Nutty Caramel Apple Dip Recipe
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Nutty Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

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Looking for a standout appetizer that could double as a dessert? Try this fast, no-fuss favorite that Darlene Brenden whips up for family and friends in Salem, Oregon. “It’s a fun change of pace for your munchies menu and an easy way to get folks to snack on apples instead of junk food,” Darlene points out.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 3 medium apples, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 tablespoons) equals 193 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, apple butter, brown sugar and vanilla until combined. Stir in the peanuts. Serve with apple slices. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
Originally published as Nutty Caramel Apple Dip in Country Woman January/February 2006, p50

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"I made this with lowfat cream cheese and served with a variety of apple slices at an office birthday party. It was a huge hit because it wasn't heavy and was healthier than frosted cake. The next day, people had the leftovers as breakfast and it was suggested it would be great on a whole grain bagel, too. We all thought walnuts instead of peanuts would make it even better."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Great way to get family to eat apples!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"Getting rid of my old cream cheese/brown sugar apple dip recipe. The apple butter really adds something extra special!"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"My family loves this dip, not only with apples, but with graham crackers, pretzels and even celery and carrots! LOVE THIS!"

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