CARAMEL APPLE DIP (Adapted from Places in the home)

How fun is this appetizer for a fall tailgate party? Just toss the apple slices in lemon juice or any lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or Fresca) to prevent browning.

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1 TBSP granulated sugar
Fresh apple slices

Stir together first 3 ingredients just until blended.

Spoon mixture into a 10-oz. ramekin.

Cover until well chilled. Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 inches from heat. Sprinkle granulated sugar over mixture in ramekin. Fill an 8-inch cake pan with ice; place ramekin in pan. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar is melted and caramelized. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with apple slices.


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