No bake pumpkin cheesecake is a showstopper dessert that is easy to make and has a great pumpkin flavor. It is creamy, smooth and delicious without having to turn on the oven.
Soft and airy pumpkin filled no bake cheesecake is the perfect transitional fall dessert. It’s also great for the holidays when your oven is full of other things. It has a nice pumpkin spice roundness to it and the vanilla cheesecake topping takes it to the next level!
This cheesecake has the perfect balance of flavors. You can really taste each of the components.
There is enough pumpkin that you can really taste it, but not so much that you can’t also taste the cream cheese. Then there is just enough pumpkin pie spice to make your taste buds dance.
Brown sugar was my sugar of choice here because of the warm flavor it adds. I really love it in fall desserts.
The filling whips up fast. Being a bit lazy and hating to do more dishes than I have too, I actually whipped up the topping first.
Then I spooned that into a piping bag and used the same bowl to make the filling. In just a few minutes the whole thing was done.
Piping the topping on had two advantages. The first is it looks pretty, the second was it kept me from having to spread it over the loose filling.
If you’d rather spread the topping on, do so gently. Or better yet, you could chill or even freeze the filling for a couple of hours first to make the job a bit easier.
The flavor and texture of this beauty was delicious. All of that pumpkin can make getting perfect pieces a bit of a challenge though, especially if you are impatient like me.
Ideally you would let your cheesecake have a nice long chill time to set up. Six to eight hours should do it, overnight would be even better.
If you’re impatient like me, I would recommend freezing the cheesecake until you are ready to serve it. It will make the serving process go smoother and it softens back up quickly.
I test froze a few pieces and they were delicious straight from the freezer. Another option would be to use pumpkin butter instead of puree. With a lower water content, it would make for a thicker final product.
This cheesecake isn’t super sweet, so the extra sugar content wouldn’t be overwhelming. You could always scale back on the sugar a bit if you were worried about it though.
I was surprised when my non pumpkin loving husband asked for a slice after a big dinner. He usually will double up on meat and skip dessert when given the choice.
Even he was impressed! My dad asked for a few leftover pieces to be left with him as well, so I’d say it was a hit all the way around.
I’d be sad it disappeared as quickly as it did, but it just gives me more excuses to make something new!
Tips and Tricks
To make this completely no bake, you can just firmly pat the crust together. The butter in the crust and the filling will hold it together pretty well. If you want it to be a firmer crust, pop it in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes, then cool it completely before proceeding.
You don’t want to rush the chill time, give it a nice long time to set in the refrigerator.
If you don’t have at least 6 hours to chill the cheesecake, stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours instead.
Run a plastic knife between your springform pan and the edge of the cheesecake before releasing the pan. This will give you a cleaner edge.
If you want to serve the cheesecake on a platter instead of on the bottom of the springform pan, build the crust on top of a piece of parchment paper. That will make transferring it off the pan easier. If using this method, be extra sure the cheesecake is firm before trying to make the move!
Some chopped pecans or a drizzle of caramel (or both!) would be lovely garnishes if desired.
More Great Pumpkin Recipes
If you want a traditional baked cheesecake, try making my condensed milk pumpkin cheesecake. It is baked to rich creamy perfection and topped with a yummy sour cream topping.
Pumpkin quick bread is another favorite at our house. We normally eat it for breakfast, but it would make a tasty snack as well.
Pumpkin nice cream is a healthier pumpkin treat. Frozen bananas and pumpkin come together to make a non dairy frozen treat.
Check out my full collection of pumpkin recipes for more pumpkin goodness.
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1½ cups graham cracker or gingersnap crumbs
- 5 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 16 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 15 ounce pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- If you want to be able to move the cheesecake off the base of the pan, line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. If not, just build the crust right on the bottom of the pan.
- Dump cookie crumbs into the pan. Stir in 2 Tablespoons brown sugar. Melt the butter and mix with the cookie crumbs. Press to form an even and well packed crust across the bottom of the springform pan. Bake to set if desired, otherwise set aside.
- Beat 16 ounces of softened cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugars, pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Whip until well incorporated.
- While beating, slowly drizzle in cold cream. Beat on high until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
- Spread filling over prepared crust.
- Beat 8 ounces of softened cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla, beating until combined.
- While beating, slowly drizzle in cream. Beat on high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Spoon into piping bag and pipe over filling if desired. Otherwise gently spread over filling.
- Chill prepared cheesecake for at least 6-8 hours or freeze for at least a couple of hours. Cut with a sharp knife, dipping in hot water between slices for the cleanest cuts.