No-Bake Rolo and Caramel Cheesecake Parfaits

There are some occasions when I really take my time making a dessert and put in copious amounts of energy and work to make sure it turns out just right.

I take out my mixer, turn on the oven, dirty every dish in the kitchen, and really make a federal case out of dessert-making.

This dessert is not that occasion.

These little no-bake parfaits can be made quickly, which is the name of the tune come summer.


I’d rather be outside enjoying the weather, playing with my Skylar at the park, wasting time on Pinterest, catching up on the mountain of laundry I need to tackle, or doing just about anything other than preparing something labor-intensive and standing in a hot kitchen when it’s sunny and warm.

The cheesecake layer in these is of the no-bake, no-egg, no-fuss variety.

Just the way I like it.

It’s made with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and softened cream cheese and you don’t even have to turn on a mixer.

Just whip it by hand in about 4.67 seconds.

But before you do that, there’s an easy graham cracker crumb and melted butter crust, which is packed into the bottom of the parfait glasses.

I found them at the thrift store for 50 cents each. Even if I never use them again, they made cheesecake parfait eating more fun. Skylar’s eyes lit up when she saw these on the table. Use whatever little mugs or bowls you have laying around or use the recipe as an excuse to go dishes shopping, which sounds great to me.

The crust is topped with a flood of caramel sauce and Rolo candies, two favorites of mine.

If you don’t like Rolo candies or caramel sauce, what’s wrong with you you can use another candy or another sauce such as butterscotch or chocolate sauce.

The crust mixture does double duty as a topping.

It adds a nice texture to the top of the parfaits and is heavenly when stirred up with the COOL WHIP and cream cheese mixture.

I purposely kept this recipe smaller scale. If you need more than four parfaits at once, go ahead and double it. And invite some friends over because these babies are rich.

If you don’t need all four at once, cover with plastic wrap, hide them deep in the refrigerator so your spouse can’t find them or so you don’t wander down to the refrigerator at 12:19 a.m. for a sip of water and reach for one of these rather than that water.

It happened. And I loved it.


No-Bake Rolo and Caramel Cheesecake Parfaits

Makes 4 single-serving cheesecakes


2 tablespoons butter, melted

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

3/4 to 1 cup caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping, divided

20 mini Rolo candies, divided


4 ounces whipped cream cheese, softened

2 cups COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

1/2 cup Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 tablespoons reserved graham cracker crumb mixture, divided

2 to 4 tablespoons Rolo candies, diced and divided

caramel sauce, for drizzling

Crust: In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and stir to combine. Divide mixture into four small bowls, mugs, parfait glasses, wine glasses, or similar. Reserve about 2 tablespoons mixture to use for the final topping. Press mixture firmly into the base of each bowl with the back of a spoon or fingertips. Pour caramel sauce over the crust in each of the bowls (2 to 4 tablespoons per bowl). Top with 4 to 5 Rolo candies per bowl (if you can’t find mini Rolo, use full size. The minis come unwrapped to save time. Or use another candy such as Butterfinger, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, etc.).

Filling: In a medium mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients and whisk until smooth and well combined. Pour mixture over the top of the candy layer, distributed equally among the bowl (about 1/2 cup per bowl). Place bowls in refrigerator until well-chilled, or flash-chill in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Topping: Before serving, top each of the chilled bowls with a sprinkling of reserved graham cracker crumbs (about half of one tablespoon per bowl) and a sprinkling of diced candies. Optionally, drizzle with caramel sauce and/or additional COOL WHIP over the top of each. Serve immediately. If you do not need all four cheesecakes at once, the extras can be covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Related Recipes:

Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars – also no-bake and made with COOL WHIP

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Ice Cream – summertime means lots of cold desserts

Raw Vegan Cheesecake – (No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free) Excuse the vintage photography (the recipe still works though). Easy, fast, and very authentic-tasting.

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars – Cheesecake fans or carrot cake fans, here you go

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars – I made these for the bake sale and every time I  make them and share them, people go nuts for these

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation) – If you are a fan of caramel, this one is for you. Worth turning on the oven for.


What is one of your favorite easy and fast desserts to make during the summer? Do you have a favorite dessert you bring to summertime get-togethers and parties?

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89 comments on “No-Bake Rolo and Caramel Cheesecake Parfaits”

  1. Avery, these look amazing! I LOVE Rolos. Next time I have a dinner party I will definitely be whipping these up. They are total showstoppers even though they seem so easy!

