By Betty McTraveler

Guest Writer for The Right Solutions

It’s all about the pumpkin, no baking, in this edition of Pros & Cons. I chose to make
Pumpkin Pie In A Mug because of its simplicity. It requires a microwave, no oven.

Pumpkin Pie In A Mug

Pumpkin Pie In A Mug goes great with whipped cream and crushed nuts on top.

It’s a good recipe, but I felt like it was missing more sweetener, such as vanilla or sugar. It had the pumpkin pie taste and creamy texture, but it’s not as sweet as the baked version. However, it smelled amazing after it was done cooking. Scrumptious was how one described its smell. I would give this recipe a three out of five stars.

Add 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.

Add 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.

So if you have 10 minutes and the following seven ingredients, give Pumpkin Pie In A Mug a try and let me know what you think: Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 gingersnap cookies, crushed into 2 Tbsp. of crumbs.
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk or cream
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Egg and pumpkin mixture.

Egg and pumpkin mixture.


  • Put butter in large coffee mug, and melt butter in the microwave on low power. Mix in the crushed gingersnaps and press into the bottom of the mug to form a crust.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, egg, milk or cream, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into mug.
  • Place the mug on a microwave-safe plate and cook in the microwave for two to five minutes. Check to see if it’s done by inserting a knife into the middle of the mug pie. It’s done when the knife comes out clean. Cooking time varies based on the power of your microwave, so after two minutes, start checking to see if it’s done every 30 seconds. (Mine cooked in 2 minutes and 20 seconds on high power.)
  •  Be careful when you remove the mug from the microwave as it will be hot. Let it cool for a few minutes. Top it with whipped cream or crushed nuts if desired. (I used crushed pecans.)
  • Makes 1 serving.
After the mug pie is cooked in the microwave, it smells amazing

After the mug pie is cooked in the microwave, it smells amazing.


  • Easy To Make
  • Smells Amazing After Cooking In The Microwave
  • Gives you the pumpkin pie taste with a creamy texture


  • Not as sweet as the baked version.
  • Needs more pumpkin flavor.
  • Crust isn’t as substantial as I would like. More crust would be better.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think about pumpkin?

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