Recipe Thanksgiving

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

This no bake pumpkin pie is a light and delicious alternative to a more traditional pumpkin pie.

Liz and I discussed that we needed to find a few more desserts for the Thanksgiving holiday. My husband Scott insisted he wanted a pumpkin pie or something like a freezer dessert. I found this option from Camille Stiles. It’s made in under an hour and it’s very impressive when assembled.


  • 3 Teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tablespoons water, cold
  • 1 Cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground clove
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Prepared pie crust


  1. Make the gelatin

    In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let stand until thick. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, just until the gelatin dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, but do not let thicken.

  2. Whip the heavy cream, sugar and gelatin

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar until slightly thick. With the mixer on low, stream in the gelatin, then turn the mixer to high and whip until stiff. Transfer to another bowl and keep in refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the filling.

  3. Blend the mascarpone, pumpkin and honey

    In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the mascarpone and pumpkin and beat until smooth. Add the honey, spices and salt and mix until well combined.

  4. Fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture

    With a large spatula, carefully fold in the whipped cream, taking care not to deflate the cream. Once completely incorporated, pour the filling into a prepared pie crust (I used a store bough chocolate cookie crust); cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  5. Serve with whipped cream and candied nuts

    Serve with whipped cream and candied pecans (quick and easy recipe here). 

For other great thanksgiving recipes check out our special Thanksgiving Guide.