Apple Dessert Pizza with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

This apple dessert pizza is quite possibly the best pizza on the planet.

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Alright alright!

Here is yet another fall favorite for you. If it’s not the juicy, crunchy apple slices on top– it’s the caramel infused cream cheese frosting. Or the toasted walnuts. Or maybe even the SNICKERDOODLE cookie crust.

Pizza madness, I tell ya. Dessert pizza madness.

slice of apple dessert pizza

There are 5 simple parts to today’s pizza: cookie crust, caramel cream cheese frosting, apples, caramel sauce, and toasted walnuts. The recipe begins with a snickerdoodle cookie crust. So, basically, a very very huge pizza-size snickerdoodle cookie. So right off the bat, you know it’s going to be GOOD. When I first made this dessert pizza, I prepared it with a regular sugar cookie crust. Tasty? Of course. But the addition of cinnamon just turns everything up a notch.

No, like 10 notches.

spreading caramel cream cheese frosting onto snickerdoodle cookie crust

The caramel cream cheese frosting is the pizza sauce. I’m definitely the weird one because sauce is my favorite part about pizza. In fact, I order extra sauce on the side. (nickname: condiment queen.) And since caramel cream cheese frosting is approximately 878394% better than tomato sauce, I went heavy on the dessert pizza’s sauce. The more caramel cream cheese frosting, the better. Slather it on!!

Apples are next. Use a variety like honeycrisp, granny smith, gala, fuji, or piñata. Hey, have you ever had a Piñata apple before? Ever see them at the store? They’re so sweet. Taste like candy. So naturally, I love them.

Now, the caramel drizzle on top. Absolutely an unnecessary layer of indulgence… or is it? I lied. It’s definitely necessary. Caramel is always necessary. Use my homemade salted caramel or store-bought. Both fantastic.

And finally! The 5th and final piece o’ this pizza is…. toasted walnuts. Oh how I love them! I didn’t toast the walnuts the first time I made this pizza, but decided to get a little fancy the second time around. Definitely toast them! Truly brings out their flavor.

drizzling caramel sauce onto apple dessert pizza

You haven’t had pizza until you’ve had apple dessert pizza with caramel cream cheese frosting. And let me just remind you that the pizza crust is a snickerdoodle cookie. The end.

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Apple Dessert Pizza with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


You haven’t had pizza until you’ve had apple dessert pizza with caramel cream cheese frosting! Quite possibly the best pizza on the planet.


  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/3 cup (40g) chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces (224g) brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature*
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) store-bought or homemade salted caramel, divided*


  1. Make the crust: In large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Add sugar, then beat on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Once completely combined, cover dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Without chilling, cookie dough will spread over sides of pan.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Toast the walnuts for 10 minutes on a lined baking sheet. Set aside to cool.
  3. Turn oven up to 350°F (177°C). Generously grease a 12-inch pizza pan. Remove chilled cookie dough from refrigerator and press onto pan to form a flat circle. Leave a 2-inch space from the edge. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Allow crust to cool completely before decorating.
  4. As you make frosting, soak apple slices in club soda to help prevent browning.
  5. Make frosting: In medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and ¼ cup caramel sauce. Beat for 2 minutes until completely combined. Spread over cooled crust.
  6. Decorate with apple slices, remaining caramel sauce, and toasted walnuts. Cut into slices and serve. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Prepare the cookie crust 1 day in advance; cover tightly and store in the refrigerator until ready to decorate. You can also store the prepared cookie dough (for the crust) in the refrigerator for up to 1 day- see step 1.
  2. Cream Cheese: Don’t use cream cheese spread; use brick-style cream cheese. Full-fat preferred, though low fat works too. Don’t use fat free.
  3. Salted Caramel: If using my homemade salted caramel, please keep in mind this is a salted caramel. For a sweeter caramel, reduce salt to 1/2 teaspoon. You can make the caramel sauce in advance. See make ahead tip in the caramel recipe.

Keywords: dessert pizza, caramel apple dessert pizza


  1. This is a perfect dessert pizza. And you could load on toppings, too, like little tiny chocolate chips. Or sea salt! Mmmm. This is such a cool idea!

  2. Definitely the best pizza on the planet…….no, in the galaxy (assuming aliens like pizza)! This looks divine, Sally!

  3. Ahhh, I want to make this RIGHT NOW!!! It’s the answer to my dislike of pie crust…I’d take this over regular pie, any flavor 😀 I’m going to make your peach pie for my mom’s birthday! I’ll have to use frozen peaches, unfortunately (it’s in November), but peach is her favorite 🙂

    1. Mmm peach pie is one of my favorites too!

  4. Hi Sally, this looks amazing! Once again, I’m drooling over you photos haha… I was wondering, does the cookiebase turn soft due to the cream cheese layer if you store it for a day or two?

