No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar and a Giveaway!

I’m honored to have been selected by Darden Restaurants to create a recipe inspired by the seasonal desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse.

You guys! I am SO excited to share my first giveaway on the blog with you today!

When I was asked to try the seasonal pumpkin desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse, I couldn’t wait! I absolutely LOVE trying desserts and comparing them. And getting to create a recipe inspired by one of the desserts is totally up my alley! Plus, I get to give one of my awesome readers (maybe you!) a gift card too! Does it get any better?

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Though I’m sure you can guess from the pictures and title of the post which dessert I chose to recreate, let’s start by taking a look at the line up of desserts, shall we?

The hubs went with me to try everything and first up was Olive Garden’s Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and ginger cookie crumbles. So good! I am a big cheesecake and pumpkin lover so it was no surprise to me that I loved this cheesecake. It had the perfect pumpkin flavor! And I don’t know what they did to that whipped cream, but dang. Delish! I totally thought this one would be my winner.

But then we went to Longhorn Steakhouse. Their Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake is filled with a cream cheese icing and drizzled with Maker’s Mark® bourbon-caramel sauce and candied pecans. Again, yum! Delicious cake and magically awesome cream cheese filling. It gave Olive Garden a run for it’s cheesecake money.

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Then we headed to Red Lobster. Of course I couldn’t go to Red Lobster and not have some of their cheesy biscuits. Those things must literally be made in heaven.

After the biscuits we dug into the Pumpkin Pie in a jar which was layered with pumpkin, cream cheese mousse and a graham-cracker crust, then topped with sugared pecans.

Shut the front door, you guys, this thing was the JAM! I would have licked that jar clean if I hadn’t been in public. As it was, I used my spoon to get every bit I could out of that jar.

The desserts were all delicious and I’d definitely get them all again, but of course I chose the pumpkin pie in a jar to recreate. You and I both need this in our lives.

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This Pumpkin Pie in a Jar recipe is where it’s at. It’s no bake, easy to make and super stinkin’ cute in a jar. I used the 8 oz/half pint size mason jars.

I did change it up a bit from the one we tasted at Red Lobster. To start, instead of an all graham-cracker crust, I decided to mix chopped graham cracker and gingersnaps for a little extra flavor. But of course, you could go with all chopped graham cracker or all gingersnap, if you prefer.

Then I made a delicious pumpkin pie filling. One of the things I loved about the Red Lobster dessert was the texture of the pumpkin pie filling. It was smooth and yet maintained some of the texture of the pumpkin puree. I love textures in my food, so I really wanted to keep that. Well, I did and it’s a delicious blend of pumpkin puree and spices. The filling is so good I literally ate some of it on its own with a spoon.

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Next was the cream cheese mousse. I knew this would be the toughest part for me, since I’d never made a mousse before.

And yet again the texture (and flavor) of this was rockin’ and I wanted to try and keep that in my recipe. It actually reminded me a lot of marshmallows in taste and even in texture. I actually spent the most time tasting and analyzing this part in the restaurant. It was almost like smooth, melted marshmallows. To die for!

Surprisingly, making the mousse was A LOT like making homemade whipped cream! Just replace the whipping cream with egg whites and add a few ingredients. Just like it amazed me the first time I made homemade whipped cream, this totally amazed me. So, so easy.

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The rest is just layering! Depending on how crunchy you want your graham cracker and gingersnap layer to be, you may or may not want to make these in advance. After just a couple hours in the fridge, the cookies begin to soften. Personally, I like them a little soft but it’s up to you.

I topped mine with whipped cream and few more graham cracker and gingersnap crumbs in lou of sugared pecans. Then I drizzled will some caramel sauce. Yum! Caramel makes everything better.

These are seriously delicious! The hubs couldn’t wait to eat them and neither could I.

