Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip

Looking for a super easy dessert recipe? One that everyone will rave over and request the recipe? Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip is the answer.

Side angle of caramel pecan cream cheese dip


 

Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip combines velvety cream cheese with a homemade praline sauce. Serve with apple slices, crackers or even sugar cookies. 

Even though I have a food blog, I’ll be the first to admit that desserts, especially baked goods, just aren’t my jam. I would much rather whip up something savory than a sweet concoction. I am a much better cook than baker. 

They are just two different types of artistry. Sculptures aren’t necessarily good painters.

“Pecan” is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.

Due to this, I am always looking for easy dessert recipes. Dessert recipes that are decadently delicious, display well, but are super easy to prepare. Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip is on my go-to list for all seasons. 

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

Desserts made with cream cheese seem to top everyone’s favorite lists. Whether is be lathered with cream cheese frosting or whipped into a cake, luxurious cream cheese elevates so many dessert recipes.

It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.

For this recipe you won’t need to whip, spin or bake your cream cheese. Simply softened the brick and tip it onto your serving platters. 

Closeup of Pecan Caramel Sauce with wooden spoon

Top this cream cheese dip with a homemade salted caramel praline sauce and you are ready to serve. I liked to serve mine with pear or apple slices and buttery or salty crackers.

Almost like a caramel apple dip, but with cream cheese. 

Pecan trees take 12+ to mature. 

Any fruit will do, but this cream cheese dip is fairly heavy and thick, so you need a base that is structurally sounds enough to smear it on. If you don’t want to serve with fruit, you can also use crackers or even cookies. 

Close up of caramel apple spread

Sugar cookies and animal crackers are my top picks for cookies. Salty and butter crackers are the best from the cracker family. I like the combination of salty and sweet. 

To store the caramel praline sauce, place in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will harden when chilled. Microwave for a few seconds or leave at room temperature for up to an hour an hour to bring it back to the correct consistency. 

Caramel praline spread with apples

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Tools for making Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip: 

Slate Serving Platter– I love using slate for making charcuterie platters or serving spreads.

Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range.

Fleur de Sel– The perfect light and delicate salt for making desserts. Goes perfectly in sauces, on cookies, brownies, cakes and more! 

Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip for Pinterest

Questions you might have about how to make cream cheese dip: 

Can this caramel apple spread be made ahead? Yes and No. The Pecan Caramel Sauce can be made days ahead, but the actual dish should be assembled closer to serving,

I’d say about 1 hour in advance. In fact, it spreads best when the cream cheese and the Pecan Caramel sauce are room temperature. 

What is the difference between a pecan and a praline? The two are commonly used interchangeably, but are very different.

A pecan is a smooth brown nut that grows on trees. It is indigenous to northern mexican and the southern United States, which is why it is used so frequently in southern cuisine. 

Pralines are candied pecans and in fact, can refer to any nut boiled in a candy sugar sauce. Caramel is basically a browned sugared sauce, so pralines are simply pecans in caramel. 

Can I freeze caramel praline cream cheese spread? You can freeze cream cheese and the caramel praline sauce, just freeze them separately.

Overhead of praline sauce dessert
Close up of caramel apple spread

Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip

5 from 7 votes
Caramel Praline Cream Cheese Dip combines velvety cream cheese with a homemade praline sauce. Serve with apple slices, crackers or even sugar cookies. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place softened cream cheese on serving platter.
  • Top with room temperture caramel pecan sauce and sprinkle with fleur de sel.
  • Serve with apple slices, cookies or crackers.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

Nutrition

Calories: 168 kcal, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 31 mg, Sodium: 189 mg, Potassium: 62 mg, Vitamin A: 405 IU, Calcium: 43 mg, Iron: 0.2 mg
Calories: 168
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel praline sauce, cream cheese dip, cream cheese spread
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  1. 5 stars
    This combines three of my favorite things – nuts, caramel and cream cheese. I like it because it is not a dip you see every day and would certainly get your guests talking while enjoying this wonderful treat.

  2. 5 stars
    I am drooling at this combination of cream cheese and caramel praline sauce! I have to try it asap!

  3. 5 stars
    I can not tell you how glad I am to have found this recipe. I absolutely love cream cheese dips and this looks amazing! This will definitely be on the table of our next party!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh goodness! This looks amazing! I can totally see myself eating way too much of this on apple slices – yum!