserts, you can come by my drug sugar house too. I’ll sneak you goodies in a paper bag. And this pie. OMG. You must make it!

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Servings: 8 -10 servings

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie


For the Pie

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust — I like Pillsbury
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree — from a can (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 and 1/2 containers Cool Whip Topping — about 12 ounces

For the Meringue

  • 4 egg whites — about 1/2 cup or 4 3/8 ounces
  • 1 and 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar — about 8 3/4 ounces


Make the Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll your pie crust and lay it in a 9” pie plate. Poke the bottom of the pie several times with the tines of a fork, so it won’t bubble during baking. Bake for about 17-19 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before filling.
  2. Whisk sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Gently fold in cool whip. Pour into cooled pie shell. Freeze until hardened, at least four hours, but overnight is better.

Make the Meringue

  1. Fill a saucepan with about 2-3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Find a bowl that will fit on top of the pan without touching the water. (I like to use a glass bowl over a 2 Qt. saucepan.)
  2. Whisk the egg whites and the sugar in the bowl. Place it over the boiling water and whisk until the mixture reaches 120-160º. This takes just a few minutes. You can use a candy thermometer if you have one, or even a (clean) meat thermometer.
  3. Once it comes to temperature (I let mine come to 140º), transfer the mixture to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat at speed 4-6 for until stiff peaks form, about five minutes depending on your mixer. Your meringue is now ready!
  4. You can top your pie just before serving, but you can also top it and refreeze the pie until ready to use. There are two ways to put the meringue on your pie. First, you can just spread it on. Second, for a prettier look, place the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip. Pipe swirls all over the pie. There is just enough meringue to cover the top of the pie in one layer.
  5. Use a kitchen blowtorch to lightly brown the tops of the meringue. Or, you can place the pie under the broiler for just a few seconds - do NOT walk away from the stove!
  6. It’s easiest to slice frozen, but it tastes best after the slices sit at room temperature for a few minutes.

Other pumpkin goodness:

Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Ghost Meringue

pumpkin cheesecakes with biscoff crust and ghost meringue

Spiced Pumpkin Dump Cake

spiced pumpkin apple dump cake (2 of 5)w

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

pumpkin-coffee-cake (3 of 5)w

Sweets from friends:
Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie by Wine & Glue
Double Pumpkin Poke Cake by Beyond Frosting
Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars by Something Swanky

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  1. Not gonna lie, I’ve kinda been stalking CfC ever since I saw those lovely ribbons of meringue on instagram. This looks SO beautiful and well, Frozen Pumpkin Pie?! I’m sure it’s delicious as well! I’ve got to try the meringue!

  2. The meringue looks incredible and love that you have a torch! I need one. And love that you did not make baked Alaska with this meringue…LOL 🙂 And converting to cups, yes, that is where America is at right now. I give them what they want, too.

  3. Such a gorgeous pie! I love the finish on the meringue on top and now I have a good excuse to go out and buy a blow torch 🙂

  4. It’s like pumpkin ice cream pie with a huge dollop of meringue! So fun and I love!! Thanks for converting it to cups, that is was people want even if technically would should weights. Cups and tablespoons are so much easier! 🙂

  5. Your meringue is beautiful!!! The perfect height and color!! Plus I want to eat that whole frozen pumpkin pie yumminess!!!

  6. Sugar house – yessss:) I totally understand you on this one. Although, I have not made a pie like this and you have completely convinced me to. Are you sure you didn’t drug this? (just kidding:) That meringue is GORGEOUS and I love how easy it is. I think I need a blow torch, now, too. Awesome job!

  7. Looks great…YUM!

  8. Oh man, that is some beautiful meringue! 🙂 I know what you mean about distributing treats – I’m sending things with my husband to give to his coworkers all the time!

  9. To be honest, I don’t really like pumpkin pie, but this looks incredible!! Your meringue came out just perfect. I have to pin this just because it’s so beautiful!!

  10. Yum! This definitely goes into my Fall Pumpkin desserts collection! Pinned!

  11. I can totally see why people were stalking you down for this! I would have been too!

  12. That meringue looks PERFECT! I love to use my blow torch. I tried to toast some marshmallow frosting on top of a Rice Krispie treat, but because there was marshmallow in the bar, it torched the bar too, HAHA. Not my finest moment.

  13. If I lived near you, I’d be over every day to taste test everything you make!!!!

  14. Love the part about you sneaking treats. My parents visited today and I was all about giving my mom a goody bag, even though she was like no no….. Reverse deja vu of when I was younger. I was like seriously mom no two people can eat this many cookies or muffins 🙂 My dad loves pumpkin pie I’m sure he would love this recipe…. oh and I really really think I need a kitchen torch.

  15. This pie sounds so awesome. I find baking by weight so much easier. I don’t end up spilling flour all over the kitchen now that I’m not having to level things. I loved the meringue from the baked Alaska, but that was the only part I tried since I don’t like coffee. I miss my kitchen torch. I guess it’s time to buy a new one.

  16. Holy toledo…pass me a fork – I’m diving in!! This looks like pumpkin perfection 🙂

  17. Holy cow Dorothy! This looks divine. Last year I had my face in pumpkin ice cream I found at the grocery store. This fall I think this is going to be my frozen pumpkin dessert of choice. Yum!

  18. Your sugar dealer analogy made me laugh, Dorothy! This pie sounds amazing and your meringue…so pretty! I’m excited to try out a “perfect meringue” … 🙂

  19. This looks so yummy! It has been hot around here lately, so I could definitely use a slice of this frozen pumpkin meringue pie right about now!

  20. Great tip about the meringue, sometimes it can be a pain! Great looking pie 🙂

  21. Woo boy, Dorothy this is the best pumpkin pie ever!!

  22. Love that you added meringue to a pumpkin pie! This looks incredible!

  23. I want this pie, and that meringue, in my face. RIGHT NOW.

  24. Girl, your frozen pumpkin pie with meringue looks incredibly scrumptious! And…thanks ever so much for supporting Katrina and those with a dairy allergy on her blog today with your Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. You are THE BEST! Will pin your beautiful pie to group boards at Pinterest! xo

  25. This looks like the perfect pie for me! And I love that it’s frozen!

  26. Wow. I hate to do the old “THIS LOOKS AWESOME” comment, but it’s about all I can think to say because it really does look awesome! Perfect Fall treat!

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  29. I’ve been wondering what to make with my new kitchen torch. I think this is it! Looks amazing!

  30. OH MY GOODNESS! This is awesome, I love it… and how gorgeous is that meringue?!?!

  31. I have no words right now! Seriously I am speechlessly drooling right now! Yum!!!!!!

  32. Yay you finally got a kitchen torch!! I remember back in the spring when I was using mine to make s’mores how you said it was on your wish list. And a meringue is the perfect thing to use it on first! I actually avoid meringues, probably because my mom’s one and only attempt at a lemon meringue pie was so… Sour? Metallic? Icky? All of the above? I don’t think she used a 2:1 sugar:egg white ratio because hers was not sweet at all! Now I’m definitely putting meringue on my list of things to try. All thanks to you! 🙂

  33. WOW! That looks so delicious! I’ve been trying to figure out what I was going to make for dessert for Thanksgiving and I think I have it figured it out. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

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  35. Would these be okay in the freezer for a few weeks? I would like to make a couple individual sized ones to keep on hand as my boyfriend is a pie nut!

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  39. I am utterly lovestruck! Meringue is my new favourite thing! So seeing this during pumpkin season (food blogger scream!) is enough to make me go crazy! Pinned pinned pinnnnnnnnnedd!

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