Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip

These Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip are the perfect warm dessert for a crisp Autumn evening.  It made our house smell like apple pie.  My husband and I dreamed these up while driving home from a family hike and couldn’t wait to get home to try them out. We both love apples but have a weird allergy where we can’t eat them raw, it makes or throats itchy and tight  I know, it’s super weird and started when we were living in California, we can’t figure it out.  As long as they are cooked, we are fine.  But we have missed being able to eat raw apples dipped in caramel, so we came up with this delicious creation.
The apples slices are lightly battered and fried in a shallow pan, then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.  The caramel dip is creamy and caramel infused, and oh so yummy.  The two together are a killer combination and a must try for apple season!

Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip

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    For the Apples:
  • 4 to 5 tart apples, we used Pink Ladies
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • wondra flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • cinnamon and sugar, to taste
  • For the Dip:
  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 small container cool whip (or 1 cup whipping cream with 1/2 cup sugar- whipped until stiff)
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (store bought or recipe HERE )


  • In a fry pan, or deep fryer heat vegetable oil for frying.
  • Mix together the buttermilk and sugar in a medium size bowl. Peel and slice apples and add them to the buttermilk mixture as you go to prevent browning.
  • In a shallow dish, put a layer of wonder flour. Pull the apples out of the buttermilk mix, one at a time and lightly coat all sides in the flour.
  • When oil is nice and hot, gently place coated apples into the oil so they are not touching, when the bottom side begins to turn golden, flip over and brown the second side. Quickly remove to a tray lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease and cool. Sprinkle immediately with cinnamon and sugar while they are hot.
  • For the dip:
  • Mix together the the cream cheese and cool whip until completely blended then stir in the caramel sauce. Place into a bowl for dipping and drizzle a little extra caramel sauce over the top.


  1. Linda says:

    These sound amazing! I hate to fry anything, but these may be the exception! Thanks for sharing.
    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

  2. Alice Blaser says:

    Sounds very yummy!

    • Emily says:

      Thanks, they are really good!

  3. Tracy Kyle says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful but I have two questions. What is Wonder Flour? is that what we would call self raising flour in Australia. Also, the caramel sauce, is that like caramel icecream topping or is it more like the caramel you make from condensed milk ?
    Thankyou for any advice.

    • Emily says:

      Wondra Flour is just a really fine flour. You could use regular flour, or even use a food processor to make regular flour more fine.
      The caramel sauce would be more similar to an ice cream topping. There is a link to a really good recipe on the post.

      • Tara says:

        I made these with regular flour because it’s 10x cheaper than wondra flower. They still came out good but you get a little more lumpiness. I do have 2 questions…all I have is canola oil in the house…can I use that? Also do you recommend re warming these once I get to my families house? Thanks

        • Echo says:

          Hi Tara, Canola oil should work fine for frying the apple fries. I definitely suggest warming them if you are not serving them immediately after frying. They are much better served warm. Thanks for asking!

  4. Roberta Miller says:

    think these sound great but I really want to thank you for the cool whip substitution since I don’t like it and a lot of recipes call for it!

  5. Celisia says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have the same allergy so it’s nice to have some ways to still enjoy my favorite fruit 🙂

    • Lakeesha says:

      I have the same allergy to fresh tree fruit. But I have found if I take allergy medicine daily which I have to due to the pollen.

  6. Mary Beth says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I also am allergic to raw apples, with the exception of red and golden delicious. All others close my throat. I love apples and am always looking for new recipes.
    Thanks for posting this one.

  7. Lucy says:

    I have the same allergy! Everyone thinks I’m crazy! Thanks for confirmation I’m not. (I mean my itchy ears are confirmation enough for me!) Will definitely be trying this. Thank you!!

  8. Kelly says:

    I have an allergy to raw apples too! Actually all raw stone fruits!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 🙂

    • Devon says:

      It’s not an allergy to the fruit…it’s an allergy to the pollen the tree that grows the fruit produces. It’s called an oral allergy. Check your seasonal allergies and you will most likely have seasonal allergies the same time apple trees flower.

    • Sara says:

      Me too. Allergy to raw apples, carrots, unprocessed soy, and stone fruit. It’s not a California thing. My allergy developed in Japan. Before moving there, I was eating all of the fruits with no problem.

      If anyone finds a solution to this allergy other than cooking the food, please let us know. I’d love love LOVE to eat a fresh apple again! 🙂

      • Emily says:

        Me too. 🙁

  9. DEB says:

    Try organic apples and wash really good. I have the same issue with raw apples. I have no idea what I’m allergic to, but I can eat some organic apples. Since the only way to know I’ll be able to eat apples is cooking, I’ll enjoy the recipe.

  10. Sandra says:

    I also have allergy to raw apples and other fruit and raw veggies and some nuts. It’s called Oral allergy syndrome.

    • Emily says:

      Thanks Sandra! I’m going to look that up. Did you always have it?

      • Sandra says:

        No I didn’t always have it. I started to notice it in my mid 20’s. I also developed seasonal allergies around the same time. It started with just apples,then carrots. Eventually it was peaches, pears, plums and cherries. Hazelnuts and almonds were the last of them. I just avoid all those foods raw. But I avoid the nuts altogether. I have an allergy to Tree pollen Birch in particular. It seems all these foods are related to the Birch allergy.

        • Barbara says:

          I have the same weird allergy to fresh fruits and veggies! My half-sister does, too.

          • Becky M. says:

            Hi, I wanted to comment that my daughter developed an allergy to fruits & vegetables when she was 17. We took her in for allergy testing, and she was diagnosed with an oral pollen allergy. They explained that when fruits & vegetables are growing, they are exposed to pollen. For those with allergies to pollen, the food can trigger an allergic response! She’s fine as long as fruits & vegetables are steamed, grilled, baked, poached, or fried, but she misses being able to bite into an apple.

