Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dessert Dip: Sweet & Tart, Creamy & Crunchy
If this sunflower dish looks remotely familiar, it’s probably because it was in the photo of our recent grad party appetizer spread. You know, before the teenage piranhas devoured it.
I love including a few sweet appetizers along with the savory to mix things up a bit. And this apple dip is perfect because it not only tastes great, but it’s pretty as well. When you dip the tart apple slices into the sweetened, caramelly cream cheese and get a crunchy bite of toffee too, it’s downright decadent! Bring it to a BBQ or picnic this summer and no doubt they’ll finish the whole dip lickety split! You’ll also wow your friends, but only you will know how truly simple it is to pull together.
Simplicity was key as I selected the many dishes I would be offering at the party, and this one is about as easy as it gets.
Here’s how you make it:
1 Block cream cheese, room temperature
4 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
Caramel sundae sauce (I used Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel Topping. Only spread on enough to cover the cream cheese layer.)
Mini chocolate chips (Use a handful.)
Crushed Heath bar (You can buy this in a bag in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. Only use as much as you need to cover the caramel.)
Granny Smith apples, sliced & soaking in pineapple juice until ready to serve (You want the tartness of Granny Smiths.)
Beat the cream cheese and confectioners sugar until slightly fluffy.
Spread the cream cheese mixture onto a serving platter.
Top with caramel sauce, crushed Heath bar, and mini chocolate chips (in that order.) Spence was my patient hand model here. Unlike M&Ms, mini chocolate chips do melt in your hand. The fact that he got to lick the melted chocolate off of his palm may have upped his willingness-to-help quotient just a tad.
To serve, remove the apple slices from the pineapple juice and blot them between a few sheets of paper towels, and then arrange the sliced Granny Smith Apples around the platter.
And that’s it.
That’s all she wrote.
She knew when to stop.
Never one to be verbose.
To ramble on.
To continue adding unnecessary lines of type that folks will feel compelled to read.
And keep reading until they realize that maybe she wasn’t quite as succinct as she considered herself to be.
Wait, who is this “she” we’re referring to anyway?
Back to the recipe . . .
Your guests will dip and crunch their way to a bare platter in record time.
Here’s the printable version. Enjoy!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dessert Dip
|Prep time||20 minutes|
- 8oz softened cream cheese
- 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
- caramel sundae sauce (enough to cover the cream cheese - about 1/4 cup)
- mini chocolate chips (just a handful)
- crushed heath bar (enough to cover the caramel - about 1/4 cup)
- Granny Smith apples (two or three depending on the size of your platter)
- pineapple juice (to soak the apples in - I just buy a small can of sliced pineapple)
|Beat the Cream Cheese and Confectioners Sugar until slightly fluffy. |
|Spread the Cream Cheese mixture onto a serving platter. |
|Top with Caramel Sauce, Mini Chocolate Chips & Crushed Heath Bar. |
|To serve, arrange the sliced Granny Smith Apples around the platter. |