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No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie

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Pumpkin pie has never been my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I think it’s because it can often be pretty bland and boring. Especially in comparison to any show-stopping pies on the dessert table like a double crust apple pie or crunchy pecan pie.

So this year I decided I want to put my own spin on pumpkin pie. I had already done a Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe which was definitely a crowd pleaser, but it requires at least an hour in the oven.

I don’t know about you, but the oven is valuable real estate in my kitchen this time of year. The last thing you want is to do any more mental time and temperature calculations trying to figure out just how you’ll cook everything, in what order, and at what time.

(Oh how I wish I had a double oven!)

So I decided to create a no-bake pumpkin pie that would be perfect for Thanksgiving. I’m SO pleased with how this recipe turned out. Everyone who has tasted it has loved it. I could eat a slice just about every night!

It’s light and delicate, not dense like your traditional pumpkin pie. I’m obsessed!

No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie Recipe Tips

How to Make Biscoff Cookie Crust

One of my favorite parts about this recipe is the Biscoff cookie crust! You know those cookies you often get on the plane? They’re kind of a cross between gingersnaps and graham crackers and are loaded with warm comforting spices and a kind of caramelized sweetness. I find them at most grocery stores now in the cookie & cracker aisle. They’re called Speculoos cookies at Trader Joe’s.

Since there’s no baking involved in this recipe, it’s important to use a generous amount of butter in the crust so it won’t crumble too much. Be sure to really pack the crust into the pie pan. I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to make easy work of this.

What if I don’t have Biscoff cookies?

No problem! You can use gingersnap cookies, graham crackers, or digestive biscuits instead. You’ll need a scant two cups of cookie crumbs, whichever you decide to use. That’s about 15 graham crackers. It’s much easier to swap out the cookie option if you have a scale and can use the weight measurement provided in the recipe.

How to Make Pumpkin Mousse Pie Filling

The filling is composed of a mixture of whipped cream, cream cheese, and pure canned pumpkin puree. You will need an electric mixer for multiple components of this recipe for best results! Be sure to use fresh spices for best flavor. If you open your spice jar and the aroma isn’t strong, it’s time to replace it.

The filling will need to set for at least 6 hours. I usually just make the pie the night before I plan to serve it. At this point the pie can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

TIP: Don’t use homemade pumpkin puree! It’s far too watery for this recipe. Learn more about homemade vs. canned pumpkin puree here.

How to Make Whipped Cream for Pie

Nothing is better than homemade whipped cream, and in this recipe the stuff just really completes the pie! Be sure to top the pie with the whipped cream no more than a few hours before serving so it looks its best. The whipped cream will begin to deflate and “weep” if topped too far in advance. However, if you’re not too picky you can add the whipped cream up to 1 day before.

You can also use stabilized whipped cream if you need to make this pie completely in advance or if you’re traveling with it.

I love to garnish the pie with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, or even ground Biscoff cookies, so it makes for a beautiful presentation.

More Pie Recipes:

  • Caramel Apple Streusel Pie
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie
  • Butterscotch Pie

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How to make
No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie features a thick Biscoff cookie crust filled with homemade pumpkin spice mousse and topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s the ultimate easy pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!  Download my FREE Make Ahead Baking Guide.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1

    (8.8 ounce or 250 gram) package Biscoff / Speculoos cookies

  • 7

    tablespoons

    unsalted butter, melted

For the pumpkin mousse:

  • 1

    cup

    heavy whipping cream, cold

  • 4

    ounces

    (113 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/4

    cup

    (50 grams) light brown sugar

  • 1/2

    cup

    (122 grams) canned pure pumpkin puree

  • 1

    teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1/2

    teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

  • 1/8

    teaspoon

    ground cloves

  • 1/8

    teaspoon

    ground nutmeg

  • 1/8

    teaspoon

    ground ginger

For the whipped cream:

  • 1

    cup

    heavy cream, cold

  • 3

    tablespoons

    powdered sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1

    teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

Directions

Make the crust:

  1. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and until moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie dish.

Make the pumpkin mousse:

  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to beat the cream until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a clean large bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds. Add in the brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger and continue to beat until very well combined with no pockets of cream cheese remaining.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until combined. Spread gently and evenly into prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Make the whipped cream:

  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and continue to whip until medium-stiff peaks form.
  2. Just before serving, spread the whipped cream over the pie. Sprinkle with more cinnamon to garnish, if desired. Serve.

Course:

Dessert

Cuisine:

American

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

November Baking Challenge

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How to make
No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:
30 minutes

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