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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe & Mi-Del Cookie Giveaway

95 Comments 17 October 2011

Midel Pie
Aren’t these little gingerbread men cute?!! They’re a brand new limited edition seasonal product made by MI-DEL.         
Midel Cookies
I used MI-DEL classic Ginger Snap cookies to make a crust for pumpkin pie and decorated it with the Limited Edition Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men cookies. Then I arranged for some very finicky taste testers to give me their feedback on it.
Midel Chloe and Noah
The official taste testers were my little friends Chloe and Noah….and….
Midel Lila
  ….Lila. And they all can eat whatever they want. They don’t have any food allergies or restrictions.
Midel Anticipation
  These guys are serious professionals.
Midel Lila Eating
  I think the pictures from the tasting clearly show you how they rated this recipe…
Midel Noah Thumbs Up
Midel Chloe Thumbs Up
Midel Crust View
Here’s a better view of the crust.

Now, you know I’m all about easy when it comes to cooking, and this recipe was, well…easy as pie! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) In fact, it’s soooo easy you could include your favorite little people in the process.

And why spend your time rolling out pie crust when you can easily press a crushed cookie mixture into a pie pan and then go and enjoy the rest of your day? I know some people find rolling out pie crust to be therapeutic in some way, and I’m happy for them, but I’d rather be outside soaking up this last bit of gorgeous Fall weather.


OK, Soooooo here’s the extra fun part! I have six coupons for FREE MI-DEL products!!!!

Whoo Hooo!

And they’re pretty easy to find in stores. I’ve seen them in my local Stop N Shop grocery store in the natural foods aisle. If you aren’t sure where to find them in your area, there’s a nifty store locator on their website. If the new Limited Edition Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men haven’t hit your store shelves yet,  you can order them online here.

(BE AWARE: MI-DEL makes regular food products too, so make sure what you buy has the big “Gluten-Free” on the package. No worries, though, MI-DEL’s gluten-free products are routinely tested using the ELISA method to ensure gluten-free status as determined by the World Health Organization.)

So, just post a comment below and I’ll pick the six winners and post them on Monday, October 24th. Entries must be posted by midnight Sunday, October 23rd. Need comment ideas? Anything you want to post is acceptable….but, hmm…why not tell us what your favorite pie is?

Oh and speaking of different types of pies…the different types of gluten-free MI-DEL cookies can be used to make different pie crusts. You can check’em out here.


I adapted the MI-DEL gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe to make it dairy-free. (note: MI-DEL products are not corn-free. Also, real whipped cream was used only for decorative purposes.)

MI-DEL Ginger Snap Crust:

 Makes one (9-inch) crust
 30 MI-DEL Gluten Free Gingersnaps (there are a little more than 30 cookies in one bag)
 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Pie Crust Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F.
2. Pulse cookies in food processor until it forms fine crumbs. (Alternatively, place cookies in plastic bag and crush with rolling pin or mallet). Makes 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Toss cookie crumbs with melted coconut oil.
3. Press mixture into bottom and up the sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake until light golden, about 7 minutes. Cool completely before filling.

Note: For an extra-firm crust chill cooled pie for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Filling:

 2/3 cup coconut milk
 6 tablespoons honey
 2 eggs, beaten
 1 (15-ounce) can organic pumpkin puree
 3 tablespoons rice flour ( or use almost any gf baking flour mix. I used Bob’s Red Mill)
 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 baked MI-DEL Ginger Snap crust, cooled

Filling Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F.
2. In large bowl, whisk together coconut milk, honey, and eggs. In separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, flour, spices, and salt. Whisk pumpkin mixture into wet mixture until smooth. Pour filling into crust. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until firm. Cool completely before slicing.

Optional Decorations
MI-DEL Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men Limited Edition Cookies
Whipped Cream

*This post was sponsored by Mi-del.


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95 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Heather says:

    Mmmm! I love pumpkin pie but hadn’t thought about GF gluten-free ginger snaps as a crust. LOVE that idea! And in fact, Mi-Del cookies are the only ones I’ve found that compare to Trader Joe’s ginger snaps. Yum-O! Thanks for the recipe!

      Emily says:

      Using cookies for a pic crust is brilliant! What about a Gluten-free Pumpkin CHEESECAKE recipe? Oh wow. Now I want to bake a pie! Haha! Thanks for keeping us up to date with recipe ideas. Getting these newsletters makes my week easily Gluten-free and fun!

  2. 2
    Michelle Valentino says:

    I love the idea of the Gluten free gingersnaps as a crust. Can’t wait to try the recipe.
    Thank you

  3. 3
    Sara says:

    Love apple pie and ginger! I have not seen any GF ginger bread cookies before so I would be really interested in trying these.