Can you tell? 😉

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

Yield: 6 Pumpkin Pies in a Jar


Pumpkin Pie Filling
15 oz can pumpkin puree
5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of cloves
2 tbsp heavy cream

Cream Cheese Mousse
3 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini marshmallows

Cookie Layer
1 1/2 cups chopped gingersnaps and graham crackers (I used 4 graham crackers, 8 small gingersnaps)

whipped cream for topping, if desired
caramel sauce for drizzling, if desired


Pumpkin Pie Filling
1. Scoop pumpkin puree into a medium sized bowl.
2. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves and heavy cream and mix well.
3. Set in refrigerator to firm while you make the mousse.

Cream Cheese Mousse
1. Add egg whites to your mixer bowl (separate from pumpkin pie filling) and beat on medium-high until soft peaks form.
2. While beating, slowly add sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form again. Mixture will go from being kind of frothy to smooth and will gain volume. When done, set egg white mixture aside.
3. In another bowl, mix cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth.
4. Add cream cheese mixture to egg white mixture and combine.
5. Melt marshmallows in a small bowl in the microwave, about 15-30 seconds.
6. Add melted marshmallows to egg white and cream cheese mixture and mix until well combined.
7. Refrigerate for an hour or so.

To assemble
1. Start with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the graham cracker/gingersnap crumbs on the bottom of the jar.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mousse.
4. Repeat layers 1-3. You should have 2 of each layer.
5. At this point, you can put the tops on the jar to keep in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve them, top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle, if desired.
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Pumpkin Pie Filling modified from Made From Scratch Recipes.

I wrote this post in partnership with Darden Restaurants, but all opinions are my own.

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  1. I always like to mix a handful (or 2) of chopped nuts into my graham cracker crusts – this recipe sounds absolutely YUMMY!! Thanks for the chance to go test them ourselves!!
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  2. The pumpkin pie in a jar sounds divine and I am definitely trying yours! Yum!
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  3. I would love to try the Pumpkin Spice Lava cake! Sounds delish!

  4. These parfaits look amazing but I’m a cheesecake girl so I’d have to go for the Cheesecake at Olive Garden!
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  5. The pumpkin spice lava cake sounds Awesome! Great Giveaway and the pumpkin pie in jars are super-duper cute!
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  6. These desserts look delicious. I’m going to have to try these.
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  7. Wow Lindsay – those look amazing!

    I think I’d try the Pumpkin Spice Lava cake. I’ve always loved lava cakes, but never thought about making it pumpkin.
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  8. Sam the Eagle says:

    That just looks too easy! Well done! Yay for caramel!

  9. I love everything about these no bake pumpkin pies…gorgeous presentation, looks delicious, easy peezy, no bake. I mean can it get better? 😉 Definitely need to try these. :)
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  10. Jennifer S says:

    This sounds divine and right up my alley! The added caramel drizzle really does it for me!

  11. I would like to try this recipe! It looks amazing and easy!

  12. I think that I would have to try the Pumpkin Cheesecake!
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  13. Luscious combination of flavors and textures, Lindsay! Wouldn’t these be beautiful on a holiday table?! And no messy slicing and serving of pie! Not to mention, that no-bake means no competing with the turkey for oven space!
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  14. Your dessert looks amazing! I’m a huge pumpkin pie fan! Thanks for sharing!
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  15. Wow! A beautiful fall dessert! Very creative and beautiful photos!
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  16. Omg the pumpkin spice lava cake! I almost died just reading those words!!

  17. Looks delicious! I will be giving this a try real soon. Thanks so much for posting!!

  18. Your blog has changed the way I bake for my family. I can’t wait to try your pumpkin cupcakes!

  19. Oh…the pumpkin cheesecake sounds wonderful…anything pumpkin sounds wonderful to me

  20. Susan Christy says:

    Pumpkin Pie in a jar – YUMMMMMY

  21. I would definitely have to go for the cheesecake. My friend made one for Thanksgiving last year, and I have been craving it ever since! I plan to give it a try myself this year with your recipe. I love your blog, and thanks so much for sharing this giveaway with us!

