Absolutely irresistible apple dip with cream cheese and peanut butter mimics the flavor of peanut covered caramel apples (only it’s way easier to eat). Everyone loves this dip!

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This dip is super easy to make and it’s always a hit at get-togethers. Makes a good lunchbox treat or after school snack, too!

How long it takes: 10 minutes, tops
Equipment you’ll need: mixing bowl
Servings: makes 2 cups

Apple dip with peanut butter, on an apple slice.
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Hide your spoons. You’ll want to use them to eat this dip instead of sliced apples. Apples will at least make you think that you’re being somewhat healthy. But I won’t judge either way. You guys know me, I can’t resist a good dip and if a spoon is handy, well then, why not?!

When apples are in season, caramel apples start appearing everywhere. This dip is kind of a deconstructed caramel apple: crisp fresh apple slices, sticky sweet caramel yumminess, and peanuts, too. If you’re a fan of caramel apples, this dip is definitely for you.

Grown-ups love this dip, too, as they sip an apple cider mule ( the fall version of a Moscow mule) or an apple cider mocktail (or cocktail, if you prefer). The apples and sweet dip are the perfect balance for more savory offerings like bacon wrapped water chestnuts or wild mushroom crostini with goat cheese.

P.S. Check out more of my appetizer ideas if you’re hosting a get-together.

Why You’ll Love This Apple Dip

Tastes like caramel apples! This dip is SO yummy. Have I gotten that point across yet? It’s weird because the dip is made with peanut butter and cream cheese but somehow tastes like caramels.

Kid friendly. Kids love dips and this one is no exception. Set out a big platter of sliced apples and just watch those apples disappear when caramel apple dip is on hand. It makes a pretty special lunchbox treat, too.

Goes well with other dippers, too. I guess I should also mention that while this dip is perfect for apple slices, it’s also great with graham crackers or animal crackers. Or a spoon. Did I mention that?

So easy to make. You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make apple dip. The hardest part is remembering to take the cream cheese out of the fridge an hour or so ahead of time to soften. But don’t worry, there’s a fast and easy way to soften cream cheese, too (keep reading).

Ready to get started? Got your spoon ready? Let’s go!

Light brown dip in a white bowl.


  • Cream Cheese: The recipe card says reduced fat cream cheese and that’s to help you feel better about eating this dip. Full fat regular cream cheese is just fine, too, if you prefer that. Make sure you buy the cream cheese that comes in a block, not the whipped kind in a tub.
  • White Granulated Sugar: This is regular sugar that you would use for baking, etc.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar gives this dip the caramel flavor. Light or dark, it doesn’t really matter. Dark brown sugar will make the dip look a little darker in color but it will add more of a molasses/maple flavor. It’s up to you. Make sure you firmly pack it into the measuring cup.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy or crunchy, your choice. Use what you happen to have in the house. Since my household has peanut allergies, I use SunButter, a sunflower butter, and that works fine, too. If you use a natural peanut butter, make sure it is well stirred before adding it to the dip.
  • Chopped Peanuts: More nuts to increase the peanut power! It’s a caramel apple dipped in peanuts. Keep reading for more add-in ideas.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Vanilla provides an undertone of sweet flavor.
  • Sliced Apples: You’ll want to have plenty of apples on hand for dippers. Make sure the slices are thick/sturdy enough so they can hold lots of dip. A variety of apples, both green and red, makes a nice presentation. See the FAQ below to learn how to prevent the apple slices from browning.
Ingredients needed including cream cheese and peanut butter.

How To Soften Cream Cheese Quickly

Cream cheese will soften if it sits out at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t have that much time? Try one of these methods:
  • Place the sealed foil package in a bowl of warm water (not boiling but fairly hot) for ten to fifteen minutes. Flip it over once in awhile.
  • Or, unwrap the cream cheese and place it on a microwave safe plate. Microwave at high power in 10 second bursts until it’s the desired consistency. Be careful that you don’t cook it.
  • Or, cut the cold cream cheese in small pieces and set it in a warm place. It will soften very quickly.

How To Make Apple Dip

Mix ingredients. Once your cream cheese has softened, place it in a medium sized bowl. Add the white sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is well-combined and smooth. I like to use my electric mixer. Mix the dip on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl frequently.

