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No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie

By Tessa Arias
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November 2nd, 2018
4.83 from 124 votes
4.83 from 124 votes

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.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Like a cloud of pumpkin pie. That Biscoff cookie crust really makes this pie something special.
Texture: The crust is crunchy, the mousse filling is fluffy, and the whipped cream on top is light and creamy.
Ease: You will dirty a few bowls to assemble the pie, but you won’t be taking up any space in your oven while doing it!
Pros: Fun and delightful twist on the classic pumpkin pie that you can make ahead of time without the oven.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely, this might become a Thanksgiving essential!

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.

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!

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!)

Easy no bake pumpkin mousse pie with Biscoff cookie crust is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert!

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!

Easy no bake pumpkin mousse pie with Biscoff cookie crust is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert!

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.

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!

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4.83 from 124 votes

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.

Recipe Notes

This pie can be frozen before adding the whipped cream and any toppings are added, but doing so may slightly alter the texture after thawing. Freeze in an airtight container for up to one month, and thaw overnight in the refrigerator before adding whipped cream and toppings.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Colleen — November 25, 2022 at 7:28 am

    This is the best recipe ever! My family loved it!!!

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    Natalie — November 20, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Made into “bars” in a 9×9 square pan. Was a big hit!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      Yay! So happy that worked for you and was such a hit, Natalie!! 🙂

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    Ashley brodhead — January 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I made this recipe and it turned out phenomenal Thank you

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    Amy — December 17, 2021 at 6:38 am

    I’m making this pie to take to my sister’s for Christmas Eve dinner. Can I make the whipped cream topping ahead of time and bring in a separate bowl to add later if I keep it cold while driving a short distance?

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      Emily — December 17, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Sure, that’ll be fine!

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    Michele Bisso — November 26, 2021 at 5:46 am

    This recipe is so involved. Took much longer than it says. The mousse was delicious. And the crust was delicious. Don’t bother putting the cinnamon, vanilla or sugar in the topping. Waste of time and doesn’t even taste good. Just use plain whipped cream and it would have tasted much better. No one liked it. The flavored whipped cream actually ruined it.

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    Taylor — November 21, 2021 at 8:08 am

    For the pie filling it states to use heavy whipping cream but for the topping it states just heavy cream. Wouldn’t I use whipping cream for both?

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      Emily — November 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Taylor! Heavy whipping cream and heavy cream are essentially the same thing, each has a higher fat content above 36%. Be sure to not use just whipping cream, which has a lower fat content of about 30-35%, as it won’t maintain its shape as well. I hope that helps!

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    Joy — November 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    What would this be like with an Oreo crust?

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      Emily — November 18, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      I’m not sure, we haven’t tried that! We suggest using gingersnap cookies, graham crackers, or digestive biscuits instead. More details can be found in the pink tip box above the recipe 🙂 If you try it with an Oreo crust, please let us know how it goes!

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    Cathy — November 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    This is SO GOOD – I will be making it for the 4th Thanksgiving in a row. I am definitely not a baker, but I can mix ingredients with the best of ’em, so I am happy and proud to finally be able to provide a holiday dessert that everyone enjoys. Thank you!

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      Emily — November 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Wonderful!! So glad to hear that, Cathy!

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    Jessica — October 3, 2021 at 5:53 am

    This was amazing! Crowd pleaser forsure everyone loved how light it was. Even with 3 different layers and was simple to make! From Canada and biscoff cookies are hard to find so I found some salted caramel cracker type cookies used that abs half graham cracker.

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      Emily — October 4, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      YUM!! The salted caramel crackers sound incredible! Happy to hear your pie was such a hit, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Annie — November 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    OH MY!! This was AMAZING!! I fudged a little and used butter instead of cooking oil to grease the pan. Needless to say that was a fail, but once we got the pie onto a plate… I will be making this every year from now on. It won’t make it through the night tonight, and there are only 4 of us eating it! Thank you so so very much for this. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Tessa — November 27, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      It’s my favorite thing to hear when you guys find a new staple recipe! So glad you loved this pie!

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    Karla Williamson — November 25, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Great recipe. It’s exactly what I was looking for. I made it as a trial before Thanksgiving and I did it without the whipping cream on top. Tomorrow I will serve it with the cream on top as well as having maple candied pecans and walnuts on the side as an optional topping. I was thinking of candied ginger as an option too. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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      Tessa — November 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      So glad you tried this recipe out! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Karla!

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    Marissa — November 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Could you make in mini pans?

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      Katherine Coulter — November 22, 2020 at 9:07 am

      I don’t see why not!

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      Tessa — November 23, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Sure!

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    cg — October 19, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I am arguably the worst baker in the world – just ask my friends and family. However, I have confidently and successfully made this delicious pie numerous times over the past few years. Everyone loves it. Thank you for all the yums – and for saving my reputation!

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    Stefan Faville — September 16, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    This recipe is terrible. The consistency is way too soft. It just tastes like whipped cream. It needs more substance like egg yolks or a pudding.

  15. #
    Sarah Mueller-Buehler — November 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Easy and delicious! I doubled the recipe and made in a 9×13 pan.

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    Vicki Ma — November 30, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Delightfully light yet full of fall flavours. I’m not even a big pumpkin fan but this pie is outstanding

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    Katherine Coulter — November 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Delicious. I specifically love the biscoff crust. So easy, good flavor, and no heavy pumpkin texture! I’ll definitely make this again!!

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    Katherine Coulter — November 30, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Super easy and very delicious. All the pumpkin flavor but without the heavy texture.

  19. #
    Dawn Finley — November 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    So delicious that I’ve made it three times this month!

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    Tiffaney Adams — November 30, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    My pumpkin pie averse family DEVOURED this. Super easy to makes and was a perfect light dessert to follow a heavy holiday meal! Will definitely make this again (and again).

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    Emily Alonso — November 30, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Made this for thanksgiving, in place of the traditional pumpkin pie and it was probably the best part of the whole dinner. I’ve never attempted a pie before and this seemed like a great start, and it came out perfectly! Definitely going to come back to this recipe in the future.

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