    • says:

      Thank you Jessica, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! The pumpkin cheesecake is great – you’ll love it! :)

  22. I’m excited to try Pumpkin Molasses Cheesecake Cookies…
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  23. These look soooooooooooo GOOD
    Easy to make, but I’ll be eve easier to eat them all :)

  24. Niccole M. says:

    Pumpkin Pie all the way, yum!

  25. Oh man, first of all I’ve always adored desserts in jars. And then you go ahead and make this heavenly goodness!! It’s like, the perfect dessert!!! :)
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  26. I am excited to can some pumpkin used by my Holloween pumpkins

  27. Pumpkin Spice Lava cake!!! I’ve never been so obsessed with pumpkin before this year! YAY!

  28. I want to try the Olive Garden’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. I love pumpkin and cheesecake so why not together?
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  29. these look so delicious! yum!
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  30. Looks wonderful! I’d really like to try the pumpkin cheesecake – I am a huge cheesecake fan :)

  31. Karyn Campbell says:

    I want to try these so badly as I am not that into the crust of the pie and I have no oven to bake in at the moment so here is my favorite all in an easy and cute package! Mmmm salivating at the thought of making them!

  32. Hi Lindsay, This looks so delicious and EASY to make. I love EASY desserts. I’ve pinned and am sharing this.
    Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Halloween Party.

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  33. The pumpkin pie in a jar sounds so amazing!!

  34. Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake sounds great!

  35. I’m a sugarholic as well! This recipe sound FANTABULOUS and I can’t wait to make it. What perfect timing too for the Holidays. I am having a fundraiser bake sale that is raising money to buy Christmas gift for underprivileged families and I know this recipe will be a hit. I can’t wait to see all the looks on people’s face when they go in for that first bite. Hopefully they will buy a lot because that means more gift:)

  36. I’d love to try the Pumpkin Cheesecake!
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  37. I’d love to try the pumpkin cheesecake at Olive Garden

  38. Starla Bates says:

    This recipe looks divine and I love anything in a jar! I would also love to try the pumpkin cheesecake at Olive Garden!!


  39. What lovely desserts! I love making sweets in jars and this pumpkin version would go perfectly at our harvest dinner next week! Thank you for sharing..and what a fun giveaway!

  40. Obviously, I’ll trust your judgement and go with the pumpkin pie in a jar … but I may have to try the lava cake and cheesecake, too, you know, just to compare 😉
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  41. LOVE the pumpkin pie in a jar idea – no bake – love it. Very cute presentation too btw :)

  42. Whitney Lindeman says:

    Pumpkin Cheesecake, yum! Anything cheesecake has my heart. :)

  43. I love all things apple especially Apple Dumplings

  44. I love that this is a no bake recipe! It looks so delicious!

  45. Oh my, your photos are gorgeous! Absolutely stunning!
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  46. Their Warm Apple Crostada is good, but the Pumpkin Pie in a Jar sounds SOOOOOO good! I want to try that one! SOON.

  47. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love desserts in a jar!
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  48. I loved the Pumpkin Pie in a Jar–we had it the last time we went to RL and I would happily eat it again. I will definitely try your recipe for it–looks wonderful!

  49. They all sound delicious. I think I’d like to try the pumpkin cheesecake from Olive Garden first…and then move onto the others!!

  50. Anything pumpkin! :)
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  51. Thanks! Looks delicious and I’m on the lookout for desserts without nuts or chocolate these days.

  52. Crystal A. says:

    Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake sounds great!!!

  53. This Pumpkin Pie in a Jar dessert looks perfect to me! I so want to try this! :)
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  54. Totally loving this adorable pie in a jar and your blog! It’s awesome! All those desserts sound amazing but I would have definitely gone with the pie in a jar as well. :)

  55. This looks awesome :)

  56. Laura Bartle says:

    I would love to try the Pumokin Spice Lava Cake! I am obsessed with your blog and am always excited to try your new recipes!

