Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread Recipe
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This easy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread is the perfect sweet touch to a tailgating menu or any gathering of friends. It’s quick and easy to put together and the ingredients are basic enough to keep on hand for last minute entertaining.
Years ago a good friend of mine told me all about this super easy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread. She said she served it at a tailgating event and watched it be devoured right before her eyes. So we tried and she was right. This easy spread is sneaky good. I mean really good. And it could not be simpler to make. Seriously, it’s so easy. It’s sort of like cheating. Okay, so it is totally cheating. A little bit of sweet cheating, plus a little bit of simple food prep cheating makes one great addition to your next party or gathering. Everything in moderation, right?
How easy is it, you ask? Three ingredients, plus about three minutes is all it takes (if that long) to put this sweetened up cream cheese spread together. Of course you’ll need more time to cut up the apples or pears or whatever you want to serve it with. Maybe just a spoon perhaps? I jest. Or do I?
Ingredients for Easy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
- Cream Cheese
- Caramel Sauce
- Toffee Bits
- Sliced Apples or Sliced Pears or Pretzels (or all of them!)
How to Make Easy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
- Begin with some cream cheese. Place a block of cream cheese on a platter.
- Next, drizzle the top of the cream cheese with caramel sauce. Homemade caramel sauce or store bought will do just fine. You do you.
- Then sprinkle all of it with a generous amount of toffee bits.
- Serve with sliced apples, pears or pretzels. (Here’s a handy tip for keeping sliced apples or pears fresh until ready to serve: Slice them thin, then toss with a little bit of fresh lemon or lime juice, store in airtight container or zip-top plastic bag and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.)
See what I mean? That is about as simple as it gets. But don’t let the simpleness of this Easy Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread fool you. It’s sneaky satisfying. You’ll see. I promise.
The simplicity of this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread makes it quite perfect for tailgating. Of course you don’t have to be in a parking lot to enjoy it. Serve this cream cheese spread inside of your home for your next get-together and watch everyone cheer, even if there isn’t a football game on! The ingredients are basic enough to keep on hand for last minute entertaining, so be sure to stock up during your next trip to grocery store.
P.S. Again, you can certainly use store-bought caramel sauce, but if you have some extra time, this Salted Caramel Sauce recipe is my favorite and such a great addition for so many other treats or maybe warm beverages, like hot chocolate or coffee!
More simple treats perfect for entertaining:
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread Recipe
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
This easy party spread is super satisfying and so easy to make and perfect for any fall entertaining.
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup (or more) caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
- 1/2 cup (or more) toffee bits
- sliced apples, pears, pretzels for serving (at least 4-5 apples)*
- Place cream cheese on a serving dish. If you'd like, shape into a round and indent in the center to hold more caramel. Pour as much caramel sauce as you want evenly over cream cheese. Sprinkle with a generous helping of toffee bits.
- Serve with sliced apples, pears, or pretzels.
* Keep sliced apples or pears fresh until ready to serve by tossing the slices with a little bit of fresh lemon or lime juice. Then store in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. The fresh juice keeps them from turning brown and adds a bit of flavor too.
Yum! Simple but delicious!
Sounds like an awesome snack! Delicious 🙂
Simple and yummy and I love that the instruction is to pour as much caramel as you like!
Oh. My. Gosh. You are a genius!!
It’s great to have an easy recipe that looks as nice as this one does to bring to a party. This one is perfect for upcoming holiday get-togethers.
YUMMY!!!! (I think I’d need a shovel)
Amy!! I love quick and delicious appetizer ideas like this!! I love how quick and easy it is but looks so elegant!! Pinned and seriously making this!!! Can’t wait!
Gorgeous! I’m licking my screen!
Instead of toffee bits you could use chopped pecans. Also, you could serve with cinnamon pita chips.
Can you add toffee bits to the list of ingredients? It would save me a 2nd trip to the store.
Oh my goodness, Mary! Thank you for pointing that out to me. I have no idea what happened to the toffee bits in the recipe, but they are there now. So sorry for any trouble. And thank you, again.
It’s the 3rd ingredient listed?????
I think i would use )peanut)nut topping that’s used for ice cream sundaes.
Just like on a Carmel apple.
I’m so going to try this. I happen to have a few apples:)
Sounds delicious! Though at first I thought it was salted nuts instead of toffee, and I might have to try that instead to balance out the sweet (plus I’m a salted caramel girl at heart) 🙂
I think salted nuts would be a fantastic addition!
I make one using cream cheese and you pour pepper jelly on top. Eat it with crackers. I’m going to have to try this sweet one. Thanks
Ooooh … we like that one too! That is one of my very favorites during the holidays.
What do you use to keep the apples from browning?
A little bit of lemon juice works like a charm. I slice the apples, place them in a bowl and toss them with fresh squeezed lemon juice, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This looks yummy ~ pinning! I was thinking the fruit needed the lemon. Maybe add at in the instructions for people who don’t know? Anyway, thanks for the great idea!
Just an FYI, everyone thinks you can only use lemon juice to keep apples, bananas and other fruit from turning brown, here’s another tip: orange juice works just as well!
…and pineapple juice!
..and plain club soda if you do not want to alter the flavor of the apples
If you soak apples in pineapple juice they will keep for days.
I use only pineapple juice. It keeps fruit from turning brown and does not flavor the fruit. It works GREAT EVERY TIME. Thank for this great appetizer, or should I say just a great dessert.
A little lemon lime soda also does the trick!
Slice and refrigerate and orange juice for an hour or so . Be sure to drive them off before you put on the platter .
When I made this, I used pink lady apples and granny Smith. The granny Smith had browned, but the pink ladies did not. Don’t ask me why…but I made a mental note to use pink ladies…if you can find them.
Absolutely love this idea, thanks Amy! Will definitely be bringing this easy app to my Thanksgiving party!
I think I’m going to be serving it for an appetizer on Thanksgiving too!
This sounds amazing! I HAVE to try it!
I featured this post in a Thanksgiving round-up today. I hope you don’t mind!
Hi…I am making this in a few hours to take to a party…just wondering, do you use the entire 8 oz bag of toffee bits?
I apologize for not replying in time for your party. I just use as much as I’d like. The last time I made it actually covered the top pretty good, and then later during the party added a bit more as the toffee bits sort of get gone, if you know what I mean. I hope it turned out great for you!
I made this for small group last night and it got gone quickly. I’m glad I bought extra. Think I may have it for lunch tomorrow. 🙂 Is that wrong?
I love this idea so much Amy, thanks for sharing!
This looks delicious and so easy- absolutely my kinda recipe! Thanks for sharing!
making some for a party tomorrow–can’y wait!
I hope you enjoyed it, Nancy!