    • Niki. says:

      Thank you so much for this comment! I could never understand why l can’t eat raw bananas or walnuts but have no problem when they’re cooked. Just googled OAS and it all makes perfect sense. So good to finally have a logical explanation.

      • Jenifer Strickland says:

        I’m not alone! I’m also thankful for an explanation . That day as a college freshman when I bit into an apple and then a pair only to have my lips swell was so sad . We just bought peaches and it did the same . I had surgery recently and the doctor also had the allergy so that made me feel better .

  11. Dina says:

    I was just wondering if you could use pancake batter, for the frying?

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried that so I’m not sure what the consistency would end up like.

  12. suz says:

    Thanks for recipies. My husband and son have similar allergy traits as yours and cooking always seems to take eliminate it. Happens with other fruits too so thanks again x

  13. ginger315 says:

    These sound yummy! I can relate to the raw apple thing, because that happens to me with uncooked cabbage, but I can eat it cooked!

  14. Bethany says:

    Can you bake these by any chance? Or do you have to fry them?

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried baking them yet, but you may still need to spray them with some oil for them to crisp up.

  15. Diana says:

    I have the same kind of allergy with runny egg yolks its weird cause I wasn’t when I was younger.
    Awesome post tho

    • Emily says:

      That’s crazy, I haven’t heard of that allergy.

  16. Niki. says:

    This is pure genius. Can’t wait to try. No such thing as wondra flour in New Zealand though. Do you think plain flour would work, or would it not cook long enough to lose the floury taste? Thanks.

    • Erica says:

      You can try it with plain flour but it might be a little heavier. You will probably be fine!

      • Connie says:

        Just try sifting it at least 3 times

  17. Barb says:

    I have the same weird allergy to raw fruits and veggies!

  18. Kerry says:

    This looks really yummy…. Also where did you get the apple peeler?

    • Echo says:

      Thank you, Kerry! They are yummy! The apple peeler was a gift, so I’m not certain where it was purchased. Here is a link to one on Amazon that is similar to mine, but is made out of heavy duty cast steel, which would be more durable than the one I have… and it’s on sale!®-Durable-Stainless-Included/dp/B015GX0GZO/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1472492937&sr=1-4&keywords=apple+peeler

  19. Carol says:

    I’m going to use coconut flour or almond ..closer to Paleo …and leave off sugar but sprinkle with cinnamon and agave… Can’t wait.

  20. abby says:

    Hi abby peele

  21. Becca C says:

    1 cup whipping cream plus 1/2 cup sugar is way too much if you’re looking for “cool whip” taste. Maximum 1/3 cup of sugar to 1 cup whipping cream should do.

    Your recipe would be more of a super sweet topping for apple pie, pumpkin pie and other such treats that aren’t too sweet already.

    Sorry. Not trying to sound like a snotty reviewer. And I’m ready to try your recipe! Sounds amazing!!!

  22. stac says:

    Quick ?.. what is the buttermilk that you are using?? 🙂

    • Emily says:

      Usually just whatever brand happens to be at the grocery store. Any brand works great.

  23. Karen Howard says:

    You Pretty Ladies are always coming up with something New & Different! I have never seen or heard of this one before-How Unique! I’m definetly going to make this & be the envy of everyone all through Autumn!

  24. Eden Passante says:

    I think that it would work well with plain flour at well, but overall this recipe seems so delicious! What an easy and simple treat for entertainment or children!

  25. Amanda says:

    How do you store these? Do the apples need to be put in the fridge?

    We made them for my son’s school class as part of an apple project, and they are so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Emily says:

      We have never had any leftover to store, haha. I would probably refrigerate them.

  26. Valerie Chandler says:

    My question is close to above, we have our 1st quarter teacher appreciation luncheon on Friday and was wondering if I made the night before if they would still be tasty the next day?

    • Emily says:

      They would not be as good. They really taste best freshly made and hot, like regular french fries.

  27. laurei says:

    The allergy is actually a reaction to whatever is sprayed on the fruit. Wash with baking soda and water.

    • Sara says:

      It’s not the spray for me. It’s the same after I’ve thoroughly wash and remove the peel.

  28. Margaret says:

    The comments about fresh apple allergy made me wonder about the sprays that are used on apples. My daughter lived in the midst of a huge apple orchard in WA. They moved because the apples were sprayed several times before harvest. One of the workers told her to keep her children inside and wash down the outside play equipment after he sprayed the trees due to spray drift. Some of the sprays were so strong that she found dead birds afterward. She now uses soap and water and really cleans the apples before eating.

  29. Eden Passante says:

    So good and so bad at the same time! Oh boy do I love anything caramel related around this holiday season! Definitely going to try these apple fries soon!!

  30. Sharon King says:

    Will the apples turn brown after frying?

    • Echo says:

      No, the apples don’t turn brown because they are cooked after you fry them. Thanks for asking!

  31. Tina says:

    should the apple itself remaining crispy or will/should it soften?

    • Echo says:

      Thanks for asking, Tina. The apples are crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. If you want them to be crispier, cook them a little longer in the oil.

  32. marcela says:

    hola soy de Argentina quisiera saber a que le llaman suero?
    y si la harina es comun o leudante?

    • Echo says:

      Hola Marcela, la harina es una harina común, pero cualquier harina debe funcionar en esta receta. La salsa de caramelo es una cobertura de helado caramelo que viene en un frasco. Aquí hay fotografías de ambos. ¡Gracias!

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