  2. you’ve done it again!! Another incredibly gorgeous dessert that combines quite possibly all the best flavors in the universe! haha Skylar is one lucky little girl! Thanks for sharing! And such cute dishes too!

  3. I don’t like Rolos or caramel, but the look of these are making me reconsider my stance. :)

  4. I’m such a fool for caramel anything. And the fact that these are no-bake just shot them up in amazingness in my ind, THese are over-the-top awesome!

  5. So….when are you going to open up a bakery in Hillcrest?? I think that’s just what this neighborhood needs! I know we have Baby Cakes and now D Bar, but I think an “Averie’s Bakery” would be 10x better!!

  6. Whoa! This sounds so insanely delicious!

  7. ohhh girl I’ll take 3 of those please.
    Just had a killer yoga workout and now it’s time to party!

  8. Rolos are my favorite!! I can’t even buy them anymore because I have zero willpower around them. Your parfaits look amazing, they would be SO dangerous here!

  9. I love parfaits! The layers are just so fun and versatile! :)

  10. You had me at no bake!!! Parfaits are the perfect summer dessert or quick breakfast. And I just LOVE graham cracker crust. And cream cheese + cool whip? Never would have thought of combining them… The cream cheese probably adds a thick creamy texture.. which I would obviously LOVE. These look great Averie!

  11. Rolos rock–especially when they are cold! This looks like a great balance of creamy and chocolate with some crunch. Love it! I never got to my oven today–had a jewelry project giving me fits so I’m just finishing it up and I’m spent. On second thought, I think I deserve a decadent treat (haha). I decided on the mounds stuffed cookies but that will have to wait a few days (if the mounds bars make it that long)!

  12. Niiiiceeeee. I might “borrow” your filling idea for a trifle I’m planning to make for an upcoming party. Loads simpler than making custard from scratch.

  13. I had forgotten how much I like Rolos until I saw these delicious parfaits – thanks for the reminder to stock up immediately! :) Love that these are no-bake for the summer!

  14. I am new to your blog and LOVE it!!

  15. These look insanely good!

  16. Another dangerous recipe, I love it!! haven’t had rolo’s in years!!

  17. Cheesecake and Rolo’s? Yes please!

  18. Oh man, my mom used to make this no-bake dessert that she called “The Streetwalker.” It was basically sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips all stuffed into an oreo pie crust. At least I think that’s it… but they were totally TOTALLY delectable – and RICH! I’d forgotten all about those – gonna have to dig up the recipe and make that one extra soon!

  19. I can see that this might also work with peanut butter cups? You have no idea how many times you have saved my butt when I needed a fast dessert. It’s like **PANIC**, then ‘ok, I know Averie will have something for me, reeeelax, Sara, it’s ok..). Taking time over something complicated is good, but who has the time for that more than once every two months or so? Life is busy.

  20. Averie, those parfaits are insane! So unhealthy, lol, but look sooo good! Im sure there’s a way to healthify them. I’m tempted! Of course all the other stuff looks delish too… my mouth is watering!

    • Well not everything needs to be broccoli or health food around here. Sometimes a little caramel sauce and COOL WHIP are just what the mental health doctor ordered :) You “could” healthify them with coconut milk, whipped cashew cream, raw caramel sauce made from dates and agave; it wouldn’t actually be too hard b/c cashews and/or coconut butter could be lovely in them but ya know…that wasn’t this recipe :)

  21. Very creative dessert, it looks awesome! And great recipe inspiration, so many tempting treats here! Banana soft serve in the Vitamix or frozen grapes are probably my favorite fast and simple desserts for summer.

  22. Oh lord, lady. If you made these in bar form, this would have midwest potluck written all over it! Love the classing up of it! I wish I could eat this stuff all day long!

    • this is SO MIDWEST, I know. It’s what my mom would make for a church potluck in the summer or a backyard bbq. Something or anything with COOL WHIP that was no-bake. Your relatives I think would like this :)

  23. These look amazing Averie! We dont have COOL WHIP here in Ireland,could you recommend a subsitute? My dads a rolo nut so I’d love to do these for him!

    Shirley x

    • You could use real whipped cream, whipped very stiffly, that’s been sweetened with extra confectioner’s or granulated sugar. If you have any whipped topping products that are sold in the grocery stores, use those. Usually they are sold in the frozen cases or in the refrigerated case for something like Reddi-Whip in a can.

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