Festive Apple Dip Recipe
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Festive Apple Dip Recipe

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I came up with this layered peanut butter treat when my dad gave me a big bag of apples. The dip has been one of my favorites ever since. In addition to serving it with apples, try it with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, banana chunks or animal crackers.—Theresa Tometich, Coralville, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed nuts or chopped peanuts
  • 3 each medium red and green apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 410 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth; stir in marshmallows.
  2. Spoon half into a 3-cup bowl; spread with half of the hot fudge topping. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with nuts. Toss the apples with lemon juice. Serve immediately with dip. Yield: about 2 cups.
Originally published as Festive Apple Dip in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p29

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Excellent! Several people asked for the recipe. Like another reviewer, I used marshmallow cream rather than miniature marshmallows."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"LOVED IT!!! I used marshmallow creme instead of the mini marshmallows... also used bananas, YUM, and asian pears. I can't wait for fresh fruit!!"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"This is soooo good! I leave out the marshmallows. (They're not something I usually have on hand and I don't think they add anything to the dip.) If you don't happen to have peanuts to chop to sprinkle on top, don't worry. It'll still be a hit. This recipe is such a favorite everywhere I take it that I've lost count of how many times I've made it!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"Fantastic! I brought this to my granddaughter's birthday party and it was a huge hit w/the kids especially. I replaced the choc sauce and marshmallows with applesauce and dried banana chips to cut back on the sugar. It was still awesome and made a beautiful presentation."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"I made this dip for a party and it was a HUGE hit! so good. everyone wanted the recipe."

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