Love your morning coffee fix? This No-Bake Caramel Macchiato Pie has all the fantastic flavor of that iconic espresso drink with a creamy coffee no-bake cheesecake filling and tons of homemade caramel swirled throughout.
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No Bake Caramel Coffee Pie
Having first experimented with this pie three summers ago, this has been on my "must publish" list for far too long! One of my favorite pies on this site is another Coffee Pie that takes the form of custard, so I decided to make a slightly different version, this time using a much easier method.
This Caramel Macchiato Pie is what is known as a no-bake cheesecake-style pie. It uses cream cheese and whipped cream to create a base layer that is easy to flavor however your heart desires. And of course, this no-bake coffee pie takes on the flavor of a caramel macchiato--sweet, creamy, and with a nice bite of caffeine.
This pie is easily made ahead of time and stashed away in the freezer for whenever you are ready to serve it. It's so perfect for those hot summer months when it simply feels like too much work to turn on the oven.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The text below offers tons of tips and helpful notes, or you can scroll to the bottom to grab the recipe and get started!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- instant espresso or instant coffee (see more on this below)
- biscoff cookies (this is for the pie crust)
- cream cheese
- heavy cream
Here is a list of some of the primary tools I use in this recipe. You won't necessarily choose to use them all, but they are exactly what I used. Any links may contain affiliate links.
- food processor
- electric mixer
- off-set spatula
- pie plate
- pot (for making the caramel)
- kitchen essentials: measuring cups, measuring spoons, bowl, rubber spatula, etc.
How to Make Caramel
Never made homemade caramel before? I recommend making it for this recipe!
It is made by cooking granulated sugar until it caramelizes---get why it's called caramel? Heavy cream and butter are whisked in, which helps keep the texture smooth and saucy. Lastly, a good caramel sauce should be finished with some salt to help balance it all out.
I won't lie; there are some tricks to success regarding caramel. But I wrote a recipe dedicated to caramel and all the tips I have for making it (as well as some easily avoided pitfalls too).
Can you buy premade caramel? Yes. Absolutely. But, it takes just about 10 minutes to make homemade caramel, so if you are up for it, I recommend going for it!
How to Easily Make the Pie Crust
This pie calls for a Biscoff Pie Crust. Biscoff cookies (aka speculoos cookies) are Belgian shortbread cookies with subtle caramel and warm spice flavor. They make a great cookie to crush and turn into a pie crust.
Crumb crusts are awesome because they don't require much work. They are also a great option because of the contrasting textures they lend to the pie, particularly when it comes to this creamy coffee filling.
There is a whole post dedicated to making a Biscoff Cookie Crust, so check that out if you aren't familiar with making one. However, all the instructions you need are listed in this recipe below.
You have two options for preparing this crust. You can par-bake it or freeze it.
Freezing the crust works because the melted butter becomes solidified and bonds the crust together. While freezing the crust is undoubtedly easier than preheating an oven and par-baking it, it is not as sturdy as the baked version. I only recommend freezing the crust if you will be serving your pie when very cold. Otherwise, you’ll just find your crumb crust to be very crumbly! This isn't the end of the world, but it's worth mentioning.
Baking the crust will create a crisper bite with a slightly deeper flavor. I always par-bake my crumb crusts, even for no-bake pies like this one. However, it does require turning on the oven for 10 minutes, so it's understandable if you want to avoid this.
Overview of Steps
Caramel comes first! It only takes about 10 minutes to make, but it needs to chill slightly before adding it to the cold pie, so it doesn't melt the filling.
Move on to making the crumb crust. You have the choice of either par-baking the pie crust for 10 minutes in the oven, or you can freeze it to firm it up.
Next, get started on the filling. This no-bake pie uses cream whipped to stiff peaks to act as the stabilizer instead of gelatin or egg whites. This is my preferred method for making these no-bake pies because it has just the right texture and flavor.
To begin, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. "Stiff peaks" have formed when you pick up the whisk, and the whipped cream holds a peak without it moving at all. Once you've whipped the cream, remove it from the bowl and set it aside. In the now-empty bowl, whip the cream cheese, coffee, and sugar until it's completely smooth.
Next, fold a little of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it. Then, add the remaining whipped cream to the bowl and gently fold it in, being careful not to deflate it.
Finally, assemble the pie. The caramel is layered in with the creamy coffee filling!
The assembled pie needs to be chilled in the refrigerator or the freezer to set up. It needs at least 4 hours of chilling time, but the overnight method is recommended for the perfect texture.
Decorating the Pie
Drizzle more caramel over the top to decorate the finished pie, and pipe or swirl on some additional whipped cream.
How to Serve It
This pie should be served very chilled. It can be made up to 1 day ahead of time if stored in the refrigerator or up to 1 month if frozen. Do not top it with any extra whipped cream until ready to serve.
If serving from the refrigerator, I recommend placing the pie in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes before slicing it, though it’s not essential. It just makes it easier to get neat-looking slices.
To serve from the freezer, let the pie sit at room temperature until it’s easy to slice, about 15-30 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is.
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