No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie

filed under: Pies + Tarts on July 13, 2019

No Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie… pure summer decadence. Is there anything more refreshing than a cool, creamy, silky-smooth, no-bake cheesecake in the middle of a hot summer? If you love no bake desserts don’t miss my Piggy Pie Dessert and Blueberry Lemon Heaven Dessert!

No Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie

Caramel Shortbread Pie

This pie consists of two main components… the rich caramel filling and that decadent crust. That mile-high buttery deliciousness is a shortbread crust. It’s a bit of a show stopper and perfect for anyone who loves shortbread!

Oh, I forgot the best part. The entire recipe only takes 15 minutes to pull together!

No Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie Recipe

How to Make Caramel Shortbread Pie

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

To make the shortbread crust you will need:

I added sugar as optional in the recipe because it is not essential to the recipe, just something we like. It really depends on what type of shortbread cookie you buy! (But remember, you could even make your own cookies.) We like Walkers, but if you use a different brand they may not be as sweet and might need a little sugar to create the perfect crust.

Caramel Pie

How to Make the Caramel Filling

I opted for the easy route as I love the idea of quick and no bake for this recipe. The filling is super simple!

  • cream cheese
  • caramel sauce
  • vanilla
  • heavy cream

If you wanted you could make your own caramel sauce, but as I mentioned, I was aiming for EASY with this recipe. Salted caramel would also be an excellent addition!

The cream cheese should be room temperature to ensure an ultra creamy and smooth texture.

NO Bake Caramel Pie Recipe

Tips for the Best Caramel Pie

(a recap)

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.

This decadent pie is nothing short of mile-high deliciousness!

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Seriously decadent pie... and no need for turning on that oven!
No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Shortbread Crust
  • 2 cups crushed shortbread cookies, reserve 1 tablespoon for sprinkling over top of pie
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted
  • cup granulated sugar (optional, see notes)
Caramel Filling
  • 16 ounces (2 packages) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup caramel dessert topping
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • whipped topping, optional
  1. Shortbread Crust

  2. Mix all shortbread crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl. After it is well combined, press into the bottom and barely up sides of an 8-inch pie plate. (Can use a 9-inch, the crust will be thinner) Set aside.

  3. Caramel Filling

  4. Beat cream cheese, caramel topping, and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

  5. Gradually beat in heavy cream just until blended.
  6. Beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes or until fluffy. Spoon mixture into crust.
  7. Add whipped topping if desired.
  8. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
  9. When ready to serve, drizzle with additional caramel topping and sprinkle with shortbread crumbs.
  10. Store leftover pie covered in refrigerator.

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  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

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

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    You know I am ALL about this dessert!

  • Karen P says:

    Yummy… What can I substitute for heavy cream?

  • Dianne says:

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

    • Amanda says:

      caramel sauce… the kind you use on ice cream

  • NanaSharon says:

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

    • Maria Coleman says:

      What does the c stand for, as in 2 c shortbread cookies?

      • Maria Coleman says:

        I just kinda guessed that the c means “cup”¡

    • Little Irish says:

      Lorna Doone’s are shortbread cookies 🙂

    • Bunny says:

      Pecan Sandies, Lorna Doone to name a couple.

  • Pam says:

    Right now I’m on a keto diet. But that looked so awesome I couldn’t pass it by.

  • sakhawat salamat says:

    I like your sweet dish i want learn more with you dear freind

  • Mariann says:

    Going to make this Pie, love no baking 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Kim Nichols says:

    I’m making this tomorrow. Can’t wait

  • Milissa says:

    What about using keebler’s pecan sandies?? Would that work alright??

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, those should work!

  • Ann says:

    The Pinterest link does not take me to the specific recipe posted.

  • Maddy-D says:

    I cook for an asst living home and my people love sweets. I try to treat them to something different a couple of time a week. they love it

  • Barbara Lindsay says:

    The recipes seems to be easy for someone like me that has very little time for baking.

  • Kathy says:

    I love your recipes…soooo rich looking…makes people think I a man a better baker than I am. But I love your helpful hints….truly appreciate you..thank you. I share with my 16 year old granddaughter…she also love your recipes…and helpful hints.☺️

  • Diana hayes says:

    Can i use a 8×8 glass square dish

  • Judy says:

    What other kind of cookie could you use? How about gramham cracker crust?

  • Theresa says:

    Getting the ingredients now. Can’t wait to make it! 😁

  • Faith Davies says:

    Looks absolutely devine cant wait to make this.

  • Sam sandra says:

    I made mine with ready crust and cool whip
    Bam done and good

  • Dave fryer says:

    When you are allergic to cream cheese and sour cream what can you use

  • Nur adilah lala says:

    What does C means in your recipe is it ounce or gram?

  • Jayne says:

    I really wanted to make Caramel shortbread cheesecake but I not understand in Cups and wish they put in ounces or grams!!!!

  • Deepthi says:

    How many servings does this make?

  • colleen parke says:

    What do you call whipped topping.. Do you just mean whipped cream??

    • Bunny says:

      Cool Whip, a non dairy topping.

  • Grace Adamski says:

    Can u use a Graham cracker cuts instead of shortbread cookies?

    • Amanda says: