Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip.

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite – apples! 

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite - apples!

When I think of what to bring to parties, the first “food” that comes to mind is a dip.  They are typically pretty easy to put together and make ahead, almost everyone loves them, and you get to dress them up with dipping accessories like pretzels, crackers, and veggies.

Party regulars like hummus, guacamole, and spinach artichoke are three of my very favorites.  You can usually find me hovering over each, hoarding the crackers and chips as my dipping vehicles.  Ask any of my friends.  In fact, I’m sure some of them are reading this and nodding their heads because it’s so true.  And I’m not using the term “hoarding” lightly here.  I’m a party dip’s worst nightmare.  My love for them is embarassing.

To throw my friends a curveball, I decided to bring a sweet dip to our Halloween party this past weekend.  Something creamy, yet low fat to serve alongside my bounty of Granny Smiths.

When I think of pairings for apples, toffee and cinnamon typically come to mind. Peanut butter is an obvious #1 but I wanted to keep things festive and use the warm flavors associated with autumn.  Plus, I bought along these.  Don’t want to overload friends with peanut butter (if that is such a thing?)

This simple whipped mixture of low fat cream cheese, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and a generous dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves comes together in seconds.  It took more time to chop the apples then to make the dip.  And I was using an apple cutter. For texture, I gave the dip some crunch by adding chopped heath bars after I beat the rest of the ingredients. Each creamy cinnamon-spiced smear is loaded with the crunchy chocolate toffee chunks

If you prefer, you could easily use pure toffee chunks or omit the toffee altogether. Maybe add some chopped Snickers or chocolate chips?

The dip’s sweetness paired impeccably with tart granny smith apples.  To save myself from wasting all too much time slicing apples, I served the dip alongside gingersnaps as well.  If you’re in a pinch of time like I was, supplement your apples with crunchy gingersnaps. I had valuable time to spend working on my Halloween costume, not slaving away in the kitchen!

Toffee Cheesecake Dip for Apples-3

After working late last Friday, this dip answered all my party-guest prayers as I stressed over what type of creative, yet QUICK sweet I’d bring to wow all my friends.  I am a foodie blogger afterall, I have to represent with something fabulous!

In case you’re curious, I remade this dip the next day to shoot pictures in daylight – only to be devoured by just Kevin and I later that night. With a spoon as my dipping vehicle of choice. Whatevs!

If I didn’t have time to chop up enough apples, you better believe I didn’t have time to snap blogworthy pictures before the party!  But this dip was just too incredible not to share with you, so I was glad to make it again the next day.

With so many wonderful party foods like jalapeno poppers and a pumpkin-shaped cheeseball (it was SO cute), I was humbled to see my little lowfat cheesecake dip be devoured by the partygoers.

Impressive and easy, it’s a recipe I’m stapling front and center into my party-food recipe binder.  Yes, I have one of those.  It’s full of dips.

Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite - apples!

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces (2 standard packages) low fat cream cheese (or full fat)
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped Heath bars or Heath Toffee Bits

 

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth on medium speed. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and beat on high until fully combined and creamy. Fold in Heath bar pieces. Serve immediately with apples, other fruit, graham crackers, or pretzels. Tightly cover and store up to 2 days.

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76 comments

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  2. I LOVE recipes like this! I think I might have tried almost this exact recipe before, but it was a nightmare scraping the chocolate from the Heath bars (especially without using my teeth…). But, it was so good that I kept it for myself instead of taking it to the party it was initially created for!

    Thanks for sharing an awesome, delightful product, and getting me hungry!

    • Hi Rachael! When I’m eating heath bars, i do scrape off the chocolate! But I kept the chocolate on the heath bars for this recipe. Let me know if you make this dip. Because if you like toffee, you’re going to LOVE this.

  3. Ok…this looks amazing too! I want it in my belly on the ASAP! But my husband isn’t even around…I can’t make it for just me! haha.
    Will try as soon as I can.

    • Thanks Trudy – this dip is highly addicting lol. I made it for my boyfriend and I and it was gone in no time. I kind of wish I made it just for me! Let me know if/when you make it 🙂

  4. Made this dip tonight and took it to a clothes party – it was a smash, thanks!!! Great, creative recipe Sally!!

    • That sounds like fun! I wish I had a party to bring it to this weekend – if I make it for myself, I’d eat the whole recipe! Thanks Kate!

  5. Your blog is THE BEST!!! I’ve seen thousands of foodie blogs.. especially on Pinterest, and I have to tell you- yours has got to be the most mouth-watering! Keep ’em coming! I can’t wait to try ALL of these!

    • Hi Jessica!! You are the sweetest! Wow, thank you so much for saying all those kind things. I truly appreciate it and that you are a follower. 😀

  6. ooohh. we ALWAYS have apples in the house. we are such apple lovers! this would go great with our usual apple stash! you are so creative, like usual! 🙂

    • I always have apples around too! I’ve used this dip for pretzels and graham crackers as well. Yum! Thanks so much Tijuana!

  7. Hi there, this recipe looks absolutely amazing. My only problem is the Heath bars you use are not available in Australia. I’m wondering what sort of chocolate bar substitute I could use?? Any thoughts would be most welcome.

    Love your recipes.

    • Hi Lisa! Any candy bar would be just fine. Or you can leave them out completely. You could use Reese’s cups, snickers bars, milky ways… anything you like.

  8. love it!

  9. I am making tbhis today but there is no recipe. HELP! lol

    • Oh goodness! So sorry about that Lisa – I just reformatted some recipes this week and I forgot to include a code for the recipe to show – so sorry. It’s there now .Enjoy!

  10. Wow, thank you so much Sally! I’va already made 4 of your recipes for my party today!! all wonderful!! 🙂 Thanks!!

  11. Wow! I just saved your site, looks awesome. I will try that 🙂

  12. This looks so delicious!!! I’ve been dying to make it forever, and so i’m bringing it to a party tomorrow night 🙂
    Would i be able to substitute your homemade toffee (without the almonds + cover it in chocolate) for the heath bars/bits?
    Thanks so much!!!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!  I made it over the weekend for my mother’s dinner party and it was sensational 🙂
    I have linked back to it on my own fledgling baking/cooking blog…you are an inspiration!
    Keep the recipes coming! Love them!

  14. Hi Sally! Loved this one!
    What other dips can i make which have a slighlty longer shelf life at room temperature, say one week? (Its hot and humid where i live).

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