Apples are SO good right now. Am I right or am I right? I can’t get enough. And this past weekend I wanted to make a special dessert for a family get-together and of course, wanted to include apples. But I didn’t necessarily want to bake something. Enter the Apple Snickers Trifle. You might have seen a version of this recipe on Pinterest called an Apple & Snickers Salad, made with a pudding/Cool Whip mixture. But first, the name had to go. Salad? It just felt wrong. I mean salads have vegetables and croutons and definitely don’t involve Snickers in any way. Apples maybe but Snickers…no.
Second, I put it in a trifle dish and layered the ingredients instead of just throwing it in a bowl. I think it definitely looks prettier, don’t you? Much better for presentation!
I will warn you: this stuff is good. It seemed a little odd to me at first to mix apples with Snickers but it totally makes sense: it’s like a caramel apple with some chocolate thrown in. Yum! It is VERY rich and decadent and a nice change of pace from apple cake or apple cookies (not that those are bad…they rock as well).
- 2, 8 oz. Pkgs. Cream Cheese, softened
- 2 c. Powdered Sugar
- 1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1, 16 oz. Container Cool Whip
- 6 c. Chopped, Granny Smith Apples (about 6-7 apples, plus a few for garnish)
- 10 Regular-Size Snickers, chopped (I froze mine unwrapped in a large plastic Ziploc bag and took the flat side of a meat mallot to them...worked like a charm)
- Caramel Sauce
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. On low speed, gradually beat in the powdered sugar and then the vanilla. Fold in the Cool Whip.
- Stir in the chopped apples, reserving a few for garnish. Stir in 1½ c. of the crushed Snickers. Spoon ⅓ of the mixture into a trifle dish. Sprinkle half of the remaining Snickers onto the mixture. You can also drizzle with caramel sauce, which is what I did, but I thought it was a little too sweet and not necessary and wouldn't do it again. Spoon another ⅓ of the mixture into the trifle dish and the remaining half of the Snickers (save a ½ c. or so for garnish). Spoon the remaining mixture into the trifle dish and garnish with chopped apples, Snickers and caramel sauce. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve (it will probably get a bit runny the next day so I highly recommend making and serving it the same day).