Need a quick and easy fall dessert? Look no further than this pumpkin pudding that can be made in just 5 minutes! Garnished with gingerbread cookies, this pudding is flavored with canned pumpkin and cinnamon to transform box pudding into something special! Add this simple no-bake treat to your Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert table for a pie alternative.
Pumpkin pudding is your answer to a busy holiday season and Thanksgiving dessert (or even Christmas!). This features two classic holiday flavors with pumpkin and gingerbread. And while I love other holiday desserts like this pumpkin bread pudding and this cranberry upside down cake, I’ve come to appreciate desserts that require almost no effort like this one.
Pumpkin Pudding Ingredients
Very few ingredients are needed to make this simple fall dessert. You’ll need the following:
- box of instant vanilla pudding (or french vanilla or cheesecake)
- whipped topping
- canned pumpkin puree
- gingerbread cookies (or vanilla wafers)
That is it to making pumpkin pudding!
How to Make Pumpkin Pudding
This Christmas or Thanksgiving pudding is so easy to whip together and would be a great option for kids to help in the kitchen. To start you’ll need to whisk the milk and the vanilla pudding mix. If you don’t have vanilla you can easily substitute french vanilla or cheesecake flavored instant pudding.
Next you’ll need to add the canned pumpkin and cinnamon. You could also add a dash of nutmeg if you like or substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon.
Fold in some whipped topping until fully combined.
Divide pudding evenly into four small dessert dishes or parfaits. You can serve this pumpkin pudding immediately but it tastes even better when it has had a chance to chill. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Top your pumpkin pudding with crumbled cookie and garnish with a gingerbread man. Alternatively, you could serve cookies on the side for dipping or use vanilla wafers or gingerbread snaps instead of gingerbread men.
- 1-3/4 cups cold milk
- 1 package 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup whipped topping
- 5 gingerbread cookies 4 as garnish and one crushed finely for top
In a medium bowl, pour in milk and pudding mix. Whisk 2 minutes.
Whisk in pudding and cinnamon. Let stand until soft set, about two minutes.
Fold in whipped topping until combined. Divide evenly between four small dessert bowls or parfait dishes.
Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes for best taste.
Before serving, garnish with gingerbread man cookie and additional crushed cookies.
Can substitute french vanilla or cheesecake pudding and pumkpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, if preferred.
This pudding also makes a great dessert dip instead. Serve with gingersnaps, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
This pudding also makes a great dessert dip rather than an individual dessert. Instead of dividing up your pudding, serve it in a bowl with gingersnaps, graham crackers or vanilla wafers on the side.
I hope you love these easy holiday dessert idea that you can whip up in only 5 minutes.
Want more no-bake holiday desserts? Check out these recipes:
- Panna Cotta with Cranberry Sauce
- Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- Rice Krispies Ugly Christmas Sweater
- Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake
- Coconut Love Pumpkin Pie Bars (gluten and dairy free)
- Healthy Peanut Butter Balls