I fell in love with so many things this summer.

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And while mint green nail polish and neon pink jeans and this insane chocolate explosion cake (no really, it should be illegal) all made the list, nothing topped the charts like my obsession with grilled fruit and cheese sandwiches.


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I think you can probably agree… and heck – you might even find it somewhat irritating. It wouldn’t be the first time. I mean I just could not stop with the shoving of the fruit and the grilling of the cheese. I even made more combinations that I didn’t share because who wants to be borderline obnoxious?

Ha. Kidding. I’m well aware I often cross the line of obnoxiousness over here.

But let me tell you… caramel apple grilled cheese(sus) works. Really works.

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After the blackberry basil smash grilled cheese graced my plate um, one too many times (whatever that means) for lunch this summer, I was aching for a fall version. Yes. Aching. I get very intense about my lunches.

I was confident that the flavor combination would work – at least with brie cheese – since I’ve made so many caramely-topped brie cheese appetizers in the past. And apples, well they sort of go with almost everything. I think my mom used to make this cream cheese plus caramel plus apple dip of some sort too. And the thing is, with an appropriate amount of cheese and thick multigrain oaty bread and just a smear of caramel, it’s perfectly filling and not TOO carb coma-esque, especially when paired with a little salad or soup. Which is fairly important when it comes to eating at noon, when you have, like, more than half the day left. But whatever. I wouldn’t kick an impromptu afternoon snooze out of bed.

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There is a catch, however.

For this sandwich, you want a GOOD caramel. Like a really good caramel. Thick and creamy. Bite the bullet. Visit the gourmet section of your grocery store and finally cough up something ridiculous like $12.99 for a jar of caramel. Or better yet, try some of this milk chocolate caramel that is spiced and goes perfectly with savory foods (and has my heart for all eternity) and is anything but too thin or runny. Or even make your own. Maybe you have some in your fridge already. Maybe you’re making some right now. Maybe you’re a caramel hoarder. Maybe I’m in love with you then.

Whatever. Just PROMISE me you will use some delicious REAL caramel.

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And then promise me you will join in on my grilled cheese fascination with some crisp and juicy apples. I hate to be alone. We can start a club or something. Meetings and everything. You bring the wine.

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Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


4 slices multigrain bread
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces brie cheese
1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
3-4 tablespoons of your favorite caramel


Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.

Butter the outside slice of each piece of bread, placing two of the buttered-sides down once the skillet is hot. Spread a bit of caramel sauce on the bread, then top with an ounce of brie cheese on both sandwiches. Add a bit more caramel, add the apple slices, and then more caramel and remaining ounce of brie for each. Spread the top piece of bread (sandwich-side down) with caramel too.

Grill or cook on each side until bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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125 Responses to “Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese.”

  1. #
    Liz — October 2, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    My jaw is STILL dropped as I type this comment, from when I first saw that genius grilled cheese. Wowza.


  2. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 2, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Can I hand these out to trick or treaters?! They seem so Octoberish/fitting for Halloween.. And better than having extra large bags of Reese’s sitting around my apartment. ;)


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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — October 2, 2012 @ 7:08 am



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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 2, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Yum!!! This is perfect!!! Gorgeous sandwiches!!!


  5. #
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — October 2, 2012 @ 7:13 am



  6. #
    Jaclyn — October 2, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    I make something fairly similar. Instead of caramel i usually dip my apple brie cheese sandwiches into honey. I will have to try it with caramel though. I actually have some homemade in the fridge from apple pie cupcakes I made.


    • Jessica — October 3rd, 2012 @ 7:15 am

      Love that idea! A little healthier too.


  7. #
    Blog is the New Black — October 2, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Love this. Love love love it.


  8. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin — October 2, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    Bringing the wine. Words cannot describe how badly I want this. Be my neighbor? I’ll make you pancakes.


  9. #
    Kim in MD — October 2, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    I love to make caramel, and haven’t made it in a while. I will whip up a batch and give this delicious sandwich a try! Let me know when you hold the first meeting…I’ll bring some wine and homemade caramel!


  10. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — October 2, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    This looks crazy/wild/delicious. Love fruit, love cheese, love caramel… why wouldn’t it be just as delicious as it looks!?


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 2, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Oh, wow, what coincidental timing! Up here in Canada, there seems to be an obsession with cheese on apple pie. Like a straight up, thick slice of cheddar right on top of your pie. I really don’t get it, but this past weekend, one of the little towns near where I live had a festival in honour of cheese and apples, and I’m sure this was probably served up. While cheddar and apple pie doesn’t sound very appealing in my head, caramel certainly does. I’d be willing to try this sandwich for sure!


    • Jessica — October 3rd, 2012 @ 7:15 am

      I’ve never tried it… I’ve heard it’s delicious. I need to just do it.


  12. #
    DessertForTwo — October 2, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Yum! I trust you when it comes to food, so fruit + cheese is welcome!

    And I agree: real caramel only! Fake caramel tastes like watery sugar? No bueno!


  13. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 2, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    I’m loving this sandwich right now. It has apples so I think all fruit qualifies to be breakfast!


  14. #
    Courtney — October 2, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I need to try this. Like right now. And when I’m done trying that, I think I’ll have to try a slight variation…one of my favorite and crazy simple (but crazy genius) appetizers is pears, cheese, and honey. And I think turning that into grilled cheese could be life changing. Soo thanks, pretty sure I’m going to spend the next few days in the kitchen eating grilled cheese.


