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Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

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Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite fall desserts!  These pumpkin cheesecake parfaits are fun take on the standard cheesecake and are great for individual Thanksgiving desserts.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Deciding what desserts to serve on Thanksgiving is difficult for me.  There are just way too many options! I want something pumpkin and pecan, but apple pie sounds good, too.  A few years ago we switched out our pumpkin pie for pumpkin cheesecake and it’s been a regular part of our Thanksgiving menu ever since.  This year, though, I am in the mood for apple pie but it’s just not Thanksgiving with a little pumpkin.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits are just what I was looking for.  I can make these in small cups for a little taste of pumpkin but still have room for apple pie.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

I adapted the original recipe by making homemade whipped cream and using regular cream cheese.  I also sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on the top instead of using nuts and I was really happy with the way they looked.  I think it would be fun to change up the graham cracker crumbs with gingersnap cookie crumbs or even pecans chopped finely.  All would be delicious!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Looking for other pumpkin recipes? Check out Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones, and Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal!


Yield: 4-6

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or 1 small can)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream


In a food processor or blender, blend together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.
Add pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and puree until smooth.
Layer ingredients in desired serving dishes as follows: graham cracker crumbs, pumpkin, and then the whip cream. Layer twice ending with whipped cream.
Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of parfait or add a few nuts for garnish.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


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  • Christy
    November 19, 2018

    How would I make this in a large trifle bowl?

    • Camille
      November 20, 2018

      I would probably triple or quadruple the recipe for a trifle bowl and just layer as directed.

  • Jen
    November 3, 2013

    Okay, what is your secret for homemade whipped cream? I never can make it right.

    • Camille
      November 3, 2013

      Ah, I’m glad you asked! I’m working on that recipe/post today! LOL Everything has to be chilled really well to get it to set up well. I’ve read to even chill the bowl, although I never do.

      • Katelyn
        November 26, 2014

        How much does this recipe serve?

        • Camille
          November 26, 2014

          Oh boy. It’s been a few years since I made them, but the recipe basically uses 1 can of pumpkin – the smaller size not the gigantic ones. So it really depends on the size of the cup your using to serve them in. The wine glass I used is fairly large and I think it made 4 of those. I hope that helps!

  • Christine
    November 18, 2012

    I gotta try that!! It looks sooooo YUMMY!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  • Danni Baird
    November 17, 2012

    Oh yummm! And easy too!

  • Kathe
    November 14, 2012

    Oh I am a noted pumpkin eater and then add the cheesecake spin? Love! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week Camille! I’m also featuring this on my Facebook page 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    November 13, 2012

    This is a lovely dessert, and this is a great recipe for the SRC.
    Have a good week!
    Miz Helen

  • Shelley C
    November 12, 2012

    Yum. I mean… just… YUM. Those look amazingly delicious. I love the substitutions you made, too. Again – YUM 🙂

  • Jennifer
    November 12, 2012

    I just love your blog!! I am so glad I was given you from the SRC! Your Breakfast cookies are dynamite! The pumpkin parfait you made looks amazing!!

    • Camille
      November 12, 2012

      Thanks, Jennifer! I love all the new blogs I am introduced to through SRC!

  • Judee
    November 12, 2012

    I’m loving all the pumpkin recipes. This looks amazing

  • Grace
    November 12, 2012

    These look so adorable! Great idea!

  • danielle
    November 12, 2012

    This looks delish and I bet my kids would love it too! I need to try this one.

  • Susie Bee on Maui
    November 12, 2012

    Glad you guys enjoyed the parfaits! I think the gingersnap cookie idea is brilliant!