Perfect Pumpkin Mousse (Tasty Fall Dessert in < 15 min)

5 from 8 votes

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This Pumpkin Mousse tastes just like a lighter pumpkin cheesecake. It is so creamy and full of all your favorite fall flavors!

Pumpkin mousse cups topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips on top

Pumpkin Mousse

This beautiful Pumpkin Mousse has all the delicious autumn flavors of a piece of pumpkin cheesecake but isn’t nearly as heavy.

It’s whipped and fluffy and will satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner without leaving you feeling overloaded. Pumpkin mousse is so simple to make too.

It’s easy to whip up for dinner guests, Thanksgiving company or just for a cozy night at home with your family.

Beautiful, tasty and easy: that’s MY kind of dessert!

How to Make Pumpkin Mousse

To make pumpkin mousse, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:

  • cream cheese
  • brown sugar
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • pumpkin puree
  • heavy whipping cream
  • sugar
  • vanilla

Start by mixing the cream cheese, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. If you have time, soften the cream cheese beforehand. This will make your mousse even smoother.

Using an electric mixer, whip until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then, add the pumpkin puree. Stir until is is fully combined. In another bowl, make the whipped cream by whipping together the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks form.

Add about ¾ of the whipped cream to the pumpkin mixture. Save the last ¼ for topping the mousse cups. Spoon mousse into individual bowls and top with whipped cream. Then, add any desired garnishes. I like adding chocolate chips!

A spoonful of pumpkin mousse

Perfect Pumpkin Mousse Toppings and Garnishes

  • Start with a heaping scoop of whipped topping on top of your pumpkin mousse, then add:
  • chocolate chips
  • cinnamon sprinkle
  • a drizzle of chocolate or salted caramel
  • chopped candied cinnamon pecans
  • butterscotch chips
  • crumbled ginger snaps

Suggestions and Substitutions for this Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

  • If you’re making pumpkin mousse along with a big meal, you can save time by making the base of the mixture ahead of time, and wait till just before serving to mix in the whipped topping.
  • I love the fact that, unlike pumpkin pie or cheesecake, this dessert is gluten free! No crust makes it a very easy recipe to make for any of your GF guests.
  • If you are looking to make it dairy free as well you can easily substitute the whipped topping for whipped coconut milk. All you need is a can of coconut milk, that has been refrigerated so it is nice and cold. Then whip the coconut milk with sugar and vanilla in the recipe until it becomes thick and stiff peaks form.
  • For a lighter version, use light cream cheese instead of regular, and light whipped topping in place of heavy cream. If you are making it with coconut milk, you can also find light coconut milk.
Pumpkin mousse cups

More Pumpkin Desserts

If you love this pumpkin mousse, try our Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle, Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake, our Pumpkin Eclair Cake. This time of year I am just craving pumpkin everything. If you are like me you will love our Pumpkin Pancake Recipe with Caramel Maple Syrup and Candied Pecans, Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Drop Cookies, Pumpkin Pie Cobbler, and our tasty Pumpkin Steamers for breakfast and brunch. You can check out all our delicious pumpkin recipes HERE.

Three cups of pumpkin mousse topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips

Pumpkin Mousse

5 from 8 votes
This Pumpkin Mousse is a delightful twist on traditional pumpkin desserts and makes a perfect fall treat for dinner parties. Easy to make and so pretty!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Hand Mixer





  • In a medium size bowl, whip together the cream cheese, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until light and fluffy and completely blended.
    Cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar mixed together in a bowl
  • Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined.
    Cream cheese and pumpkin combined in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, whip together the whipped topping ingredients until it becomes thick and stiff peaks form.
    Whipped cream in a glass bowl
  • Fold together about ¾ of the whipped topping with the pumpkin cheesecake mixture until completely mixed in.
    Pumpkin mousse in a silver mixing bowl
  • Spoon the mousse into individual cups. Use the remaining ¼ of the whipped topping to top the mousse. Then sprinkle on chocolate chips, cinnamon, or candied pecans.
    Pumpkin mousse cups topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips on top

Nutrition Information

Calories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 7gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 1gSugar: 75gVitamin A: 1764IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    tried pitting unflavored gelatin in it and put it in molds. then removed from mold and placed on a gram cracker crust cookie . served on dish worked good

  2. Can a tub of cool whip be used instead of freshvwhipped cream? If so how much? Will be making it a day or two ahead and traveling with it.

    1. Absolutely! If you want to have about a 1 cup serving size per guest, you will want to times each ingredient by 5. Personally, I think 3/4 cup of this mousse is plenty for a serving. It is very rich. If you want a 3/4 cup serving you can quadruple the recipe.

  3. I am going to make it for a dinner party! Can I make the whipped topping and punkin/cream cheese mix the night before and just combine before dinner? Thank you!