No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

November 2, 2012 by Ali

Holiday baking season seems to have officially arrived. But for the days (or holidays) when you may not have time to bake the day away, I’m a big fan of no-bake cheesecakes. Especially these no-bake caramel apple cheesecakes!

These little guys are all of the goodness of caramel apples “no-baked” into fluffy, creamy individual cheesecakes that everyone will love! The crust is a buttery pecan mixture (or you can go nut-free with graham crackers). Then the filling is a smooth creamy cheesy mixture made with applesauce. And of course, I like to add a little extra whipped cream and caramel on top. So good! And much easier to eat than a caramel apple. ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday baking and no-baking season!

No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 small cheesecakes


    For The Crust:
  • 3/4 cup ground pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • For The Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup lightly-strained applesauce (**see note below**)
  • 2 cups whipped cream (you can use homemade whipped cream or frozen whipped cream topping)
  • Toppings:
  • additional whipped cream (about 2-3 cups)
  • caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)


To Make The Crust:

Stir together all crust ingredients in a bowl until evenly combined. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each serving dish, and press in the bottom until even to make the crust.

To Make The Cheesecake Filling:

Add the sugar, cream cheese, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a food processor and pulse until blended. Add the applesauce and pulse until blended, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula once in between to be sure that everything is well-mixed. Use the rubber spatula to fold in the whipped cream until combined. Spoon or pipe the filling mixture in even portions into your baking dishes. Top with additional whipped cream, and drizzle with caramel sauce.

1) I recommend lightly straining the applesauce to remove some of the extra water. You can do this in a colander, or with a cheesecloth. Just lightly strain it to remove some of the obvious extra juice -- don't totally squeeze it dry!

2) I bought the mini glass dishes for this from Pier One, although they are now widely available at many stores including Target, TJ Maxx, World Market and beyond.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

  1. This was such an easy dessert to make. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out just like the picture!

    - Country Cook

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  4. Oh my these look so good. Got to try them!!!

    - marie seidel

  5. Would I need to double up on ingredients in order to make it into a whole pie? I was thinking of bringing this to a family gathering, but cannot afford a ton of little glass dishes. Thanks!

    - Niki

  6. I love your presentation for these!

    - Kelsey

  7. I love no bake treats! These caramel apple cheesecakes sound divine, and even more perfect because they require no oven time!

    - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

  8. Oh my, Ali, these are absolutely heavenly! I bookmarked these for my Thanksgiving dessert menu!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  9. I do love holiday baking season but it’s always good to have a couple of no-bake options up your sleeve too. Love these!

    - Kathryn

  10. Ali – you’re desserts just get better and better! These will be perfect for a dinner party I’m throwing next week.

    - ashley - baker by nature

  11. I love any thing with apple and carmel but then………..I made them worst thing ever and im a profesinol cook.

    - secret

  12. where did you find the clear glass serving dishes?

    - Mary

    • Oops! Sorry, forgot to include that Mary. I think that batch was from Pier 1, but you can find those mini glass dishes now all over the place! I’ve especially noticed cute sets at World Market, Target, and Marshalls/TJMaxx/HomeGoods. They’re apparently quite popular right now. ;)

      Thanks a bunch!

      - ali

  13. I love that crust so much, just hand me a spoon!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  14. I saw these and really thought about how you’re the queen on these types of desserts and saw that Sally had already said that. See. It’s true! These look absolutely incredible. And I love your glasses!

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  15. i love little individual desserts like this – and you are the queen of them, esp lately Ali! These are gorgeous. Apples and cheesecake make a wonderful pair, esp when caramel is involved. Love the glasses, too. heading to pier one or target at the first chance – i want them!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

    • Thanks, Sally! And you’ll love the little glass dishes — so fun and versatile! (Although, I admit they’re a tiny bit of a pain to wash — but, worth it.) ;)

      - ali

  16. These are STUNNING!!! And sound so delicious! But to be honest, I’m also seriously drooling over that caramel apple in the background :)

    - Sues

  17. These look awesome! Gorgeous photos too–as always!

    - Rachel Cooks

  18. Where did you get those little cups they are in?

    - Laura @FoodSnobSTL

  19. Beautiful! You had me at caramel apple which btw I’m completely bummed that I didn’t have a single real caramel apple this year.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  20. Yuuuummm. I can totally see myself taking these little tykes to a potluck holiday dinner sometime soon.

    - Kitchen Mommy

  21. These look absolutely fabulous. I’m adding them to my Thanksgiving menu for sure!

    - Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

  22. YUM. what a great dessert for a dinner party! and LOVE that no baking is required! (it’s still 90 degrees in Texas!!) thanks for sharing!

    - little kitchie