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Apple Delight

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Your taste buds will come alive when you taste the delicious layers of this creamy apple delight dessert.
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  1. Apple Delight Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Apple Delight Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This apple delight is all things fall wrapped up in creamy layers of heaven. No one will be able to resist the sweet and buttery crunch of the graham cracker crust, soft apple pie filling, velvety cream cheese, and whipped cream.

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Apple Delight Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 package of 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
  • 2 (21-ounce) cans of apple pie filling
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans, optional topping

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

COOL WHIP: If Cool Whip isn’t available where you live, you could make your own stabilized whipped cream. Check out our recipe for homemade whipped cream.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS: You can use store-bought crumbs or crush up your own with a rolling pin or food processor for this easy graham cracker crust. If graham crackers aren’t available in your country, the nearest thing to use would be digestive biscuits.

How to Make This Apple Delight Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

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.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers and pecans until finely chopped.

graham crackers and pecans pulsed together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the melted butter and ¼ cup sugar to the graham cracker mixture and pulse a few times to combine.

melted butter and sugar pulsed together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Press the mixture into a 9×13-inch pan, creating an even layer on the bottom.

STEP FIVE: Bake for 8 minutes and allow it to cool completely before starting the second layer.

PRO TIP:

The graham cracker/pecan crust will be very soft when it comes out of the oven. It will harden once it cools completely.

baked crust in a baking dish

STEP SIX: Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, half of the Cool Whip (8 ounces), and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Spread over the crust.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature, so you don’t have lumps in your cream cheese filling.

cream cheese, half of cool whip, and powder sugar spread over the crust in a baking dish

STEP SEVEN: Spread the apple filling on top of the cream cheese layer.

apple filling spread over the cream cheese feeling in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top of the apple pie filling.

cool whip spread of the top of the apple filling in a baking dish

STEP NINE: Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, or overnight if possible.

STEP TEN: Top with chopped pecans before serving.

How To Serve

This delightful and creamy confection would be the ideal addition to any of your fall celebrations. Add it to your festive Thanksgiving dessert menu along with our crustless pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll.

Celebrate apple season with our classic apple crisp, and our caramel apple pie bombs are impossible to resist.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover apple delight should always be stored in the refrigerator. 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.

a close up shot of Apple Delight in a baking dish

This decadent layered apple delight dish 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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.

Is this recipe the same as Apple Lush or Apple Lasagna?

Yes! This great recipe goes by many names, including apple lush, apple dream, and apple lasagna.

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Apple Delight

5 from 43 votes
Your taste buds will come alive when you taste the delicious layers of this creamy apple delight dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 23 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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 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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • The graham cracker/pecan crust will be very soft when it comes out of the oven. It will harden once it cools completely.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature, so you don’t have lumps in your cream cheese filling.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Hanlie Sonnekus says

    5 stars
    Hi da. Al jul resepte lyk rerig so so heerlik en maklik.
    Baie Dankie vir die Resepte.
    Ek wardeer dit rerig vreeslik baie.
    My gesin geniet dit ook baie baie.

    Groete Hanlie

  2. Tracy McCaffrey says

    5 stars
    I love caramel so I definitely add it to one and make one without it. Either way this looks and sounds delicious.

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