Peanut Butter Trifle – A No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad

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This is a recipe of two names. Serve it up in a trifle bowl for a Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe. Or, use a 13 x 9 inch baking dish to make this a No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad.

Either way, this six layer, no bake dessert features a list of the best dessert ingredients: peanut butter, graham crackers, apple pie filling, whipped topping, and cream cheese. This easy fluff recipe will be a hit at your next party or get-together.

No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad Recipe

Are you looking for an easy, no bake dessert for your next get-together or pitch in? Look no farther than this Autumn Fluff Salad featuring apple pie filling and peanut butter as the main flavors. Did I mention whipped topping?  This dessert pretty much has all my favorite things.

I found this recipe in the 1988 version of the Shelby County Extension Homemakers Cookbook, and I knew it was special and unique as soon as I read the ingredients. Imagine your favorite dessert ingredients layered up and served as a no bake salad or a as a peanut butter trifle.

Apple Cheesecake Salad is a winner with kids, men and women. Case-in-point, I whipped it up for a gathering of college friends, and all my girlfriends were asking for the recipe, and their husbands were going back for seconds.

Peanut Butter Trifle Ingredient List

Peanut Butter, chunky-style

Brown Sugar

Graham crackers, crushed

Butter, melted

Cream Cheese, softened

Sugar

Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)

Apple Pie Filling

Ground Cinnamon

Powdered Sugar

Cheesecake Trifle with Cream Cheese Recipe

Let me break down all six layers of this easy no bake cheesecake trifle recipe:

  1. A graham cracker, butter, brown sugar and crunchy peanut butter crust
  2.  Cream cheese and whipped topping layer
  3. Apple Pie Filling sprinkled with ground cinnamon
  4. Crumbles of peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar
  5. Additional cream cheese and whipped topping layer
  6. More graham cracker, butter, brown sugar and crunchy peanut butter crumbles

That’s six layers of awesomeness, deliciousness, delightful fluff.

Serve it up as a trifle in a trifle bowl or large clear bowl or layer it as a cheesecake salad in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

How to Make Cheesecake Apple Salad:

  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, butter and crunchy peanut butter until crumbly. Divide mixture into three equal parts. Spread two parts in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan to form a crust.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Divide into two equal parts. Spread one over the crust in pan.
  3. For the third layer, spread apple pie filling over the cream cheese. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  4. Combine powdered sugar and crunchy peanut butter and sprinkle over top.
  5. Spread the remaining cream cheese mixture for the next layer.
  6. Top with reserved graham cracker-peanut butter mix from step 1.
  7. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

For the full recipe for no bake cheesecake trifle, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Apple Salad with Cool Whip and Cream Cheese:

  • This is a no bake cheesecake salad recipe; no need to turn on the oven.
  • Let your cream cheese sit out at room temperature before beating to prevent clumps in this no bake apple cheesecake salad.
  • Whipped topping is another name for Cool Whip. Use fat free Cool Whip if desired.
  • Apple Pie Filling is easy to find at the grocery store. If you can’t find it, find it here.
  • Be sure to tightly cover this apple cheesecake fluff with a lid or tight fitting plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours to let all the flavors develop.
  • I love no bake desserts. Some of my favorites are Grandma’s Cherry Fluff and Salted Nut Squares.
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Can you make a trifle without a trifle bowl?

Yes, you most certainly can.

If you are lacking a traditional trifle bowl, do not fret. Use any large bowl you have on hand. Start layering exactly how the recipe calls for. A clear bowl is better so that you can see the layers, but it is not necessary.

You could also use a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. As long as you can make layers in a dish, it is still a trifle.

Potluck Recipe Ideas

No Bake Apple Salad with Cool Whip and Cream Cheese is the perfect pitch in dessert. Here are some more of our favorite pitch-in recipes:

Old Fashioned Pea Salad

Using just one can of peas, this Old-Fashioned Pea Salad recipe is perfect for a side dish for a normal meal without too many leftovers. However, it can easily be doubled (or tripled) for cookouts and pitch-ins. This pea salad can be eaten right away or chilled for later.

Mom’s Cucumbers and Onions

Mom's Cucumbers and Onions is an old fashioned recipe featuring garden vegetables.  The ingredients are simple - cucumbers, onions, salt, vinegar, sugar, celery seed and black pepper, but the finished result is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal.

Cauliflower Ranch Salad

Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

Easy Taco Salad

Sometimes you just need a recipe, like this Easy Taco Salad, that is quick to prepare and uses ingredients that are usually in your refrigerator and pantry.

Black Bean Caviar

This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.

Frito Corn Salad

Cheesy Frito Salad is an easy side dish option with corn chips and a melted Velveeta dressing.

Peanut Butter Trifle - A No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad

This is a recipe of two names.  Serve it up in a trifle bowl for a Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe.  Or, use a 13 x 9 inch baking dish to make this No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad.
Either way, this six layer, no bake dessert features a list of the best dessert ingredients: peanut butter, graham crackers, apple pie filling, whipped topping, and cream cheese.  This easy fluff recipe will be a hit at your next party or get-together.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Refrigerator Time1 d
Total Time1 d 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cheesecake fluff, apple cheesecake salad, cheesecake trifle, cheesecake trifle with cream cheese, No bake apple cheesecake salad, peanut butter trifle
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 21 ounces apple pie filling
  • sprinkle ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter (additional)

Instructions

  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter, mixing well with hands or fork until crumbly. Divide into 3 equal portions.
  • Press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of either a trifle bowl or a 9 x 13 inch pan. Reserve the remaining 1/3 for the topping.
  • Beat cream cheese, and granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Fold in whipped topping. Divide into 2 portions. Spread 1/2 of cream cheese mixture over the crust.
  • Distribute apple pie filling evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired.
  • Combine confectioners sugar and 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple pie filling layer, and then top with remaining 1/2 of cream cheese mixture.
  • Top with reserved 1/3 graham cracker crumbles, sprinkling over the top evenly.
  • Cover tightly with foil, plastic wrap or with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours before serving.

Notes

  • Assemble this as a trifle in a trifle bowl or layer it up in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. 
  • This is a no bake cheesecake salad recipe; no need to turn on the oven.
  • Let your cream cheese sit out at room temperature before beating to prevent clumps in this no bake apple cheesecake salad.  
  • Whipped topping is another name for Cool Whip.  Use fat free Cool Whip if desired. 
  • Keep some apple pie filling in the pantry for recipes like this one. 
  • Be sure to tightly cover this apple cheesecake fluff with a lid or tight fitting plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours to let all the flavors develop. 
  • I love no bake desserts. Some of my favorites are Grandma's Cherry Fluff and Salted Nut Squares

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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