This no-bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle is THE best dessert recipe! It’s easy to assemble and the layers taste rich and delicious.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle Recipe
Anytime of the year is perfect for a trifle – the tasty layered dessert! This Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle is no exception! You know I’m all about Simple Recipes and this one goes even further with its easy elegance.
With the layers of salted caramel, cookie crumbles, sweet cinnamon apples and creamy cheesecake it pleases everyone! Trifles are one of those desserts that are not only delicious, they’re also pretty and make a great addition to parties…or just a cozy night in.
Whenever my kids see a trifle, they know there’s something good in store. They went crazy for this Chocolate Brownie Trifle the first time they saw it and this Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle is no different.
How To Make A Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle
Once you peel and chop your apples, the rest of the recipe comes together pretty quickly….believe me, that chopping is totally worth the end result!
Sautéing the apples with the brown sugar makes them tender and melt in your mouth good.
The layers wouldn’t be the same without the creamy cheesecake. Probably my favorite! Well, the apples are darn good, so I just don’t know!
If you’re planning for a party or get together, the ingredients can be prepared ahead and then assembled right before, so it’s a great make-ahead option.
Amazing Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle
This no-bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle is THE best dessert recipe! It's easy to assemble and the layers taste rich and delicious.
- 6 tbsp . butter
- 6 peeled cored, and chopped apples
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp . pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce homemade or store bought
- 8 oz . cream cheese at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp . kosher salt
- 2 tsp . vanilla extract
- lemon zest optional
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 45 - 50 Nilla Wafer cookies
In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. In large bowl, toss apples with brown sugar, apple pie spice, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook over medium heat until tender and the brown sugar creates a glaze, about 15 -20 minutes. Let cool.
- In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla on medium/medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat.
- In another medium bowl, beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla, salt and lemon zest with a mixer until just combined. Add 1/2 of the whip cream mixture and beat on medium speed until combined. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
- Crush cookies into small pieces. Reserve some for garnish.
To assemble trifle, place 2 tsps. of caramel sauce into bottom of trifle cups. Chill slightly. Sprinkle handful of cookie crumbs over caramel layer. Cover cookie bits with apple mixture. Spread cheesecake mixture over apples with back of spoon or spatula until completely covered. Pour additional caramel sauce over cheesecake mixture and chill until set. Repeat layers of cookie crumbs, apples, and cheesecake mixture. Top each cup with remaining whipped cream.
- Garnish with reserved cookie crumbs and caramel and indulge immediately!
You can make the ingredients up to a day ahead of time and assemble before you serve.
How to Serve an Apple Trifle
I choose to serve my trifles in little serving cups. However, the yield of the recipe totally depends upon size of those serving cups. If on the small to medium side, probably about 8. You could also make it in one big trifle dish to serve a crowd and wow them with your culinary skills! (no need to tell them how easy it is 🙂 )
This layered dessert is the perfect combination of taste and texture and couldn’t be better with fresh apples! I dare you…dig in!
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