Ingredients blended together.

Add nuts. Fold in the chopped nuts until they are distributed throughout the dip. You may want to set a couple tablespoons of nuts aside to use as a garnish.

Dip with peanuts added.

Put the dip into a serving bowl or covered container if you’re not using it right away.

Serve. Arrange sliced apples around a bowl of apple dip, and dive in!

Dip on a plate and in a serving bowl.
Apple slicer amazon product image.

Easy Apple Slicing

This handy tool makes apple slicing a breeze. It cores and slices an apple into 8 sections with one quick push. I use mine all the time!


How do you keep apples from browning?

The cut sides of apples tend to turn brown after a short time. This process is called oxidization and doesn’t affect the taste or the quality of the apples, but it can be unappetizing.
To prevent oxidization, one of the easiest tricks is to spritz the slices with lemon juice, making sure it coats all sides. Let the lemon juice sit on the apples for five minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.

What apple goes best with peanut butter?

Look for an apple that is crisp and has a sweet/tart flavor such as Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji. My favorite is Honeycrisp.

Make It Your Own

  • Stir ins: Add your own embellishments. A sprinkle of cinnamon on top (or mixed in) is really good. Chocolate lovers can stir in mini chocolate chips. Love toffee? Make the dip with toffee bits instead of chopped peanuts. Try substituting maple extract for the vanilla.
  • Substitute yogurt. Not a fan of cream cheese? Make this dip with yogurt instead. Substitute 1 cup plain Greek yogurt for the cream cheese. The texture of the dip will be slightly different.
  • Peanut-free option: Omit the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. The dip will be creamy and delicious. Another option is to substitute sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter (SunButter). Stir in roasted sunflower seeds instead of chopped nuts.
Dip on a slice of apple.

Make-Ahead Ideas

The dip can be made at least a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Apples can be sliced a day ahead, too. Store them in a resealable bag or airtight container. Check out the FAQ above for ideas to keep them from browning.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate: Keep the apple dip in a tightly covered container. It can be refrigerated at least five days assuming it hasn’t sat out on the counter for hours.

To Serve: Remove the apple dip from the refrigerator ten minutes ahead of time to allow it to soften a bit, and give it a good stir.

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Easy Apple Dip (cream cheese & peanut butter)

4.60 from 22 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Absolutely irresistible apple dip with cream cheese and peanut butter mimics the flavor of peanut covered caramel apples (only it's way easier to eat). Everyone loves this dip!
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  • 1 package (8 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts (honey, dry roasted, plain, whatever!)
  • sliced apples, for serving


  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, granulated and brown sugars, vanilla and peanut butter until all ingredients are blended and smooth. An electric mixer can be used at medium speed, if desired.
  • Add chopped peanuts and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate in a tightly covered container. Remove from refrigerator one hour before serving so dip can soften slightly.
  • Serve with sliced apples. If desired, toss apples with fresh lemon juice to prevent browning.


  • Makes 2 cups. 
  • Nutrition information is for one serving of dip and does not include apples.
  • Apples aren’t the only dippers that go well with this dip. Try: graham crackers, pretzels, animal crackers, etc.
  • Peanut Free Option #1: Omit the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. Blend together cream cheese, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.  
  • Peanut Free Option #2: Substitute sunflower seed butter (SunButter) for the peanut butter. Stir in roasted sunflower seeds instead of peanuts.


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 106mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 78IU, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lina Luckway says:

    5 stars
    Love it!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thank you!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Why why why do people leave a review prior to actually making/trying the recipe?
    Anyone can say it LOOKS good–I want to hear if it IS good.
    Just wanted to get that off my chest.
    After I make it I’ll come back with my review.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Looking forward to hearing what you think after you make the recipe! :)

  3. jessica says:

    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.

  4. Heather says:

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

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

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

  5. Amber says:

    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!! :)

    1. Rachel says:

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

  6. sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

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

  7. Baking Serendipity says:

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

  8. ashley - baker by nature says:

    This looks super addictive – love it!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    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!

  10. thelittleloaf says:

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