No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake and Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Tips

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake has a delicious graham cracker crust topped with creamy pumpkin cheesecake and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. This will become a tradition in your home.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake gives everyone their very own individual serving. A delightful end to your holiday meal.
If you’re like me, the fact that it’s already November kind of snuck up on you. The holiday season is officially here, and it’s time to buckle down and get prepared. I’ve partnered with EVITE® to bring you these adorable Mini No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce, and I’m also sharing my best ideas for holiday entertaining without the hassle.

Make Your Menu
When I’m planning a big holiday party, I like to start with my menu. Why? Because every tip I have for you after this hinges on that big asset. From grocery shopping to how many dishes need to fit on your table or buffet, it all hinges on what’s included on your mealtime menu.

Start with the main event – the protein. Serving a huge crowd? Two smaller turkeys may make more sense. They cook more quickly, and stretch further (four drumsticks instead of two sure sounds good to me!), and give you twice as much turkey stock after the fact. Also consider switching it up and serving both turkey and ham.

From there, your side dishes should come together easily, and can even be farmed out to family members. Consider making mashed potatoes and creamed corn in the slow cooker, saving oven space for the birds and green bean casserole.

When it comes to dessert, you have to think about oven space too. Serving these Mini No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel means you don’t have to worry about oven space at all, or that there’s room now for an extra pie or two, if that’s what floats your boat. This dessert has all the flavors of baked pumpkin cheesecake, but it’s super simple to make and who doesn’t love mini desserts?

I  know Thanksgiving is all about the pie, but if whipping up homemade pies isn’t your thing, opt for a simple crisp recipe like this Browned Butter Bourbon Apple Crisp from Katie at GoodLife Eats. Even though it sounds fancy, it comes together in a snap and has all the lovely flavors of traditional pie without the hassle of rolling pie dough.

 

A simple yet elegant Thanksgiving tablescape with painted white pumpkins and gold accents. So pretty.
Refresh Your Spices
Believe it or not, store-bought spices really should only be kept around for a year so. They won’t hurt you after that, but they will lose their pungency. The holidays are a perfect time to replace and re-stock your most used items.

Don’t forget seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice, which you might not use other than these last few months of the year. You’ll definitely want those warm and toasty spices to be as fresh as possible for baking and mixing into your favorite desserts.

Stock Your Pantry
Once your menu is set, keep a separate grocery list of just holiday party items. If your budget is tight, pick up a few of the shelf stable or freezer-friendly items each week leading up to the main event. That’ll help your wallet survive the big wallop a party can provide, if the only thing you’re purchasing the week-of are perishable items, which also usually happen to be cheaper.

From canned green beans to stuffing cubes, there are lots of side dish items that can be purchased well ahead of time, and stored in a big tupperware for transporting or just keeping out of the way until you’re ready to rock and roll your holiday meal. Plus, doing the holiday shopping over several weeks means you’re less likely to need to run out to the store for that one forgotten item 15 minutes before your guests arrive. We’ve all been there, and it stinks.

Painted White Mini Pumpkins make the perfect place setting for Thanksgiving.
Plan Your Tablescape
I personally adore decorating for the holidays. In fact, I may have already started purchasing my Christmas decorations. But decorations don’t have to be expensive, or time consuming. This year, I’m keeping my Thanksgiving table simple.

I bought sweet little pumpkins, some white spray paint and sparkly gold paint, a little thyme, and ten minutes is all you need to create the perfect tablescape decorations. They can be used to prop up seating cards, or as plate decorations, and once the meal is done, they can be distributed throughout your home for a festive look all season long.

You can use any paint colors you want to match your decor, and the whole beautiful table will run you less than $20. Try finding that at your local Home Goods!

This Free Thanksgiving Invitation from Evite makes organizing your holiday dinner a breeze.
Simplify with EVITE
Whenever we’re entertaining a large crowd, I’d much rather spend my time creating decorations I can enjoy all season long than writing out paper invitations. EVITE’s mission is to get people enjoying the season face-to-face, and sending out their beautiful Thanksgiving invitations takes mere minutes. They’re customizable, come in free and paid premium versions, and are so cute!

