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Apple delight is a decadent layered apple dessert that the whole family will love. No one will be able to resist the layers of graham cracker crust, soft apple pie filling, velvety cream cheese, and whipped cream.
This creamy apple delight dessert is light, refreshing, and delicious. The flavors of cheesecake, autumn apples, and pecans transform into a perfect dessert that you will enjoy any time of year.
The ideal addition to any of your fall or holiday celebrations, this delightful confection is a nearly no-bake dessert. The only part of this dessert that goes into the oven is the graham cracker crust. Because this dessert needs a few hours to chill it’s perfect for making ahead of time for gatherings with friends and family.
No one will be able to resist the sweet and buttery crunch and creamy layers of this apple delight dessert. While the pecans and apples certainly taste like fall, this decadent apple dessert can be served year-round.
Apple Delight Ingredients
- Graham crackers
- Pecans - chopped
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Cool Whip
- Sugar - powdered sugar
- Pie filling - apple pie filling
You can use store-bought crumbs or crush up your own with a rolling pin or food processor for this easy graham cracker crust. The graham cracker and pecan crust will be very soft when it comes out of the oven. It will harden once it cools, make sure to allow it to cool completely before starting the second layer.
Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature, so you don’t have lumps in your cream cheese filling. If Cool Whip isn’t available where you live, you could make your own stabilized whipped cream.
It’s highly recommended to make this delicious dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and make it easier to cut into slices. A light caramel drizzle on top of each serving would be a delicious addition!
How to Make Apple Delight
FIRST STEP: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
SECOND STEP: In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers and pecans until finely chopped.
THIRD STEP: Add the melted butter and ¼ cup sugar to the graham cracker mixture and pulse a few times to combine.
FOURTH STEP: Press the mixture into a 9×13-inch pan, creating an even layer on the bottom.
FIFTH STEP: Bake for 8 minutes and allow it to cool completely before starting the second layer.
SIXTH STEP: Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, half of the Cool Whip (8 ounces), and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Spread over the crust.
SEVENTH STEP: Spread apple pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer.
EIGHTH STEP: Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top of the apple pie filling.
NINTH STEP: Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, or overnight if possible.
TENTH STEP: Top with chopped pecans before serving.
Can I use a different type of crust for this apple delight dessert recipe?
You could use Nilla wafers or digestive biscuits in place of the graham cracker crust for this recipe.
Is this recipe the same as Apple Lush?
Yes! This great recipe goes by many names, including apple lush, apple dream, and apple lasagna.
Can you freeze apple delight?
You can freeze this fluffy no-bake dessert for up to a month. Cover in plastic wrap before freezing. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
How to Store Apple Delight
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover apple delight in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s also best to place it in the fridge in between servings as the ingredients can melt very quickly. If you plan to make it ahead of time, it should also be refrigerated until served.
IN THE FREEZER: Apple delight is very simple to freeze. Just make sure to cover the top with an airtight lid and pop it in the freezer. When ready to serve, let it thaw in the fridge.
- 1 package graham crackers 9 crackers
- ½ cup pecans chopped
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 16 ounces Cool Whip divided
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 42 ounces apple pie filling
- ¼ cup chopped pecans optional topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers and pecans until finely chopped.
- Add the melted butter and ¼ cup sugar to the graham cracker mixture and pulse a few times to combine.
- Press the mixture into a 9×13-inch pan, creating an even layer on the bottom.
- Bake for 8 minutes and allow it to cool completely before starting the second layer.
- Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, half of the Cool Whip (8 ounces), and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Spread over the crust.
- Spread apple pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer.
- Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top of the apple pie filling.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, or overnight if possible.
- Top with chopped pecans before serving.