Thursday, October 20, 2011

{31 Days} Cooking from Scratch: DIY Dips

With football season upon us, homemade fruit, veggie and chip dips are a great treat for your fans.  Some of our favorite dips include:

Perfect Fall Fruit Dip

If you are looking for a real treat this fall – make your own caramel apple dip.  You won’t be sorry that you did.  In fact, I like this recipe so much, I’m sharing it today as part of the Improv Cooking Challenge for October which focuses on Caramels & Apples!

Caramel Apple Dip


  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/8 C whipping cream (or evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • Apples – we love Haralson for this dip


Combine the 1/4 C butter, 1/8 C whipping cream and 1/2 C brown sugar in a large saucepan. 

Slowly, begin to melt this goodness together over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Allow the mixture to come to a slow boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes. 

Remove from the burner, and allow the caramel sauce to cool down a bit; again – stir during this process. 

When cooled slightly, transfer to a serving dish, or a canning jar.  Serve with apples. 

We LOVE this dip.  We’ve enjoyed it in our caramel apple upside down cake, or in our most recent indulgence: vanilla ice cream, topped with crushed graham crackers, freshly sliced apples and drizzled caramel.  Yum-o. 

What’s your favorite dip? 

Linked to: URS

The Improve Cooking Challenge


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. This was such a fun challenge! Your dip looks a-mazing! I will give that a try, for sure! I'm pinning you on pinterest right now, in fact.

  2. I LOVE your recipe!!! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can't wait to see what you make next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese!

  3. Oh, this looks fabulous!! So many yummy things you can make with this delicious sauce...thanks for sharing!

  4. Mmmmm Mmmm I love apples dipped in caramel sauce. I'll have to try this recipe next time I make some!

  5. How am I just now seeing this taco dip on your blog?!? That looks delish!!! Off to check it out now :)

  6. Wow... I have to try this on ice cream!

  7. I made this for a party tomorrow- Fall Fest here we come! Thanks for the perfect, simple recipe.

  8. My daughter especially would love this, I need to give it a try.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. Hi there!
    I'd like to invite you to link this recipe up for A Themed Baker's Sunday, Where the theme is Caramel! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

  10. I made this but it turned out more the consistency of a cooked frosting. Delicious but not a caramel consistency. Any thoughts? Over cooked? Under cooked?


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