Chocolate-Pumpkin Mousse

The chocolate and pumpkin complement each other wonderfully in this airy, yet richly decadent dessert. I've even given it as a gift and heard about it for months afterward. For an elegant and picture-perfect dessert, garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and 'Pirouette' cookies--the round, cream-filled, wafer, stick cookies that come in a tin.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • ½ cup water

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup milk

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Pour water into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over top to soften. Set aside.

  2. Combine milk, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is just starting to boil, 4 to 5 minutes. Add gelatin mixture and stir until completely dissolved. Add chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.

  3. Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl and pour into the chocolate mixture. Continue to heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and almost boiling. Add pumpkin puree and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat.

  4. Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until frothy. Gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into the pumpkin custard in 3 batches.

  5. Spoon mousse into 8 ramekins and place in the refrigerator until chilled, at least 4 hours.

Cook's Note:

Instead of serving in ramekins, you can turn the mousse into a deep-dish pie crust, either graham cracker crumb, snickerdoodle, gingersnap, or Oreo(R).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 267mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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