This 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
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 😉
Do you think he will make me a birthday cake in return for my generosity? We will have to wait and see!
Tips and Tricks for making this 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 a few hours before making! (If you don’t, no biggie, you may just have a few small lumps).
- Want to mix things up? Try using chocolate baking crumbs or gingersnap crumbs for the crust, or drizzling with caramel and toasted pecans.
- I often mix a package of dissolved, unflavored gelatin into my no bake cheesecakes because it gives extra insurance against the whole thing flopping over when you cut it. It also allows me to incorporate more air and make sure it will hold up at the same time. I wanted to make this one without, just in case it’s something you don’t have, and it worked just fine! Feel free to add it back in if you want (I would follow the instructions on the package but you won’t need the whole package — half will be just fine!). This being said, it will still work fine without and you’ll likely only want to consider adding it if you’re going to have it sitting out of the fridge for an extended period of time.
- Some have had trouble with the cheesecake not setting up as is shown here. I have made this cheesecake several times, and made it recently to ensure the recipe is okay. I had no trouble with the cheesecake setting up. There are a few reasons why this might happen and easy ways to avoid those issues:
- Make sure your cream is heavy whipping cream, or at least 30% fat.
- Your cream needs to be cold when it is added, and the bowl, beaters and other ingredients must not be warm.
- You need to whip the filling after the cream is added until it is light and fluffy and thickened — if you don’t, it will not magically become light and fluffy in the fridge. This might take a few minutes!
- 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.
Watch the recipe video:
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe + VIDEO
- 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 3 packages cream cheese (I use light) 8oz each
- 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 35%
- 1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- whipped cream for garnish if desired
- Combine graham crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press firmly into the bottom and 1" up the sides of a 9" Springform pan (I line mine with wax paper so it's easier to get out!). Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the pumpkin, cream, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and beat on high with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes, until stiff peaks form and it holds up easily. You don't not want to be able to pour it into the crust -- you must whip it until it is thick and fluffy.
- Pour filling into pan, smooth the top, cover lightly with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 6-8 hours.
- Garnish with whipped cream if desired and serve.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)