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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 12 servings

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This No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is light, airy and so easy to make — the perfect pumpkin dessert for a fall supper or Thanksgiving! Includes step by step recipe video

no bake pumpkin cheesecake whole on white plate with whipped cream

So here we are, my birthday week, and I’ve made the hubs a pumpkin cheesecake.

Don’t get me wrong — I love me a good cheesecake (although, you should already know this because there’s been no shortage of cheesecake recipes around here).

I will take a vanilla cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, s’mores cheesecake, lemon cheesecake, banana split cheesecake, or just about any other cheesecake (and if it’s this No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake? No question).

But this one is all his.

I do the official taste test of all my recipes, yes, even the pumpkin recipes.

But after that? I’m pretty much done. I can say, “yes, that is an awesome recipe for someone who likes pumpkin” or “no, that is a terrible recipe even if someone likes pumpkin”.

And I will admit that I am ever so slowly coming around.

My first year of blogging, I maybe had one bite. Last year, it was maybe 2 or 3. And who knows? Maybe this year I will make it to half a piece! And the hubs will only get 11.5 pieces to himself 😉

whole no bake pumpkin cheesecake on white plate with one piece cut out

Do you think he will make me a birthday cake in return for my generosity? We will have to wait and see!

Tips for making the best No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake:

  • Cream cheese is a lot easier to beat smooth when it is at room temperature — be sure to take it out of the fridge at least a few hours before making!
  • Want to mix things up? Try using chocolate baking crumbs or gingersnap crumbs for the crust, or drizzling with caramel and toasted pecans.
  • Make sure your cream is heavy whipping cream, or at least 30% fat.
  • Your cream needs to be cold when it is whipped, and the bowl, beaters and other ingredients must not be warm.
  • It needs to chill a minimum 6 hours but overnight is even better — if you are ahead of the game and can make it a day before you want to serve it, that’s the best option.
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Can I add gelatin to this No Bake Cheesecake recipe?

I prefer not to add unflavored gelatin to my no bake cheesecake recipes unless it’s absolutely necessary as it can lead to a “Jello-y” texture.

If you are concerned about the cheesecake setting up, or you are going to have it sitting at room temperature for some time and want some extra insurance, you can add some in, but I really don’t believe there is any reason to with the recipes updates made down below.

You can add half or a full package of unflavored gelatin (the more you add, the firmer and more “Jello-y” it will be). Simply sprinkle over cold water and let sit for 5 minutes. Then microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring each time, until dissolved. At this point you can mix it into your cheesecake filling.

no bake pumpkin cheesecake slice with bite missing

Recipe updates as of October 2020

I made a few updates to this recipe to make it even more foolproof for those who were having difficulty getting the cheesecake to set up.

The original version is slightly softer in texture, although not considerably, but I still want everyone to have that perfect No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake they’re looking for.

  • Whip the cream separately: you know I’m all about fewer dishes in the kitchen, so I am not going to use an extra bowl if it’s not needed. For me, with the original recipe, I didn’t feel that it was needed, and I have never had a problem with the cheesecake setting. But since some people did, I have opted to change the recipe so that the cream is whipped separately — this ensures it gets whipped properly and will hold up well.
  • Bake the crust: this is optional, but baking the crust does help it to firm up, and makes it easier to remove from the pan as well as slice and serve.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: I swapped the original cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice after some requests for more pumpkin spice flavor. You can use either, or a combination of spices you prefer.

Looking for this recipe? It’s the same one, just new and improved!

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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These No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is so easy, smooth and silky — the perfect easy dessert for a fall supper or Thanksgiving! Includes step by step recipe video
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 456cal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 35%
  • 3 packages full fat cream cheese 8oz each, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • whipped cream for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Line 9" springform pan with parchment paper (pinch it in between the sides and the bottom) and preheat oven to 350 degrees F (baking the crust is optional, but helps it stay together more firmly).
  • Combine graham crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press firmly into the bottom and 1" up the sides of the prepared pan.
  • Bake crust for 10 minutes or until it looks slightly dry. Remove and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium bowl, whip cold cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Add the sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and beat on medium-low with an electric mixer until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Use a spatula to gently fold in whipped cream until no white streaks remain.
  • Pour filling into pan, smooth the top, cover lightly with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 8 hours or overnight.
  • Garnish with whipped cream if desired and serve.

Notes

*I highly recommend tasting your filling before pouring into the crust — this way you can adjust and add more sugar or more spices if you prefer!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 456cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g

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  1. Sharon says

    I’m a family of one so I’m wondering if I could make this in separate ramekins so they could be frozen (without the whipped cream on top)? Please also respond to my email. Thanks so much.

  2. Rochelle says

    Hi! This recipe looks easy enough, but I’m a bit confused… in the video you beat the cream cheese and the heavy whipping cream at the same time, but the recipe instructions say to beat the cream cheese first then add the remaining ingredients. Is one way better than the other?? Thanks for your patience with this not-so-experienced dessert maker 🙂

  3. Dana Renee Hunt says

    Can you turn it into a baked cheesecake as is or would you need to add eggs?
    I already tried the no bake version and thought it was delicious! Just wondering how to successfully turn it into a baked version

  4. Kristen says

    Could you leave out the pumpkin and just make it a no bake cheesecake? If so, would you change how much cream cheese is used?

  5. LuAnn says

    So the cream cheese is not allowed. To sit at room temperature? Cold cream cheese i feel would leave bits and or chunks in the batter

  6. KLarae says

    If I add the gelatin, do you think this could withstand being without a crust? Or do you think it might be better to just make “cupcakes” out of it? Thanks!

  7. Betsy says

    I do not have a spring form pan. Can it be made in a regular glass pie plate? If I do use a pie plate and line with wax paper, can I lift out without it falling apart?

  8. Lindsey says

    Would making this with 2 (8oz) cream cheeses work, I feel like 3 would make it so thick/ tall? Or is it not as dense as I’m thinking it would be bc of adding the pumpkin?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I use a large knife to gently lift under the crust and I pull the wax paper out. You have to go slow and be careful but the crust is firm enough that it works perfectly!

  9. Kassidy says

    So I made this making a gluten free graham cracker crust and it was good however, the cheesecake filling never firmed up like a regular cheesecake filling. It was a little firmer than a mousse even after chilling for 7 hours. I have leftover filling that is still the same consistency even after 12 hours of chilling. I followed the recipe exactly so I’m not sure why it didn’t firm up.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Heavy cream is whipping cream — you will need to use a high-fat cream that will whip up when it’s mixed. You will not want to use previously whipped cream, or Cool Whip.

        • Michelle Corning says

          Read down through. She didn’t use it in this one but often does in no bake cheesecakes. She does explain how to use it if you 2ant to incorporate it. I was wondering the same .

          • Michelle Corning says

            I made it with the gelatin and it set beautifully. I am glad you mentioned doing that. I did add extra cinnamon, some nutmeg and a bit more sugar to offset the spices but to bring out more “fall” taste. We loved it for thanksgiving.

          • Stacy says

            if you’re worried about that julie, there’s vegan gelatin like agar-agar, pectin, konjac, and guar gum. so ya got options!

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