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.

If you love peanut butter as much as our family check out some of my other recipes like No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal CookiesPeanut Butter Cornflake CookiesHomemade Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie BarsPeanut Butter Brownies with Peanut Butter Fudge Icing, and Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.

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

Helpful Kitchen Tools

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

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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. Hi Christy,

      I was wondering how many cups 1 recipe makes. Hoping to serve at my daughter’s 4th birthday party!

      Thank you

    2. Hi Christy!Thanks for this recipe sounds delicious- perfect for my little boy who LOVES all dips. Going to try with sun butter. Also another commenter said there’s brown sugar made with Splenda? 🙂 Do you know about this? This recipe sounds a little like “Amish Peanutbutter” – peanut butter, maple syrup and marshmallow fluff! 🙂 Have a great day!

    3. Definately going to save this one! But now we are losing Ziplist (angry face here) so we CAN’T! BUT, my friend and I have been diligently searching and trying other apps and we finally found a good comparable one! Only thing lacking is the ability to click an icon on your website to save it, but the app has nearly all your recipes. It’s been time consuming, but I finally have downloaded all your recipes, plus a few others, from Ziplist to this one. It’s called Yummly, it has the grocery list too! Nicer too because you can categorize the recipes, unlike Ziplist. We love our new find and I hope some of your Ziplist fans find it useful as well! Thanks so much Christy, we love you and please have a very Merry Christmas!!

    4. Christy this sounds so good. i had planned on doing things for teacher appreciation with an apple theme starting the week off with the legend about an apple for the teacher how it got started, I had already thought about mini apple pies on a stick and apple cider chex mix, your crock pot apple butter in little jars, so I could send this in little containers with the celery and apples in a a bag tied with a pretty ribbon put the two things in a little bucket tied with a raffia bow, then maybe end the week with a caramel apple. once again Christy comes through for me. I can’t wait to see you on the Talk. I watch that show everyday as Sheryl Underwood can always make you chuckle even if you have the blues and love Sharon too as she just speaks what’s on her mind even if she’s telling on herself. I will also watch you on Home

      1. Thank you so much Marsha!! It means the world to me that I have so many of you that are such a great support to me. I love all of your ideas for teacher’s appreciation week!! They are going to love it all!!

    5. I love the recipe, and also your peppermint lifesaver memory!! 🙂 The books of lifesavers that sell at Christmastime remind of my Nana! She too always had peppermint lifesavers in her purse, and as part of her Christmas gift we always got her one of those books filled with lifesavers!! <3 Now, all these years later, I usually have sugar free wintergreen lifesavers in mine!! The circle of life is quite peculiar!!! 😀

    6. I just clicked over from Pinterest to check out how you keep your fruit with OJ and really enjoyed your post so much that I had to let you know. I truly believe simple kindnesses are the most important. Your story really brightened my morning. THank you so much for sharing such sweet, touching memory.

    7. I just made this for a snack for my when my granddaughters come over this afternoon. It is DELICIOUS! the very slight tang in the background from the cream cheese just puts it over the top! This isn’t just a kids dip, adults will like it too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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