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Simple and Elegant Cheesecake Trifles

November 20, 2013

One of my favorite things is to host a party, whether it's a large birthday party or a dinner party for just a few friends. Enjoying the food that we prepare and the great conversations with family and friends is priceless.

Although I love hosting parties, I have also learned over the years that keeping it simple is best. Often guests feel bad if you go to a lot of work.

Having an easy dessert that can be made ahead is key. But it also needs to look impressive and taste delicious, in my opinion.

Using my favorite cheesecake recipe, these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Trifles go together in minutes with just a few ingredients.

There are many options for serving these little cheesecake trifles. Today I have chosen a small wine glass for an elegant presentation for a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet or Holiday Dinner Party. Any size glass container will work, although I have found that guests usually like to try a variety of desserts, so keeping them small works perfectly.

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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Trifle
Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 4-5 minutes • Serves: 15-20 (depending on size of container)

Ingredients

Cheesecake
1 package (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
1 sleeve (9 crackers) of graham crackers, crushed (about 1 1/4 cups)
¼ cup butter, melted

Caramel Sauce
1 bag (11 oz.) KRAFT Caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp. water

Topping
1 cup PLANTERS Pecans, chopped

Directions
COMBINE PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth, fold in COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.

CRUSH graham crackers. Melt butter and stir into graham cracker crumbs until combined.

ADD a heaping teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of 4 oz. glass or wine goblet, pat down with Tart Shaper or back of spoon.

ADD Cheesecake mixture to a re-sealable bag and squeeze into the glass.

PLACE in refrigerator at least 3 hours to chill.

BEFORE serving, unwrap caramels and place in small saucepan. Add water and stir until caramels are completely melted and smooth. Pour caramel into a plastic squeeze bottle. You can also spoon it on if you like.

CHOP pecans. Drizzle cheesecake with caramel sauce and sprinkle with pecans.

STORE leftovers in refrigerator.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at hoosierhomemade.com.

Simple and Elegant Cheesecake Trifles
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