Apple pie is a classic Fall dessert. We decided to keep the heat out of the kitchen, take those flavors, & turn them into a cool creamy dessert instead. Apple pie cheesecake parfaits are a cinch to whip up & are bound to be the season’s new favorite sweet treat.
I hear it’s Fall, y’all. Maybe it was just a vicious little rumor. Of course not, it’s just my Northern friends enjoying the cooler temperatures.
Meanwhile, I’m stuck here in Virginia where it was in the high 80’s this weekend when everyone was dressed up trying to Trunk or Treat- and basically sweating to death.
It’s the season of all things Fall & holiday oriented. Man though, can I say how hard it is to jump on board that boat when it isn’t cool outside?
It’s got to be a form of natural torture.
I’ll just wipe away my tears right not, because it’s not going to rain on my dessert parade. I’m still out to enjoy all of my favorite Fall flavors, especially those in the dessert department.
So I decided to combine some of my favorite flavors into a sort of hybrid dessert- the rich flavors of apple pie layered with cool creamy cheesecake.
If I’ve got to live in the in between of the seasons, there’s no better dessert to have by my side while I do than these Apple Pie Parfaits.
What Exactly Is An Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfait?
Traditional parfaits originated in France, as cold layers desserts. They featured a thick cream-based custard like layer alternating with layers of fresh fruits.
The dessert would be layered in pretty, clear glass dishes for the ultimate presentation. After all, we eat with our eyes first.
Our spin on the fruity dessert is by no means a ‘traditional’ parfait. We have kept some of the same elements, like a creamy layer and layers of fruit, but we’ve changed it for modern convenience and to maximize seasonal flavors.
We’ve got a rich caramel drizzle in the bottom of each glass. Caramel doesn’t only make a good finishing drizzle, it’s also a great suprise to find when you think you’re at the end of your favorite indulgent dessert.
On top of that a layer of rich cheesecake is piped on. The cheese cake filling is made by whipping together softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and a bit of heavy cream. The resulting cheesecake filling is light, fluffy, and utterly delicious.
You could always scoop the filling into the jars or glasses of your choice, but piping it in leads to a prettier presentation. While I may take short cuts to make desserts easier, I tend not to skimp on that bit.
While you can absolutely make or use homemade apple pie filling, I tend to just grab a can of apple pie filling from the pantry. Open it and spoon a generous layer onto the cheesecake. Top with a dollop of cheesecake filling and a luscious drizzle of caramel sauce.
The jars I used (pictured) are on the shorter side, so my mini parfaits were only a single layer of each ingredient. If you’re using taller jars, I recommend repeating the layers. Not only will they look stunning, but it will be just a little bit more for everyone to savor.
My apple pie cheesecake parfaits tend to be more single serve portions designed for just a little something sweet after a much heavier main meal.
Can I Make Apple Pie Parfaits Ahead Of Time?
One of the best things I love about this simple dessert is how easy it is to throw together. I tend to keep the ingredients on hand. I never know when I’ll need to whip something up last minute- especially during the holiday season.
However, when planning a meal and trying to find ways to save myself time- these little parfaits can absolutely be made ahead of time.
If making them ahead of time, layer the cheesecake fluff & the apple pie filling as instructed with your desired number of layers. At this point you can top you jars with their corresponding lids or seal them with a bit of cling wrap.
Pop them in the refrigerator and let them chill until you’re ready to serve. Pull them out when you’re ready to serve, add an extra final dollop of the cheesecake filling and finish them off with a fresh drizzle of caramel.
Serve these individual apple pie cheesecake parfaits with teaspoons. The smaller spoons will enable guests to scoop up every last delectable drop.
TIPS & TRICKS For Making These Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits:
- Are you looking to make an otherwise indulgent dessert a little bit leaner? Use fat free cream cheese or the Neufchatel variety to shave some calories off this post-dinner treat.
- Don’t have apple pie filling? No worries! Any flavor of pie filling will work. You can even use pumpkin pie filling, just whip it first so it’s fluffy and aerated.
- Want to really take out all the stops? Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon out over the top of the finished parfaits just before serving. A cinnamon stick stuck into the top of each jar will also add a nice finishing touch.
Whether they’re made ahead of time, or whipped up at the last minute- however you choose to serve them these apple cheesecake parfaits will leave you lovingly licking your spoon and savoring every last bite.
Depending on where you are geographically, it may or may not actually feel very Fall-like. Good thing a tasty treat is all you need to put you in a seasonal mood. Close your eyes, sit back, and enjoy while this dessert fills you with some of the best flavors to be had this time of the year.
Other Tasty Parfait-Style Desserts To Try:
- Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Pudding Trifles
- Mini Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits
- Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits
- Easy Raspberry Chocolate Mousse
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Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits
- 2 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 20 ounce can apple pie filling
- Caramel ice cream topping to garnish optional
- Cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth, with a hand-held mixer.
- Add in vanilla and heavy cream and beat until thick.
- Layer cheesecake mixture and apple pie filling in small jars, alternating cheesecake and apple pie filling.
- Top with caramel sauce drizzel.
- Serve them immediately, or refrigerate until ready to do so.