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Nutty Caramel Apple Dip

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
    2 cups


  • 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
  • Sliced apples


  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 210 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • susanrinaustin
    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.

  • rob_jan
    Oct 2, 2011

    Great way to get family to eat apples!

  • angelasandoval
    Jul 23, 2011

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

  • marilyn June
    Aug 17, 2010

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