This is the Caramel Apple Dip recipe of your childhood, the one made with cream cheese, sugar, vanilla. Make a giant batch because people go crazy for it!

Fall is the most depressing time of the year for me.

Once September hits, everyone back in the Midwest goes apple-picking. They wear flannel shirts to combat the blustery winds. The frost crunches under their boots.

Their cheeks are rosy with cold and delight, and Facebook is just STUFFED with happiness.

An apple being dipped in carmel.

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While out here in LA, we are still frying eggs on our sidewalks. For another 2 months, even.

I used to cry about it every year, but now I just make Caramel Dip for apples and eat it by the pool.

You’ve probably had this Apple Dip before. It’s that one your Mom or Grandma or Aunt or Neighbor made for you when you were growing up.

It’s a delightful combination of cream cheese, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla. And that’s it!

Caramel Apple Dip in a white bowl on a wooden cutting board.

You can whip it up in minutes, and suddenly everyone you know loves apples. I ate two whole apples myself immediately after taking these pictures today! Yes, with cream cheese Caramel Apple Dip. No, that’s probably not a great idea. But definitely a tasty one!

Because this Caramel Dip is so sweet, tart apples (Granny Smiths, for example), work really well. However, I like a mix of red and green apples because it’s pretty. So, use whatever apples make sense in your world!

Caramel apple dip in a white bowl surrounded by slices of red and green apples on a cutting board.

Caramel Apple Dip

This is the Caramel Apple Dip recipe of your childhood, the one made with cream cheese, sugar, vanilla. Make a giant batch because people go crazy for it!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 402


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced apples for serving


  • In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Serve with apple slices.


For a cinnamon variation, stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. For best results, allow the flavors to blend for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.


Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 194mgPotassium: 135mgSugar: 54gVitamin A: 761IUCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
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    1. I would think so, yes! I am going to be testing recipes next Wednesday, I can add this to my list and let you know. Thanks Cristina! :D -Meggan

    2. Hi Cristina! I tried this today. I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and I thought it tasted great! But, you need to let the flavors blend for a while. If you eat it immediately after adding the cinnamon, the flavor isn’t really there. But yes. Overall, it’s a lovely addition and I’m going to add info to this post about it. Thank you for the idea! -Meggan

    1. Hi Annmarie! I always go by the CDC guidelines for leftovers which is 4 days. It might last longer, in fact I know it does, but I like to give the official answer when people ask questions. Thanks!

    1. Hi Pat! Brown sugar. Just regular ol’ brown sugar. I tend to have light brown sugar on hand, but you could also use dark. Thanks for the question and let me know if you need anything else. Have a great day!

    1. Hi April, thanks for this question. I’ll definitely update the recipe. It honestly doesn’t matter, either will work. I’d say if you hate doing dishes, just use a spatula. If you want it done faster, use the electric mixer. :)