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Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin

Rich and creamy, this mousse is a real showstopper when served in a hollowed-out pumpkin. The presentation is sure to impress. —Taste of Home Cooking School
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pie pumpkin (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/3 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Directions

  • Cut top off pumpkin; scoop out and discard seeds. In small bowl, combine sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle inside of pumpkin. Replace pumpkin top. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crisp-tender. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, microwave vanilla chips with milk at 70% power; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, orange peel, reserved melted chips and remaining cinnamon. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into pie pumpkin.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor’s Note: The sugar pumpkin is not fully cooked so that it holds its color and shape. It is used as a serving bowl for the mousse and is not meant to be eaten.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 431 calories, 34g fat (21g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • NanZim
    Nov 8, 2017

    This is creamy with a great pumpkin taste. My husband likes to use it as a dip for gingersnap cookies.

  • Bowencj
    Sep 17, 2015

    So, you only scoop out the seeds and leave the pumpkin to bake in the oven?

  • TBmswain
    Oct 16, 2013

    This is awesome! I took this to a birthday social and everyone raved over it. I will make this again.

  • pattyamoore
    Oct 18, 2012

    Easy and quick to make. It can be used in many ways such as a pie filling, filling in cup cakes, or just by itself.

  • pattyamoore
    Oct 18, 2012

    easy and quick to make. It can be used in many ways such as a pie filling, filling in cup cakes, or just by itself as meant to be.

  • cellocookie
    Oct 10, 2012

    I didn't bother with the hallowed pumpkin, just made the mousse. For someone who doesn't like pumpkin pie, or anything else that has that squashy texture, the fact that I liked this and will most likely make again speaks volumes. I actually added a little more pumpkin than the recipe calls for...I didn't want to waste the 3 tablespoons extra I had. Thank you for the recipe! I finally have something pumpkin-y to make for the holidays!!

  • robinp31687
    Aug 9, 2012

    @kkj1259 and everybody else whose filling is like water...make sure to FOLD the whipped topping in. If you stir it in, it will be thin.

  • VocalEdge
    Oct 16, 2011

    This is a huge hit. People always talk about it and remember it. Preparing the pumpkin is time-consuming, but it's so pretty and fun. My dog just ate my old issue from a few years ago with this recipe. So I just got online to see if I could find it and now I'm a member lol.

  • kkj1259
    Oct 8, 2011

    my filling is like water, is there a way to thicken it!

  • kaylab5
    Sep 22, 2011

    This is my favorite fall recipe! I sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top. Great recipe!