No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce


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No Bake Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

Now for this post, I just have to say it. I really don’t like these photos. BUT, these cheesecakes were so good that I just had to share anyway. I took pictures twice, yesterday then again today and I’m just not getting the photos to turn out how I’d like (for example, that caramel sauce in the second and third pic – yeah it looks artificial but it’s real). These dark rainy days are just that, dark out. Frustrating but on a better note, since I made these two days in a row that means I get to eat them two days in a row! I’ll never complain about eating cheesecake.

I post cheesecake and other various cheesecake inspired desserts quite a bit. Cheesecake and ice cream and anything chocolate are all probably my favorite desserts, so I make them way too much I’m sure. Last week I posted Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Smoothies (that are actually healthy yet so creamy and delicious), Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes and now these, just to finish off that pumpkin cheesecake list (all though some form of pumpkin cheesecake cookie or blondie is sounding seriously tasty. I’ll resist though and wait until next year for that :).


These cheesecakes are so easy. Their texture is more like a mousse than an actual cheesecake (to be more cheesecake-like you could probably add in some dissolved gelatin). They are amazingly fluffy and perfectly creamy. The caramel is optional if you aren’t feeling up to making it (did I really just list caramel as optional? In my mind caramel it is a must!) and you could replace that 2 Tbsp of caramel in the mixture with an equal amount of brown sugar. You really should make them with caramel though, just saying. Also, if you can’t find the Biscoff cookies then you could make a graham cracker crust instead (make one and half of this recipe here). And if you aren’t a salty caramel kind of person, of course just omit the sea salt. Enjoy!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy


No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 6 servings


  • 16 Biscoff cookies , finely crushed
  • 2 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 2/3 cup heavy cream , divided
  • 8 oz cream cheese (cold)
  • 2 Tbsp caramel sauce , plus more for topping, recipe follows
  • 6 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree , chilled
  • Flaked or coarse sea salt (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl (or food processor if that's what you used to crush cookies) blend together butter and crushed Biscoff cookies until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among six small cups and gently press into an even layer.
  2. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese with caramel sauce until smooth, then blend in brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and whip until sugar has dissolved and mixture is fluffy. Fold in pumpkin puree, then fold in whipped heavy cream.
  3. Pipe or spoon pumpkin cheesecake mixture over cookie crumb layer in cups, then whip remaining 2/3 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form and pipe or dollop over tops. Drizzle each with caramel sauce and sprinkle lightly with sea salt and serve.
  4. Notes: Assemble cheesecakes within 1 hour of serving for best results (and preferably drizzle caramel just before serving). Store ingredients in refrigerator until ready to assemble.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by My Baking Addiction

I took this pic on a sunnier day. Kind of a pain to try and pour caramel and get a pic at the same time :). This is my go to recipe for caramel sauce (I’ll sometimes adjust the amount of cream slightly depending on how thick or thin I want it).

Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy


Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed. In a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium-high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally. Once mixture reaches a dark amber color, immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat. Carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine (it will bubble vigorously). Whisk until mixture is smooth. Pour caramel into a glass jar to cool, sprinkle lightly with sea salt when serving if desired.


  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I’m all about no-bake! And that salted caramel sauce – swoon! October 11, 2013 at 10:09pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: So cute, easy and scrumptious, Jaclyn! Cannot wait to make these. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning! October 12, 2013 at 5:22am Reply

  • Deborah: Yeah, caramel is not optional! ;) These are a perfect fall dessert! October 12, 2013 at 7:23am Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: You know what? When I opened your blog and saw that first picture, I totally started drooling over it and thinking “how is it that she always takes such great pics of the food she makes? Mine never looks that good in photos!” then I read your post and laughed – in a good way! – at you saying that you weren’t satisfied with the pictures!!
    Anyway, these will become my favorite fall dessert for sure, even if I’ll skip the caramel on top (please, don’t judge!) since I don’t like it :)
    You’re great, girl!

    xo, Elisa October 12, 2013 at 9:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Elisa, you’re too nice :)! October 12, 2013 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: They look so good! The caramel drizzles are SO PERFECTLY applied. You have the steadiest hands ever to not let it run/bleed and turn messy. These look go good. Pinned! October 12, 2013 at 11:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! October 12, 2013 at 8:25pm Reply

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: Oh pish posh Jaclyn! Your pictures are gorgeous! Even when they’re “bad”, they’re still good! I don’t think the caramel looks artificial at all :) October 12, 2013 at 11:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Mimi :)! October 12, 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Dina: wow that looks delish! October 12, 2013 at 7:31pm Reply

  • Peggy: I think your pictures are outstanding! They definitely make me hungry for a treat… and that’s the goal, right? =) October 13, 2013 at 12:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Peggy :)! October 13, 2013 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Marni | Love and Duck Fat: This looks so good. I have to make them! I love that they are made with real cream. Great job with the photography and styling too…:) October 13, 2013 at 6:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Marni! October 14, 2013 at 8:09pm Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: I am a fan of anything no bake, and also pumpkin. This looks perfect for the fall! October 13, 2013 at 7:26pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I love your pictures, too! I always look forward to looking at your posts as they are so beautiful, not to mention delicious. This one is no exception! I am excited about following your Pinterest board, also. October 14, 2013 at 9:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Shari :)! October 16, 2013 at 7:45pm Reply

  • Carrie: beautiful photography and what a great twist on pumpkin with the addition of salted caramel! my kind of recipe
    xx Carrie October 15, 2013 at 9:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carrie! October 16, 2013 at 7:45pm Reply

  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode: Just followed your board! I’m new to Pinterest, so I’m always looking for inspiration when I can.

