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Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

There may be a chill in the air this fall, but there’s no bad time for a milkshake… Especially if it’s a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake with caramel drizzle and graham cracker rim!

(This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes was originally posted in September 2011, but was updated with new photos in 2018).

Head-on close-up view of a orange pumpkin pie milkshake with graham cracker rim and grrey and white straw with second milkshake and can of pumpkin in the background

I always say I couldn’t live on milkshakes alone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t want to try sometimes. Trust me, I do try. It just only works for so long before I actually start craving things like kale. Weird, right? So, how am I justifying this most recent milkshake? Well, pumpkin is healthy, right? Plus, there’s calcium, so there. And it’s totally seasonal, which means you can only enjoy it for so long and you better get it in while you can. I am clearly the queen of logic and justification.

But really, it would have been weird if I didn’t do this one. What do I love? Pumpkin. What else? Milkshakes. Thank you very much. These pumpkin pie milkshakes with caramel drizzle are really, really easy to make, too, so there truly are no excuses. Unless you don’t like pumpkin. And, in that case, goodbye (just kidding, I sometimes post about other ingredients, too… after autumn ends).


One of the things I love best about milkshakes is that they are so quick and easy to make. Throw everything in a blender and hit “blend.” Pour into glass and consume. This pumpkin pie milkshake does have an extra step of making a caramel sauce, but it’s the easiest caramel sauce in the world. Also, you can totally just buy a jarred version from the store. Or you can skip it all together if you just want to get this milkshake into your mouth as quickly as possible.

I often make caramel sauce from scratch, but that seemed a little too time-consuming for this otherwise super simple milkshake. So instead, I unwrapped a few Werther’s Original Soft Caramels and put them in a saucepan with a little water. They melted into a delicious sauce.

Collage showing easy caramel sauce making process, including soft caramels in a saucepan and caramels melted into sauce in the saucepan

And while the caramels were melting, I put the ice cream, milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and three graham crackers into my blender and pureed until smooth.

Collage showing pumpkin pie milkshake making process, including all milkshake ingredients in blender and all ingredients blended together

Oh wait, don’t forget to rim your glass with graham cracker crumbs. Again, you’re welcome to skip this step, but I think it’s worth crushing a couple graham crackers.

Upside down glass on a plate with crushed graham crackers

Then I poured the pumpkin pie milkshake into the glasses. And drizzled some of that caramel goodness on top.

Head-on view of two pumpkin pie milkshakes on marble tray with can of pumpkin and graham cracker crumbs in the background

And found myself actually grateful for the chill in the air as I gulped it right down. Sure, a milkshake is perhaps best on a hot summer day, but when you make them in delicious fall flavors, they can take you right through autumn. What am I even saying? I’m just as excited to make a holiday-style peppermint milkshake. Not to mention, eggnog, gingerbread, you get the point. Seasonal milkshakes make me SO happy.

View of pumpkin pie milkshake in a graham cracker rimmed glass with caramel drizzle and grey and white straw with can of pumpkin and second milkshake in the background

I’m not going to lie… This tasted EXACTLY like pumpkin pie. Right down to the graham cracker crust and caramel drizzle on top. I think I’m in love with it. Even if I did have to drink it while snuggled under a fleece blanket.

These are the kinds of things that make the departure of summer worth it. That and tall Cole Haan boots with Nike soles and cardigans that feel like cashmere (but aren’t because I can’t afford that).

Here’s to everything that makes fall worth it. Including the perfect excuse to get cuddled up on the couch with a good book, fuzzy socks, and a pumpkin pie milkshake.

What makes fall worth it to you?

If you’re looking for more delicious milkshake recipes, be sure to check out my Bourbon S’mores Milkshake or my Matcha Milkshake.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins

There may be a chill in the air this fall, but there's no bad time for a milkshake... Especially if it's a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake with caramel drizzle and graham cracker rim!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: milkshake, Pumpkin
Servings: 2 milkshakes
Author: Sues
  • 5 graham crackers, divded
  • 8 soft caramel candies (I used Werther's Soft Caramels)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  1. Crush two graham crackers (either in a blender, food processor, or in a ziplock bag) and place crumbs on a small plate. Brush the rims of two glasses with water, honey, or simple syrup and roll in the graham cracker crumbs to coat rims.

