Fall is in the air 🍂 and that means one thing – it’s time for pumpkin spice, apple picking, and of course, caramel apples! What better way to enjoy caramel apples than with this creamy caramel apple dip?
Layered with sweet cream cheese, caramel sauce, and chopped peanuts—this dessert dip is dangerously delicious and the perfect fall appetizer, snack, or dessert.
Creamy Caramel Apple Dip with Peanuts
All you need is a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes for this easy homemade caramel apple dip. If you are entertaining larger groups, you will want to double, maybe even triple, this recipe.
- 8oz block cream cheese
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 16 oz jar caramel
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
- 5-6 sliced apples
Caramel: we use Mrs. Richardson’s caramel dessert sauce in a jar (you can find it in the ice cream topping section of your grocery store). However, you can really use any caramel sauce or caramel dip (commonly in the produce section during the fall). If you have leftover caramel – this is the perfect way to use it up!
- Medium mixing bowl
- Electric hand mixer or stand mixer (optional)
- Mixing spoon
- Rubber spatula
- Serving dish
- Platter for apples and other dippers
Serving dish: you can get creative with the type of dish you use – a small bowl or shallow dish. Our favorite is a wider/shallow bowl. Keep in mind you are working with 8 ounces of cream cheese and 16 ounces of caramel, so you don’t want to go too big unless you plan to double or triple the recipe.
Here are the serving bowls and plates you see in the pictures (the perfect size for this recipe, not to mention they are super cute):
Electric hand or stand mixer: you can certainly use a mixing spoon, but an electronic hand or stand mixer makes this dip even easier!
How to Make Caramel Apple Dip with Cream Cheese
Let’s get started! First, you’ll want to take out your cream cheese ahead of time and let it soften. In the meantime, pull out your serving dish and have it ready. Then gather all of the other ingredients and wash your produce.
Then add the cream cheese mixture to your serving dish. Use a spatula to spread it evenly around the dish.
Next, you’ll want to microwave the caramel for a few seconds to make it easier to pour. Add the caramel sauce on top of the cream cheese layer and spread it out evenly around the dish as well.
Finally, take your chopped peanuts and sprinkle them over the caramel layer. The amount of chopped peanuts will depend on the dish you use and how much surface area of caramel you have to work with. We used about a 1/4 cup of peanuts.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Right before serving, chop the apple slices and prepare any other dippers you’d like to add (see our list of delicious ideas below). Arrange on a serving platter.
And now you have a delicious dip for fall get-togethers and holidays that your family and friends will love. Enjoy! 🍂
How can I stop apples from turning brown?
If you’re not able to cut the apple slices right before you serve this dip, here are a few simple tricks that can help keep your apples looking fresh and delicious.
- ✨ Salt bath (preferred method): adding your apple slices to a salt bath can keep them from turning brown without altering the taste. Mix one gallon of cold water with 1/2 teaspoon salt, add apples for 5 minutes, drain, and then add to an airtight container until you’re ready to serve.
- Lemon-lime soda: tossing apple slices in lemon-lime soda can help prevent browning and not affect the taste.
- Lemon juice: some people swear by using lemon juice, but be careful because your apples may get extra tart or taste too much like lemon juice. Be sure to dilute the lemon juice with water 1 cup of water to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. You can also substitute lemon juice with lime or orange juice.
- Fruit preserve powder: for example, Fruit Fresh is a powder product made by Ball to prevent browning and preserve the flavor of cut apples and other fruit. Other brands make similar products.
What goes with caramel dip?
Wondering what to dip in caramel dip? This caramel apple dip is so versatile you can serve it with much more than apples. Here are a few of our favorite dippers.
- Granny smith apples
- Red apples
- Sliced pears
- Graham crackers
- Vanilla wafers
What type of fruit is best for dipping in caramel? We love to dip strawberries, bananas, apples, and pears in caramel sauce.
Other topping ideas
We love a classic caramel apple with chopped peanuts, but there are plenty of other toppings you can use for the final layer of this dip. Here are a few tasty ideas.
- Chocolate chips
- Mini M&Ms
- Toffee bits – Heath bar
- Coarse sea salt for a salted caramel dip
- Crushed Oreos
- Chopped pecans
- Shredded coconut
- Crushed pretzels
- Butterfinger bits
How long does caramel apple dip last?
We recommend storing this dip in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days, max of up to a week. Because it contains cream cheese, do not leave this dish sitting out at room temperature for more than a few hours, especially not overnight. (Although sugar is supposed to act as a preservative, we err on the side of caution it comes to food safety.)Print
- First, you’ll want to pull out your cream cheese and let it soften.
- Once the cream cheese is softened, add it to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Then add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
- Add the cream cheese mixture to your serving dish. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
- Next, you’ll want to microwave the caramel for a few seconds just to make it easier to pour.
- Add the caramel sauce on top of the cream cheese layer and use a spatula to spread it evenly around the dish as well.
- Finally, take your chopped peanuts and sprinkle them over the caramel layer.
- Cover and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
- Right before serving, chop your apple slices and prepare any other dippers (see list of yummy ideas). Arrange on a serving platter.
The amount of chopped peanuts you use will depend on the dish you use and how much surface area of caramel you have to work with. We used about 1/4 cup.
To keep apples from browning – read these tips.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: No-Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 382
- Sugar: 64.8 g
- Sodium: 370.5 mg
- Fat: 12.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 6.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 69.8 g
- Protein: 4.2 g
- Cholesterol: 28.7 mg
Keywords: fall appetizer, fall recipe, fall snack, fall dessert, caramel apples
If you’re in the mood for a sweet and easy fall dessert, this caramel apple dip is perfect. It takes just minutes to put together, and it’s always a hit with guests. Plus, there are endless ways to customize it using different toppings and dippers. So go ahead and give it a try – and be sure to bookmark this page!
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