Caramel Cream Pie

Looking for the perfect holiday pie? This Caramel Cream Pie is delicious, and has an easy homemade crust! Creamy caramel cheesecake filling, topped with whipped cream and dulce de leche.

Love dulce de leche? Try our easy alfajores cookies (filled with dulce de leche)!! Give our cherry pie recipe a try next when you’re looking to bake up something perfect.

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Why This Pie is Best

If you’re looking for something different to bring to the holiday table this year, you’re going to LOVE this caramel cream pie. It just might become a new tradition!

  • Dulce de leche pie – Caramel and cream cheese come to make the sweet, tangy cream filling.
  • Flaky pie crust – This super simple recipe takes the guesswork out of making great tasting flaky pie crust from scratch.
  • Make ahead dessert – Make it the day before and let it chill in the fridge overnight. You can spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen.

Ingredient Notes

  • Crisco baking sticks – One of the secrets to tender, flaky pie crust! You can use any brand of all vegetable shortening but we like the convenience of premeasured baking sticks.
  • Ice cold water – The cold temperature keeps the shortening from melting before it goes into the oven resulting in the flakiest possible crust.
  • Dulce de leche – A thick caramel sauce that comes in cans. It’s mixed into the filling for a rich caramel flavor, then drizzled on top for a beautiful presentation.
  • Cream cheese – This gets blended with the dulce de leche and heavy cream to provide the structure, richness and tang that enhances the caramel flavor.
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Confession time: It took me a long time to master making pie crust from scratch.

For years, I relied on refrigerated pie crusts. I still use them for recipes like cherry hand pies and mini apple pies.

But for today’s dulce de leche pie, it’s well worth the little bit of extra effort it takes to make your own pie crust!

How to Make Pie Crust

STEP 1. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut shortening into the flour mixture until it forms coarse crumbs.

STEP 2. Stir in the water a tablespoon at a time just until the dough holds together.

STEP 3. Shape the dough into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until you’re ready to make your pie.

STEP 4. Roll dough into a circle that’s about 2 inches larger in diameter than your pie plate.

STEP 5. Transfer dough to the pie plate. Trim edges of dough hanging over the edge of the plate and fold over to form an edge. Use a fork to poke a few holes in the bottom center of the crust.

STEP 6. Bake crust in a 425 degree oven on a lower rack for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool completely before adding the caramel filling.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Test the dough for moisture. Pinch off a section of dough in your hand. If it holds together firmly, you’re good. If it crumbles, add more water, a bit at a time, until the dough holds together in a ball.
  • Use a cold mixing bowl when making the caramel pie filling. This helps the cream form stiff peaks as you beat it for perfect consistency.
  • Heat leftover dulce de leche in the microwave. It will soften to an ideal consistency for drizzling over the top of the finished caramel cream pie.

Recipe FAQs

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is a milk caramel made by slowly heating milk and sugar together over a long period of time. It is a typical component of desserts in Latin America and gives this pie it rich, creamy caramel flavor.

Can I make the pie crust ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough for the pie crust and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking.
Once the pie crust is baked, we recommend adding the filling and enjoying the pie within a day for best flaky consistency and fresh flavor.

Can I make the pie crust with butter instead of Crisco?

You can, but I find it is a little trickier to work with. Check out my classic pie crust recipe for my tips for making pie crust with butter!

How do I store the assembled pie?

Keep this caramel cream pie covered in the refrigerator when not eating. It tastes delicious cold straight from the fridge!

Caramel Cream Pie with an easy, homemade pie crust recipe! You can do this! #piday #criscoknowspie

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Yield: serves 12

Caramel Cream Pie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Sweet Caramel Cream Pie with a delicious layer of dulce de leche!


