This no bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe is a graham cracker crust topped with a rich and creamy pumpkin filling. Top it with whipped cream and caramel sauce for the perfect finish to any fall meal or holiday!
September is here and I’m totally going to pretend that there’s a chill in the air and pumpkins are everywhere. In reality it’s been over 100 degrees here and there’s nothing fall to be seen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a slice of no bake pumpkin cheesecake anyways! I shared this pumpkin gooey butter cake a while back, and now it’s time for another pumpkin dessert that doesn’t even require an oven!
How Do You Make No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake?
Let’s talk about the crust first. You could totally go to the store and buy a pre-made graham cracker crust. But you should only do that in a pinch, because a homemade graham cracker crust tastes SO much better. The crust mixture gets pressed into the pan then chilled until firm. The filling is a simple mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, spices and whipped topping. After the filling goes into the crust, it needs to chill to set up. Decorate your pie with toppings such as whipped cream, pecans and caramel, then slice and serve.
Tips for the perfect cheesecake
- Be sure to use pumpkin puree, and not canned pumpkin pie filling. The pie filling will not work in this recipe.
- Your cream cheese should be very soft to keep your batter from getting lumpy. You can microwave your cream cheese for 30 second increments to soften it quickly.
- You can swap out the graham cracker crust for a gingersnap crust for an additional hit of spice flavor.
- This recipe calls for whipped topping, but if you prefer you can use an equal amount of sweetened whipped heavy cream. Don’t use the cream in an aerosol can as it will deflate and the cheesecake will not hold its shape.
- You can make this cheesecake up to 3 days before you plan to serve it. Store the cheesecake loosely covered in the refrigerator, then add the garnishes right before serving.
Can you freeze no bake pumpkin cheesecake?
You can definitely freeze your cheesecake if you’re planning to store it for a longer period of time. The cake needs to be effectively covered so it doesn’t get freezer burn. It will also need to be removed from the freezer with plenty of time to thaw before serving. Freeze the cheesecake without any garnishes, then add whipped cream, pecans and caramel sauce to the thawed cake right before serving.
What I love most about this dessert is that it’s super easy to make, yet looks and tastes totally impressive. This treat is sure to earn you rave reviews from family and friends.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
- No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake
- Earthquake Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Cake
- Pumpkin Meringue Pie
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 7 tablespoons butter melted
- cooking spray
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 8 ounce tub whipped topping thawed
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- Optional garnishes: whipped cream or whipped topping, chopped pecans
- Coat a 9 or 10 inch pie pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of the pie pan. If you're using a 9 inch pie pan, you may not need all of the crumb mixture to cover the pan.
- Place in the freezer and chill for 20 minutes.
- While the crust is chilling, make the filling.
- In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice and beat until thoroughly combined.
- Gently fold in the whipped topping. Remove the crust from the freezer and spoon in the filling, smoothing the top with a spatula.
- Refrigerate the pie for at least 1 1/2 hours or up to 24 hours.
- Prior to serving, decorate with whipped cream, whipped topping and chopped pecans if desired.
- Cut into slices and drizzle approximately 2 teaspoons of caramel over each slice, then serve.
This post was originally published on September 10, 2017 and was updated on October 8, 2019 with new content.