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Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits

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Hi everyone! This is my first post for Savvy Sassy Moms and I am so excited to be a new contributor. I LOVE food but sweets most of all. I look forward to sharing some amazing posts with you in the coming months!  Today I have a recipe for Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits. It has a few more steps than I usually do when baking but it sounded so delicious I had to try it. There are tons of ways to make it take less time so feel free to take shortcuts wherever you can. These parfaits are PERFECT for fall and my super picky kids LOVED them! Of course I had to test them out (a lot) to make sure they were perfect for you. YUMMY!
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First you need to make the apple pie filling for the parfaits. (STOP! Go get out your cream cheese so it can start to soften. Better yet, if you are planning ahead to make this recipe, take the cream cheese out an hour before you even start the other layers. It mixes best when it is REALLY soft!) You will need to allow time for the apples to cool before layering so this step could be made the day before if you wanted (just let them come up to room temperature before you assemble them as the cornstarch mixture turns in to a bit of a hard jelly…). Also, this is the first place you could simplify by just using store-bought apple pie filling. I totally thought about doing that. After I tasted this homemade version I was SO happy I didn’t!
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Add the cornstarch and spices to a saucepan, then add water.

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Peel and chop the apples. You will need about 4 1/2 cups. This took up the bulk of the time in the first step. Especially because my children kept coming in and asking for snacks. Toss the chunks in a bit of lemon juice. I’m not sure this step is totally necessary as you are just going to boil the apples anyway.
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Bring the cornstarch and spice mixture to a boil on the stove. Add the apples, bring back to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes. When soft, but not squishy, remove from heat and let cool.
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Graham Cracker Crust Layer

Who doesn’t love a graham cracker crust, am I right? Here you mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and some pumpkin pie spices. Press it in to an sprayed dish and bake. Let cool. Or simply use a ready made graham cracker pie crust from the store.  It won’t have the same spices added, but should be similar in texture and general flavor.
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Sweet Sour Cream Layer

Hopefully your cream cheese is super soft now. You will want to beat all these ingredients together until really well combined. I found that the whisk attachment worked best for me.
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Salted Caramel Layer

I used this amazingly delicious Trader Joe’s salted caramel sauce for this layer. You will never find me making a legit caramel. I have made a personal vow to never use a candy thermometer and the constant swirling (you don’t stir caramel – she’s such a diva) is too much for me. Feel free to make your own (here’s a great recipe) if you need to make everything from scratch. I simply heated a little bit of the sauce then used a funnel to put it in to a small squeeze bottle. This sauce is very thick straight out of the jar so I would suggest heating it a little even if you just wanted to use a spoon instead of a squeeze bottle.
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Finally you can start to put these parfaits together. I know this seems like a lot but they are SO good!  I used pretty large glasses/bowls. But really you can use whatever you want. I had some leftovers in a cereal bowl. Tasted just as good. Additionally, these would be super cute in mismatched jars when you are entertaining. Gather everything in one place to make assembling easy. I thought putting the creamy layer in a ziploc bag would make piping it in the dishes easier and less messy. I was wrong. I still managed to be messy. In my opinion a spoon would work just as well.

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Feel free to layer them however you want! I started with the graham cracker crumbs, moved on to the creamy layer, spooned on some apples, swirled on a little (a lot) caramel and finished them with a little bit more of the graham crackers. These are not the prettiest desserts you will ever see but they will make your mouth happy. I stopped my layering there since the glasses were kind of wide. But if you used a more narrow vessel, you could certainly repeat the layers another time.
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Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits are a crowd pleaser. They are sweet and creamy with the lightest little crunch from the cracker crust layer, and there is caramel. Everything is better with caramel.

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Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits

Apple Pie Filling
  • 4 1/2 cup chopped, peeled apples
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water

Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in saucepan.  Add the water.  Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Add the apples.  Bring back to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until soft but not squishy.  Cool for at least 30 minutes.  Or refrigerate overnight.

Graham Cracker Crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 TBSP melted butter

Combine all ingredients and press in to greased 9 x 13 baking pan.  Bake at 375 for for 8-10 minutes.  Cool.

Sour Cream Layer
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In stand mixer, beat sour cream, cream cheese and sugar together until combined.  Continue mixing.

Don’t forget the Trader Joe’s or other jarred salted caramel sauce!

Layer each component in jar, bowl or glass one at a time. I do not have a definitive yield for this recipe as it varies depending on the vessel used. I would say there is enough for at least 8 desserts in this recipe.

Looking for more apple goodness?  Check out Hot Apple Cider, Apple Butterscotch Cookies, Honey Apple Dip, and Apple Pie Shakes.

Meet the Author | Sharon Garofalow


Loves reality television, a Venti Black Iced Tea (unsweet) from Starbucks and pretty much anything with sugar. Mom, wife, crafter, music lover, "best mom in the world," says my 7 year old who happens to be sitting next to me as I work on this.

17 Comments
  • Susan
    September 18, 2013

    OMG! Drooling on my keyboard.

  • September 18, 2013

    Yummy! I have a bushel of apples I need to use up. This is a great idea!

  • September 18, 2013

    Oh my! These look amazing and that salted caramel sauce is a staple in our house. So delicious! Definitely making a version of this with my little guy today as it’s rainy and cold in Minneapolis. This will make the house cozy and delicious smelling!

  • September 18, 2013

    Ok, just head on over to Lake Elsinore and come make this for me. I’m now starving and feel that since you made me hungry it’s your job to throw some testing this way. Thanks. :) HAHA

  • September 18, 2013

    YUM!!!! Cannot WAIT to try these at home.

  • September 18, 2013

    Wow! This looks amazing! Pinning it for later!

  • September 18, 2013

    Le sigh. One day you’ll feed me, right? Oh, to dream….

  • September 18, 2013

    This looks/sounds amazing! Yumm!!

  • September 18, 2013

    Wow, this looks incredible! (And I’m with you on the Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel…delicious!)

  • September 18, 2013

    Mmmm… these sound amazing! Instead of water do you think I could use apple cider?

  • September 18, 2013

    This looks so so yummy! I don’t get much Fall weather here in Florida so Fall foods are a must have and must try to get me in the seasonal spirit… this one is going on the list!

  • September 18, 2013

    Ohmygoodness fall food is my favorite! Can’t wait to try these!

  • gigi
    September 18, 2013

    You’re killing my diet with these recipes, and I love you for it.

  • September 19, 2013

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe Sharon.

  • September 23, 2013

    Dang girl!! You nail stuff like this all the time! Pinning for that crust and can’t wait to try this fall!

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