Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Pumpkin mousse poured into white ramekins

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Prep: 70 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
330 Calories
24g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 330
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 67mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

An inexpensive dessert that you can pull off pretty easily, tastes great, and looks elegant is one you'll come back to again and again. These are the recipes that you don't even have to think twice about, because you know they're great, and that they will work. Consider adding this pumpkin mousse to your fall and winter repertoire. It's gently spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and looks pretty with its showering of white chocolate shavings as a garnish.

For this pumpkin mousse recipe, either sugar or pie pumpkins or canned pumpkin puree will work. Most grocery stores will stock sugar pumpkins through the fall and winter months, along with canned pumpkin. If you've never done it before, it's easy to make a puree from roasted pumpkins for this mousse. (Tip: If you roast your own pumpkins for a puree, save the seeds and try roasting them different ways.) Regardless of whether you use canned puree or make it yourself, this spiced pumpkin mousse recipe is an ideal choice for a delicious, seasonal treat.

You can make this pumpkin mousse several hours ahead of time and chill it in advance of serving for dessert. It looks especially sophisticated served in individual ramekins.


  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups heavy cream (chilled, divided)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Garnish: 2 ounces white chocolate (shaved)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium saucepan, stir together the pumpkin, 1 cup heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Chill for at least 1 hour before preparing the mousse.

  4. Whip the remaining 2 cups chilled cream into peaks. Gently stir 1/2 cup of the chilled pumpkin mixture into the whipped cream.

  5. Once the 1/2 cup of pumpkin is almost fully incorporated into the cream, fold in the remaining pumpkin.

  6. Serve chilled with white chocolate shavings as a garnish.

What Is the Difference Between Pudding and Mousse?

Pudding and mousse are both desserts that are typically creamy and served chilled, but they're different.

Pudding is usually made from a sugar and milk base that's cooked together and to which cornstarch is added. Pudding is denser, and sometimes other ingredients are added to it.

Mousse is made by folding in egg whites or whipped cream into a cold milk and sugar base, which makes it fluffier and lighter in texture. It's usually served as is, without any other ingredients mixed into it.

How to Store Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin mousse can be made ahead of time and chilled for up to 24 hours before serving. The texture is best the day it's made but will keep for up to three days if well covered in the fridge.


  • For a different twist, serve this pumpkin mousse with dark chocolate shavings instead of white chocolate, as these two ingredients work well together, too.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and a 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger for a spiced pumpkin mousse.
  • Consider garnishing the mousse with toasted chopped pecans or walnuts, a drizzle of maple syrup, or crumbled gingersnap cookies.

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