Homemade Caramel Apple Dip is a delicious dessert dip with a sweet cream cheese base and rich caramel, topped with salty peanuts and mini chocolate chips. Fast and easy caramel apple dip you can make in about 5 minutes.
Cream cheese caramel apple dip is a decadent and easy dessert dip you can mix up with just a few simple ingredients.
This creamy caramel dip is made with cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel sauce, Cool Whip, and a kiss of cinnamon. Then it's topped with even more caramel, chopped peanuts, and mini chocolate chips.
It's delicious with fresh apple slices and graham crackers -- and a perfect dip for holidays, fall gatherings, or an after school snack.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
Delicious dessert dip that's always a crowd pleaser
Easy fall dessert you can whip up in minutes.
Yummy dip to serve with fresh fruit
Cream cheese. Let the cream cheese come to room temperature so it mixes together smoothly without lumps.
Brown sugar. Brown sugar adds that caramel molasses flavor to this caramel apple dip recipe. I like to use dark brown sugar, but light brown sugar will also work well.
Caramel sauce. You can use the caramel sauce you find in grocery stores or use homemade caramel sauce. I use caramel ice cream topping because it's thin enough to drizzle on top.
Cinnamon. A little bit of cinnamon adds warm, cozy flavor to this caramel dip recipe.
Cool Whip. The secret to super fluffy caramel apple dip is ½ tub of Cool Whip. You can also use Truwhip.
Roasted peanuts. Salty dry roasted peanuts are so yummy on caramel apples, they're also perfect on top of the caramel apple dip. Instead of nuts, you can use Heath toffee bits or Skor bits.
Mini chocolate chips. Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips add rich chocolatey flavor and a bit of crunch.
How to Make Caramel Apple Dip
With a stand or hand mixer, mix the cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel sauce, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon together until smooth and creamy.
Fold in the Cool Whip until completely incorporated.
Chill until ready to serve.
Before serving, place the dip in a shallow serving bowl and drizzle caramel sauce over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle chopped roasted peanuts and mini chocolate chips over the caramel. If desired, add a sprinkle of sea salt.
Serve with sliced apples, pear slices, graham crackers, pretzels, or any of your favorite dippers.
Use softened cream cheese so it easily combines with the rest of the ingredients without lumps.
Fold in the Cool Whip to keep the caramel apple cream cheese dip nice and fluffy. Over stirring Cool Whip can cause it to become runny.
There are several methods that will keep the oxidation process at bay long enough to enjoy fresh apples. Here are two of my favorite ways.
Citrus juice. This is the one I have always relied on. Toss the apple slices in lemon, lime, or even orange juice, let them sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse them in a colander with tap water.
Salt. This is a great method to stop browning because I always have salt, but I don't always have a lemon. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of kosher salt per cup of water, soak cut apples for 5 minutes, and rinse them under running water.
For more methods to try like honey, lemon-lime soda, and citric acid, check out this article.
This delicious caramel apple dip recipe doesn't usually last long, but if you have leftovers, store them covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel Apple Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 ounces Cool Whip or Truwhip
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, ½ cup caramel sauce, vanilla, and cinnamon together with an electric mixer. Use a spatula to fold in the Cool Whip.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Before serving, drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with roasted peanuts and mini chocolate chips.
- Serve with apple slices, graham crackers, and pretzels.