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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust (Video)

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This no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bursts with the flavours of fall. From the sweet and zesty gingersnap crust to the creamy pumpkin filling. And it’s so easy to make too.

(Love pumpkin? Then you will love these Baked Pumpkin Donuts coated with cinnamon sugar! And make sure to check out this delicious collection of Unique Pumpkin and Squash Recipes.)

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Fall is just around the corner and what better way to welcome it than with this creamy, delicious, no-bake pumpkin cheesecake? It’s a breeze to make and filled with the flavours of fall.

It’s so good I don’t feel so sad about summer ending anymore! Fall, here we come.

How to make no bake pumpkin cheesecake

For the detailed recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page for the printer-friendly recipe card with nutritional information.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

This no bake pumpkin cheesecake might be the easiest Thanksgiving dessert you’ll make ever!

1 PREP PAN. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

2 MAKE CRUST. In a medium bowl, stir all crust ingredients until evenly moist (resembling wet sand). Transfer to your prepared pan. Use a spoon or the bottom of a glass to pack the crust firmly and evenly on the bottom of the pan.

3 CHILL. Chill the gingersnap crust while you prepare the pumpkin filling.

How to Make Gingersnap Crust

4 MAKE FILLING. Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all cheesecake ingredients (except heavy cream) until smooth and incorporated.

5 ADD WHIPPED CREAM. Fold in your heavy cream – which you’ve already whipped stiff – until combined. Transfer to your pan and smoothen the top with a spatula.

6 CHILL AND ENJOY! Chill the cheesecake 6-8 hours, preferably overnight. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin seeds or more spices, enjoy!

Can I make this no bake pumpkin cheesecake in jars?

Want to mix things up this year? Make individual desserts!

You can adapt this no bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe to make cheesecakes in individual mason jars. You follow the same steps, but instead of using a spring form pan, use jars.

Top with whipped cream before serving and you have dessert that will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner.

How to make your own whipped cream

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Speaking of whipped cream, like so many no-bake cheesecakes (for example: this No Bake Mango Cheesecake – also with video), whipped cream is a base ingredient in this recipe.

Unlike a lot of the recipes though, I don’t use the ready-made whipped cream you can buy in a tub.

Why? When you compare the two, there is a world of difference in terms of flavour and texture.

Plus, it’s so easy to make at home. Three ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need. Try to make your own whipped cream; I promise you won’t look back.

How to soften cream cheese quickly

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

If you’ll notice in the video and the photos, there are specks of white in my cheesecake filling.

That’s cream cheese.

And that’s a result of me being a very impatient baker.

It really doesn’t affect the taste but if you want a more luxurious batter without those little specks, soften your cream cheese properly. Leave it out on the counter for about an hour before you plan to use it.

If you’re like me who forgets to bring it out in time, there’s a quicker way: place a block of unwrapped cream cheese on a microwave-safe plate or bowl and nuke it on high for 10-15 seconds.

Don’t overdo it though. You want it softened and not melted.

You’d know it’s done when you gently press your thumb onto the cream cheese and it gives way easily with no resistance. If it’s still firm, warm it a little more (try in increments of 5 seconds).

How to make gingersnap crust

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Something needs to be said about that gingersnap crust. It is fantastic!

But if you don’t care for the zing, you can always opt out of the candied ginger. It really does add a nice texture and flavour to the cheesecake though so I hope you try it.

Thanksgiving cheesecake recipes

Looking for other things to add to your Thanksgiving spread? These cheesecakes are always a hit.

Pecan pie cheesecake bars bring together two of Thanksgiving’s favourite desserts — pecan pie and cheesecake. They’re easier to bake too! Perfect for a delicious, stress-free holiday celebration.

Ube cheesecake is everything you ever wanted in an ube dessert. Luxurious ube cheesecake filling on a bed of crunchy coconut cookie crust then topped with creamy coconut whipped cream.

No bake mini cheesecakes are for those days when you want luxurious, creamy, New York-style cheesecake but without all the work. Concentrate on that turkey!

Wow your guests with this salted caramel apple cheesecake. Crunchy, buttery crust. Cinnamon apple layer. Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake. Crispy pecan oat topping. Salted caramel drizzle. It’s a cheesecake made for celebrations.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Author: Jolina
This no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bursts with the flavours of fall. From the sweet and zesty gingersnap crust to the creamy pumpkin filling. So easy to make too!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 8 people
Calories 396 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Gingersnap Crust

  • 2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies about 45 cookies
  • ¼ cup chopped candied ginger optional
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • pinch salt

For the Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

Instructions
 

  • Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir all crust ingredients until evenly moist (resembling wet sand). Transfer to your prepared pan. Use a spoon or the bottom of a glass to pack the crust firmly and evenly on the bottom of the pan. Chill while you prepare the filling.
    How to Make Gingersnap Crust
  • Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all cheesecake ingredients (except heavy cream) until smooth and incorporated. Fold in your whipped cream until combined. Transfer to your pan and smoothen the top with a spatula.
    How to Make No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Chill 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
    How to Make No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Video

Notes

  1. I used canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling).
  2. See post for complete step-by-step photos.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 2gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 183mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 5560IUVitamin C: 1.5mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2.2mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, Fall, Gingersnap Crust, Thanksgiving
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Recipe Rating




Jan

Monday 21st of October 2019

Hi Jolina. I've made your pumpkin cheesecake recipe 2x now and I wanted to let you know my family esp. my daughter loves it. They gifted me with a cheesecake pan years ago and have not put it to good use til now. Not much of a baker so I'm very happy with this one. I like that you have several no bake recipes in your blog and I'm eager to try more. Thanks for the recipe.

Jolina

Friday 25th of October 2019

Hi Jan! It's so fantastic to hear that! Glad you and the family liked the pumpkin cheesecake. Enjoy exploring the rest of the no-bake goodies :)

Aliana

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Made this cheesecake for thanksgiving potluck and it was a hit. The gingersnap crust is my personal favorite. I had those little flecks in my cheesecake too but nobody cared at all. Thanks for the recipe!

Jolina

Thursday 17th of October 2019

You're most welcome Aliana! Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.

Corinne

Sunday 13th of October 2019

I love the spices here. For next time I might add even more. It set firmly too. Delicious recipe. By the way what is the white topping in the photos of your cheesecake?

Jolina

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Hi Corinne! Glad you liked it. And that white topping is actually whipped cream that I whipped too softly, it melted right on the cheesecake while I was photographing it LOL! So learn from my mistake - whip the cream stiff if you want to top your desserts with it :)

Candy

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

This is something I have never tried making. Always looked tonhard. Will have to give it a try

Jolina

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

It's super easy Candy :) Happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

Maria

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

This dessert looks heavenly and I can’t believe how easy it is to make. It is just perfect for making during the holidays.