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Warm Salted Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon Roll Cookies How-To

Warm Salted Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Blogger Heather Thoming shares the secret to party food success. MORE+ LESS-
By Heather Thoming

No one can pass up warm apple pie. It’s one of those homey flavors that bring out the kid in all of us. I love to entertain, and when I do, I love to take those food memories we all have and transform them into fun and creative party foods. That’s why I’m so excited about this dish. This recipe turns my favorite homiest fall flavors into one fantastic dessert dip that your guests are going to adore. 

A day or two before the party, I make my cinnamon roll cookies. These are cute, crunchy little bites of heaven that pair perfectly with the warm apple dip. They also have a little secret... I make them with Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls! They are like classic French palmiers, but so much easier. Your guests will just die when they find out how you make these tasty little bites. 

First, place your cinnamon roll round on a lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll flat. Cut it into long strips with a pizza cutter.

Flattened cinnamon roll dough cut into strips

Once you have your dough cut, take one piece and roll each end into the center of the cookie just like this:

Stips of cinnamon roll dough rolled into cookie shapes

Place your cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and brush with an egg wash (one egg slightly beaten) and sprinkle with sugar. Place in a 350°F oven and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven. With the back of a spoon, flatten each cookie, then place the cookies back in the oven for an additional 6 minutes or until they’re lightly brown. Remove from the oven and place them on a cooling rack until cool. These cookies are better when they’re a bit crispy, so letting them air out on the cooling rack for a bit won’t hurt. 

While you are waiting for your cookies to cool, you can mix up your dip. In a medium sauce pan, combine the apple pie filling, cream cheese, nutmeg, vanilla, salt and caramel sauce and cook until the cream cheese has just melted through. Place in a slow cooker set on low. Drizzle a little caramel on top of the dip, serve with the cinnamon roll cookies and watch how your guests will be amazed by your kitchen creativity!