Fall is officially here! Well as of yesterday….
What better way to celebrate than a delicious, sweet, sticky, and scrumptious dessert? This dessert is special because it could really be a dessert or an appetizer because it is a dip.
I love caramel apples, and our grocery store makes these giant amazing caramel apples for a short time during the year. However, they are a little pricey and don’t really feed a crowd. So, I decided that I needed to create my own easier to eat version of my favorite fall treat- Caramel Apple Dip .
This dip has an simple base made with cream cheese, brown sugar, and a little vanilla extract. I top it with a smooth caramel topping and finish with chopped peanuts. Easy as that. I serve this with fresh sliced apples, and it is delicious. My favorite apple is Macintosh because of their firm texture, and slightly tart, but slightly sweet, fruit. They are my perfect fall apple, and smell so so delicious.
Originally, I made this dip for the children, but as I was taking pictures to share it with you I couldn’t help but dig into the dip! I mean check out that caramel drip….swoon.
I am planning to make a batch of this for the Packer game this afternoon as well. I am also making my first big pot of chili of the season. We haven’t had any in the freezer for awhile, and I am excited to dig into one of my favorite dinners. I like to top mine with cheese and sour cream…and of course oyster crackers. Are you team noodles or team no noodles? I was team no noodles for may years, but more recently I have been enjoying a good scoop of elbow noodles in my chili.
In other news I cleaned out the rest of our cabinets today because our resurface starts on Monday! I am a little nervous how lunch packing will go, and anticipating a cluster of a mess on Monday morning trying to get everyone where they need to be….but I know at the end they will look beautiful and we are going to love them. It is just the getting there that will be giant pain. However, Kellen takes hot lunch, and I decided that Rowan is having Lunchables all week to make life easier and my brain not explore. I am really looking forward to showing you guys the before and after. If you follow me on Instagram (CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW) you can see some of the before and after photos I have already posted. Currently, we have a very dated oak cabinet with dated brass hardware, and are refacing with a birch shaker style, and using a light amber stain. We are finishing with brushed nickle hardware. I am probably the most excited to get new appliances. I have been cooking on an electric flat-top since June, and I miss my beautiful gas cooktop! I don’t know how you electric users do it- good for you for have patience and talent. I can’t tell you how many pots I have boiled over and food I have burned in the last few months! We are waiting until the cabinets are in before we buy just in the event something gets delayed. However, I will show you the cabinets before the new appliances and after for the full effect.
Have a stellar Sunday my friends, and Go Pack Go!
Caramel Apple Dip
- 16 oz plain cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup caramel topping
- 1/3 cup finely chopped peanuts
- Apples, sliced
Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Once combined, spread the cream cheese into and even layer on a serving dish. I suggest about as large as a pie plate or a little smaller
Evenly top cream cheese with caramel topping
Sprinkle nuts over the top of the caramel
Serve with sliced apples