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Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake: No-Bake Recipe for a Pie-Like Treat

As the leaves fall and the air gets crisp, nothing screams “autumn” more than a delightful pumpkin mousse cheesecake. This no-bake recipe is the perfect dessert for any fall gathering, and it’s sure to make your taste buds dance with joy. With simple ingredients and easy steps, you’ll be serving up this pie-like treat in no time.

The Joy of Making Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake

There’s something incredibly satisfying about creating a dessert from scratch, especially when it’s a pumpkin mousse cheesecake. The process is therapeutic, from crushing the buttery graham crackers for the graham cracker crust, to whipping up the airy mousse mixture. The best part? The heavenly aroma of pumpkin and spices filling up your kitchen – it’s the essence of the fall season.

A beautifully decorated pumpkin mousse cheesecake on a dessert table, ready to be served

Essential Tools for the Perfect Dessert

Before you dive into making this creamy pumpkin cheesecake mousse, you’ll want to make sure you have the right tools. A food processor is great for making the graham cracker crumbs, while a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment are essential for achieving the fluffy texture of the mousse. A springform pan or an inch pie plate will be perfect for setting your cheesecake. And for the prettiest presentation, consider using a pastry bag or piping bag to apply the cool whip.

Choosing the Right Ingredients

As with any recipe, the quality of your ingredients can make or break your pumpkin mousse cheesecake. For best results, use heavy whipping cream, softened cream cheese at room temperature, and fresh pumpkin puree. Canned pumpkin pie filling from the grocery store can also be used, but nothing beats the fresh flavor of homemade puree. And don’t forget the brown sugar and vanilla extract for that extra sweetness and depth of flavor.

Ingredients for pumpkin mousse cheesecake laid out on a table, including heavy whipping cream, softened cream cheese, fresh pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and vanilla extract

Creating the Perfect Graham Cracker Crust

Making the crust is a crucial part of any bake cheesecake, even a no-bake pumpkin mousse cheesecake. You can stick to the traditional graham cracker crust, or for a twist, you can use store-bought gingersnap cookies. The crust is made by combining the crumbs with melted butter and brown sugar, resulting in a deliciously crunchy base for your fluffy mousse cheesecake.

Whipping Up the Pumpkin Mousse

Whipping up the pumpkin mousse is probably the best part of this recipe. Here’s where you’ll use your electric mixer or stand mixer to beat the heavy cream into stiff peaks before folding in the pumpkin cream cheese mixture. The result? An airy mousse that’s bursting with pumpkin flavor. Just remember to keep everything at room temperature for the best results.

A person using an electric mixer to whip up the pumpkin mousse for a cheesecake

Setting and Decorating Your Cheesecake

Once your pumpkin mousse cheesecake is set, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! You can go classic with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, or get creative with mini pumpkins or even a dash of homemade pumpkin pie spice. Whatever you choose, your dessert table is sure to be the talk of any fall gathering or Thanksgiving dinner.

Enjoy Your Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake

After all your hard work, it’s time to enjoy your pumpkin mousse cheesecake. Whether you’re savoring it with a cup of pumpkin spice latte or sharing it on social media, the creamy, mousse-like texture and rich pumpkin flavor are sure to make your fall season extra special. So why wait? Whip up your own pumpkin mousse cheesecake today and let the autumn festivities begin!

A slice of pumpkin mousse cheesecake being served with a cup of pumpkin spice latte


In conclusion, making a pumpkin mousse cheesecake is not just about creating a delightful dessert – it’s about embracing the fall season and spending time doing something you love. With simple ingredients, easy steps, and a little bit of creativity, you can make this pie-like treat a staple at your fall gatherings. So go ahead, give it a try and let the pumpkin season begin!

Heavenly Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake Recipe

Heavenly Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This heavenly pumpkin mousse cheesecake is the perfect dessert for any fall gathering. The creamy pumpkin cheesecake paired with the light and fluffy pumpkin mousse is a match made in dessert heaven.



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pumpkin Mousse

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping, thawed


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. For the crust, in a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. For the cheesecake, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust in the pan.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is slightly browned. Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan and let the cheesecake cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. For the pumpkin mousse, in a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Spread the mousse evenly over the cooled cheesecake.
  6. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  7. Before serving, garnish with additional whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.


Make sure the cheesecake is completely cooled before adding the mousse layer. This recipe can be made a day ahead and refrigerated overnight.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 350mgCarbohydrates: 40gNet Carbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 6g

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