This super delicious caramel apple dip recipe is a quick and easy dessert that only contains 4 ingredients!

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A hand scooping out a serving of caramel apple dip.

When I think fall, I think about apple recipes like our favorite apple nachos. Well, I also think of pumpkin, but I’ve been sharing a lot of pumpkin recipes lately so now it’s time for something a little different! Have you ever tried to make caramel apples before? They’re fun to make and eat, but sometimes I want caramel apples for a crowd which is when I whip up this super easy caramel apple dip. It’s a simple combination of ingredients that makes a spectacular dessert, snack or appetizer. Add some sliced apples and dip away!

Caramel apple dip topped with toffee bits.

How to make caramel apple dip

The base of this caramel apple dip is lightly sweetened cream cheese, which is spread into the bottom of a serving dish. The cream cheese layer is topped with caramel and sprinkled with toffee bits for a finishing touch.

For the caramel layer, I typically use a tub of pre-made caramel dip such as Marzetti brand which is available near the apples in the produce section of your grocery store. You can also use a caramel sauce but make sure it’s thick and not runny like some sundae toppings are. Another delicious option for the topping would be a can of dulce de leche.

I love the crunch and flavor of the toffee bits, but you could also top this dip with chopped peanuts or peanuts, or even mini chocolate chips.

Caramel apple dip with a layer of cream cheese.

This apple dip can be prepared in advance, but it’s best served at room temperature so that the layers are perfectly creamy and dippable. I like to serve this dip with sliced green and red apples, but sliced pears, graham crackers or vanilla wafers would also be great additions to mix things up a bit.

Caramel apple dip with an apple slice in it.

This caramel apple dip is perfect for parties, fall gatherings, potlucks, or just for any time you’re craving a caramel apple. It’s a fall favorite that can most definitely be enjoyed all year round!

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Caramel Apple Dip

AuthorSara Welch
A hand scooping out a serving of caramel apple dip.
This super delicious caramel apple dip recipe is a quick and easy dessert that only contains 4 ingredients!
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time6 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 16 ounce container caramel dip or thick caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits

Instructions 

  • Place the cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the sugar and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture into an even layer in a 3 cup serving dish. 
  • Pour the caramel dip or sauce over the cream cheese mixture. Spread into an even layer. Top with toffee bits and serve with sliced apples.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. Oh my goodness! This sounds like what I have been craving! Can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. Can you make this recipe the day before or should it be put together right before serving? Also, how long do you suggest soaking the apples?

    1. You can prepare the cream cheese and caramel mixture the day before. Let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then add toffee bits and serve. I’d soak the apples for about 20-30 minutes.

  3. Looks delicious, looking forward to trying. However, I’m not sure WHY cream cheese on the bottom? Can you omit the cream cheese? Thanks 🙂

    1. You have probably eaten cream cheese in sweets more than you know. Cream cheese icing is very popular. When you add the sugar as stated in recipe – it no longer tastes like cream cheese.

    1. If you use caramel dip or caramel topping it should spread just fine, if you’re concerned you can microwave it for 10-15 seconds to loosen it up.

    2. I put my cream cheese layer in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes after I spread it in the dish to help the caramel layer spread better. It helped A LOT!

  4. 5 stars
    I tweaked it a little to make it sugar free. I used Swerve in place of normal sugar and sugar free caramel dip. It was so good. People didn’t realize it was sugar free.

    1. I wish I could go sugar free and use substitutes but all of them trigger migraines for me. Please let people know when you use a substitute to save them from it. Only real sugar for me. I am making this dip tomorrow 👍

  5. 5 stars
    This is a really good recipe to take to parties. I first had this dip made by my sister-in-law at a family Thanksgiving. She soaked the green apple slices in pineapple juice to add flavor and keep them from turning dark.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this recipe last night for our game night with friends, it was a hit! I used chopped nuts on top which was nice because it gave it that salty sweet combo! I will definitely make this recipe again, plus it’s so easy and can be made super fast. Thank you!

  7. I made this today for an office potluck and it was a Hit!! Everyone loved it and there was nothing left in my container

    1. I actually picked it up at Marshall’s a few years ago, I’ll take a look and see if there are any brand markings on it!

  8. 5 stars
    So glad I found this recipe!!! I usually just serve sliced apples with a dish of caramel sauce on the side. This takes it to a whole different level! Everyone absolutely went crazy over it!
    So happy that others suggested soaking apples in sprite – I have never had luck with lemon juice – the apples still turned brown. After soaking in sprite they lasted all evening without turning brown.
    This recipe makes me so happy!!!!!

    1. Yes but I’d add the toffee bits last minute so that they don’t soften in the fridge. The dip is best served at room temperature so let it sit out a bit before you serve it.

  9. Question … in the recipe it states 5 minutes prep time, 1 minute cook time … I’m planning on making this , this weekend … what is the cook time ?? Nowhere in the recipe is there cooking ??
    Thanks … Phyllis Fleck

    1. My recipe card requires a cooking time even if there’s no cooking involved, it’s more of a technicality. So you are correct there is no cooking involved!

  10. 5 stars
    I make this for every gathering, it is loved by all ages.
    I have made variations of this.
    I use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar and a a tsp. of vanilla to the cream cheese mixture.
    I get the Caramel in the produce department of my grocery store, it comes in a cottage cheese size container.
    I add mini chocolate chips and the tiny marshmallows in the jar, warm the chocolate fudge sauce and drizzle over the top. If it’s a holiday, while the hot fudge sauce is warm, I sprinkle it with color appropriate cookie sprinkles..
    However you decide to make this, it is always a hit! Have fun!