Warm Apple Cheddar Appetizer Dip for the Holidays

Warm Apple and Cheddar dip appetizer

as most of you know, i currently live in california, but all of our family is back east in marlyand. the holidays, particularly thanksgiving, can be tough without family around! each year, i host thanksgiving for our friends in the area that are far from family as well. being in the military, this can be quite a large group! today i’ll be sharing some tips for hosting a successful ‘friendsgiving’ as well as sharing a delicious holiday appetizer recipe – a apple cheddar appetizer dip with an apple, cheddar, and pecan topping.

Hot apple and cheddar holiday dip


8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese spread

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 apple, chopped, divided

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans

WHEAT THINS Original Snacks

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cream cheese, sugar, and spice in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half the apples. Spread into pie plate or small casserole dish; top with remaining apples, cheddar and nuts. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through. Serve with WHEAT THINS.

Substitute: Substitute ground cinnamon for the pumpkin pie spice.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 190 calories, 9g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg sodium, 24g carbohydrates, 1g dietary fiber, 6g sugars, 4g protein

Wheat thins and warm apple pie dip

Warm apple pie dip with cheddar - great appetizer

Warm apple pie and cheddar dip

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this appetizer is sure to be a big hit at any party or holiday gathering – its a great combination of salty and sweet! other than serving amazing food, here are some great tips for hosting a ‘friendsgiving’!

ask your guests to bring something – thanksgiving is a holiday so thoroughly intertwined with family, cooking, and baking that asking someone to bring something will not only lighten your load as the host, but also give them the opportunity to bring something that represents their family and will make them feel more at home. once i have the guest list, i will reach out to them individualy and see if there is something specific they would like to bring – a special family recipe or favorite item. that way when i am menu planning later i can be sure to fill in the gaps.

plan for lots of appetizers – lets be honest, the turkey may take longer than you thought. as the hostess, you want to be sure that everyone who came to your home for thanksgiving with empty bellies ready to fill up will be happy from the moment they walk in to the moment they sit at the table. often , these are the favorite dishes of the night! think savory, sweet, hot, and cold – having something in each of these categories will satisfy your guests until that turkey is ready!

assigned seating – try to assign seating! whatever your strategy -couples sitting together, kids table separate- having assigned seating makes your guest feel that they are welcome and thought of with a simple personalized touch.

plan small activities – even though some guests will whine, gripe, and grumble at an activity, they secretly love it! for a ‘friendsgiving’ try games or conversations starters that allow your guests to talk about their families and traditions. we always have a ‘thankful tree’ where the guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf and hang it on the tree. if your friends are particularly outgoing, plan for something more involved like charades! (my hubby would hate me if i planned this game so know your audience)

how you plan on spending the holidays? what is your favorite appetizer or dessert to share with friends and family at thanksgiving? check out the Nabisco pinterest page for ideas and be sure to comment below and you could win $1000 from Nabisco! Please see the official rules for more details.

Warm Apple and Cheddar Appetizer Dip - perfect for holiday entertaining

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NABISCO. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Hilary Boyce says:

    Going to try!


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