No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust
No bake pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust has become the most asked for recipe around the holidays and once you try it you’ll know why!
Where to buy Pumpkin Spice Pudding
We’ve had a lot of questions about where to buy the pudding. We got ours at a local Kroger and Walmart or it’s on Amazon Prime.
I bet you can guess who’s recipe this is. Cade did not name this one but he did shovel it in as fast as I did. And then I had a piece for breakfast. My first time ever eating pie for breakfast. And it was soooooo worth it!
Luscious no bake pumpkin pie is my new thing. As is pie for breakfast. I totally get why people do that after Thanksgiving now. Good mercy.
Last year I was thinking about our dulce de leche banana cream pie which is all kinds of amazing and I suddenly had the bright idea to make a pumpkin version. So the first week of January when everyone was dieting I started testing a no bake pumpkin pie. What? I had just had a baby! I deserved pie!
So many readers want to know how to make a simple pie, a fool proof pie, a no bake pie, anything to make sure their pie turns out for the holidays and this has been the perfect solution.
The crust kept bothering me. Pumpkin pie makes people nervous and half of that is because of the crust, so I turned to good ol’ store bought ginger snap cookies. I needed strong flavor to keep up with the pumpkin, something holiday-ish, and something crisp. The gingersnap was perfect but I didn’t want to bake a bunch just to crush them so while you can totally go completely from scratch I chose to use store bought. All I did was crush them, add brown sugar and a pinch of salt then stirred in melted butter. Oh butter, how I love thee. You could probably even brown the butter but I think it has plenty of flavor as is.
Now here’s the important part. You must, must, must use a big, fat deep dish pie pan for this recipe, otherwise you’ll want to half the recipe. And you must mix the milk and pudding in one bowl, cream the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk (milk of the heavens if you ask Cade) in another and then fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture before stirring in the pudding mixture. This order is so important for the no bake pumpkin pie or it wont set up. Oh, and if you want to know how to keep those lumps out of cream cheese, just make sure it’s softened cream cheese
If you forget to soften the cream cheese just do what Barbara Bakes taught me, stick the sealed cream cheese (foil seal, not the box) in a bowl of very warm water and it will be soft in minutes.
And you can totally serve it with a dollop (every time I say that I think, dollop of Daisy from the sour cream commercial) of whipped cream but I actually don’t think this pie needs it and I never say that about pumpkin pie. My gosh that stuff is good.
No Bake Pumpkin Pie
- 2¼ Cups Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs (crushed cookies in a blender)
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Pinch of Salt
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- 1½ 3.4 ounce packages Pumpkin Spice Pudding
- 2 Cups Whole Milk
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 4½ Cups Cool Whip or Fresh Whipped Cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, brown sugar, salt and butter. Stir to combine and press into a deep dish pie pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding and milk. Set aside to thicken.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sweetened condensed milk. Beat until smooth and scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
- Stir the pudding into the cream cheese mixture and fold in half of the whipped cream and then the remaining whipped cream. fill the pie crust. Place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour before serving. See notes.
How to make the perfect, classic pumpkin pie takes a few simple steps.
Want a yummy pumpkin dessert that isn’t pie? Try this moist pumpkin pie cake!
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