This Pumpkin Silk Pie is a delicious holiday dessert recipe that is easy to make. Pumpkin dessert recipes are perfect for holiday parties and this pie is a fun alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey. All opinions are 100% my own.
Today I am sharing a dessert recipe for a Pumpkin Silk Pie. It is cool and creamy with a spicy gingersnap crust!
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Even my kids were excited about all of these vanilla extracts and flavors. They asked if they could open the bottles to smell them before I even had a chance to! The dessert I decided to make was Pumpkin Silk Pie. I used Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract in the main part of the pie.
Then, to top off the pie, I made whipped cream with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. This was my first experience with vanilla bean paste. It is thicker than vanilla extract, almost like molasses with vanilla seeds in it. The vanilla bean paste added little flecks of the vanilla seeds to my white whipped cream and looked lovely!
To make the pumpkin silk pie, start by making a ginger snaps cookie crust. Finely crush 32 ginger snaps. (I used Nabisco brand ginger snap cookies) Mix in melted butter and sugar. Press into 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, make the pumpkin silk filling. Beat softened cream cheese, using a stand mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice; beat until smooth.
Fold in one large container of whipped topping (Cool Whip) and spread into the springform pan.
Place in the fridge for a couple of hours over overnight to allow it to set up. Remove the springform pan sides and top with whipped cream. I put the whipped cream in a pastry bag and piped it onto the cake. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
Go ahead and cut yourself a slice of pie!
The pumpkin silk pie is cool and creamy with a light pumpkin flavor and the spice of ginger snaps. It is a delicious holiday dessert recipe that is easy to make and is a fun alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.
Just made this pie. Love the idea of a pumpkin silk pie. I will tweak some things for my own taste. Curious as to what the purpose of the cream cheese is? Is it just for flavor?
The cream cheese stabilizes the pie so that it will hold its shape. But it also adds to the creaminess and adds flavor as you mentioned.
I hope you enjoy it!
Just wondering if I could substitute a butter & sugar combination in place of the cream cheese?
I’ve never tried that so I’m not sure how it would turn out.
Okay, Thank you.
Just not a fan of cream cheese, and since butter & sugar are used in a French Silk pie, I just thought I’de throw it out there. It took a long time to get a French Silk pie to turn out the way I wanted it. This will probably be the same. Trial, and error you know.
Allie Spurlock says
Hey:), I love this recipe and have made it for our family thanksgiving for several years. This year I have two small children and I was wondering if I could make it the night before and leave it in the Refrigerate overnight?
Yes, that would definitely work!
Has anyone ever made this sugar free
Sarah Phillips says
Do you think I could substitute eggnog in this recipe for the pumpkin and it still work? I LOVE this pie and I want to kind of “Christmas” it up a bit, but I don’t know if the consistency would stay the same if I use 1 Cup of eggnog in place of the 1 Cup of pumpkin…
I also was thinking of using a cinnamon graham cracker crust instead of the gingersnap crust and in place of the pumpkin spice, using some cinnamon and nutmeg.
Please let me know what you think, or if you have any other suggestions to make this recipe more “Christmas”–y! 🙂
I think my No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake would be more in line with what you are looking for: http://www.thegunnysack.com/no-bake-eggnog-cheesecake/ Best of luck! ~Tonia
Jessica Zittere says
The leadup text says to use a large tub of Cool Whip (which is 12 oz / 4.5 cups) but the final recipe specifies 16oz Cool Whip. Would you please specify the container & volume?
Our grocery stores only have two Cool Whip container sizes. One is 8 oz and one is 16 oz. I used the large container which is 16 oz. Best of luck!
Wendy k says
I made this yesterday, as directed. It’s definitely better the second day. I think it’s good enough to take to thanksgiving dinner because it’s not a boring, heavy plain pumpkin pie BUT I think there’s a wee bit too much whip in the filling and it waters down the taste of the pumpkin. So if people are expecting a WOW pumpkin flavor, it’s not there unless you cut out some of the whip- which I will the next time.
Hi. This silk pie looks amazing and I would love to make it for our tropical Turkey Day. What can I use as a substitute for Cool Whip, since I can’t get that outside the U.S.? Thanks.
You can substitute equal amounts of whipped cream. Happy Tropical Turkey Day!
Kelly Murray says
What size springform pan did you use? Thanks!
I used a 9-inch springform pan. Enjoy!
How much vanilla bean paste did you add to the whipped topping for the top of the cake?
To make two cups of whipped cream, use one cup of heavy cream, two tablespoons of sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. Enjoy! ~Tonia
I can’t find the recipe??? This looks amazing. I’m in charge of desserts this year. This will just blow everyone’s socks off when they see this on the dessert table. Please tell me where to go for the recipe. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Hi Michael! I’m sorry that the recipe isn’t visible to you. Here is a link directly to the recipe: http://www.thegunnysack.com/easyrecipe-print/5372-0/