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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

No-bake pumpkin cheesecake

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ready for a delicious no-bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe? While fall begins at the end of September, we don’t really start to see the change of seasons until October. The Blue Ridge Mountains light up with a rainbow of oranges, yellows, and reds. The summer mugginess begins to fade, and the fall breeze — just a hint of winter — begins wafting through our campus. 

There are so many fall activities to fill up your calendar like apple picking, trick or treating, pumpkin carving, and, of course, baking! Autumn baking produces some of our favorite seasonal treats like pumpkin rolls, applesauce cookies, and pecan pie. We wanted to challenge ourselves this year by creating a no-bake version of one of our favorite desserts — pumpkin cheesecake. 

It’s starting to feel like fall here in Central Virginia, and we’ve been craving something special: no-bake pumpkin cheesecake. 

We love cooking and baking here at Emerson Creek Pottery, but it’s hard to find time to bake a cheesecake. Between baking time and chilling time, it can take an entire afternoon to make a cheesecake. This no-bake cheesecake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction simplifies the process without compromising on flavor. 

Everything from the crust to the pumpkin pie filling is homemade, and it only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Assemble this cake in just a few minutes before work and come home to a perfect no-bake pumpkin cheesecake!

Why We Love This Recipe

First and foremost, we love this no-bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe because of how easy it is. It takes just 20 minutes to make something that tastes like it took 2 hours or more. 

We also like that this recipe uses homemade crust. While most recipes can be adapted to include a homemade crust, we’ve found that most no-bake cheesecake recipes call for a pre-made pie crust. While these types of crusts are convenient, they aren’t always as tasty as homemade crusts, and they come with lots of disposable packaging like an aluminum pie pan and a plastic lid to cover leftovers. 

Using a recipe with a homemade crust allowed us to make this delicious cheesecake in one of our stoneware bakers. While we do have a pie plate made especially for pies, our BROOKLINE Baker was the perfect vessel for this recipe. The sides of our pie plates are sloped like a traditional pie pan, but the sides of the BROOKLINE Baker are straight, resembling a springform pan. 

Prep: 20 minutes | Refridgerate: 8 hours | Total: 8.5 hours 

Yield: 1 Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (200g) gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: ground ginger and ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar or brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup (240ml) cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 16 ounces (452g) full-fat brick cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (227g) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

This recipe is from and developed by Sally’s Baking Recipes.

Directions

  1. Make the crust: Stir the gingersnap crust ingredients together. Pour into a Brookline Baker or another 9-10″ pan and pack in very tightly. The tighter it’s packed, the less likely it will fall apart when cutting the cheesecake. Freeze for 10-20 minutes as you prepare the filling.
  2. Make the filling: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cold heavy cream into stiff peaks on medium-high speed, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until perfectly smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the pumpkin, confectioners’ sugar, and brown sugar and beat on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed to help combine. Add the vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt and beat until combined, creamy, and smooth. Make sure there are no large lumps of cream cheese. If there are lumps, keep beating until smooth.
  4. Using your mixer on low speed or a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake filling until combined. This takes several turns of your rubber spatula. Combine slowly as you don’t want to deflate all the air in the whipped cream.
  5. Remove crust from the freezer and spread filling into crust. Use an offset spatula to smooth down the top.
  6. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 2 days. For best results, at least 12 hours is best. The longer refrigerated, the nicer the no-bake cheesecake will set up.
  7. Use a knife to loosen the chilled cheesecake from the rim of the springform pan, then remove the rim. Using a clean sharp knife, cut into slices for serving. For neat slices, wipe the knife clean between each slice.
Pumpkin Cheesecake on Coupe Plate and Brookline Baker

How Our Cheesecake Turned Out

While the recipe calls for a gingersnap crust, we opted for a traditional graham cracker crust — found in the Perfect No-Bake Cheesecake recipe from the same author — because we couldn’t find gingersnaps at Aldi. (We’re avid Aldi shoppers here at Emerson Creek Pottery.) 

The graham cracker crust is fun to make and mixes up easily. To create graham cracker crumbs, we put whole graham crackers in a gallon-sized zipper bag and smacked them with a rolling pin. Once the crackers were broken up into relatively small chunks, we rolled them out until they were nice and crumbly. 

The cheesecake filling tasted great on its own — like a pumpkin pudding — but it tasted even better in the graham cracker crust! 

To make it look pretty, we added some decorations — whipping topping, chocolate nibs, and more graham cracker crumbs.

Overall, this recipe was fun and easy to make. We think the graham cracker crust may have needed to have been baked to help it stick together a bit better, but the flavor was fantastic. We will definitely be making this recipe again!

Stoneware to serve and to bake!

About the BROOKLINE Baker

We used our BROOKLINE Baker in Ivory to make this recipe. View it here.

Part of our new BROOKLINE collection, the BROOKLINE Baker is the jack-of-all bakeware. Its 1.5-quart capacity makes it an excellent vessel for quiche, nachos, and, of course, cheesecakes. Most recipes that call for a 9-inch round cake pan work well in this baker — We argue that they turn out better in our stoneware baker than in a traditional aluminum cake pan. Our custom stoneware clay formula evenly distributes heat and gives you the perfect bake every time!

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