Caramel Apple Shortbread Bruschetta

Caramel Apple Shortbread Bruschetta is a soft, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread "crostini", smeared with caramel cream cheese and topped with a nutty caramel apple crown.
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramel Apple Shortbread Bruschetta
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 167kcal
Author Erica



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Apple Topping

  • 1-2 apples any variety, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Caramel Cream Cheese

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons caramel topping plus more for drizzling


  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in flour 1 cup at a time a mix until on low speed a soft dough forms. It should not be crumbly.
  • Remove dough from bowl and set on top of a piece of floured wax paper. Roll in to a 2-inch diameter log, and wrap tightly in the paper. Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1½ hours.**
  • While dough is chilling, prepare apple topping. Combine diced apples, walnuts, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan, tossing the mixture around until evenly coated.
  • Add the butter and heat all over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap log and slice dough ¼ inch thick. Set slices about 1 inch apart on baking sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 11 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and caramel topping and mix with a rubber spatula until caramel is incorporated. You can add more caramel here if you'd like!
  • When cookies have cooled, carefully smear caramel cream cheese on top of each one, and them top with 1-2 Tablespoons of apple topping. Drizzle the top with caramel topping and serve!


**If you'd rather not chill the dough beforehand, you may also roll it out on a floured surface and use round or shaped cookie cutters to create your cookies. I'm all for instant gratification!
Logs of dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap the wax paper in plastic wrap before freezing, and then just thaw, slice, and bake when ready!


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.6mg