No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie

Is there anything more refreshing than a cool, creamy, silky-smooth, no-bake cheesecake in the middle of a hot summer?

Seriously decadent pie... and no need for turning on that oven!

One thing you will notice about this pie is that crust. That mile-high buttery shortbread crust. It’s a bit of a show stopper and perfect for anyone who loves shortbread!

Seriously decadent pie... and no need for turning on that oven!

Naturally, the most beautiful pairing for buttery shortbread cookie crust is caramel. They are essentially the same flavor with vastly different texture. When eaten together it is nothing short of spectacular!

No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie


Shortbread Crust

  • 2 c crushed shortbread cookies (reserve 1 tablespoon for sprinkling over top of pie)
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/3 c sugar

Caramel Filling

  • 2 pkg (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c caramel dessert topping
  • 1 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • whipped topping (optional)


  1. For the Crust, mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Press into bottom and barely up sides of an 8-inch pie plate. (Can use a 9-inch, crust will be thinner) Set aside.
  2. For the filling, beat cream cheese, caramel topping, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Gradually beat in heavy cream just until blended.
  4. Beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes or until fluffy. Spoon mixture into crust.
  5. Add whipped topping if desired.
  6. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
  7. When ready to serve, drizzle with additional caramel topping and sprinkle with shortbread crumbs.
  8. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from McCormick. One of the best parts? The entire recipe only takes 15 minutes to pull together!

Seriously decadent pie... and no need for turning on that oven!

Tips for success:

Use a good quality shortbread cookie. Try the cookie before and make sure it is rich, buttery, and flavorful.

Use room temperature ingredients. This will help with consistency and creating a velvety smooth texture.

While I have included a store-bought caramel sauce, you can certainly make yours from scratch.

Seriously decadent pie... and no need for turning on that oven!

Mile high deliciousness!

I am fortunate to be able to work with brands that I use and love. Thankful to McCormick for partnering with me!

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

All I can think about is face planting into this deliciousness!!! Holy yum!!!

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

You know I am ALL about this dessert!

Karen P

Yummy… What can I substitute for heavy cream?


Can you tell me what ‘caramel dessert topping’ is?


    caramel sauce… the kind you use on ice cream


I’m not familiar with shortbread cookies. Can you recommend some brands? Will it say shortbread on the package?