Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with a Ginger Snap Crust

Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with a Ginger Snap Crust

November 11, 2019 0 By

A dreamy cream cheese layer and a vanilla and spice infused pumpkin layer top a sweet ginger snap crust. This Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert is a wonderful make-ahead holiday dessert choice.

A slice of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert on a white plate with a fork.

A slice of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert on a white plate with a fork.

Happy fall, friends. Believe it or not, we are just 5 weeks from Thanksgiving! It’s time to start looking for inspiration for that holiday menu. Whether you are hosting this year or you’ve been given the task of bringing a dessert to a holiday potluck, this recipe is a fabulous choice.

This nearly no-bake Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert involves less effort than pie baking and makes enough to serve a group. It’s also made a day in a advance and after a quick garnish, it is ready to slice and serve.

But the number one reason to get this luscious dessert on your menu is that it is absolutely and undeniably delicious!

The Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert in a 13 x 9 inch pan.

The Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert in a 13 x 9 inch pan.

This easy, fall-inspired dessert is joining the list with my other 13- x 9-inch wonders. My Easy Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert and the Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert are also great options to add to your menu for the holidays or any time of year.

While it’s just not Thanksgiving here without at least a couple of pies, adding an easy 13- x 9-inch dessert recipe to the mix ensures there will be enough for everyone and you might even be lucky enough to end up with some dessert leftovers. Always a good thing the day after! This Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert holds up really well for several days in the refrigerator.

A spatula lifting a piece of the dessert out of the pan.

A spatula lifting a piece of the dessert out of the pan.

What sets this recipe apart is the ginger snap crust. Crushed ginger snap cookies combined with a little sugar and melted butter give this dessert a fall-inspired punch with the flavors of ginger, cinnamon and molasses. And, you don’t need to bother baking your own. I use a box of store-bought Nabisco Ginger Snap Cookies and they work perfectly. There are more than you need for this crust in one 16-ounce box, leaving you with some to snack on.

This crust is so much more flavorful than a plain graham cracker crust and really drives home the holiday vibe. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Be sure to watch the quick video at the end of this post to see just how quick and easy it is to put this make-ahead holiday dessert together.

A fork breaking into a slice of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert.

A fork breaking into a slice of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert.

Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with a Ginger Snap Crust

A dreamy cream cheese layer and a vanilla and spice infused pumpkin layer top a sweet ginger snap crust. This Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert is a wonderful make-ahead holiday dessert choice.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Servings 12

Change the number in the box above to adjust serving size. Please note that size of cookware and cook time may vary.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 45 ginger snap cookies (I use Nabisco)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Layered Filling:

  • 12 ounces Neufchatel or regular cream cheese (1 1/2 (8 ounce) packages), softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk divided
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (like Cool Whip) thawed, divided
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For Topping

  • 4 ginger snap cookies, coarsely crushed
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

Gingersnap Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Place gingersnaps in the bowl of a food processor and process until they are crushed into a fine crumb. You should end up with about 3 cups of ginger snap crumbs. Add 5 tablespoons sugar and pulse to combine. Pour in melted butter and pulse until well combined. Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 13- x 9-inch baking dish and use your hands to pat it down into a firm, even layer.

  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or just until crust is fragrant. Remove from oven and cool completely before adding layers.

Layered Pie Filling

  1. Add cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons milk to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add 1 cup whipped topping and mix again for about a minute until combined. Use an offset or rubber spatula to spread the mixture evenly over the completely cooled crust.

  2. In a large, clean mixing bowl, whisk pumpkin, dry pudding mixes, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and remaining 2 cups milk for about 2 minutes or until well combined. Spread over cream cheese layer.

  3. Top with remaining whipped topping and carefully spread it out over the top of the pumpkin layer. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with crushed ginger snaps and chopped walnuts before serving.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before beginning.

I’ve had this after it has been refrigerated for 3 days and it was still fabulous. The crust will start to soften after that so it’s best consumed within 3 to 4 days.

Total time includes prep and baking time only and does not include refrigerating the dessert overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 451.17kcal

Fat: 22.5g

Saturated fat: 12.09g

Cholesterol: 44.84mg

Sodium: 441.59mg

Potassium: 306.69mg

Carbohydrates: 57.09g

Fiber: 2.05g

Sugar: 36.22g

Protein: 7.09g

Vitamin A: 6043.94%

Vitamin C: 1.57%

Calcium: 132.17%

Iron: 2.52%

Valerie’s Kitchen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. For more information on our site policies click HERE.

A two image vertical collage of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with text overlay.

A two image vertical collage of Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with text overlay.