Buttery Caramel Apple Pizza

Buttery Caramel Apple Pizza


  • 2 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 (16.5 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages Wisconsin cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cashews, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss apples together with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and water; set aside.
  3. Press cookie dough into 10-inch circle on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.
  5. Remove pan to wire rack to cool.
  6. Combine butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, corn syrup and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice in heavy saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add cream and stir to combine. Cook until mixture comes to boil. Do not scrape any crystals that form on the side of pan into the mixture.
  8. Boil 3 minutes more, or until mixture reaches 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  9. Remove from heat, and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract; stir and set aside.
  10. Combine cream cheese, remaining brown sugar and remaining extract; blend until smooth. Spread over cool cookie crust.
  11. Drain apple slices and arrange over cream cheese layer. Top with cashews and drizzle with as much caramel sauce as desired.
  12. Store remaining sauce in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Servings: 8 to 10

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin