Bourbon Molasses Pumpkin Pie

A fun, subtle twist on a classic: the best pumpkin pie, spiked with bourbon and dark molasses for an extra dimension of flavor!

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As much as I love to eat pie, when it comes to making them, there is no dessert that gives me comparable fits. Mostly the crust. I think I’ve been overly conditioned by Martha and Instagram and everyone in between to think that my crust needs to be picture-perfect for the pie to have any worth whatsoever.

Fortunately, as with party planning, I’ve relaxed on this over time, at least a little bit. At least enough to focus on the taste, which is what really matters, and enjoy the finished result. And this particular finished result falls into the “OH MY GOD why have I never done that before!?” category.

Overhead picture of bourbon molasses-spiked pumpkin pie, unsliced in an orange pie plate.

It’s pretty easy to see why. Let’s break it down:

  • Start with the best pumpkin pie recipe.
  • Add bourbon.
  • Add molasses.
  • Eat the whole thing.

I think the addition of bourbon and molasses is pretty self-explanatory – these are classic flavors that themselves smack of fall and warmth and cozy goodness. They also just happen to perfectly complement the sweetness of pumpkin and nutty fall spices that make pumpkin pie the beloved treat that is. So let me take just a minute to explain what makes this particular pumpkin pie recipe so terrific.

Admittedly it takes a couple of extra steps beyond what you may be used to. I’m all about making things delicious, but I am NOT about adding unnecessary steps, so I want to explain why these are worthwhile!

  • First, you’ll, um, puree the puree. I know, this seems like, “why??” But trust. Yes, pumpkin puree is already, uh, pureed, but even from a can, it can have small stringy bits. Taking the extra few seconds to whirl it in the blender or food processor, together with the sugar and spices, ensures a perfectly smooth and well-blended final result.
  • Second, you’ll ever-so-briefly warm the pie filling on the stovetop before pouring it into the pre-baked crust. This brush of heat does two things: it further enhances and melds the flavor, and it just slightly thickens the filling, leading to a pie that is thick, creamy, and yields clean, beautiful slices.

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For American readers who are in the throes of Thanksgiving planning, I hope this pie finds a place at your table, because I’m confident you and your loved ones will adore it, even in the midst of a turkey-induced stupor. Whether you’re in charge of pie (like me!) or the entire meal (gasp!), or just in charge of making suggestions (lucky you!), rest assured, this one’s a keeper!

Now what are you waiting for!? Whip up this pie and watch the happy crowds form a line! ♥

Overhead picture of bourbon molasses-spiked pumpkin pie, unsliced in an orange pie plate.

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Bourbon Molasses Pumpkin Pie

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Yield 1 9-inch pie

A fun, subtle twist on a classic! The best pumpkin pie spiked with bourbon and dark molasses for an extra dimension of flavor! 

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (107 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2-3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. First, roll out the pie crust and transfer it to a well-buttered 9-inch pie pan. Trim and crimp the edges, then chill the crust for 30 minutes.
  2. While crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). To pre-bake, line the chilled crust tightly with aluminum foil and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then remove the weights and foil, and bake for 5 minutes more. Remove from the oven, place on a baking sheet, and set aside. Leave the oven on, but turn down the heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  3. While the crust is pre-baking, prepare the filling. In a blender or bowl of a food processor, combine the pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, spices, and molasses. Blend until the brown sugar is completely incorporated and the mixture looks slightly glossy. (Alternatively, if you have an immersion blender, you can blend the filling right in the medium saucepan [see next step]. Fewer dishes!)
  4. Next, warm the filling. Transfer the pumpkin mixture to a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until you see wisps of steam rising, then stir continuously until the mixture is very steamy and makes a slight bubbling sound when you pause for a second. (Cook for no more than 5 minutes. Also, at this point, your kitchen will begin to smell like heaven.)
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, then whisk in milk and cream.
  6. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup (I like to use the one I just used to measure out the milk and cream), lightly beat the eggs, then whisk in a few spoonfuls of the warm pumpkin mixture. Slowly whisk the eggs back into the saucepan with the pumpkin mixture. Finally, whisk in the bourbon and vanilla.
  7. Pour the warm pumpkin mixture into the pre-baked pie crust. (Depending on the height of your crust, you may have excess filling. If so, be sure to stop when you come close to the edge of the crust!) Carefully transfer the baking sheet with the pie to the oven.
  8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the pie puffs slightly in the middle, but still jiggles when you gently shake the pan. You may also see small cracks in the outer part of the pie and some bubbling around the edge. Check the pie every 15-20 minutes and cover the crust with a ring of foil when it is deep golden brown.
  9. Let the pie cool to set fully. Store in the fridge, then garnish as desired and serve!

Notes

This pie can be baked a day or two ahead; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to garnish and serve. 

Adapted from The Kitchn.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Ginny
    November 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Oh, holy cow, yes! I’ve never had a bourbon pumpkin pie and it sounds like a wonderful twist.

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    Tara
    November 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Such a gorgeous pie! That color looks incredible. I love your tip to puree the pumpkin puree. Perfect for getting that smooth texture.

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    Marie - Not Enough Cinnamon
    November 11, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I feel you, I never make pies, partly because of the “crust pressure” haha. However I’m completely open to eating them haha and this one sounds amazing!! Love the tip about pureeing the puree, I’m sure it makes a big difference in texture. We don’t have canned puree in Australia or in France either, so I just make my own 🙂

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    Julia
    November 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    This bourbon pumpkin pie sunds delicious! Love you pie pan!

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks, Julia!

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    November 10, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I’m still yet to try pumpkin pie but this version might be the place to start!

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Whaaaaat!? Oh, Amy, yes, you’ve got to try it! Although to be honest, I know that this is not really a thing in the UK. I lived in London for a year, and the only place I ever saw pumpkin puree for sale was at Harrods ($$$$$), and actually, that was the year I learned to make my own pie crust, because it’s just not sold in grocery stores the same way it is in the US – or at least it wasn’t back then!

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    Veena Azmanov
    November 10, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Oh now that’s like upgrading the pumpkin pie. Yes to bourbon.. ! This sounds so delicious. Saving for later.

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Veena! I know, right? Bourbon is always a good add-in for desserts, ha!

  • Reply
    rika
    November 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I love bourbon flavor! I usually buy Pumpkin pie from the store.. But this recipe looks good, I have to give it a try.

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Rika! Once you try it homemade you’ll never go back!

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    Brandi
    November 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I am obsessed with this recipe. It is absolutely perfect for the upcoming holidays.

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Brandi!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    November 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I say a resounding yes to bourbon in pie! This looks and sounds like a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table.

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Agreed on all counts!

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