Caramel apple pudding bars

Butterscotch week continues and concludes with this easy no-bake, wonderful fall dessert. Layers of deliciousness!

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Let’s see – we have a spiced graham cracker base, cream cheese, butterscotch pudding, Cool Whip and topped with apples and caramel sauce. Oh yes!

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Recipe based off of Tempting Caramel Apple Pudding with Gingersnap Crust bars from Taste of Home Magazine.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar or spun honey
  • 3-1/4 cups cold 2% milk, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup hot caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • 1 medium sweet apple, chopped
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix crushed crackers, pumpkin pie space and butter until blended; press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, honey and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over crust.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the remaining milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in 1/4 cup caramel topping. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Spread remaining whipped topping over top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until filling is firm.
  • Just before serving, top with apples (coat with lemon juice if you want); drizzle with remaining caramel topping.

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Make your layers and smooth them as you go.

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I topped my dessert with one sweet apple and one tart apple and caramel sundae syrup.

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This is so easy and really does not require any special skills except for peeling and dicing the apple .

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I did toss my apples in some lemon juice to slow down the browning process since I took this to a potluck.

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This does keep overnight if you can make it last that long!

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Layers of wonderful fall tastes. Enjoy!

P.S. Do you like the smiley face on my thumb?!
P.P.S. I am in Nashville right now and going to the Steelers vs. Titans game tonight. Go Steelers!!

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About Feisty Eats

I love to eat, entertain, exercise and try new life adventures. I am in my 30's and have a great husband, dog (Winston) and cat (Brinklie). I love to try or make new recipes and drink new beers.
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