No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

These Caramel Mud Pie Cups are the perfect no bake treat for when you only have a few minutes to make a chocolate dessert or a Valentine’s Day treat.

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Last week I didn’t bake anything at all.  I know!  I was just as shocked as you.

Over the past few weeks I have made so many pink and red treats to share with you, that I was kind of ahead of the game in baking.  All I had to do was edit and post each day.  Plus, I thought no baking means no yummy chocolate treats in the kitchen tempting me from my diet.  Because we all know that sugar talks to me…and the sad thing is that I listen to whatever it tells me to do.  “Oh hello, delicious cookie.  Why yes, I do want to eat you.  And your friend?  Of course, I’ll see what I can do.”   It’s ok. I know I’m a little off my rocker.  It’s the sugar talking again.

I knew the no baking would end in me making something. The last time I tried to do no baking, the week ended with these Chocolate Avocado Muffins.  It was only a matter of time before I made something sugary.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Now my kids have gotten used to all these cookies and treats being around.  So a week of no baking was so foreign to them.  They kept asking where the snacks were.  We kept pointing at the bananas and carrots and told them to have at it.  Apparently they don’t want veggies and fruit after a long day at school.  But we didn’t budge…well, until I had this brilliant idea to make these yummy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups for an after dinner treat.   I found the original idea for this pie in a Holiday Jello booklet that I was looking through.

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FYI…looking through cooking magazines and books when you are trying to stay away from baking is not the best possible thing you could do.  I now have about 30 new ideas of things to make…like I needed more things on my list.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

We had everything I needed for these no bake cups.  Well, I didn’t have nuts and that’s what the original called for.  Honestly I am not a huge nut fan for a crust or in anything for that matter.  Don’t quote me on that though, because every once in a while I will add nuts to some things.  Just doesn’t happen often.

Anyway, I started looking in our cupboards and I found a bag of holiday pretzels.  Yes, people we still had jingle bell pretzels in our cupboard.  The bag was unopened, so I thought this was the perfect way to get rid of them.

And since I am slightly addicted to salted caramel, I decided to add caramel topping to the no bake cheesecake layer.  Best.idea.ever.  Well, not for the diet eating plan but that was just silly any way!

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

If you are not wanting to make a bunch of little pudding cups, feel free to double the recipe and put everything in an 8 inch pie plate.   Your sweetie will love you when you make this for a Valentine’s Day treat.

 

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No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Easy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups with a Pretzel Crust

Ingredients

3/4 cup crushed pretzels
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup Cool Whip
1 box chocolate pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 1/3 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Stir together the pretzels, butter, and sugar. Spoon into 8 small jars. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add the caramel and beat again. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spoon into the 8 jars.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes. Spoon evenly on top of the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with more Cool Whip and sprinkles (if desired) before serving.

Notes

Feel free to double the ingredients and make it in an 8 inch pie plate.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh my gosh, I am the exact same way with sugar!! French fries and greasy foods? I can leave those any day of the week, but a big chocolate chip cookie is the way to my heart! These are so cute, and I love how easy they are to make!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      There is just something about food in a jar that makes it that much cuter! Our kids are spoiled with baked goods for sure :-)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      These were definitely the perfect size to snack on. Just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard!!! I think your kids need some for sure :-)

  2. says

    Hi Jocelyn! I first must say I love your name. My Cabbage Patch Kid had your name, which was the first time I had heard it. I always have thought it was so unusual and pretty.

    These treats look delicious and I love the way you decorated them with the candy hearts. If all your food looks this good, I can see why your kids were sad to not see new goodies on a daily basis. Glad I found you on Melt In Your Mouth Monday so I can drop by again.
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      My name is definitely not as common as others. I didn’t know there was a Cabbage Patch Kid with my name. My kids have definitely been spoiled with lots of baked goods in the past few years. Thank you so much for stopping by, Shannon.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thanks Jen. You could definitely substitute the homemade whip cream. The texture might be just a little softer, but in jars that won’t matter too much!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Ok, here is the good news on this dessert…you could use low fat cream cheese, fat free milk, and sugar free pudding and that would save you some calories! Of course the butter and the caramel just add some of the fat right back in…

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I agree about eating with your eyes. I am definitely more interested in a recipe if the picture is great. Thank you for stopping by Jodi!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Glad to hear I am not the only one with extra holiday stuff stashed away! My husband just found a candy cane in one of his suit jackets…I don’t think he had worn that jacket in a year or two. The candy cane looked ok, but it was definitely not hard like fresh ones.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      My kids probably eat way more than they should too. Maybe it is because we grew up without all the snacks? That was my family growing up too. I am with you on being the opposite though!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I have been trying to limit my baking…mainly because I can’t seem to limit my consumption of said baking! Isn’t it funny how the kids get so used to something all the time? Haha it’s probably better for them this way!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I need to start wearing ear plugs when I am near the kitchen…the sugar voices just keep getting louder though! LOL! Glad to hear I’m not the only one sugar voices go after!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you Camille! I am loving the no bake desserts too…I have a couple more ideas I can’t wait to create!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much Amanda! My kids said they were one of their favorites…I’m thinking that equals yummy!

  3. Denise says

    I would love to take them to work but with lid on. Think they would be good with a smaller amount of everything in the jar, top with whipped cream and then put the lid on it? Too cute not to present to others.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Yes, definitely just do smaller amounts of the layers so you can put the lids on. I think that is a great idea to give them as gifts.

  4. DLC says

    So, I was assuming instant pudding, but not sure because your recipe calls for only 1 1/3 C milk. Small box of instant pudding calls for 2 C milk, so I don’t want to make assumptions. If it’s INSTANT pudding, your recipe needs to say so.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Yes, it is the instant pudding. It will be really thick like a pie filling when you mix it up. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Amber says

    I’ve made these for the second time tonight in a week. SO delicious! The second time I made them I used crushed Milano cookies for the crust- skipping the addition of sugar. Really good:) will be making these a third time, I’m sure!

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