    1. Sort of. But it’s sooooooo good that way.

  5. Amelia Navarre says:

    Wow – this looks amazing! Dessert pizzas are so great because they always look creative and taste great! Please go check out my blog – I just started!

  6. You got me with the caramel and apples, and then I read that there is a snickerdoodle crust underneath all this deliciousness. Oh my, looks delicious. I guess this would also work wonderfully with pears.  

  7. Leah @ Grain Changer says:

    You had me at snickerdoodle crust 🙂 What a perfect fall dessert! I’ve never ever heard of a pinata apple — definitely going to be on the lookout for those!

  8. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    Wow you got a lot going on girlfriend! Have a marvelous time on that book tour! If you get stressed just hide in the corner with this fabulous dessert pizza 🙂 

  9. This looks and sounds amazing – I HAVE to try it! Question- how do you think the snickerdoodle crust would bake up on a pizza stone, instead of a pizza pan? My stone doesn’t have an edge, of course, so I wonder if the dough would run off the edge, even when chilled?

    1. I fear the dough would spread off the stone’s slick surface (at least mine is quite slick). What about a rimmed baking sheet? The cookie might not be a perfect circle, but it is a safer bet than a pizza stone.

  10. Now this recipe just might justify eating a dessert for a dinner (just pretend that there is no “dessert’ in the title).  Perfect combination of flavors and textures.  The best part – uses the ingredients that are readily available at any time.

  11. Can I bake the crust on cookie pan instead of pizza pan?

    1. As long as it is wide enough and the dough won’t spill over the edges! A rimmed one is best.

  12. I thought I was the only one who had extra pizza sauce on the side when I had pizza. It’s the best! Like a giant breadstick with toppings. Lol! 
    But, yes! This is at the top of my “best pizza in the world” list. Maple, cream cheese,  and snicker doodles…can never go wrong! 

  13. OMG yes!!! I used to think pizza was the best thing on the planet…now it’s apple dessert pizza with caramel cream cheese frosting! (:

  14. You had me at snickerdoodle cookie crust. Have a great tour! See you in February 🙂

  15. I was going to make your apple pie today, but now I’ll have to make this! I love waking up to new recipes from you! (And so does my family!!! 😉 

  16. Michele @ Two Raspberries says:

    this is TOTALLY my kind of pizza! I think since it’s fall, and there’s apples on it, it can qualify as dinner! 😉 

  17. This is an amazing recipe and I can’t wait to try it.  I bought your candy book last week and think its fabulous. I tried making the chai tea late truffles but the ganache was way too runny.  Any hints on what to do differently next time?

    1. Hi Antoinette! Be sure to use heavy cream if you are not already– you need very thick consistency cream. And make sure you are sufficiently chilling the ganache. It will still be a little soft, but manageable to roll. You can decrease the amount of cream slightly if you decide to try them again.

  18. Making this now for a family dinner! They are already eating almost all of the cookie dough! Uh oh 😉 Looks amazing, cannot wait to taste it. The homemade caramel recipe was also very easy to follow. 

  19. Johnny Dossett says:

    Pecans are best.

  20. Looks soooo yummy! I’m a huge fan of your summer fruit pizza so this is the perfect fall version! Can’t wait for the book tour to swing through NYC!

    1. Woohoo! Excited to come to NYC!

  21. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    What an amazing pizza! Talk about amazing-ness overload! Looks delish! Also- love that you’re spending another day in my state- Maryland!

  22. This just reminded me to make your apple bundt cake! I made it last year and it was gone in TWO days. TWO. There are three people in our house. Delicious is an understatement. I can say, honestly, it’s one of your best recipes!

    1. I agree about the bundt cake being one of my best. It’s my weakness!

  23. I made this today… incredible! I made it in a 10 in round pan instead. It is so good!! This is definitely my new fall favorite!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  24. I have been seeing a lot of dessert pizzas popping up all over the place lately! I definitely think it’s about time I make one… most likely this one.

  25. Katherines Corner says:

    this is a wonderful treat! Pinned. Hugs

  26. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Decadent! the snickerdoodle crust and caramel cream cheese frosting are my favorite parts!

    1. Mine too!

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