Easy Caramel Dip for Apples
Homemade caramel apple dip is perfect to serve with a bowl of apples as a snack or appetizer.
And this Amish apple dip recipe features cream cheese, brown sugar, sour cream, and instant pudding. It's a delicious blend of ingredients that makes a large batch of caramel dip for apple slices.
It's very easy to make, and a great dish to take to family gatherings or holiday parties.
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Apples with Caramel Dip
My family enjoys this creamy caramel dip for apples. And whenever I make it, I may as well be prepared to cut and slice lots of apples. (Apple slicers can be handy gadgets.) Because we sure eat a lot of fresh apples when there's caramel dip to eat with them.
And honestly, I could eat this cream cheese brown sugar dip like pudding. It's delightfully thick and creamy, and I tend to pile it on.
Do I eat the apples for the dip or the dip for the apples? I'm not sure since they just go together so well. But in reality, I probably eat the apples for the dip. 🙂
Apples and My Amish Dad
I've got apples in my refrigerator all year round. And they're an excellent fruit that seems to be loved by all. Or perhaps I'm just a chip off the old block 🙂 (my dad was an apple lover).
He got up at 4 a.m. and had the same routine every morning.
To get the day started, my parents prayed together. Then my dad spent about 10 minutes breathing deeply while bouncing on his lymphaciser (it's a small personal trampoline/rebounder).
Then just before heading to the barn, he went to the refrigerator for an apple. I guess he believed in the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And for as long as I can remember, he ate an apple every single morning.
One thing about taking a bowl of apples to a party is that if you cut them too far ahead they turn brown. They still taste good, but they don't look very nice.
But there are several different ways to keep apples from turning brown.
You can dip apple slices in lemon juice water, and this is the method that I typically use. Fill a bowl with water and add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to the bowl. Dip the apples and drain. Then you can let them sit on a dish towel to dry for a few minutes.
Another way to keep them from browning is to dip them in salt water.
Or dip your apples in Sprite. I've never actually done this. But one of my friends used this method once, and it gave the apples a great flavor.
Cream Cheese Caramel Apple Dip
Let's talk about cream cheese! So many great party foods include cream cheese. I mean, it's good stuff. And I use it in savory dishes, sweet dishes, dips, etc.
So it's something that I keep stocked in my refrigerator regularly. And I go through lots and lots of cream cheese over the holidays.
And for this delicious caramel dip, we start by softening a package of cream cheese (let it sit at room temperature for about an hour or more).
But if you suddenly get a notion to make caramel dip, and you don't have any softened cream cheese, you can quickly soften cream cheese in the microwave.
Remove the cream cheese from the package and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it for about 30 seconds, and it should be soft enough to mix.
Beat the cream cheese until creamy, then add the brown sugar and mix until smooth. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and lemon juice and mix.
Then add the milk and instant pudding, and mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
This caramel dip sets up pretty thick. So if you prefer a thinner dip, serve it at room temperature or even add more milk when mixing.
I hope you enjoy this homemade caramel apple dip as much as we do. And I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
More Amish Holiday Party Recipes
Creamy Caramel Apple Dip (Amish Recipe)
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 - 3/4 c. brown sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer)
- 1 c. sour cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 c. milk
- 1 (3 oz. pkg.) instant vanilla pudding mix
- Beat the softened cream cheese until creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat until smooth.1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened, 1/2 - 3/4 c. brown sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer)
- Add the sour cream, vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix.1 c. sour cream, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tsp. lemon juice
- Add the milk and instant pudding. Mix on low speed, scrape the sides of the bowl, then increase the speed, and mix well.1 c. milk, 1 (3 oz. pkg.) instant vanilla pudding mix
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- Serve with sliced apples or any other fruit you would like with caramel dip.
- Refrigerate for up to a week.