Creamy Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

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peanut butter dip with apple slices and graham crackers

I love to surprise my kids after school with little treats and things that show them I was thinking of them and excited about them coming back home at the end of the day. Sometimes I pick them up and take them for surprise frozen yogurt, sometimes it’s a walk in the park, every now and then it’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Snack Cakes….but a few days ago it was this pretty tray of apple slices, arranged just so around a big old bowl of creamy peanut butter dip. My kids love all things Peanut Butter.

I had it sitting in the center of the table with plates and two glasses of milk, just waiting on them. They walked in and I was already beaming, which caused them to beam – I love how beaming is contagious in my family!

Okay now let’s get started on how to make this delicious little snack! 

After slicing my finger chopping an apple years ago, I’ve been converted to these handy dandy apple slicers. If you don’t have one, your life is about to get way way better! 😉 You can grab one cheap here

You’ll need: Creamy Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar (dark or light, your preference), Softened Cream Cheese (here’s how to easily make homemade cream cheese), and Milk

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peanut butter dip ingredients

 Place cream cheese, peanut butter, and dark brown sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth.

peanut butter dip mixed

Like this.

Now we wanna add in our milk to make it nice and creamy and dippable.

Silly Spellcheck is trying to tell me that “dippable” isn’t a word but we both know exactly what I mean by that so clearly, our intelligence level is just above that of the computer.


Add in the milk and mix again until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.

peanut butter dip with milk

When you’re done it is gonna look like this.

completely mixed peanut butter dip

Now at this point, this stuff is just plain good. In addition to dip, it would also be a great icing for cupcakes or cookies!

peanut butter dip served with graham crackers

Cut the apples into wedges, removing the center and seeds.

Now there are different ways to keep your apples from turning brown, the most common is using a powder called “Fruit Fresh” or coating them in lemon juice. I try to avoid both of those because they put a really sour coating on the apples. So I use orange juice instead and it works every bit as well.

How To Keep Apples From Turning Brown

Place the apples into a bowl filled with orange juice (this keeps them from turning brown)

Take the apples out of the orange juice when ready to serve with the dip and place on a paper towel lined plate while you arrange them on your platter, this gets the extra OJ off of them.

peanut butter dip served with apples


This is great served with apples, celery sticks, cookies, ginger snaps, etc. It would also be a fabulous icing to cupcakes!

peanut butter dip with apple slices and graham crackers

peanut butter dip with apple slices and graham crackers

Creamy Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

This peanut butter fruit dip is creamy with just enough sweet taste to get the kids to eat their fruit. Perfect for an after school or afternoon snack.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanutbutter
Servings: 4
Calories: 135kcal


  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar can use light if you prefer
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • In mixing bowl, place softened cream cheese, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add milk and mix until well combined, scraping down sides as needed. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For serving: Apples (cut into wedges and coated in orange juice to prevent browning), Celery Sticks, gingersnaps, or anything else you wanna dip!


    Calories: 135kcal
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    1. Southern Butter Roll:
      Please send recipe on email that I can print. My mother made this all my growing up years. She did not put cinnamon or nutmeg in hers and it was so wonderful. She passed away in 1983 and did not leave the measurements. I can remember how because I helped her make it so many times.
      i saw it listed but I could not print it out.

    2. I made this Peanut Butter Fruit Dip today for the second time, using the Splenda Blend Brown Sugar (1/2 cup). We love it!

    3. Can’t wait to try this. I always use Neufchatel cheese instead of crream cheese. It has less fat in it but tastes just as good. I keep small cans of pineapple juice on hand to use on fruit to keep it from turning brown. Taste isn’t altered. It’s good to have a variety of different thing in mind and we can use what we have on hand. Salt and water are always available in our kitchens but the coke (i.e. lemon-lime – I’m Southern, too!), lemon juice, orange juice, etc. work well, too.

    4. I was surprised you didn’t use a natural peanut butter. Is there a reason as in viscosity? Linda

    5. Putting the apples in salt water for a few minutes also stops the browning, plus, gives them a yummy taste!

    6. My grandmother always had the peppermint Red Bird candy sticks and also the regular peppermint candies. I think of her every time i see the Red Bird candy at the store.

    7. Awesome recipe, and very cute story!! Peppermint Life-Savers remind me of many wonderful things from my youth, it’s nice to hear someone else feels the same way. 🙂

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