Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers

September 20, 2012 by Ali

‘Tis the season for babies, apparently! I have so many friends right now who are expecting little ones, and spent the evening last night with a close friend who just delivered two days ago. So fun!

Today I’m excited to also be celebrating one of my blogging friends who is expecting — Jen from My Kitchen Addiction! Jen’s site was actually one of the first food blogs that I began reading years ago, and it has been amazing to follow along as she has built her beautiful blog (also including her awesome Kitchen Bootcamp series) and shared her life with us along the way. Jen is also one of those bloggers who is a tremendous encourager, and her kind words have meant a lot over the years.

So a group of us bloggers are happy to be throwing her a virtual baby shower today! My contribution, since this cute little baby is going to be coming during the fall, are these cute little Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers. I made this creamy caramel dip with some yummy homemade caramel (don’t fret – you just need sugar, water, cream and 10 minutes!), light cream cheese and a touch of cinnamon. Then serve it up with some sliced apples, and you’re ready to go! Kids and adults of all ages will love these.

Congrats again to Jen! Can’t wait for your little one to arrive!!!

Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups of caramel dip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz.) brick low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2-4 apples, cored and thinly sliced

Method

Briefly stir together granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture turns dark amber in color, about 6 to 7 minutes. (Watch very carefully to be sure that it does not burn. It can go from amber to black very quickly!)

Remove from heat and slowly add in cream (just start with a tablespoon or two), stirring with a wooden spoon until completely smooth. (Be careful, as the mixture will definitely bubble up and possibly splatter a bit as you add in the cream.) Then stir in the vanilla and cinnamon until well-combined. Set aside until cool to the touch, about 25 minutes.

Using an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese on medium-speed until completely smooth. Drizzle in the caramel and mix on medium speed until smooth. Serve with apple slices.

Ali's Tip:

You can also serve these with some sea salt sprinkled on top for a salted creamy caramel dip!

Here are the other recipes that some amazing bloggers have contributed to the virtual shower:

Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlettes
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Healthy Green Kitchen | Guacamole with Pistachios
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread

Finally, don’t forget to also stop by and show Jen some love at My Kitchen Addiction! She has a wealth of amazing recipes and tips to share — you will adore her site!!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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24 thoughts on “Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers

  1. I came across your blog while deciding what to make for my son’s birthday. These look great! What kind of cups did you serve them in? They look like a little shot glass but the apples look too big to fit. Would love if you remember – I realize this post is now a couple years old :)

    - Rachael

    • Yes! These were actually some little appetizer cups I purchased at Pier 1. (In one of those sets of like a dozen plus spoons??) I believe they were just a little bigger than shot glasses. Really great for serving small treats!

      - Ali

  2. These are so cute!!!

    - Home Inspections Chicago

  3. Ali, thank you so much for joining us in the shower! We both had dip on the brain, and I want yours right now! Caramel and cream cheese are a delicious combination.

    - Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

  4. These are so pretty, Ali!! Such a creative idea!

    - JulieD

  5. These are beautiful and they look so light and perfect for a baby shower! Thank you so much for bringing them! :-)

    - Tracy

  6. Eek – sorry about the typo! You need to include 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Thanks a bunch! :)

    - ali

  7. You mention vanilla in your instructions but it is not in the ingredient list. How much vanilla?

    - Anne Greene

  8. Yay for Jen! Virtual baby showers are always fun. Gotta check out the rest of the recipes. And caramel and cream cheese and apples is an amazing combination!

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  9. So simple and cute, I love these! There are babies everywhere these days, aren’t there??

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  10. Gorgeous photos and what a fun idea. I absolutely love fall apples – Russet are my favorite – and serve them up any way I can. Going to have to add your snack to my repertoire. =)

    - Aimee @ Simple Bites

  11. These are so sweet and pretty! :)

    - bridget {bake at 350}

  12. Awwww, these are just too cute, and so fitting for a baby shower. I think I’ll have to make this for my niece and nephews – they’ll enjoy these so much!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  13. These little cups look perfect for a shower – I love the mini servings! What a great post for a friend!

    - Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

  14. What a cute idea! Happy shower Jen. :)

    - Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

  15. a beautiful and adorable little addition to any sort of baby shower! virtual or real life. you are the queen of mini cute desserts Ali! I just LOVE them! You honestly cannot go wrong with caramel and apples.

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  16. Those are super cute and tooootally perfect for parties. Even though I would eat them all, but whatev.

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

  17. It’s totally the season for babies! These dippers are SO cute! The perfect snack or party app :)

    - Sues

  18. These are brilliant (and not at all what i was expecting from the title of the post) And that sign is just super adorable!

    - Brian @ A Thought For Food

  19. What a fun idea, too cute!! Great fall treat, too!

    - Cassie

  20. I am so surprised by all of these gorgeous blog posts for the surprise baby shower today… I am still speechless. I feel so blessed to have so many amazing friends!!

    These caramel apple dippers sound absolutely fabulous. And, since I seem to be obsessed with constantly making caramel and have a giant jar of it in the fridge, it will be an easy recipe to pull together soon. My friends and family will thank you when they have tasty snacks to munch on while visiting the new baby! :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  21. YUM! :) I love that we both had caramel apple on the brain!

    - DessertForTwo