And this type-A girl absolutely adores the RSVP tracking feature of each invitation. I can watch my guest list fill up with yes’s and no’s, and update my grocery list as I go – even accessing it from my phone when I need to. There are comment features that’ll let you know Aunt Martha is bringing her sweet potato casserole, and Mom’s baking brown and serve rolls so you don’t have to.

This year, when we were trying to decide on our Halloween party menu and theme, I used EVITE’s party ideas and planning tips section to round out my ideas. Now that the party is over, I’ll be using their Thank You card feature to personally thank each of my guests that also brought food and drink along.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake has a salted caramel sauce drizzled right on top. Salty, sweet, and amazing.

This post is sponsored by EVITE, all opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Crust

  • 16 Biscoff cookies, crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed (TruWhip or Cool Whip)

For the Topping

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the Biscoff cookie crumbs and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add in pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and mix until fully incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well blended and no streaks remain.
  3. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
  4. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping, salted caramel sauce and Biscoff cookie crumbs before serving.

20 Responses to “No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake and Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Tips”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

    So smart to use EVITE for invitations and especially thank you cards! I’m all about the no bake holiday desserts and this pumpkin cheesecake is going on the Thanksgiving menu for sure!

    Reply

  2. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings — November 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the Thanksgiving tips.  I need all the help I can get!

    Reply

  3. Deena — November 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Is there a substitute for Biscoff cookies? I’ve never seen them in Wal-Mart or HEB.

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    • Jamie — January 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Hi, Deena! I suppose you could use graham crackers or shortbread. If you Google “Biscoff cookies,” you’ll find lots of homemade recipes for them. Good luck!

  4. Katie | GoodLife Eats — November 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I love this recipe and all of your tips. I think my kids would really enjoy this take on a pumpkin cheesecake, so I’ll be adding it to our menu this year!

    Reply

  5. Brenda F — November 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Would this recipe make enough filling to make a tradition-sized pie instead?

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    • Jamie — November 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Brenda-
      Yes, there is definitely enough filling to make a standard size pie. Thanks for stopping by.
      -Jamie

  6. Christina — November 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing this delicious-sounding recipe. Can you please tell me what type of bowl is in your picture and where I can get them? I’d like to try this recipe and can’t find those beautiful bowls. The bowls I do find are smaller on the bottom than on the top. Any information would be helpful.
    Thank you…. Christina

    Reply

    • Jamie — November 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Christina-
      The bowls pictured are from Crate and Barrel – you can search for nosh bowl on the website and they’ll pop up. I hope this helps! :)
      -Jamie

  7. Shari Craig — November 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    No sugar or sweetener in the filling??? 

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    • Jamie — November 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Shari-
      Thank you so much for catching this. I accidentally left off 1/2 cup powdered sugar. I have made the adjustments. Thanks again!
      -Jamie

  8. Gaby — November 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    these are the cutest desserts ever!!!! I want to come to your next party!

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  9. Deborah — November 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    So many great tips here, and that dessert looks amazing!!  I love evite – can’t imagine planning a get together without it!

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    • Jamie — November 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Deborah! I appreciate you stopping by!
      -Jamie

  10. Karly — November 17, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I loooooove that you used Biscoff for the crust. Brilliant. 

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  11. Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — November 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    ooooh, I LOVE this :) Can’t wait to try this!!

    Reply

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

    No bake desserts are my favorite for the holidays and that Biscoff crust sounds amazing!

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  13. sue|theviewfromgreatisland — November 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Love this post – and I’m totally stealing your white pumpkins with thyme wreaths idea :)

    Reply

  14. Shelley — December 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    not to sound dumb, but what are Biscott

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    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Hi, Shelley! You don’t sound dumb at all! Biscoff cookies are crispy cookies imported from Belgium. Here’s a store locator: http://www.biscoff.com/storelocator. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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