  15. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — October 2, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Oh my… It’s a caramel apple in a sandwich! Sign me up!


  16. #
    Rosalie — October 2, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    These look heavenly. Especially with a salted caramel as brie isn’t usually too salted.

    I’ve been going insane lately over grilled pear, sharp cheddar, and honey butter sandwiches (with cinnamon because I’m a cinnamon freak). Honey butter inside the sandwich aaaand on the pan. It gets gloriously sweet and sticky and forces you to actually cook your grilled cheese on a low heat (what is patience?) or else your house smells of burnt.


  17. #
    Alicia — October 2, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Oh my grandfather would so happy to eat that sandwich,he always served apple pie with a slice of really,really sharp cheddar on top.
    I have a half of a bottle of red I can bring.


  18. #
    robyn — October 2, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    apple and cheese are fantastic-bit of caramel-yum yum!


  19. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — October 2, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    i love how simple this is! Nothing like a jazzed up grilled cheese. Caramel sounds unreal!!


  20. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — October 2, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    These would be great as mini sandwiches for a party appetizer – the bread looks PERFECT.


  21. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — October 2, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Oohh this looks amazing!!!!


  22. #
    the 3volution of j3nn — October 2, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Girl, you know I love sweet and savory and anything with cheese and Honeycrisp apples. OMG. Just… wow.


  23. #
    danguole — October 2, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I want in on this club. I want to go to there.


  24. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — October 2, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Holy MOLY. I would like to be a part of this grilled cheese club ASAP, especially if it means eating these sandwiches every day for the rest of my days.


  25. #
    Rachel — October 2, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    This looks so good! My dad always puts cheddar cheese on his apple pie. This reminds me of that so much! Awesome! I LOVE grilled cheese, of all varieties. I once made a grilled cheese for my hubby that was filled with about 1/4 # of bacon, and then, sadly, I grilled that sucker right in the bacon grease! I swear I wasn’t trying to kill him, he loved it so much! :)


    • Jessica — October 3rd, 2012 @ 7:16 am



  26. #
    Ashley — October 2, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Caramel makes me weak in the knees. Cheese + fruit sandwiches are where it’s at. SO good. You’ve just upped the ante a little bit and I like it.


  27. #
    Maria — October 2, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I am coming over for lunch!


  28. #
    Shannon — October 2, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    I love your blog and your recipes! Pinning up the wazoo! Have you ever tried a grilled pear, swiss, and cashew sandwich? AMAZING!


    • Jessica — October 3rd, 2012 @ 7:16 am

      I have not but that sounds pretty fab too.


  29. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — October 2, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese > Halloween Candy. Seriously.


  30. #
    Kristina — October 2, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I love you.

    and I promise to use good caramel.


  31. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 2, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Caramel apple sandwich…I’m already in love and I haven’t even met you yet


  32. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 2, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    hubba, hubba yum. I think the only thing I’m not allergic to in this recipe is the apples… but heck, this is awesome.


  33. #
    anna — October 2, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    this is just wrong. so wrong. i MUST try this!!! looks so good1


  34. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 2, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    ugh, i must have this!


  35. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 2, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I need this in my body. Like, today.


  36. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish Blog — October 2, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Whoa whoa! I need this for lunch, you can make this in a toaster oven right?! I wish.


  37. #
    Erin — October 2, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    It’s me. I have homemade caramel in the fridge. I am the caramel hoarder. I’ll bring the wine.


  38. #
    Christine — October 2, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    oh yes.. this will be mine.


  39. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — October 2, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    love this. that is all.


  40. #
    Meg — October 2, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Delish! I was first exposed to the awesomeness of fruit and cheese together in one sandwich at my boyfriend’s parents’ house. I wasn’t convinced, but let me tell you . . . you’re right. Amazing. Everything I dreamed of — and more. Will be trying this one!


  41. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 2, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    That looks pretty awesome! I’m going to have to give it a try because it’s an acceptable way to incorporate more sugar into my diet ;)


  42. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 2, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Oh this looks so good! I love making grilled brie and apple sandwiches. I put PB in mine too! But I need to try caramel. I’ve never met a huge smear of caramel sauce I didn’t love!


  43. #
    Jenna — October 2, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    This sounds odd ….but looks reallyyyyy good!!!!


  44. #
    Sahra — October 2, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    You honestly have the best recipes ever!!! Looks so good, can’t wait to try it :)


  45. #
    Sues — October 2, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Grilled fruit and cheese is the BEST ever. But this caramel sauce is blowing my mind! SO good!!


  46. #
    janetha {meals & moves} — October 2, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    AMAZING IDEA, jess.


  47. #
    Cupcake and Talk — October 2, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    You leave us the easy part, bringing the wine : )
    I am going to try this grilled cheese for my son and I one of these afternoons.
    Thank you for the recipe.


  48. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — October 2, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I love apple grilled cheese sandwiches but would have never thought to add caramel! That’s sick! Like sick in a good, eat dessert for my lunch and be at peace sorta way! : )


  49. #
    Jenny — October 2, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Oooooooh lala. Apple sandwich heaven.
    Wanna know a fav of mine?? I’ll tell you. Then we can be friends. Grilled Swiss with apples, prosciutto, and avocado.

    Caramel on my sandwich…I’ll give it a try!


    • Jessica — October 3rd, 2012 @ 7:17 am

      Oooh yes. Definitely friends.


  50. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — October 2, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    You had me at grilled cheese!



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