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Mini Apple Pie Trifle Recipe (Easy Single Serving Dessert)

Who doesn’t love the flavor apple in the fall? It’s an American classic and everyone loves it around the holiday season. Skip the traditional apple pie and opt for these Mini Apple Pie Trifle Dessert recipe! They’re an awesome and easy single serving dessert option that has restaurant presentation. Make the trifles in the fall, for a Thanksgiving dessert or for Christmas.

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For years, I made a Caramel Apple Pie recipe after our visit to the North Georgia Apple Orchards. It was always delicious, but sometimes we never finished it. It’s too much work not to enjoy every last bite. So these Mini Apple Pie Trifle desserts are a deconstructed version. The good news? Everyone can finish dessert!

So grab some fresh apples, hop in the kitchen and get ready to impress all of your holiday guests. Plus, this is a make-ahead dessert too. So you can enjoy spending time with your guests and not wait hours for something to bake in the oven. 

Mini Apple Pie Trifle Recipe (Easy Single Serving Dessert)

There’s something unique about single serving dessert recipes. They automatically come off as cute and petit options that everyone can enjoy. I’m going to share how you can turn this into a make-ahead dessert for entertaining, plus the tricks to make sure you’ve got an A-game presentation happening.

Mini Apple Pie Trifle Dessert Recipe, Single Serving Dessert For Thanksgiving

What To Serve With These Mini Apple Pie Trifle Desserts

You don’t need to go crazy with extra sides. Make a fresh pot of coffee and serve it with a dessert spoon. That’ it! You don’t need to add ice cream or whipped topping because it’s a stand alone dessert.

How To Make Your Trifles Look Amazing

Since these Mini Apple Pie Trifle desserts are all about presentation, you’ll need a few tips and tricks to really get the job done. I serve mine in small mason jar glasses. However, you could make them even smaller with shot glasses too. Here are some things to consider:

  • Layer with a small spoon to keep it easy to maneuver 
  • For the whipped cream cheese layer: try a piping bag by placing the filling into large freezer bags and cutting a sliver in the corner.
  • Use a clean paper towel to wipe any excess that gets on the side of the glass while layering. You want to clearly see the layers!

Adding cream cheese layer with piping bag to mini apple pie trifle

How To Store Leftover Trifles

Here’s what is awesome about these being a single serving dessert – you can just place plastic wrap over the top, on each individual dessert, and store leftovers in the refrigerator. You’re also not going to have a ton of leftovers, if any at all, because you can make the perfect amount you need as a single serving. One per each guest.

What You Need From The Store For Mini Apple Pie Trifle Dessert:

  • Fresh Apples (Granny Smith)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Crushed Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Salt
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

How To Make These Mini Apple Pie Trifles As A Single Serving Dessert

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add sliced apples, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon.

Saute Apples With Butter In Saucepan

Sauté apples for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until apples are warmed through and butter and brown sugar have come together. You’ll have a golden, caramel-like sauce. Remove from heat and let apple mixture cool completely.

Add graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and pinch of salt to a small bowl. Mix just until combined and then spread graham crackers on a baking sheet.

Graham Cracker Crumbs, Graham Cracker Crust

Bake graham cracker crumbs for 7-10 minutes in preheated oven until golden and edges are just starting to brown. Remove from heat and cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 cup granulated sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream.

Beating Cream Cheese and Granulated Sugar Together

To assemble your mini apple pie trifle dessert: Start with a layer of graham crackers. Spread evenly on base of each jar. Then spread a layer of cream cheese mixture. Next, top with apples. Repeat until you have 3 or 4 layers. Finish with the apples on top. Serve chilled or slightly colder than room temperature. 

Easy Mini Apple Pie Trifle Recipe, How To Make Apple Pie Trifle, Single Serving Dessert

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Mini Apple Pie Trifle Dessert Recipe

Easy Mini Apple Pie Trifle Recipe, How To Make Apple Pie Trifle, Single Serving Dessert

Take everything you love about apple pie and make it even better with these Mini Caramel Apple Trifle desserts! They're perfect for fall and easy to make for Thanksgiving.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Apple Filling:
  • 6 Apples, Peeled and Sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Graham Cracker Filling:
  • 2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 Package (8oz) Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream, Whipped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add sliced apples, brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
  2. Saute apples for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until apples are warmed through and butter and brown sugar have come together to create a nice golden sauce. Remove from heat and let apple mixture cool completely.
  3. Add graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and pinch of salt to a small bowl. Mix just until combined and then spread graham crackers on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 cup granulated sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream.
  5. To assemble your mini apple pie trifle dessert: Start with a layer of graham crackers. Spread evenly on base of each jar. Then spread a layer of cream cheese mixture. Next, top with apples. Repeat until you have 3 or 4 layers. Finish with the apples on top. Serve chilled or slightly colder than room temperature. 

Notes

  • You can change this recipe to make it in a big trifle. Just assemble the same way, using the entire ingredients instead of portions.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 512Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 4gSugar: 57gProtein: 3g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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