  4. 4
    Jaime says:

    I love MiDel cookies especially the chocloate chip…I would love to make a pie crust with those:) (and Oct 24th is my birthday so what a better present:))

  5. 5
    mary janssen says:

    I like cookie crumb crust better than a flour crust anyway.

  6. 6
    Linda E says:

    Great idea for the pie crust! Can’t wait to make this for my daughter. Thanks for the chance.

  7. 7
    Michelle says:

    Oh my goodness, those are the cutest little Gingerbread Men ever! And I just saw those anise holiday cookies in the store and thought, hmm, not for me. :o( Now we have some, yay!!! :o)

  8. 8
    Lily says:

    This is definitely the best looking gluten free pumpkin pie recipe I’ve seen so far! Looking forward to making it!

  9. 9
    Emily says:

    Oh my. I LIVE for fall, not only are the colors on the trees and bushes just to die for but it also heralds in the season of PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING. Seriously my favorite. Every had the pumpkin spice or ginger bread CHAI at Starbucks? Yikes… DANGEROUS. πŸ™‚
    I currently am stocked with the gingersnaps at my house though I am running low, but I think the gingerbread men might need to be next!
    Thanks for posting this! I can’t wait for my first pumpkin pie of the season and this one looks fantastic! Your posts are always a good read and I have to say saved me once or twice when I was abroad in Paris and searching for places that are safe to eat!


  10. 10
    Susan Day says:

    Who doesn’t love gingerbread men??? Especially gluten-free. Thanks to MI-Del for making these!

  11. 11
    Andrea says:

    I do love pumpkin pie, but apple pie is my favorite. This weekend I got a mini pie baking set from nordicware, maybe I will have to break it in with this recipe!

  12. 12
    Brianna says:

    Looks like a fun recipe to try.

  13. 13
    Chris Adams says:

    That Pumpkin pie looks delicious! I may need to attempt that recipe. My usual favorite is Cherry pie.

  14. 14
    Mary says:

    I absolutely love Mi-del Ginger Snaps, and I can’t wait to find the gingerbread men. Lemon Meringue Pie is my absolute favorite, and I could use the ginger snaps for that too. But I also love Pumpkin Pie, and yours look so easy I think I just have to make it!

  15. 15
    Ashley Vuckovich says:

    I haven’t had gingerbread men cookies in AGES!!!!! So excited about this.

  16. 16
    wondergirl517 says:

    Excellent idea in using GingerSnaps as pie crust. Thanks!

  17. 17
    Eileen says:

    After I read your post, I went right to my grocery store and bought the ginger snaps. They are even better than thoses from Trader Joe’s. the crust was very easy to make. I did manage to sneak a taste of the crumbs before baking. YUMMY. the cake recipe is simple and delish. This pie will be a welcome addition to our Thanksgiving table. Thank you, Kelly.

  18. 18
    Justin G. says:

    My favoirte pie would have to be a Chicken Pot Pie, or some other such savory pie. Sadly, I have yet to see a pie of that variety in the GF marketplace.

    In terms of sweet pies, I’d have to go with the creamy variety — chocolate cream, Key Lime or a Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

    I did once use some Mi-Del ginger snaps to make a cheesecake crust…

  19. 19
    Allison says:

    OH MY GOSH! I want to win this so badly. Last year, my mom and I made the most AMAZING pumpkin pie cheesecake with gingerbread cookie crust. I am no longer able to tolerate gluten, and I was extremely upset that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy that gingerbread crust. This sounds like the answer to my prayers!

  20. 20
    amy says:

    i love all pie really.. but i am craving cherry pie right now. Off to look for a recipe!

  21. 21
    Jessica says:

    Oh I so want to try this recipe!

  22. 22
    Jo says:

    Just in time for the holidays.. Can’t wait to try this.


  23. 23
    Rebecca duncan says:

    Mi-Del cookies are the best! Have you tried the gingersnaps to make s’mores? They work and are really yummy – especially this time of year!

  24. 24
    Brooke says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I really appreciate a dairy free version! I am curious about the 3T Rice flour. I have never seen flour added to a Pumpkin pie filling. The only thing I could think of is that you need to thicken the filling a bit more because you substituted coconut milk for the evaporated milk. Is that right?
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  25. 25
    Chris says:

    I tried a gluten free cookie crumb recipe last year which turned out just okay. I’m anxious to try your recipe since it has such rave reviews. πŸ˜‰

  26. 26
    Aja says:

    Last year I tried some sort of pumpkin-banana mousse GF pie recipe, and it was good, but I think I’ll stick to the original this year – can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks!!

