Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip

by Rachel Gurk on October 29, 2012 · 44 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Frosting/Sauces

Hide your spoons. You’ll want to use them to eat this instead of using apples.

Apples will at least reassure you that you’re being somewhat healthy.

But I won’t judge either way.

Because I ate it off a spoon. But I’m pregnant. (I’m going to be SO sad when I can no longer use that excuse!)

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This dip is SO yummy. Have I gotten that point across yet? It’s weird because it has peanut butter and cream cheese in it but somehow tastes like caramel dip. It’s perfect for dipping apples and would be great on graham crackers or animal crackers too.

Or a spoon. Did I mention that?

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (honey, dry roasted, plain, whatever!)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except peanuts together using an electric or stand mixer on medium speed until incorporated and smooth. Mix in peanuts on low speed or just stir in with a spoon.
  2. Best at room temperature for dipping, but store in the fridge.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2012/10/29/peanut-butter-cream-cheese-apple-dip/

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Verdict: I have an empty spoon sitting in front of me as I type this post. Doesn’t that say it all?
Husband’s take: He hasn’t had it on apples yet but did get a taste test. Thumbs up from him–and he doesn’t really even like cream cheese! My kiddo LOVED it too. She has a huge sweet tooth though–so no surprise there.
Changes I would make: NONE.
Difficulty: Seriously easy.

peanut butter cream cheese apple dip

And yes, my apples are a little (lot) beat up and bruised. This is real life, people.

 

 

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mackenzie {susiefreakinghomemaker} October 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

Um… triple threat going on here. I think this is going to be our appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner!! I love this!!

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2 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Great idea! Enjoy!

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3 Bev @ Bev Cooks October 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

Whuuuuuut. OMG. yes.

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4 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

You seriously gotta try it. It’s to die for.

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5 Jenny @ BAKE October 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

what a brilliant recipe! I will be eating this with a movie tonight! yum!

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6 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

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7 jaime @ sweet road October 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’ll have to avoid using a spoon on this recipe since I can’t use the pregnancy excuse. But maybe I can just cut my apple slices thin enough to double as a spoon…?

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8 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I am SO guilty of doing that!!!

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9 Kathryn October 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

This is dangerous Rachel, so dangerous! Great pictures too, they really make me want to join you with a spoon!

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10 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thank you! You are more than welcome to join me with a spoon!

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11 Lesa @Edesia's Notebook October 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

Doesn’t sound weird at all to me. I make a peanut butter dip that has vanilla yogurt in it. I thought it sounded really weird, but it is super good. So I’m sure cream cheese would be even better.

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12 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Mmm–that sounds good! And healthier ;) Although I did use reduced fat cream cheese…

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13 carrian October 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

Um, I hate to break this to you, but hiding my spoon would not stop me from eating this. I have built in utensils called, fingers ;)

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14 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

HA! Your comments are always the best.

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15 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

Oh. Mygosh. Why did I not stock up on cream cheese before the hurricane?! This is genius…and I would totally not need those apples to eat every last bit.

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16 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Something to look forward to when the weather starts behaving! Stay safe! xo

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17 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} October 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

You’re some kind of an evil genius, Rach! I think this is worth a cheat, and so crazy how it tastes like caramel! :)

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18 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hehe–thanks! I used reduced-fat cream cheese so it is totally healthy. ;)

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19 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} October 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I’m one of those crazy freaks that thinks sugar is cheating. Yeah, I get made fun of a lot! :)

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20 Sheila October 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I can’t get enough apples with peanut butter, I think I might slather it on banana’s too!

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21 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Mmm…it would be fantastic on bananas!

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22 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) October 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Can you make a caramel version? That would be divine. This actually is awesome though, gives the apples and peanutbutter snack a little extra OOMPH!

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23 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

These looks DELICIOUS. peanut butter and cream cheese together? I’ll do it.

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24 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

This is truly amazing. I’ll take a spoon and eat the whole bowl!

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25 Veronica October 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Aw, congrats on your pregnancy! This does sound wonderful. Your bruised apples made me smile b/c I recently needed some apples for a photo and I had to arrange them just so b/c one was half rotten and I didn’t want its bad side to show. Ha! It went into the trash as soon as it served it’s life purpose of being a food model with a dirty little secret.

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26 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

Oh man I am making this tomorrow! I have a ton of apples and this is the perfect dip, brilliant! PS. I love your real life apples!

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27 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

I’m thinking a spoon is definitely the way to go with this dip!

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28 Erin | The Law Students Wife October 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Oh my goodness, I want to just put my face in this dip, forget the spoon! I love PB and apples together, and the fact that you mentioned it takes on a caramely quality has me hooked. I also love how you included the household verdicts. I feel like my dishes go through a similar assessment in my apartment. Thanks for sharing!

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29 sally @ sallys baking addiction October 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hi Rachel! We both made apple dips recently. That is TOO funny! I was comtemplating a peanut butter dip for the Halloween party I went to, but I brought along peanut butter chocolate treats as well. I didn’t want to overload my friends with PB. Although, is there such a thing? This looks GREAT! and I want to make a dip like this next. :)

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30 Sues October 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Peanut butter and apples is the best combination in the world and this looks just awesome!

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31 Tracey October 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Oh yeah, I’m pretty sure I’d be using my finger to eat this – is that even worse than a spoon?? :)

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32 thelittleloaf October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

What an absolutely delicious sounding combination – could happily eat this on it’s own by the (giant) spoonful.

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33 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

Um yeah, who needs apples or a spoon (though apples sound fantastic!) when I could just dunk my face in this dip? Holy yum, Rachel–it looks divine!

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34 ashley - baker by nature October 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

This looks super addictive – love it!

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35 Baking Serendipity October 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I think a spoon is a perfect vehicle for this :) But I love the peanut butter/apple combination too.

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36 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

i love that this dip has peanuts & PB! double dose of awesome.

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37 Amber January 8, 2013 at 12:54 am

I just had to tell you I decided to make this tonight after stumbling on it looking for a butternut squash recipe. It is truly Devine!! I’ve always done the cream cheese, brown sugar & vanilla apple dip!! This is just as good if not better!!! I’m definitely your new biggest fan!! :)

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38 Rachel January 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Oh my gosh! Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it and I love the idea of sriracha on the squash. Yum!

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39 Heather January 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I love love love this! Sprinkled some raisins into the mix, and it was heavenly :) Thank you!

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40 Rachel Gurk January 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

Love the idea of raisins! So glad you liked it–thanks for coming back to let me know!

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41 jessica March 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

wow, this stuff is addictive. i didn’t add the extra nuts, mostly because i tend to like creamier peanut butter stuff, but it was still delicious. the notes about it being pretty sweet are spot on, it kinda made me want to add a little more peanut butter and maybe some cream to thin it out so it would be more like peanut butter dip than really thick peanut butter flavored icing. i had to put it in the fridge to keep myself from taking little nibbles of it after i demolished 2 apples with it.

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