Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
I was never big into caramel apples when I was a kid, or even much as an adult, until a couple of years ago when my Chief Culinary Consultant and I took a quick weekend trip to Toronto during the fall. After visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, we were walking through a shopping area and came across a store with some of the most exquisite-looking caramel apples I had ever seen. My sweet tooth couldn’t walk out of there without buying at least one apple (in actuality, I think I ended up with at least three), and I’ve been dreaming of caramel apples during this time of year ever since. Those apples were the inspiration behind my first homemade caramel apples, and they’re the first thing I thought of when I laid eyes on this dip recipe. It’s everything that’s fabulous about caramel apples, and it tastes like cheesecake. Total win.
When I think of appetizers and dips, my mind always ends up somewhere in the crosshairs of bacon, cheese and chips – all of which are food groups by my estimation. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to change things up a little bit and give your taste buds a little bit of shock therapy. I couldn’t eliminate cream cheese from the equation; I think it says in the dip bible that cream cheese must always be included. However, this sweet and slightly salty dip is the perfect snack for chilly fall afternoons watching football, a movie, or curling up with a good book. It’s different, it’s delicious, and hey – you’re eating apples! It’s almost like health food!
One year ago: Pumpkin Soup with Apple & Spices
Two years ago: Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel
Three years ago: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Four years ago: Challah
Five years ago: Brown Sugar Raisin Bread
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
- 12 ounces (340.2 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup (30 g) powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (56.5 ml) salted caramel sauce, divided
- 2 tablespoons Heath bits, divided
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, divided
- Granny Smith and McIntosh apples, cored and sliced
- Line a 4-to-6-inch round pan or bowl (a 4-cup measuring cup even works!) with plastic wrap, using enough so that the excess hangs over the sides of the pan; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until light and smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat again until completely combined and smooth, another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Spread half of the cream cheese mixture into the plastic wrap-lined pan, smoothing it into an even layer. Top with half of the caramel sauce, spreading it to within a ½-inch of the sides of the pan. Sprinkle with half of the Heath bits and mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture, spreading it in an even layer to the edges of the pan. Fold the overhanging plastic wrap over the top of the cream cheese. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- When ready to serve, remove the pan from the refrigerator, pull back the plastic wrap and invert into the center of a serving plate. Remove the remaining plastic wrap. Top with the remaining caramel sauce and sprinkle with the remaining Heath bits and mini chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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I made this for a Super Bowl Party this evening and it came out wonderfully! It was a huge hit! My store had no Health Bits, so I substituted a crunched up Symphony bar (which worked as well). I also followed your instructions for the Salted Caramel Sauce, and it came out perfectly. I was initially intimidated, but your pictures and instructions were super easy to follow and it tastes incredible.
Where can I find salted caramel sauce? I’ve never heard of it.
Hi Darlene, You can make your own! https://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/05/22/homemade-salted-caramel-sauce-recipe/. You could probably find jars of it at specialty kitchen stores or gourmet sections of grocery stores.
I made this dip twice this past week…everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
Wow! Made this for a party. What a hit!
I just made the caramel sauce in anticipation of the dip. . . OUTSTANDING! Love it and am sharing it with my family and friends. I will be making this more often since I love caramel!
I am seeing a lot of salted caramel these days… I am not complaining… just saying!
I made this for our ladies’ night out last night and it was a HUGE hit! I finally made the salted caramel sauce that you’ve been taunting us with for a while and ohmygoodness it’s fantastic. Thank you so much!
What a perfect way to use up extra heath bits! So delicious, too! :)
holy cow that looks incredible!
that looks so good! and the site is adorable! :)
I have to take treats to my son’s school next week for the teachers during conferences. This is perfect…a little sweet, a little healthy. Yay!
This looks so decadent! I want!
I’ve always been intrigued by sweet dips! This one I may just have to try!
This sounds amazing!! I love to coat fruit in cream cheese and sweetness. Yum!
Looks yummy! I have so fallen in love with ‘salted’ flavors lately. I had some salted caramel brownies the other day that were just to die for.
bring this thursday, ok? ;)
I love fruit dips! Salted caramel with apples sounds fantastic!
This makes me so happy! I can’t have caramel apples these days because my orthodontist forbade it while wearing braces! Mmmm, this is so perfect for fall!
Yum! I love dips, I love apples and I love this whole dish! Looks amazing!
caramels, apples, cheesecake, salt, dip all magicily yummy words, then you blew me a way by making them into one, I am slobbering at your feet in awe…:P
I’ve been meaning to make a caramel dip for apple slices! This looks great, firmer than I expected – you normally see recipes that are runny. Will add this to the list!
Am I dreaming? Cause I think I’m in heaven. That looks divine!
LOVE fall dips. Especially when they are “healthy”….and if apples are included, they are always healthy! :)