  27. 27
    Janice says:

    Ooooh, apple pie. No, Pumpkin. I miss strawberry pie…yeah I just like pie.

  28. 28
    Sue says:

    What a great way to jazz up a holiday tradition. Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite! When I’m invited to a potluck supper, I volunteer to bring GF bread or dessert so I don’t have watch wistfully while others smack their lips over forbidden fare. This recipe will go to the head of the class.

  29. 29
    kate scott says:

    my favorite pie is, well, a crumble. apple-blueberry crumble with an almond flour – flaxseed meal — cornmeal crust!

  30. 30
    Angela says:

    The pie looks fantastic! My favorite…key lime pie! I buy the GF graham crackers and use those to make the crust. I’ve also used GF oreo-like cookies to make a crust for a peanut-butter/chocolate pie!

  31. 31
    shea says:

    yummy! I can’t wait to try them . πŸ™‚

  32. 32
    S. H. says:

    I can not wait to try this recipe. I am going to try it with another type of cookie intead of the the ginger snaps and see..

  33. 33
    Kathleen says:

    I frequently use Mi-Del cookies for pie crusts. Yum!!

  34. 34
    Roberta Mann says:

    My sister and niece each made apple pies yesterday, with gluten. I miss making pies with real crust, this is such a good alternative.

  35. 35
    Debi says:

    My absolute favorite pie is Cinnamon Pecan Pie, yummy. Pumpkin is my second favorite pie. Making a flour crust is not my thing, but a cookie crust is easy enough for even me! I will have to try this, thank you for the suggestion and decorating with the gingerbread man cookies what a great idea.

  36. 36
    diane says:

    Love Mi -Del cookies. What a great idea & recipe. you’re so creative! thanks

  37. 37
    Linyer says:

    Being from the south I just can’t get enough of a good buttermilk pie!

  38. 38
    christy says:

    Can’t wait to try these for a pumpkin pie. I think I might just eat them all before I get around to making the pie though.

  39. 39
    Renee says:

    October 1st is the official Pumpkin Day at our house. We bake all sorts of pumpkin goodies and I am going to revisit cookie crumb crusts now that I have seen these adorable Mi-Del Gingerbread Men. P.S. Lemon Meringue is my favorite.

  40. 40
    Rosemary says:

    omg, love the idea of using the cookies for pie crust. Thanks so much for the recipie and ideas!~

  41. 41
    Mindy Stoltz says:

    My favorite pie is chocolate pecan pie…but the celiacs in my family will eat any kind of pie and love it!

  42. 42
    Katie says:

    definitely Blueberry Pie (I like things I’m not supposed to have, lol)

  43. 43
    allie says:

    My favorite pie is apple!
    My grandma’s apple pie.
    I could gain 5 lbs alone during the holiday season snacking on that pie morning, noon and night. πŸ™‚

    I would love to win a coupon for these cookies and try making the pumpkin pie for Halloween!

    It sounds totally delish, and pumpkin *anything* runs a very tight second to my apple love.
    Oooh I forgot!
    Boston Cream pie is also the *bomb*. Yumminess. Totally takes 3rd runner up prize.
    I’m trying to make it gluten free and and amaze everyone at Thanksgiving this year. πŸ™‚


    Pick me please! πŸ˜€



  44. 44

    That’s so cute! I guess my favorite is probably Blueberry Cheesecake, which despite the name is definitely a pie. But you really can’t go bad with pie can you? There’s no such thing as a bad pie.

  45. 45
    Dani says:

    I’m a pretty big fan of boysenberry pie, but put pretty much any berry in a piecrust and it’s delicious.

  46. 46
    Josie says:

    I really love pecan pie and pumpkin pie, but I have always wanted to try the treacle tart of Harry Potter’s Christmas feast…do you have any ideas on creating a gluten free version?

  47. 47
    Mariana says:

    My favorite pie is chocolate silk, chocolate cream, chocolate and peanut butter.. well anyway.. I wonder what Midels would make a good crust for chocolate?

  48. 48
    Lindsey says:

    Love the cookie idea! What a fun holiday treat. I have two gluten free little ones so Im always on the lookout for fun new products! Thank you!

  49. 49
    Ann says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. My daughter hasn’t had a good gingerbread cookie since being diagnosed and using them for a crust and decoration is a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing this fantastic news and recipe.

  50. 50
    Roxana S. says:

    Triple layer chocolate pie. The Oreo crust is a chocolate overkill and so it is better with a non chocolate crust :O) Have to try this one with it :O)

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