Apple butter Sweet cream cheese wontons are the perfect bite-sized dessert appetizer for fall. Serve them hot, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. These can be fried or prepared in an air fryer.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat for fall, give these sweet cream cheese wontons, filled with spiced apple butter, a try.
They remind me a little bit of fair food with their crisp, puffy cinnamon-sugar outer layer and creamy apple butter filling. We love fried wontons around here, both savory and sweet, and these bite-sized desserts are a new favorite recipe.
I love using wonton wrappers to make different appetizers and snacks. These apple butter wontons require only three main ingredients, and you can whip up a batch to feed a crowd pretty quickly.
They’re best deep fried in vegetable oil, but you can also prepare the sweet cream cheese wontons in an air fryer. They just won’t be as puffy.
You can scroll to the end of this post for the full recipe and ingredient list. But you may want to keep reading for more tips on how to make the perfect apple butter wontons.
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To Make Apple Butter sweet Cream Cheese Wontons, You Will Need:
- Cream cheese – Use plain cream cheese for this recipe. You can use full-fat or reduced-fat versions, although keep in mind that low-fat cream cheese won’t be as creamy.
- Wonton wrappers – Sold in packs of 50 and usually found in the produce section of the grocery store, these thin squares of dough can be used to make all sorts of appetizers.
- Apple butter – You can use prepared store-bought apple butter for this recipe. But to take things up a notch, try filling the wontons with homemade apple butter, like this slow clooker version from my friend Sara at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.
- Vegetable oil – A great all-purpose choice for deep frying.
- Cinnamon sugar – Make up your own combo, using equal parts of cinnamon and granulated sugar, or buy a premade spice mix.
- Dutch Oven – A great all-around pan for frying, roasting and making soups and stews.
- Spider Strainer – This tool is so useful when you need to remove fried foods from oil.
How to Make Cream Cheese Wontons with Apple Butter
- Use a stand mixer to whip together the cream cheese and apple butter to make the filling.
- Place a dollop of filling in the center of each wonton wrapper.
- Dip a pastry brush or your fingers in water and moisten the edges of each wonton wrapper.
- Fold each wonton in half to create a triangle. Press the edges to seal. Bring the side points of the triangle down (away from the center point) and press together to form the dumpling shape. Make sure that all the edges are sealed to prevent filling from leaking out. (Visit this post for a video tutorial on how to fold wonton wrappers.)
- Transfer the wontons to a baking sheet lined with wax paper for frying.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium high heat. When oil is hot, almost bubbling, add wontons in small batches, being careful not to crowd the pan.
- Fry in batches until golden brown, then drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot and serve warm.
These cream cheese apple butter wontons can be also be made in the air fryer. But the texture will be slightly different than those fried in oil. They won’t be as puffy, and the they may come out more crispy.
How to Make Apple Butter Wontons in an Air Fryer
- To make these wontons in the air fryer, prepare and fill the wontons as detailed above.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees. (I love my Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 for air frying.) If your air fryer does not have a preheat function, turn the heat on for 5 to 10 minutes prior to adding the wontons to the fryer basket.
- Brush wontons lightly with vegetable oil on both sides.
- Place the wontons a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes at 375 degrees.
- After five minutes, flip the wontons and air fry for 5 more minutes, until golden and crisp. Depending on your particular air fryer, you may need adjust the cooking time slightly.
If you prefer a chunkier filling, feel free to substitute the apple butter in this recipe for homemade applesauce. You’ll find a delicious recipe for homemade applesauce here.
You can also used canned apple pie filling, in place of the apple butter, or mix the cream cheese with homemade apple pie filling.
These recipe can also be adapted for different seasons and different fruits. It can be made using strawberry jam, pumpkin butter or any other fruit butter, jam or jelly. So many possibilities.
If you prefer an oil-free version, you can bake the wonton wrappers, using the techniques outlined in this recipe and fill them with the cream cheese and apple butter mixture just before serving.
More Delicious Recipes
If you enjoyed these apple butter wontons, you may also want to try these other wonton appetizer recipes and apple treats.
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- Apple Bites with Homemade Caramel Sauce
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Apple butter cream cheese wontons are a the perfect bite-sized dessert appetizer for fall. Serve them hot, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
- 50 wonton wrappers
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 Tablespoons prepared apple butter or more, to taste
- 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Cinnamon sugar
Whip together the cream cheese and apple butter until well blended.
Open the package of wonton wrappers and place the stack between dampened paper towels to keep them moist while you’re working with them..
Add a teaspoon of the cream cheese and apple butter mixture to the center of each square wonton wrapper.
Dip a pastry brush or your fingers in water and run around the perimeter of each wonton wrapper to moisten the edges before folding.
Fold each wonton in half to create a triangle. Press the edges to seal. Bring the side points of the triangle down (away from the center point) and press together to form the dumpling shape. Make sure that all the edges are sealed.
Transfer the filled wontons to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment or wax paper for frying.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium high heat. When oil is hot, almost bubbling, add wontons in small batches, being careful not to crowd the pan.
Fry in batches in bubbling oil until golden brown, then remove and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle immediately with cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.