Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait Recipe

Think of a pumpkin cheesecake — now, take away baking and cooking time. You’re left with these cute little pumpkin mousse parfaits. We layer a sweetened pumpkin and cream cheese with soft whipped cream and crunchy ginger snaps. These are great to serve to a crowd and can be made up to one day in advance.

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

How to Make Our Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait Recipe

Start by whipping some cream to create soft peaks — this just means that the whipped cream is soft and will slightly fall back onto itself. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you need it, which will be in a few minutes.

Then, add pumpkin pie mix and cream cheese to a stand mixer. Mix until combined. If you do not have a stand mixer, use a hand mixer instead.

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

Now, get the whipped cream out of the fridge and add half of the whipped cream to the pumpkin and cream cheese. Then, gently fold the cream into the pumpkin and cream cheese by pushing a spatula into the middle of the bowl then pulling it back up the side of the bowl and turning until the cream is fully incorporated. Cover the remaining cream and place back into the fridge.

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

Now, add crushed ginger snaps to cups or small bowls, you want a thin layer.

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

Next, alternate the pumpkin mixture, remaining whipped cream and more crushed ginger snaps until the cups or bowls are full.

Easy Pumpkin Ginger Mousse Parfait

Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a segment of white chocolate on the top. Keep the parfaits in the refrigerator until ready to serve. You can make these one day ahead of time, but not too much longer than that since you want to maintain a bit of crunch from the ginger snaps.

Recipe and photos developed for Betty Crocker.

Ginger Pumpkin Parfait
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Make these parfaits up to 1 day in advance. Canned pumpkin pie mix is pumpkin puree with additional spices mixed in. If you cannot find canned pumpkin pie mix, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg to a cup of pumpkin puree.
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You Will Need
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin pie mix (suggestion: Libbys)
  • 8 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ginger snaps
  • 1 (4 ounce) white chocolate bar
  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form (thick, but the cream still falls onto itself); refrigerate.
  2. Cream pumpkin pie puree and cream cheese using a hand or stand mixer in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add powdered sugar to pumpkin mixture and mix until incorporated. Taste for sweetness, add more sugar if necessary.
  4. Gently fold half of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture.
  5. Assemble the parfaits by layering the crushed ginger snaps, pumpkin mixture and whipped cream. To garnish, top with whipped cream and a piece of white chocolate.

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14 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Donnasue March 21, 2016, 11:49 pm

    Hello,I question I have is what kind of cream is used.Evaporated milk some call cream,but theres light,an heavy whipping cream.I really want to make this an certainly don’t want to guess.Thanks alot

    • Joanne May 19, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Whipping cream is best.

  • Sheryl December 31, 2014, 10:46 pm

    We live in Australia and they do not sell pumpkin pie mix. How could I make that up with fresh pumpkin?

    • Joanne March 5, 2015, 10:22 am

      Hi Sheryl, The canned pumpkin pie mix in America is pumpkin puree mixed with spices. To do this yourself, roast and puree pumpkin then stir in some pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are our favorites).

  • OneHappyMama February 28, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Do you remember what size glasses you used for this recipe? Can’t wait to try it out. It looks delicious.

    • Joanne March 3, 2014, 9:58 am

      Hi there — they were plastic cups (from a party store). I think they were around 10 ounces.

  • Becky Miller October 29, 2013, 3:25 pm

    can I use almond breeze vanilla milk or half and half for the cream?

    • Joanne October 30, 2013, 9:32 am

      If almond breeze whips up like cream then yes, otherwise the mousse will not be thick enough.

  • Loretta June 16, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Where does powder sugar come in?

    • Joanne June 17, 2013, 9:25 am

      You add the sugar after mixing the pumpkin and cream cheese. Take a look at the recipe, that should help you out. Thanks!

  • Deborah November 11, 2011, 10:37 am

    Love this idea to get that cheesecake taste without all the time and effort!!


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