Caramel apple dip is a cream cheese spread served with butter crackers or graham crackers! Trust me, it’s a million times easier to make than dipping homemade caramel apples from scratch and tastes every bit as good!
This dip is a cross between apple pie, cheesecake, and caramel apples! No matter which is your favorite you’re going to go crazy for this 4 ingredient dip!
My kids are kind of pansies when it comes to eating fruits and veggies. I mean, most kids probably are. But my kids think they need to dip every single vegetable in Dilly Dip, or it isn’t worth eating. And plain old broccoli is nothing compared to Hot Broccoli Dip.
They really aren’t much better when it comes to eating fruit either. Fruit is just an excuse to eat any kind of creamy dip (check out my Orange Fruit Dip!)
Have you guys seen those cream cheese spreads? They’re basically a block of cream cheese with raspberry chipotle sauce, or some other sauce drizzled over the top and served with crackers. They’re amazing!
I love my Apple Cheesecake Bars so much that I knew cream cheese + apples was a winning combo so I had to try turning that whole cream cheese spread idea into an apple dip.
It just so happens it was a FANTASTIC idea! This stuff is what dreams are made of…and it’s easy to make too!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE:
This isn’t your classic dip for dipping apples in. The apples are already IN the spread! Serving with graham crackers will remind you of an apple cheesecake!
- It’s EASY!
- This apple dip can be made ahead of time and the apples don’t even turn brown!
- No baking. No resting. No chilling.
- Serve it with any kind of crackers, or even sliced apples for extra fruit!
- It’s pretty!
You’ll need the most simple ingredients for this recipe!
- Apples: Any baking apple will work. I love honey crisp, braeburn, and pink lady.
- Caramel Sauce: Store bought caramel sauce is great. Of course, you can make your own if you want.
- Butter: Use real butter for best flavor.
- Cream Cheese: Regular cream cheese. Reduced fat has added water and the cream cheese isn’t as creamy.
If you’re really in a hurry, use a can of apple pie filling instead of cooking apples. Roughly chop the apples so they’ll small enough to dip with a cracker. Spoon over a brick of cream cheese. Drizzle with caramel sauce! So EASY!
STEP 1: Peel, core, and dice apples. You want them to be small enough that they are easy to dip.
STEP 2: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee apples until they are tender.
STEP 3: Add caramel sauce. Be generous! This is the good stuff!
STEP 4: Stir to coat the apples.
STEP 5: Set a brick of room temperature cream cheese on a serving plate. You can use the back of a spoon to create a little bowl in the top if you want. It will hold more apple filling that way!
STEP 6: Spoon caramel apple filling over the brick of cream cheese. You want it to drizzle down the sides! You can always add more caramel sauce if needed.
This particular recipe will “keep” for up to three days stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. BUT, it won’t look pretty for that long!
Apples turn brown after they are cut. Since the apples in this recipe are cooked they will maintain their color. This spread can be made up to 4 hours ahead of time. But it’s best served at room temperature, so be sure to take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving. Or if you want to make it a day or two in advance, cook the apples and coat them with caramel topping. Store in the refigerator. If you want warm caramel apples microwave them and then add to room temperature cream cheese.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH APPLE DIP:
You really can use pretty much any “dipper”. We love graham crackers, butter crackers for a salty sweet flavor, pretzels, and even sliced apples are divine!
OTHER APPLE RECIPES:
Here are a few more apple recipes you’ll love to add to your fall baking!
- Puff Pastry Apple Tart
- Apple Oatmeal Cookies (No Bake)
- Apple French Toast
- Caramel Apple Magic Bars
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Monkey Bread
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups peeled cored, and finely diced apples
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- dash sea salt optional
- Place cream cheese on a serving plate. Set aside while preparing the apples. It's best if the cream cheese is room temperature when it's served.
- Peel, core, and dice apples. They should be about the size of a green pea. You want them small so they'll cook quickly, and be easy to dip.
- In a skillet melt butter over medium high heat. Add apples and saute just until tender.
- Remove apples from heat and add caramel ice cream topping. Toss to coat apples.
- Using the back of a spoon create a little bowl in the top of the cream cheese so it will hold more caramel apples! This isn't necessary, but more caramel apples are always a good thing! Spoon apples over cream cheese.