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No-Bake Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

Pumpkin desserts are always popular this time of year. The nostalgic flavor of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and whip cream reminds us of years of family dinners and great times. I wanted to create a spin on the traditional pumpkin pie – meet pumpkin custard in a jar. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

These little jars of sweet start with a base of coarse crumble made of ground gingersnaps and walnuts. I mixed a half bag of gingersnaps with 1 cup of walnuts using a rolling pin. I did mill about half of the mix in the food processor to get a little finer grind for the crumble. To that, I added 3 tbsp. melted butter – just enough to keep the mixture together at the bottom of the jar. Once mixed, I pressed about 2 heaping tablespoons of the mix into the bottom of 10 8oz mason jars (like these). 

Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

Next, I created a pumpkin custard with a can of pumpkin, instant pudding mix, and milk. I added 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the mix for the traditional pumpkin pie flavor. I layered this on top of the crumble using a ziploc bag with the corner cut off (just to keep it neat). 

Finally, I topped it all off with a homemade maple whipped cream. Get your bowl beater cold (I put mine in the freezer for a couple minutes) and then whip up 16oz of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Then add 1 tbsp powdered sugar and 1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 tsp maple extract (not pancake syrup, REAL maple syrup). You can adjust the powdered sugar and maple to your liking. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

They’re light and airy and much tastier than your traditional pumpkin pie! Layered all together, these are sure to please. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Custard in a Jar

Pumpkin Custard in a Jar with Gingersnap Crumble and Maple Whipped Cream
Serves 10
A delicious no-bake take on an old classic.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
  1. 1 can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  2. 1.5 cups milk
  3. 1 3.4oz box Jello instant vanilla pudding
  4. 8 oz gingersnaps (about half a box)
  5. 1 cup shelled walnuts
  6. 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  7. 3 tbsp butter, melted
  8. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  9. 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  10. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  11. 10 8oz. wide mouth mason jars
  1. 1. For the crumble - crush ginger snaps and walnuts in ziploc bag. Combine with melted butter and press into the bottom of 10 8oz mason jars.
  2. 2. Make the pumpkin custard - Combine 1 can of pumpkin with 2 cups of cold milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the box of vanilla pudding until completely mixed. Pipe into jars.
  3. 3. Make the maple whipped cream - Chill the mixing bowl and beaters for a few minutes beforehand. Once cold, beat 16oz heavy whipping cream until soft peaks begin to form. Add the powdered sugar and maple syrup and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over-mix. Layer onto pumpkin custard.
  4. 4. Chill to set for a minimum of an hour. (Great to make the day before you need them too!)
  1. I was concerned about the whipped cream losing its form overnight since I was making these a day ahead of time. To stabilize the whipped cream, I sprinkled one tsp. of unflavored powdered gelatin into the cream before beating to stiff peaks.
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  • Reply 5 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining - Growing Up Zee December 12, 2016 at 12:04 am

    […] stick to making ONE thing – and allow my guests to volunteer otherwise. For Christmas, these no-bake pumpkin custard jars are perfect! They come together simply and you can make a day or two […]

  • Reply Briana Marie December 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Looks so yummy and easy to make! I have to try it!

  • Reply Kindly Unspoken December 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Not only do these sound delicious but I love how cute they are in the jar! Perfect for gifting! 🙂

  • Reply naturallymadewithlove December 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    That looks amazing and amazingly simple! Pinning for later! Can’t wait to make it.

  • Reply Lacey November 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    This looks so good! I wonder if this is something I could actually do….lol

  • Reply Candace @ Fullest Mom November 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    THis looks wonderfully delicious! It’s easy and in a jar! I wonder if I make a batch if the hubby will steal it. Lol.

  • Reply Madi White November 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    This looks so delish! And Iove that its in a jar- it’s so pretty!

  • Reply Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood November 29, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    That looks amazing!

  • Reply Camilla November 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    This looks so, so yummy!

  • Reply caseyp1110 November 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I love the taste of ginger and what a great treat!

  • Reply Georgiana November 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Omgoodness….this looks delicious! Now I want some. Maybe I’ll have the kids make it….

  • Reply ageekyginger November 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Looks super yummy 💜💜

  • Reply thetaylor411 November 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    These are so cute and look delicious! I think they would make great gifts just as a thinking of you.

  • Reply My Daily She November 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Wow! I need to make these NOW!

  • Reply Melissa November 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious 🙂 I want to try this — maybe for our next house party.

  • Reply Stef @ Crafty Christian November 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Yum! Great idea! I do a similar dairy free recipe, it’s a hit at our house!

  • Reply Belle November 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

    This looks good! I’m going to have to try this.

    One Awesome Momma

  • Reply TriOptic November 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Saw the first picture and was already super excited. Filing this away our little treat on movie night! Thanks for sharing

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