No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake gets a sweet upgrade with white chocolate ganache and bourbon whipped cream! |

‘Tis the season for pumpkin cheesecake and I’ve got three words: bring it on!  I don’t think I’ve ever met a cheesecake I didn’t like and this gem is no exception.  Not only does it have that whole no bake thing going for it making our lives nice and easy .  Even better, it’s got a hidden layer tucked under the cheesecake creating one sweet and sassy dessert you will definitely save room for on Thanksgiving.  Do I even need to mention the bourbon whipped cream parked on top?

The one thing you will always find on my Thanksgiving dessert table, in some shape or form, is pumpkin cheesecake. I knew I wanted to create a no-bake one this year, but you know I had to give it a little twist, right?  So I started out with a gingersnap crust and you know, those store bought gingersnaps have got a serious kick to them.  Then I made the cheesecake filling with all those warm spices that scream fall and that’s when it clicked – white chocolate ganache!

A little white chocolate ganache on top of the crust, tucked below the cheesecake makes this cheesecake all sorts of magical.  You pretty much know what you’re getting into with pumpkin cheesecake, but when you take a spoon of this, the white chocolate makes it pop.  It’s the perfect amount of sweet to balance all the spices going on.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake gets a sweet upgrade with white chocolate ganache and bourbon whipped cream! |

I should also mention that the white chocolate ganache has this smooth consistency that even straight from the fridge, it goes on that spoon like butter.  Like I said, magical.

And how pretty does it look all layered up? It’s one of those desserts that looks gorgeous when you present it and I always find that people love when they get their own little dish, present company included.  This recipe yielded four servings because I really filled them!  You will get six nice servings out of this one and another great idea is to do mini ones.

And let’s not forget that bourbon whipped cream lending a little kick tying this whole ensemble together!  All that’s left to do now is go grab a spoon!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake gets a sweet upgrade with white chocolate ganache and bourbon whipped cream! |

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 4-6 parfaits depending on size


    Gingersnap Crust
  • 1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs ( about 22 store bought gingersnaps)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • White Chocolate Ganache
  • 5 ounces white chooclate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 8 ounces pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Bourbon Spiked Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce (1/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Bourbon
  • Gingersnap crumbs for garnish


    Gingersnap Crust
  1. Melt butter and mix with cookie crumbs.
  2. Press 2 Tbsp. crumb mixture in the bottom of parfait glasses and refrigerate.
  3. White Chocolate Ganache
  4. In small saucepan, bring heavy cream up to a scald.
  5. Pour over chopped chocolate and whisk till smooth.
  6. Spoon 2 Tbsp. ganache in each parfait glass and refrigerate.
  7. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  8. Cream cream cheese, light brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. I used a hand mixer for this, you can also use a stand mixer on medium speed.
  9. Mix in pumpkin puree.
  10. In separate bowl, whip heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar till stiff.
  11. Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture to lighten it.
  12. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream till everything is combined.
  13. Fill parfait glasses with cheesecake filling. I used a piping bag with tip #808 to fill the glasses. You can also just spoon the filling in.
  14. Bourbon Whipped Cream
  15. Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and Bourbon till stiff.
  16. Spoon on top of parfaits when ready to serve.
  17. Garnish with gingersnap crumbs.

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19 Responses to “No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake”

  1. 1

    Pumpkin cheesecake is a favorite of mine! Love the white chocolate ganache layer!

  2. 2
    Beverley says:

    I do love cheesecake and pumpkin but never had them together. Looks a yummy recipe in an especially pretty photograph xoxo

  3. 3

    I love pumpkin AND I love cheesecake so I know I’d love these. They look and sound so amazing!

  4. 4

    I love no-bake treats and this recipe is fabulous!!

  5. 5

    Magical, pretty and elegant, indeed, Meghan! LOVE this no bake idea for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing, m’lady! Pinning…of course!

  6. 6
    Sandra says:

    The White Chocolate Ganache is giving me the warm fuzzies.

  7. 7

    I love all the layers and swirling is just perfection!

  8. 8

    I love pumpkin cheesecake and especially at Thanksgiving when I’m SO full – this stuff slides right down without any effort whatsoever. LOL

  9. 9
    Liz says:

    Oh, my. This is one incredible dessert! And I LOVE the addition of a white chocolate layer! Swooning :)

  10. 10

    The layers are so beautiful, Meghan! I want a bite :)

  11. 11
    Terra says:

    Did you say bourbon whipped cream? Hmmmmmm…..YUM!!! I love how you added the ganache in between the cheesecake and the crust, it would be a happy surprise with every bite! :-) Hugs, Terra

  12. 12

    Love all the gorgeous layers! I don’t know which would be my favorite. Good thing I don’t have to choose. ;) I’m with you…I love all cheesecakes and this one looks like no exception. :) Yummmmaayy!

  13. 13

    Just beautiful! And I LOVE all the layers — so much flavor!!

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    Made this for thanksgiving this year…absolutely stellar! Great creation!!

  15. 15

    I’m in love with this. The bourbon whipped cream is magical!

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