    • says:

      Aww, thanks Laura!! I hope things are well with you guys and congrats on your newest addition! :)

  57. The pumpkin spice lava cake sounds awesome!

  58. This looks wonderful! I’m definitely going to try it!

  59. Your pie looks so scrumptious. It would be fabulous on a Thanksgiving buffet. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This is a feature.
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  60. How adorable these are! I love that cream cheese mousse especially :)
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  61. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. I love these pumpkin treats. What a festive idea. They are being featured this week. Thanks, Nichi
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  62. These are GORGEOUS! And look delicious too! Would love you to come link up to our desserts only party~! DELISH!

  63. Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. These look AMAZING! Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week and was pinned to the TGIF Party Board! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week! Happy Halloween!
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  64. These look AMAZING, I pick these No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar as my favorite TOP DESSERT at our DELISH~ a dessert only link party! Thanks for sharing and come over now to share even more of your yummy desserts! :)

    ~ Jenn
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  65. Megan Curtis says:

    Wondering about how long it takes from start to finish for the Pumpkin Pie in a Jar? Sounds and looks amazing!

    • says:

      Thanks Megan! The cream cheese mousse takes the longest and should be refrigerated about an hour, so including that time I think you could have them done in about 2-3 hours.

  66. Red Lobster must be following your blog because my wife and I ate there last night and ordered the Pumpkin Pie in a jar and I think the crust was all gingersnaps. My wife usually takes a spoonful of dessert and leaves the rest for me but last night we were trading spoonfuls.

  67. I was wondering on how much in advance can I prep these jars and leave in the fridge before Thanksgiving?

  68. Can I make these today for Thursday? How long will they stay good in jars with lids in fridge?

    • says:

      Yes you can. One or two days in advance is probably best, but you could stretch it to 3 if you needed to.

  69. Can you substitute Fluff for the melted marshmellows? We don’t have a microwave & I tried melting in a Pam on stove & they got melted but chunky. When adding to egg whites there were little chunks that wouldn’t blend.

  70. no bake and in a jar? love this!! Bring on the pumpkin puree!!
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  71. Just curious as to what size jars you used. Are they pint jars?

  72. This looks divine! Definitely going to try maing this recipe around Thanksgiving. My husband loves pumpkin pie, but not the crust…this’ll be awesome! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  73. Could you maybe do these in a bigger container? I wanted to do it for a work party.

  74. I thought you get salmonella from raw eggs?

  75. YUM!!!

  76. I absolutely love this recipe!!! I can’t wait to try a mini version & then go all out for Thanksgiving. I really think my guest will have a difficult time turning this down.

    I do want to add something I learned from my mother, who learned this from her mother, and so on… and my great grandmother and grandmother owned a family bakery for over 50 years. When whipping egg whites, it is best to place the eggs and the beaters into a glass mixing bowl into the freezer for no longer than 5 to 10 minutes, just so the bowl is really cold, where it looks frosted, but not so long that the eggs are frozen. I don’t exactly know why this helps as I’m not a chemist, a baker or a chef, it is just something that has been handing down from one generation to the next. I must say that I have never had a problem whipping egg whites and getting the highest peaks you can imagine using this “old wives/bakers’ tale.” I’ve even had all the sugar poured in at once by my 3 year old son (at the time) who was trying to help and it still worked! However, I would recommend doing it slowly as in the recipe.

    Just my 2 cents worth… Thank you so much for the recipe and I can’t wait to try it as listed but also with some of the other ideas listed in the comments.

  77. How long does it take to make

  78. Myra McDermott says:

    I made the no bake pumpkin cheesecake for my granddaughters first birthday party. I used baby food jars to serve it with gray plastic spoons in each one. A time saver: I put the mixture into a large plasticky bag. When I got to the party venue, I cut a tip from the bag and piped filling into each pre- crusted jar and topped with whipped topping. Added spoon and they were such a hit !!!!!!! Thank you so much foe an easy crowd pleaser.


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