No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust

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Prep Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs

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A creamy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake served on top of a Gingersnap Cookie Pecan Crust will be sure to wow your guests this Holiday Season!

Do you ever feel like you have to keep up with the “standards” that society places on you?

You need to look at certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way. Your life must look a certain way from the outside. Your kids need to act a certain way. They need to be at “this level” by the age of 1, 2, 3, or 4 and if they aren’t something is wrong with them. The list goes on and on.

Why do I bring this up?

Potty training! Society says that children should be trained around the age over 2 or so.

Guys… it is hard stuff.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust - creamy, comforting, and pumpkin heaven! Easy make ahead dessert. |

Personally I am so over changing horribly smelly dirty diapers and ready for my little man to be potty trained. But he is just having nothing to do with it, in fact he cries at the idea of sitting on the potty. He is a little over 2 1/2 and I am definitely feeling the pressure from society that he should be potty trained.

While I was in Chicago this past week, I was talking to a new friend Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox and she was telling me not to put pressure on myself. Some children are potty trained before they are two and some are when they turn four. Everyone is different and your can’t force it, if you do you and your child will be miserable.

So.. I’m going to go with the flow and take my cues from little man and let HIM tell me when he’s ready.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust - creamy, comforting, and pumpkin heaven! Easy make ahead dessert. |

Something I will not being taking cues on from little man is cooking. If that was the case we would end up with scrambled eggs and cookies all the time!

So keeping that in mind, today we are diving headfirst into pumpkin land again with this No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Pecan Crust.

The Gingersnap Crust of this dish totally rocks, its buttery, slightly spicy from the ginger cookies, and then nutty from the pecans. The flavors in the crust go perfectly with the creamy fall spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake. The crust is crunchy while the cheesecake is light and airy, it’s the ultimate pumpkin bite!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust - creamy, comforting, and pumpkin heaven! Easy make ahead dessert. |

This No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great way to add a small change up to your Thanksgiving dinner, and believe me it will definitely wow your guests. Best part is, you can totally make it ahead! To be honest, it’s actually better because all the flavors sink in! 🙂

Um…. WIN!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust - creamy, comforting, and pumpkin heaven! Easy make ahead dessert. |

A No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Glass on a Serving Platter

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 2 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 2 hours
  • yield Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • category Category: Dessert
  • method Method: No-Bake
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


A creamy, fall-spiced pumpkin cheesecake with a buttery and slightly nutty gingersnap crust with pecans. The crunchy crust pairs perfectly with the light and airy cheesecake for the ultimate pumpkin bite!



For the No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake:

  • 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 12 oz. of lite cool whip

For the Gingersnap Pecan Crust:

  • 20 gingersnap cookies, ground very finely
  • 1/2 cup of pecans, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, melted


  1. Add gingersnap cookies and pecans to a food processor, chop until turned to powder.
  2. Pour into a small bowl and add melted butter. Mix till a moist crust is formed.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of gingersnap pecan mixture into a serving cup. Pat down.
  4. Place serving cups in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let crust harden a little.
  5. In a medium bowl, add softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves. Using a hand mixer, combine until mixture is smooth.
  6. Gently fold in the lite cool whip. Let sit in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Using a large pastry bag with a large tip squeeze about 1/2-3/4 cup of pumpkin cheese mixture over the crust. Top with a dollop of cool whip.
  8. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • Calories: 377
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: pumpkin cheesecake, no bake pumpkin cheesecake, desserts thanksgiving

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32 Responses
  1. alilduckling

    Very nice. We used “doubles” glasses and it worked very well. Substituted Cool Whip Sugar Free and stevia for the sugar. Didn’t pipe in the cheesecake or use the dollop of CW on top – still wonderful. Our family eats pumpkin year round.

  2. Lydia

    Came out really good! I sprinkled chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon and cocoa powder on top and served it out of a big dish instead of individual dessert cups.. I made it with whipped topping mix instead of cool whip and light cream cheese.. Came out very tasty and not too sweet which is the best part. Easy. Recommend it 🙂 Filling was light and fluffy yet delicate and flavourful. Could use any cookie as base as well..

    1. Krista

      Hurray so glad to hear you liked it Lydia, thank you so much for the feedback AND for the special tweeks you made to make it your own. LOVE IT! 🙂

  3. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    Definitely up my alley. I love that they are lower calories so I can have my pumpkin fix and not worry too much about my jeans fitting the next day. :). Pinned!

  4. Bri | Bites of Bri

    These look amazing! I’ve been craving a pumpkin dessert and this may be it! It’s so simple and that crust looks amazing! I love gingersnaps! And yes…let him tell you or else you’re going to be miserable and it will take so much longer.

    1. Krista

      Oh girl this is totally it! It is so easy to make and so light and delicious!

      Thanks for the encouragement on the potty training girl!

  5. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh I know the feeling of the pressure from outside society…not so much with potty training but other things. Good for you to take the cues. It will come! My niece who will be 3 next month, just became potty trained and she wanted nothing to do with it a few months ago and now she is loving it! Time will tell 😉

    But these cheesecakes are too die for! No are speaking my language!

  6. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    These are totally stunning! Love a good simple dessert for the holidays! And I totally feel your potty-training pain — my girl will be 2 1/2 this month and she isn’t potty trained yet. She could, I believe, if she wanted but she is really not interested! It’s really not something that can be forced though, so I’m trying to go with “the flow” too :S

    1. Krista

      Ugh… can they just be interested already!!! These smelly diapers and the COST is driving me crazy!

      Good thing is.. you and I can just drown our sorrows in this cheesecakes.. and life is good again. 🙂

  7. Kristen

    I have potty trained 4 kids and let me tell you… they will do it (and it will be SOOOO easy) when they are ready. It’s hard and if you try to force it it’s going to stress them out and stress you out!
    2 seems really early to me as a “standard” age. I think you can give yourself until 3 before you start to feel any ounce of pressure for him! Even then, he’ll totally do it when he’s ready!

    1. Krista

      Yes!!! I have definitely been stressed out about it and can tell it gets him stressed. He’s gotten to the point of crying if I ask him if he wants to go “poopu on the potty”.

      Thanks for the grace girl and the wise mommy words of encouragement… soooo appreciate it! 🙂

  8. Alyssa

    These look so delicious and your pictures are gorgeous. I completely agree about the potty training. My 3 1/2 year old is starting to get it, but is having a hard time. I can’t wait to finally not have to change his diapers anymore!

  9. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Unfortunately, I can’t sympathize with the potty training, as I don’t have kids. BUT I can eat ALL of these gorgeous mini bites!
    GIRL, these photos are beautiful! And I totally have that plate! Pinned!

  10. DessertForTwo

    Another reason I want a baby girl, I hear they’re easier to potty train 😉

    This cheesecake looks amazing!

    1. Krista

      haha.. so true Christina… girls are definitely easier! Boys just like to be “dirty” it doesn’t really bother any them… but I can’t handle the smell anymore!!!

      A dessert compliment from an amazing dessert blogger… pure bliss! 🙂

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