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Holiday Dessert Recipe: No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie

Pumpkin pie is a must on Thanksgiving and holiday tables! Whip up a no-bake version for an easy take on the traditional dessert.

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Makes 8 to 12 servings

  • 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin-pie filling)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice mix
  • 1 9" no-bake graham-cracker pie crust
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
1. Use an electric mixer to beat the Neufchatel and butter until very smooth. Beat in the sugar and vanilla until fully incorporated. Beat in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin-pie spice mix. Spoon into the prepared crust and chill overnight until firm.
2. Whip the cream to soft peaks; add the maple syrup and whip to stiff peaks. Spread over the chilled pumpkin mixture and refrigerate until serving. (May be done up to 6 hours in advance.)
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