This delicious Caramel Apple Dip recipe with cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel is an easy dessert dip for apple season. Serve with fresh apple slices and it tastes like delicious caramel apples!
Easy caramel apple dip is perfect for fall gatherings. It has a cheesecake layer as the base and a gooey caramel layer on top. The best part is it is so much easier than traditional caramel apples!
Serve this easy recipe for an after school snack, an easy dessert or fun treat, and people will love you forever!
Easy apple dip comes together quickly, so it's perfect when you're craving something sweet. It's always a huge hit and always goes fast!
You only need a few simple ingredients for this homemade caramel apple dip. you can find them at grocery stores or online.
- Cream cheese -- at room temperature. Leave a block of cream cheese out to soften for easier mixing
- Brown sugar -- both light brown sugar or dark brown sugar will work. Dark brown sugar will add a deeper flavor.
- Vanilla extract -- for flavor
- Caramel dip -- Use a thick caramel dip like Marzetti, not a pourable thin sauce for best results
How to Make Caramel Apple Dip
First, set the cream cheese out to soften. You really need room temperature cream cheese to make mixing easier.
Then, cream the softened cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla together in a medium sized mixing bowl using a hand mixer. You can also use a stand mixer if you have one.
Then, transfer the mixture into a serving dish, making sure the top is evenly smoothed out.
Next, add the caramel dip on top of the cream cheese layer and smooth it out.
I like using an offset spatula for this step because I think that it's the best way to evenly spread the thick caramel sauce.
Finally, sprinkle on your toppings of choice on top of the caramel layer.
What to Serve with Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
I love using mini m&ms on this easy dessert because they're what I top my regular caramel apples with. Toffee bits or any toppings will work though!
You can also choose to serve this delicious caramel apple dip as it is without any toppings.
Serve this simple caramel apple dip with fresh apples -- We like Granny Smith apples and gala apples, but any kind of tart, firm apple will work -- and any of your favorite dessert dipping foods.
Try using animal crackers, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, ginger snaps or any other fresh fruit such as strawberries.
How to Store Leftover Dip
Store this creamy caramel apple dip in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. It'll last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Bring the dip to room temperature before serving.
Helpful Tips and FAQ
You can easily double or triple the recipe for a party dip. If you make it ahead of time, add the caramel layer last.
Use flavored caramel dip for more flavor. Use homemade caramel sauce instead of the jarred version.
Be sure to use thick caramel for the topping and room temperature cream cheese.
Brush apple slices with a little lemon juice so they don't turn brown.
The best apples for dipping in caramel are firm tart apples that aren't too sweet, like Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp or Pink Lady.
The easiest way to prevent fresh apple slices from browning is to sprinkle them with lemon juice, lime juice or pineapple juice. Sprite or any lemon lime soda will also work.
More Apple Recipes
If you love apple desserts and recipes with sliced apples try my crescent roll apple dumplings, apple crisp, apple pie dump cake, caramel apple nachos, slow cooker apple cobbler or baked caramel stuffed apples.
and check out my dessert recipes for more delicious fall desserts!
Caramel Apple Dip Recipe
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ caramel dip
- Add the cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla extract to a medium mixing bowl
- Beat with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy
- Scoop cream cheese mixture into a small serving bowl, and spread the caramel dip evenly over the top of the cream cheese
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and top with mini m and m candies, if desired
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
I hope you love this creamy caramel dip as much as we do. This easy dessert recipe is definitely a crowd pleaser!
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This easy recipe was published in 2022 and updated in 2023.