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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 Peanut butter cake….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 juice, 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!
Now I’m not one on to get persnickety on food presentation (I always say we’re cooking the food to eat, not to build a shrine to it) but I do enjoy setting a nice scene for the kids and as they turned the corner their eyes got big as dollars and my heart swelled up so big it just about burst. THAT is when it is worth the extra effort 🙂
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
Place cream cheese, peanut butter, and dark brown sugar in a mixing bow and mix until smooth.
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.
When you’re done it is gonna look like this.
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!
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.
This is great served with apples, celery sticks, cookies, ginger snaps, etc. It would also be a fabulous icing to cupcakes!
- 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!
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– Washington Irving
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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.
Try highlighting, copy, and paste into a word document. Then print from there. Hopefully this is of help.
I made this Peanut Butter Fruit Dip today for the second time, using the Splenda Blend Brown Sugar (1/2 cup). We love it!
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.
I was surprised you didn’t use a natural peanut butter. Is there a reason as in viscosity? Linda
No reason, I just prefer this to natural. Use your favorite!
Putting the apples in salt water for a few minutes also stops the browning, plus, gives them a yummy taste!
Sounds interesting! How much salt do you add?
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.
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. 🙂