  2. Place caramels and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Let the caramels melt into a sauce while occasionally stirring.

  3. While caramels are melting, place ice cream, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the 3 remaining graham crackers into a blender and blend until smooth.

  4. Pour milkshakes into graham cracker rimmed glasses. Drizzle caramel over the top of the milkshakes.

Recipe Notes
  • If you don't want to make the caramel sauce, you can buy a store-bought version or skip the caramel altogether. 
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29 Responses to "Pumpkin Pie Milkshake"

  1. Simply Life says:

    oh you are so good -i’m going to dream about this tonight…

  2. Nisrine M. says:

    What a yummy, beautiful shake. A great way to welcome fall.

  3. Megan says:

    That looks amazing… and I’m sure it tastes even better! Love the presentation.

  4. Erica says:

    I want extra graham on my glass please:)!! This looks ridiculous amazing. Pumpkin, squash and apples make fall worth while!!

  5. Chris says:

    Everyone should stop what they are doing and make this immediately. So good!

  6. This milkshake looks amazing! It actually looks dangerously good.

  7. I want one of these rightthissecond! Anything with pumpkin is a-okay in my book, and a milkshake is perfect for these warm days we’ve been having. I love every single thing about fall, but pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite aspects!

  8. Katie says:

    mmm looks delicious! so glad it’s pumpkin time again!!

  9. Michelle says:

    Holy yum. I wish you made deliveries with this milkshake!

  10. Kathy says:

    Um. YUM. Seriously. That looks amazing. And it looks like the perfect way to use up the rest of a can of pumpkin after baking with it. You are a genius madam!

  11. Evelyn says:

    This looks yummy-licious…lowfat too right?? Thank you and Happy Autumn!

  12. Michelle Collins says:

    Some vanilla vodka in these on a Friday would be perfect! 😉

  13. Daisy says:

    you are the milkshake queen! (i feel like i’ve said that before.) and you are right, it totally would have been weird if you didn’t whip out this combo!

  14. Heather I. says:

    Of course they’re healthy!! Bookmarking this recipe right now. And, those striped straws are awesome.

  15. To Kiss the Cook says:

    I love that we’re friends. I think I would probably be friends with Michelle Collins too, if her comment is any indication 🙂

  16. Victoria says:

    This looks amazing!!! Pumpkin is my one true love, I gotta try it!

  17. em says:

    umm, i want one of these RIGHT now. almost friday cocktail worthy…ya think we could add a little somethin’ somethin’?! 😉
    so excited for fall and pumpkin everything!

  18. Meghan@travelwinedine says:

    Amazing. Caramel Baileys might be a nice addition 🙂

  19. Sharon says:

    This drink looks absolutely fantastic…There must be some kind of pumpkin vodka out there?? If not, then I guess the Bailey’s would do!
    Beautiful photography, Sues…great job!!

  20. joan says:

    Definitely printing this!!

  21. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    oh wow. what a great idea! I’m thinking of making pumpkin ice cream this weekend 😉

  22. Jessa says:

    This looks amazing. Definitely trying this soon! Yum!

  23. sarah k. @ the pajama chef says:


  24. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Fall is in the air, but temperatures are still milkshake friendly here! A nice cool pumpkin pie treat would have been very welcome today. Looks delicious! 🙂

  25. rachelsdigestif says:

    This looks absolutely incredible! I’m so happy pumpkin season is here…I will have to make these for me and my pumpkin-obsessed roommate!

  26. Susan says:

    I have to divert my eyes! This looks way too good 🙂

  27. Sinea says:

    Amazing idea! I’m sharing this in Friday’s “Pumpkin Bread” post on my site as a great pumpkin recipe link!

  28. Paula says:

    be still my, er, stomach! Can’t wait to try this! I LOVE pumpkin and buy the pumpkin coffee creamer when I can find it and put it on my oatmeal! Hope you don’t mind if I share this link on my blog!

  29. Morgan says:

    Thank you so much for putting this on here! It looks delicious!!!

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