Last week I shared my entertaining-inspired fall home tour. It was fun to show you around my dining room, porch, and kitchen all decked out for the season and set up with fall-inspired snacks. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Baked Pumpkin Donuts and the Fall Harvest Pasta Salad. Today we’re making the Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread. (My recipe for the Apple Pie Sangria is coming tomorrow.)
Late last fall, I had this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread at a friend’s house. Since then I’ve been looking forward to making and sharing it with you.
You know how much I love a simple recipe, and it doesn’t get much easier than this. With only four ingredients and less than five minutes of prep time, this seasonally tasty idea is perfect for any impromptu gathering. The caramel and apples are quintessentially fall. Toss in crunchy toffee bits and cream cheese, and it’s a match made in heaven.
Making this is very simple. Place a block of cream cheese on a serving plate. Then, using the back of a spoon, create a small well in the top of the cheese to hold caramel sauce. This is an important step because otherwise all of the caramel will just run off the cream cheese and pool on the plate.
Finally, spoon on your caramel and sprinkle with toffee bits.
I did include the amounts in the recipe below. However, you can add as much or as little caramel and toffee as you like.
Serve with thinly sliced apples and pears, and you’re in business. It’s the flavors of fall at their finest.
Alternatively, you can serve this with pretzels or vanilla wafers, but I prefer the apples and pears. That way I can pretend it’s healthy.
Let’s dig in.
Here's what you will need:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup caramel sauce*
4 tablespoons toffee bits*
4 apples and / or pears, cored and thinly sliced
Place the block of cream cheese on a serving plate. Use the back of a spoon to create a small well in the top of the cream cheese. Spoon the caramel sauce into the well, allowing some to drip over the sides. Sprinkle evenly with toffee bits.
Serve with sliced apple and pears.
*These are recommended amounts, but feel free to use more or less to suit your tastes.
Yes, the recipe is truly that simple.
The flavor and texture combination is almost magical. Be sure to give this recipe a try this fall and let me know what you think.
And if that sounded good, you may also want to check out my recipe for Red Pepper Jelly. Served over a block of cream cheese, it’s another easy and delicious snack for the holidays. But honestly, I’d eat it any time of the year.