Peach Cobbler Cheesecake Salad

SERVES 16  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 30 Min

Topping
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 package graham crackers, crumbled into little pieces (9 sheets)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Cheesecake Salad
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4-ounce) package instant cheesecake flavored pudding, unprepared
1 cup International Delight French Vanilla Creamer (liquid)
4 pounds peaches (about 8), cut into bite-size pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

In a medium size microwave safe bowl combine brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Microwave 30 seconds at a time until the mixture is bubbly and the sugar is melted. Add the crumbled graham crackers and stir until the graham cracker pieces are coated well.

Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with granulated sugar, this will give it a real crisp coating. Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile: In a medium tall bowl (I use my 8 cup measuring cup), using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese until it becomes smooth. It may bind up in the beaters, but continue as is and it will loosen up. Add the dry pudding mix. Beat until well combined.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the creamer to the cream cheese mix. Add it about a tablespoon at a time and then mix until it becomes a smooth mixture and all of the creamer has combined into the cream cheese, repeat until all of the creamer has been added to the mixture. Whip until smooth.

Fold the peaches into the cheesecake mixture. Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately. Finish your dessert by stirring in and sprinkling with the topping before serving. The topping will soften in the cheesecake filling, the longer it is in the filling the softer it becomes. Use your best judgement. I liked the pieces crunchy and my daughter liked them soft.

DONNA'S NOTES: Do not pour all of the creamer into the cream cheese at once. It will get clumpy and no matter how long you beat it, it will stay that way. Trust me on this one.

To make this ahead: prepare the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate in a bowl. Prep the peaches and refrigerate. Before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit and then fold the cheesecake filling into the fruit. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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