No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle in a Jar with Praline Gingersnap Crust

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No Bake Pumpkin Dessert for Fall or Thanksgiving

This is a super easy yet spectacular dessert for anyone craving pumpkin in Fall, or a easy make ahead Thanksgiving recipe.  These days I no longer do Thanksgiving dinners, my family is spread out hundred of miles apart and we save travelling through bad weather for Christmas.  If Hubs happens to be home we go out for dinner and I make some sort of dessert.  This no bake pumpkin mousse trifle recipe really fits the bill as its delish, can be made ahead, keeps well especially if you layer it in mason jars.

Easy no bake pumpkin Cheesecake in a jar with gingerbread crust, whipped cream topping and praline sprinkles.

This recipe is small if serving a large crowd I suggest doubling it.  The picture of the mixed size jars shows you how many serving I got from the single recipe.

Lets start by making the three layers.

Whipping Cream Layer

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Start by making the whipped cream layer.  In the chilled bowl of your stand mixer, beat the cream until fluffy, add the icing sugar, and vanilla.  Whip until well combined.  Transfer to a second bowl, and place in the fridge.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Mousse

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon

After cleaning the bowl from your stand mixer, fit it with the paddle attachment and add the cream cheese.  Beat on high until fluffy, then add the white sugar.

Continue to beat the cream cheese for a couple of minutes. This allows the white sugar granules to melt into the cream cheese and makes the layer smooth instead of grainy.

Scrape down the side of the bowl with a spatula a couple of times to make sure all the sugar has a chance to blend in, and the vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Add the pumpkin and pumpkin spice to the cream cheese mixture, blend on low until mixed together well.

How to make no bake pumpkin cream cheese mousse

Cover the bowl and place in the fridge.

A pumpkin mousse layer for a pumpkin trifle recipe.

Speculaas Crunch

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 cups crushed speculaas cookies (gingersnaps)

Start by making the cookie crumbs, place about a dozen speculaas into a sealable plastic bag and beat them until crushed. Measure out two cups of crumbs.

How to make speculaas crumbs or gingersnap crumbs using a plastic bag

In a small sauce pan melt the butter, add the brown sugar, stir, and cook over medium heat until it bubbles.  It takes about two minutes.

Cooking butter and brown sugar to boiling stage for Specullas crunch.

Once the sugar mixture is bubbling, add the cookies and stir to coat. Remove from heat and let cool.

Assembling the Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

Trifles are so versatile and spectacular as long as you serve them in clear glass and pretty layers. For today’s post I am doing individual servings in mason jars, but will explain how to do it in a trifle bowl for a large crowd or more formal setting.

Small Mason Jar Servings

The small mason jar servings are perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe.  Start with a tbsp of speculaas crunch, then half a cup of pumpkin mousse, then a dollop of whipped cream and top with a sprinkle of speculaas crunch.

Small mason jar servings for party food or thanksgiving buffet

Pint Size Mason Jar Servings

The larger mason jar servings are my families favorite size, even for a Thanksgiving dessert. This is my favorite size to make and have sitting in the fridge for whenever someone wants a treat. As this serving is large I will often accompany it with a light dinner such as soup.

Easy to make no bake pumpkin dessert

Start with tbsp of speculaas crunch, then half a cup of pumpkin, half a cup of whipped cream, then 1/4 cup of pumpkin 1/4 cup of whipped cream and finally two tablespoons of speculaas crunch. You don’t have to be precise about the layers, you can do it by eye with a large spoon if you prefer.  Just make sure to have enough of each topping to fill your jars.

No Bake Ginger snap crust Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe

Serving Full Sized Trifle in Trifle Bowl

Trifles look spectacular because of all the layers showing through the clear glass. To serve this trifle in a bowl, remove 3 tbsp of the speculaas crunch and set aside.

Then build the layers, half the speculaas crunch, half the pumpkin cream cheese mousse, half the whipping cream. Repeat with the second halves of each filling ending with the whipping cream. Sprinkle the 3 tbsp of speculaas crunch on top and place in the fridge.

Storing Trifle

The mason jars are wonderful for storing individual servings. You can make the trifles ahead of time, screw the lids on top and pop them in the fridge. They keep really well for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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Easy to make no bake pumpkin dessert

Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

An easy to make no bake pumpkin dessert recipe. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving as you can make it ahead and pop it in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving. Its a perfect recipe for a beginning baker.
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Prep Time:30 mins
Total Time:30 mins


  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups crushed speculaas cookies Gingersnap cookies is you can't find speculaas


  • Mix chilled whipping cream, until fluffy. Add icing sugar and whip 1 minute on high, add vanilla. Mix until blended. Remove whipping cream from mixer into separate owl. Chill while making pumpkin mixture.
  • Wash the mixers bowl. Add cream cheese, pumpkin and sugar. Beat until well incorporated
  • Chill while making the speculaas crunch
  • Melt the butter in a small pan, add the brown sugar. Mix in crushed speculaas cookies and mix until coated. Pour out onto a plate and let cool.
  • Alternate the layers, speculaas crunch, pumpkin cream cheese mousse, whipping cream and repeat.
Servings: 6

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  1. Yummy! I love trifle but pumpkin trifle – what’s not to love about that! A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner and love that they are served in mason jars so they’ll look cute with the tablescape too. Pinned 🙂

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