For the crust:

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup chilled Crisco Baking Sticks (all-vegetable shortening)
  • 3-6 Tablespoons ice cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 can (13.4 ounce) dulce de leche caramel (divided)
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


For the crust:

  1. Blend flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture using a pastry blender (or fork). Stir in water, by tablespoon, until dough holds together (I used 4 Tbsp)
  2. Test dough for proper moistness by squeezing a marble sized ball of dough in your hand. If it holds together firmly, you're good. If it crumbles, add more water (tablespoon at a time) until dough is moist enough to form a smooth ball.
  3. Shape dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (up to 48 hours).
  4. Roll dough from center outward into a circle on a lightly floured surface. You want the circle to be about 2 inches larger than your pie plate. Transfer dough to pie plate. Trim edges of dough, folding the edge under to flute dough as desired. Prick bottom of crust with a fork.
  5. Bake crust in a 425 degree oven (in the lower third of the oven) for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with ½ cup of dulce de leche and powdered sugar. Set aside. In a clean and COLD mixing bowl, beat heavy cream with granulated sugar for a couple minutes until stiff peaks form. Remove about ½ cup of the whipped cream and reserve it for the garnish.
  2. To the remainder of the whipped cream, fold in the caramel cream cheese mixture until fully blended. With the remaining dulce de leche, reserve about 1-2 Tbsp for garnish. Spread the remainder in the bottom of your cooled pie crust. Top with caramel cream mixture. Top with reserved whipped cream. Melt dulce de leche in microwave and drizzle over pie. Refrigerate pie for 4 hours or overnight. Slice and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Creamy dulce de leche filling inside a homemade pie shell. The perfect caramel pie for the holidays or any special occasion!

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Posted on March 12, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee, I’m dying to make this recipe for my parents 50th anniversary – they love caramel! But I need to know what size can of the caramel you used and also is it 2 cups of finished whipped cream that gets folded in? Thanks in advance!

  2. I’m not an experienced pie maker so forgive my ignorance.
    How could i make the filling more dense?
    It’s a good consistency but i would like to make it more like a cheesecake. Maybe not quite so dense, but just a little more. Thanks!

  3. I like your post, but I wish you’d separate out the Pie Crust into a separate blog post. Then, I could more easily link to it and send other people the link. Some people don’t like a Caramel Cream Pie … they just want to learn how to do your crust.

    Do you think that would be a good idea?

    Okay, thank you.

  4. How big and deep is the pie dish please ? Is it deep, perhaps that’s why others had so much filling leftover because they only used a shallow pie dish. Thank you in advance. I will be making this for sure once I know what size dish to use.

    1. Hmm, I use a Pampered Chef pie plate, and it’s probably a little deeper than a glass one.

  5. Hi Aimee, Thanks for sharing the Caramel Cream Pie Recipe. I love apple pie with vanilla ice cream. I am excited to know that you made your own pie crust. Definitely, I will try this one on weekend.

  6. Hi Aimee,

    Honestly, you’ve shared some really scrumptious recipes here and oh my gosh, I just want ALL of them. I’m totally drooling over here!

  7. Plan to make this, but I too am curious to the amount of whipped cream. As Natalie above experienced, 2 1/2 cups of whipping cream will make a lot of whipped cream! Think I’ll try using 2 1/2 cups of cream after it’s whipped.

  8. Hey! I made this today and had enough filling for two pie shells. I thought you meant already whipped cream in the ingredient list, but then you say to whip the cream. So I whipped 2 1/2 cups of cream and ended up with two pies. Haha. It’s still really good so complaints here. Just wondered if there was a typo somewhere…. thanks Aimee! 

  9. What an amazing pie! Must be delish! But there’s no way I’m making my own crust, however that cream is to die for! – Love, Anna

  10. This pie looks great. I would like to know more specifically about the can of dulce de leche – is that a sweetened condensed milk product, or different? I live in Canada so we don’t get a lot things that are available in the US.
    Also the size of the can.

  11. how much heavy cream do u need to make 2 1/2 cups whipped cream? im new at using heavy whipping cream and dont always have the best of luck. im sure using dream whip or cool whip would change the flavor so dont want to use them unless i have do.. this is the first time on this site so ladies out there in baking land help me out….thnx

    1. Thank you for the recipe! I made this today, the first time I had made pie crust! Making the crust was easy, it tasted great though mine was a little too flaky/fall apart (not enough water?). Also I made the dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk, baked it in the pie pan set in water for 1.5hrs.

      The filling is to die for. It made a lot for a 9″ pie, it fills it above the edge which was fine. I think I would use just 1.5-2 cups of whipping cream next time to make the pie filling more dense. The cream cheese and caramel mixture is sinful, YUM!!

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