Peach Cobbler Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 9 graham cracker sheets, crumbled into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Cheesecake Salad:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3.4 ounces instant cheesecake pudding mix (unprepared)
  • 1 cup liquid French vanilla creamer
  • 8 medium peaches (about 4 pounds), pitted and cut into bite-size pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat and Prepare:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  1. Make the Topping:
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the mixture is bubbly and the sugar has melted.
  • Stir in the crumbled graham crackers until they’re well coated. Spread this mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let it cool completely.
  1. Prepare the Cheesecake Mixture:
  • In a tall bowl, such as an 8-cup glass measuring cup, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the dry pudding mix and beat on high speed until well combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, gradually pour in the French vanilla creamer, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  1. Combine with Peaches:
  • Gently fold the peach pieces into the cheesecake mixture. Chill until ready to serve, or serve immediately.
  1. Serve:
  • Just before serving, add the cooled topping to the cheesecake salad and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • Fruit Variations: While peaches are a classic choice for this recipe, you can experiment with other fruits like nectarines, plums, or berries.
  • Creamer Alternatives: If you prefer a different flavor, try using caramel or hazelnut creamer instead of French vanilla.
  • Nut Add-Ins: For extra crunch, consider adding toasted pecans or walnuts to the topping mixture.
  • Healthier Option: Substitute Greek yogurt for part of the cream cheese for a lighter version of this dessert.

How to Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This peach cobbler cheesecake fruit salad will stay fresh for up to 3 days. However, for the best texture and flavor, it’s recommended to consume it within 24 hours.

FAQs

1. Can I use canned peaches?

  • Yes, you can use canned peaches if fresh ones are not available. Be sure to drain them well before adding to the cheesecake mixture.

2. Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

  • You can prepare the topping and cheesecake mixture separately a day in advance. Combine them just before serving to maintain the topping’s crunch.

3. What if my cream cheese mixture is lumpy?

  • Make sure your cream cheese is fully softened before mixing. If it’s still lumpy, try beating it longer with the electric mixer until it smooths out.

4. Can I freeze this dessert?

  • Freezing is not recommended, as the texture of the cream cheese mixture can change upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh.

This Peach Cobbler Cheesecake Fruit Salad is a delightful combination of creamy, tangy, and sweet flavors, making it a perfect dessert for summer gatherings or any special occasion. Enjoy!

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