Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

 Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip vindicates my awkward middle school years.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

In middle school, I was not one of the “Cool Kids.” I didn’t have the right pens (for whatever bizarre reason, glittery Gelly Roll and neon Uni-ball pens were signs of social status). I failed every single presidential fitness test event, except for the sit and reach. I had badbadbad full-forehead bangs and a mouth full of braces. Boys didn’t bother to TP my house, and the “popular” girls did not invite me to their birthday parties. Yes friends, middle school was traumatic.

Now, when older, wiser, and big bangs-free me, walks into a party, the boys who wouldn’t waste their toilet paper on my yard and the girls who wouldn’t call me to go shopping flock to my side. While I’d like to credit my successful evolution from insecurely awkward pre-teen to confidently awkward adult, I’ll tell you my secret: it’s the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip. Yes ladies and gentleman, the girl holding the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is the one to meet!

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Dip

Caramel Apple Cheesecake DipSweet, creamy, caramely, and smothered in toffee bits, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip grabs the center of attention at any party. Other dips want to be this dip. It combines the lusciousness, sweetness, and tang of a cheesecake with the melt-in-your mouth, buttery brown sugar flavor of a caramel. When you bring Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip to a party, it’s clear that everyone loves you, er, your dip. You’ve combined cream cheese, homemade caramel, and toffee. Who could resist you it?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Let’s talk dippers: Scoop Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip with tart apple slices and you have a gourmet twist on a caramel apple, minus the dental risk. Dunk with graham crackers and you have the sensation of eating a caramel cheesecake with graham cracker crust. Double dip and I won’t tell.

Now onto the buttery, crunchy, chocolatey toffee topping: These flecks of nutty candy add extra texture and enhance the caramel’s flavor. I’m a sucker for toffee and think it is totally underappreciated, but if toffee is not your favorite, I’m sure this dip would be fab with chopped peanuts, almonds, or crushed graham crackers. Should you decide to go big and top Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip with all of the above, I support you.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake DipCaramel Apple Cheesecake Dip brings all the boys to the yard. Just tell them to leave the toilet paper at home.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

This decadent dip tastes just like caramel apple cheesecake! It's topped with toffee and perfect for serving with apple slices and graham crackers at a party.

Yield: Serves 6

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (or 2 additional ounces cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped toffee pieces
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (or other tart apples), sliced for serving
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons water


Need more crowd-pleasing appetizer ideas?  Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Avocado, Thai Spice Crispy Edamame, Whipped Feta Crostini, and Pizza Rolls with Goat Cheese and Olives are ready to party, so invite them to yours!

Imperial Sugar compensated me for my time to develop and photograph this recipe. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...


  1. Yowza! That looks super yummy! Great photos.

  2. Love this, Erin! But I would flock to your side with or without the dip, because you’re totally adorable and fun. :)

  3. Like whoa!!! That dip is where it’s at…

  4. I’m pretty sure I need to see a photo with the big bangs and mouthful of braces ;)

  5. Hehe, big bangs and braces … that sounds oh so familiar! Your smile is so pretty, you’d pull it off:) Your photos are so good in this post! The colors, the set up; they show off this amazing dip so well. Caramel apple cheesecake – I don’t know if my self control could handle those three together:) It sounds amazing!

  6. Just move over – no one get in my way – I am going to eat this and NO ONE is going to stop me. Also – I was totes one of those girls in middle school too. And high school for that matter. I always won them over with food. And made them fat. JOkes on them!! My braces and bad glasses won that round!

    • LOVE your style girl, and I would have wanted to sit at your lunch table, no question. Winning hearts with sweet treats has been my life survival guide (I’m wondering when it will stop working, but so far I’m still going strong!)

  7. I remember those presidential fitness tests, I nailed the sit and reach too : )

    This caramel apple dip is where it’s at!

  8. Oh man. I was in the same boat! I hated middle school. I had weird layered haircut and for my 8th grade picture, I was in the process of getting my braces taken off. So, instead of a face full of brace I just had the left over brackets! Real gem of a picture! This dip makes me want to go big! I want a graham cracker and an apple slice dipped together! Yum! PS I totally rocked gel roller pens even though I wasn’t popular. They were great for in school doodling!

  9. you are so cool to me Erin :-) this dip…yeah I can see why you would have everyone flocking to you!!

  10. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    I need this in my mouth.
    It looks like the best thing ever. Great pics!!

  11. All the middle school nerds turned out to be the coolest adults, so don’t sweat it. Also, please pass the dip. :)

  12. Looks good.. really good.. I need one of those bowls to see if I get the response you got! lol ;-) Xx

  13. This dip needs to shimmy into my life asap!!!

  14. Oh, honey. It’s ok. Middle school (junior high when I was that age) is, without a doubt, the worst time in existence. Add to your woes that it was my chunky years, and not only did I have braces, but I wore a headgear 24/7 for a year and a half. Talk about ugly! And, long, very curly hair (and not pretty curls like Stephie has). Oh, and 70’s glasses (read: big, ugly frames). However, now that I’m grown and go back to reunions, everyone remarks about how great I look and I have a gorgeous husband, while the popular girls are chunky, divorced and matronly looking. Not that I’m judging or anything. :) This dip looks so yummy. I have some apples that are calling to it.

  15. Oh My – any dip that other dips wanna be I gotta try! :)
    I have been ooh and aaaahing at candy apple recipes, never having made my own but now I think I need to stick with your tooth friendly dip with apple slices or pound cake or peanut butter cookies! :)
    Thanks for sharing

  16. This would be SUPER dangerous if I had this in front of me! This has got to be addicting!!

  17. I would flock to your side if you were carrying this dip!! Looks fabulous Erin!

  18. Wow! Absolutely craving this dip. I’ve got one in junior high and I’m very sensitive to the pressure she’s under. I’ll make sure she has dip at her next party. :)

  19. I could stuff my face with this dip right now at midnight!

  20. haha oh man the presidential fitness tests – I remember those! At our school some guys from the army would come in for a week to run the whole thing – so intense! lol But this cheesecake dip sounds amazing! Happy Tuesday friend!

  21. I want to eat this dip with a spoon and leave none of it for anybody else!

  22. This looks awesome. I love the combination of flavors.

  23. Oh yes, I had the bangs and the braces too! Thank goodness those things are out of the way and there’s more room for this dip! I sort of want to dive right into it. :)

  24. Yes…I was not so cool either. I’m still not, unfortunately!! Maybe this dip is my ticket in ;)

  25. Yum! This sounds so good–I’m drooling over here! lol.

  26. i love that toffee topping!! mmm!

  27. I don’t even know what to say about this dip, I’m tongue tied and blown away! Mayor yums!

  28. Amazing! Love that you make a homemade caramel to go in it!

  29. Erin, I love your site! Food is a great way to gain friends. I was not at all popular in middle or high school. I was just kind of quirky and weird. Thanks to food, I’m cool now ;) Pinned this!

  30. You just gave me presidential fitness test flashbacks. I’m gonna need some of this dip to cope.

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  39. I love fun, sweet dips like this!!! yum and pinned!!

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