    Also, how the hell do you make your caramel look so luscious?! Mine never looks that good :( October 15, 2013 at 12:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha I’ve made a lot of caramel – I’m basically a caramel addict :). Once you get the hang of it it’s really easy. Also, it’s not so runny once it’s chilled like that above was pretty cold. Thanks so much for following my board! October 23, 2013 at 7:37am Reply

  • Caitlin: well this looks ridiculously amazing and perfect timing. I just made caramel sauce today! I can’t wait to try this. October 15, 2013 at 12:48pm Reply

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  • Shari @ Shari Blogs: I love little jar desserts and these sound so good! I shared it in my Pumpkin Round Up on my blog today! :) October 25, 2013 at 8:08am Reply

  • Stacie: Dumb question but what are Biscoff cookies? Are they like graham crackers? November 3, 2013 at 6:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Not quite. They are more of a shortbread style cookie with a much different flavor than shortbread but a similar texture. Not a dumb question :). I hope you can find some because they are amazing! November 3, 2013 at 7:19am Reply

      • Lia MacFarlane: I so would like to know where I can find biscoff cookies. Never heard of them. Are they like biscotti cookies? I’m from Canada but will be going to Maine/New Hampshire later this month and would pick some up if I knew what to look for. October 4, 2014 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Donna-Leigh Buckwalt: I like pumpkin. You have hit the jackpot with this
    recipe. November 4, 2013 at 5:49am Reply

  • Jennifer: I appreciate all of the recipes here that are simple for the beginner cook. I have a group of beginner cooks and I share these posts with them on the cute things they can make for the holidays that are not that difficult. Thanks again1 November 9, 2013 at 10:31am Reply

  • jmac: Do you think the cheesecake filling could be prepared in advance, like a full day ahead? Then assembled at party time? Thanks for the help! November 21, 2013 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine, the filling will settle a little so it just won’t be as fluffy the next day – but still delicious. November 21, 2013 at 7:02pm Reply

  • Kira: Where did you get those little cups to serve? November 22, 2013 at 7:52am Reply

  • Di Kist: Could this recipe be double and possible be made in a casserole dish? layered? November 23, 2013 at 10:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It could definitely be doubled but I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a casserole dish unless you wanted to add gelatin to give it more stability to be able to cut/scoop it out. November 23, 2013 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Jean B: Are we talking about Biscotti cookies? November 24, 2013 at 8:54am Reply

  • Tina: I found the cookies at Walmart last week…I am looking for pumpkie puree….would it be any different using Libbys pumpkin like you use for the pies… November 24, 2013 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The Libby’s pumpkin puree works perfect the Libby’s pumpkin pie mix isn’t what you’d want as it’s sweetened and has spices in it. November 24, 2013 at 5:59pm Reply

  • colleen: Came out perfect…used gram crackers instead those….be patient with heavy cream though…it does take a while to form….great receipt. ..will be doing it again…thanks babble November 28, 2013 at 11:48am Reply

  • Chelsea: Hi, I’m in Australia and really want to make these but here we do not have the pumpkin Purée. Would it work if made own? Thank you August 4, 2014 at 6:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think homemade purée would work just fine. If it’s fairly wet I may recommend straining it in a fine mesh strainer for a bit. August 4, 2014 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Sharmila: In a bit of a bind on time. Could I use store bought caramel sauce to make the cheesecake and to drizzle on top? October 16, 2014 at 6:50pm Reply

    • Sharmila: Never mind. You inspired me with your beautiful pictures. Made it! So excited! Can’t believe I made caramel! Thanks for the great pics and recipe! October 16, 2014 at 7:34pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you made it and liked it! Thanks for your comment Sharmila! October 16, 2014 at 11:18pm Reply

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  • Deborah: What size can of pumpkin puree? Or how many cups. October 12, 2015 at 8:24am Reply

  • Talin: I made these and they were delicious! But next time I’ll change the measurements. I followed them exactly and there was WAY too much whip cream in the mousse. 1 cup of whip cream was too much from 1 cup of pumpkin & 8 oz cream cheese. Next time I’ll start with 1/2 cup of whip cream then add as needed. Also, I ended up with a lot of mouse and not as much crust, so I decorated with extra Biscoff cookies. Next time I’ll probably make the mousse to crust ratio more equal. Very yummy & very cute! November 30, 2015 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Nayana: Hi Jaclyn, how would the measurements be for a 8 inch spring foam pan ? Should I just double all the ingredients ? But 16 oz cream cheese may be way too much. Please give me inputs. The recipe is inviting want to give it a try soon. June 5, 2016 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Wanda W.: Looks yummy but I’m not a fan of pumpkin. Can I substitute it with sweet potato? November 8, 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Garnell: This looks absolutely delish! How much gelatin should I add to make it more of a cheesecake texture and should I double the recipe for a 10″ spring form pan.

    I will wait to hear back from you. September 25, 2017 at 9:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d probably use about 2 tsp and dissolve it according to the pkg. directions first. And yes you’d probably want to double for a 10-inch. Hope you love it! September 25, 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

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