These Apple Pie Cheesecake Trifles are a simple, no-bake dessert that are perfect for the 4th of July!
They say there’s nothing more American than homemade apple pie, and throughout the years it’s become an iconic representation of American culture that is enjoyed all year round – especially on the 4th of July. There are few things better than enjoying a sweet and delicious golden apple pie with a flaky buttery crust and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The thought alone is enough to make anyone’s mouth water! And because I love a classic apple pie as much as the next person, it’s really no surprise that it stands as the inspiration behind my latest recipe concoction: Apple Pie Cheesecake Trifles.
I always love a good twist, and these apple pie cheesecake trifles are a really fun twist on the classic apple pie! The best part is that there is absolutely no baking required, so you can free up your oven for other things on your 4th of July menu. The inspiration for these trifles struck one day when I was eating a slice of cheesecake with strawberries on top. Most of the time when you order a slice of cheesecake off of the dessert menu in a restaurant, it comes with a sugared strawberry glaze on top. I started brainstorming other toppings to serve with cheesecake, and the classic apple pie filling was the first thing to come to mind!
I always have a bag of apples on hand, and my family loves when I make cinnamon stewed apples for breakfast. I decided to keep my recipe for cinnamon stewed apples intact instead of making a true apple pie filling, but diced up the apples into smaller pieces since I knew I’d be serving this dish inside smaller mason jars. These apples come together in about 5 minutes, and they pair beautifully with the layer of no-bake cheesecake filling!
The cheesecake filling is simply cream cheese, powdered sugar and a smidge of vanilla extract. I allow the cream cheese to soften before mixing it all together. While the cream cheese is softening, you can go ahead and make the base layer of these trifles by tossing a few graham crackers and cinnamon into a blender or food processor. Combine the crumbs with a few tablespoons of melted butter and gently press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the mason jars.
Transfer the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag or a plastic zipper bag with the tip trimmed off. While you can certainly always spoon the mixture into the jars, piping it in typically creates a nice and cleaner presentation. Once you’ve got your layer of cream cheese ready, it’s time to add the very best part – the apple pie filling!
Apple Pie Cheesecake Trifles
- 12 graham crackers crushed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 Tbs butter melted
Cream Cheese Filling
- 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese softened
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 Apples peeled, cored and diced
- 3 Tbs butter
- 1 Tbs flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ cup sugar
- Using a blender or food processor, combine graham crackers and cinnamon and pulse until slightly coarse
- Pour melted butter over crumb mixture and stir
- Gently spoon mixture into bottom of serving glass and press to lightly compact
Cream Cheese Mixture
- Using a mixer, beat together all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Transfer mixture into a piping bag and pipe a thick layer over graham cracker crumbs.
- Refrigerate until cream cheese firms back up - about an hour.
- Peel, core and dice apples.
- In a large skillet, melt butter and toss in apples. Allow to cook on high for roughly 5 minutes until apples are tender but not mushy. Stir frequently while cooking.
- Remove from heat and add in flour, cinnamon, allspice and sugar and stir until well combined. As the apples cool, a thick glaze will form. Pour apple mixture on top of cream cheese mixture and serve immediately
- Top with caramel sauce for garnish - optional
If you have a jar of caramel sauce or if you want to make your own caramel sauce to drizzle on top of these apple pie cheesecake trifles, I highly recommend using it! I whipped up a batch of homemade caramel sauce to use, and later plan on using it to serve on top of homemade ice cream, which is another 4th of July favorite around here!
If you’re a fan of homemade apple pie on the 4th of July, switch things up a bit this year and serve the classic Americana dish cheesecake style! If you’re serving a large crowd, make sure you double or triple the recipe, because you’ll definitely be going back for seconds on this dish!
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