Pumpkin Dessert Recipes and North Dakota Cuisine

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This page features Pumpkin Dessert Recipes from North Dakota.

North Dakota grows many pumpkins, but also produces more sunflowers than any other state. Here’s a recipe created by Alice Scranson of the Sunflower Cafe in Grace City. This pie is described as very rich with a pecan pie-like flavor and texture.

This recipe can also be made using roasted pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkin seed pie is very popular among enthusiasts of Pumpkin Dessert Recipes.   



3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

1/4 cup sugar

3 tbsps melted margarine (preferably sunflower)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup roasted, salted sunflower kernels OR pumpkin seeds

1 9" pie crust unbaked


In a large bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrups, sugar, margarine, vanilla and salt.

Spread sunflower kernels evenly in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.

Pour in the sugar mixture.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes until center is almost set (it will still jiggle slightly).

Cool on a wire rack.

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2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (cooked)

1/2 cup of evaporated milk

1/4 teaspoon of corn starch

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup of butter

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of chopped nuts


Combine sugar, pumpkin, milk, corn starch, and spice in a medium saucepan.

Bring ingredients to a boil over a high heat, then reduce to a simmer.  Cook until thickened.  Remove from heat.

Stir in nuts, butter, and vanilla.  Beat until creamy.

Pour the mixture onto a buttered dish and let cool.

Cut into small pieces and serve.

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