Cinnamon whipped cream, no-bake cheesecake, crushed cookies, and cinnamon apple layers can all be made ahead so that when it is time to entertain all you have to do is assemble this delicious dessert.
By Chris Cockren
I’m not sure if I can call this a no-bake dessert. I mean, you do have to cook the apples on the stovetop. But you can do that way ahead of time (like, days and days ahead) and then just assemble when you’re ready to let your guest devour this creative apple dessert goodness.
So I’m going with the no bake thing. Even if it is maybe sorta a stretch.
Guys… this trifle. So perfect for parties. Hello easy entertaining! I’m making it for my annual Halloween party. You can go ahead and make every layer before guests even think about arriving. The no bake cheesecake. The cinnamon whipped cream. The crushed up biscoff cookies. You get the idea.
Tell me you don’t want to dive head first into that trifle?! No really, please tell me. That way I get to eat yours too.
- 4 apples (I used Granny Smith and McIntosh), finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup whipped cream
- Biscoff cookies (or Nilla Wafers/Graham Crackers), crushed
- Good-quality caramel sauce topping (or make your own!)
- Sea salt
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and stir until well combined. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the brown sugar creates a thick glaze.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium/medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Reserve ¾ cup of whipped cream for cheesecake layer. With rest of whipped cream, gently fold in ½ teaspoon cinnamon and taste. Add more cinnamon if desired.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in the whipped cream by hand.
- Remove apples from fridge and let come closer to room temperature (I gave them a quick zap in the microwave to speed up that process). Stir in some sea salt into caramel to give it desired salted caramel flavor.
- Alternate layers of crushed biscoff cookies, cheesecake layer, apples, cinnamon whipped cream, and salted caramel. Devour immediately.
I choose to serve my trifles in little mini serving cups. Yield of recipe depends upon size of those serving cups. You could also make it in one big dish for a family style dessert.
Chris is a New York based food blogger that loves bringing friends and family together through food. On his blog, Shared Appetite, Chris chronicles his culinary adventures of eating his way in and around NYC, as well as cooking and entertaining at home.