Not chocolate pumpkin pie—not caramel pecan pumpkin pie—and certainly not salted caramel apple cheesecake pie. And I respect that, I really do. Thanksgiving comes but once a year and the man wants his pie.
But if your family doesn't include a pumpkin purist, I suggest you switch it up with this delectable treat this holiday season! It combines some of the best flavors that fall has to offer and pairs perfectly with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. This fabulous layered concoction includes a tall, tasty graham cracker crust, caramel, pecans, apples, cheesecake and whipped cream. So yeah, it goes without saying that it's fantastically delicious.
Plus, it's make ahead, which comes in handy for the holidays. Make it a day or several days ahead of time and just leave it in the fridge to chill while you roast your turkey and such.
Yes, it's a bit labor intensive, but you can take a few short cuts and save yourself some time and effort. Use jarred caramel (they have salted caramel at Trader Joe's) and Cool Whip if you'd like.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
- 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs (or about 12 full graham crackers, finely crushed)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup caramel sauce (I used Trader Joe's salted caramel)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- caramel sauce
- chopped pecans