While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it’s fun to shake up tradition. Surprise your family and friends with a frozen pie this year—it just might become one of their holiday favorites. No need to let them know how easy it is.
- 30 small gingersnap cookies, about 7 1/2 ounces
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, canned
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
- 2 pints low-fat vanilla ice cream, 4 cups; frozen, softened
- Step 1
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray.
- Step 2
- To prepare crust: Combine gingersnaps and raisins in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and pulse until blended. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
- Step 3
- Bake the crust until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Step 4
- To prepare filling: Combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Add ice cream and stir until blended. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Let the pie soften slightly in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
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