Taffy Apple Pizza Dessert for Fall + Our Family Fall Bucket List

As you know, I’m not much of a cook or baker. But when there’s a recipe that our family loves, we make it over and over again. Today’s dessert is one that my mom has made during the fall season for years now. One of her girlfriends passed along the recipe to her (her bestie is the queen of desserts!) and now it’s a staple for any fall gatherings with our family. The best part is it’s super simple, which is pretty much my highest priority when it comes to all things in the kitchen.

A Favorite Dessert for Fall

Taffy Apple Pizza recipe

This taffy apple pizza recipe is a dessert pizza that is great for a crowd, especially a group with kiddos. Every fall, we usually go apple picking as a family (more on that below) and I never know what to do with all of the apples. This recipe will at least use up one or two of those and will be a yummy treat for the family.

Taffy apple pizza recipe

Taffy Apple Pizza

A simple and delicious dessert for the fall season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Sugar Cookie Dough Roll
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1-2 Apples
  • Chopped Nuts optional
  • Cinnamon Sugar


  • Bake the cookie dough in a round pizza pan according to directions. Let cool.
  • In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  • Frost the cookie dough with the mixture.
  • Cut the apple into thin slices and place on top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Sprinkle nuts on top.
  • Finish by sprinkling cinnamon sugar over the whole pizza.
  • Keep the pizza chilled and cut into slices when serving.

My Best Tips for Taffy Apple Pizza

Find sugar cookie dough for the base

The base of this pizza is made with sugar cookie dough. You can also use peanut butter cookie dough if you’re a big peanut butter fan. In the past, I’ve never struggled to find a roll of this kind of cookie dough, but when I went to make the recipe to take these photos, it was impossible to find a roll! The only available dough in a roll was chocolate chip! I visited two stores; Finn went to two more; and finally, my mom found a roll of sugar cookie dough at her local market.

Press the cookie dough into the pan

If you can’t find a roll, I think you could use the take and break-apart sugar or peanut butter cookie dough. It might take a bit more effort to get it all spread out evenly on your pan, though. I greased my round pan with butter before pushing the cookie dough into place and then I baked it at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. While you’re cooking the dough, be sure to get your cream cheese out of the fridge so it can begin to soften.

Use A Mixer for Your Frosting

use a mixer to create the frosting
Use a spatula for spreading out your frosting

To make the frosting, I used my Kitchenaid mixer, but a regular hand mixer works great too. As I just mentioned, you want to make sure your cream cheese is softened so everything mixes well and easily.

How to frost your taffy apple pizza

Once your cream cheese is all mixed together, use a spatula to spread it evenly across the baked cookie. This was a fun “lick the bowl” moment and I wish Rory was around when I made this recipe so she could have tasted this yummy frosting!

Thinly Slice Your Apples

Thinly slice your apples

You’ll want to make sure that you thinly slice your apples for the topping. I tried to get mine as thin as possible when I was cutting, and I ended up using two small apples for the recipe.

Add apples in a fan on top of your pizza

I fanned mine out to make it look pretty, but you can do whatever kind of design you want on top!

Try Your Own Toppings

Pizza toppings for your taffy apple pizza

I ended up buying a bag of chopped peanuts to add on top, but you can use any kind of nut on top here. Or, if you’re not a nut fan, or have an allergy, just eliminate them altogether.

My favorite taffy apple pizza recipe

You could also try caramel sauce drizzled on top (that could be yummy) or any other goodies that sound appetizing to you. There’s no right or wrong way to make this!

Keep Refrigerated

How to make taffy apple pizza

It’s important to keep your taffy apple pizza chilled when you’re not serving it. I put foil over mine and keep it in our fridge; then I cut slices, using a pizza cutter, when serving. This will keep the frosting from getting too messy.

Such A Yummy Treat!

How to make yummy taffy apple pizza

I’m not a big fruity dessert person. Instead, I’m all about chocolate. This dessert is sweet, but not overly fruity, so I’m a big fan, even though this recipe doesn’t call for any chocolate. I don’t know how food bloggers do it, because having this pizza in our house was deadly! We wanted to eat the entire thing in a day! So, that’s my warning to you that you may want to gobble it all up when you make it. It’s that good!

Our Family Fall Bucket List

Our fall bucket list has make a fall stovetop potpourri
Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Now that the kids are getting older, we are all about figuring out our family traditions. We are both big fall lovers and we want to truly take advantage of this favorite season of ours. Finn and I sat down and created a list of all of the things we wanted to do as a family throughout the fall.

eating an apple in the apple orchard

Sometimes the weekends can get away from us, so this really helped us come up with a plan for when we want to tackle all of these fun activities. Here’s a look at our list…

  • Go apple picking
  • Make homemade applesauce
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Bake pumpkin seeds
  • Make a stovetop potpourri and let it permeate the house all day! (Here’s my recipe).
  • Go to a Notre Dame game
  • Decorate the front porch for fall (and snap a family photo on our stoop)
  • Dress up as a family for Halloween (I’m excited for you guys to see our costumes.)
  • Visit a new neighborhood to see the fall colors
  • Enjoy our neighborhood Halloween block party
  • Do a backyard movie night
  • Painting class date night

We printed this out and put it in the kitchen and we’ve slowly been ticking things off and discussing all of the upcoming activities with the kids. It’s fun to get them excited about these fall adventures.

Fall Pumpkin Squares – My Other Fave Fall Dessert

Pecan pumpkin bars recipe

If you need another fall dessert to try, I urge you to give these pumpkin squares a go. They are so delicious and we have them for Thanksgiving dessert, year after year. This is another easy recipe that anyone can make!

A yummy taffy apple pizza recipe for fall dessert

Please let me know if you give this taffy apple pizza recipe a try. It’s such a crowd pleaser!


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