This super easy and almost irresistible pumpkin dip with cream cheese is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering! I love serving this holiday dip using delicious Gingerbread cookies that you can find many places during the holiday season, but if you’re serving this another time of year cinnamon graham crackers and Nilla wafers are perfect as well!Jump to Recipe
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I love this pumpkin dip for an easy Christmas appetizer that has the perfect amount of sweetness and spice! Our tradition on Christmas is actually to eat a nice big Christmas breakfast or brunch with peppered bacon, delicious warm cinnamon rolls (I just get these frozen ones), sausage and egg casserole, and simple fruit salad.
Then for our lunch we just have appetizers, like this pumpkin dip! It’s great because it gives you the crunch of a traditional dip and chip, but instead of salty or savory it is pure pumpkin sweetness matched with the spice of gingerbread!!
I also like having a veggie tray, cookie tray, these addicting pretzels and buffalo chicken dip! But I may even try my hand at a charcuterie board this year!! I love just having easy make-ahead appetizers and snack options for lunch so we can just chill for a bit and then we have a bigger sit down meal for dinner! It’s one of our annual traditions and I really, really like it!
I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be stressed over making food at Christmas so anything I can make a day or two ahead of time is GOLDEN! And this pumpkin cheesecake dip is so easy to prep a day or two in advance of the holiday and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy it and you can transfer it to a fancier serving dish.
You do you boo.
Any way you serve it this pumpkin dip with cream cheese is straight up delicious!! You can serve it with the gingersnaps like I did or use Nilla wafers or grapes, apples or pear slices would also be amazing! I definitely wouldn’t be sad about spreading this on a cinnamon graham cracker either!
Easy Pumpkin Dip with Cream Cheese
- Mixer stand or handheld
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 16 ounces pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- fruit or cookies for dipping
- Place cream cheese in mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin and spices and beat again until smooth. Chill and serve with gingersnap cookies, Nilla wafers, graham crackers, apple slices, grapes, or pear slices.
To make this recipe you may need…
- This bakers best friend-– I actually started this recipe with a hand mixer and quickly realized my mistake!
- A festive apron for keeping splatters at bay!
- This beautiful set takes your dipping to the next level!
- I love a sassy, seasonal kitchen towel!
YUM! I picked up the gingersnaps you see here in my pictures from Aldi! Aldi is a treasure trove of Christmas treats this time of year! (Definitely not a sponsored post–but please Aldi let’s hook up!– I just love their store!) I also particularly love their Dutch Caramel Wafers–so good with a mug of hot coffee in the morning!
I can hardly believe we are already in December! Each year just flies faster and faster! We are just back from a weeklong trip south to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving and this week we are REALLY settling into the Christmas season!
Yesterday on Cyber Monday I finished up the kids shopping, except for stocking stuffers and did a big chunk of holiday shopping for my husband and extended family as well. I’m a big online shopper and I love that in just a few clicks I can get my Christmas shopping done and without having to brave a store with three little kiddos!
I DO love browsing around stores this time of year! Last week my husband and I left the kids with their grandparents for a date night and we spent almost an hour just leisurely strolling through Barnes and Noble. And, OF COURSE, because I can’t say no to books we ended up with a few early Christmas presents for our kids too!
One thing I want to do this week is establish our family Christmas bucket list! Basically I ask everyone what is ONE thing they want to do this Christmas and I make sure we do it! From everything as simple as watching Home Alone to baking Christmas cookies to visiting local Christmas light displays to family gatherings and even down to what we cook– I just want to be sure we are prioritizing what’s really important!
I don’t want my family to miss ME while I’m busy hustling in the kitchen creating the perfect meal or recipe. I want to be in the mix and enjoying the moment OR creating delicious recipes alongside my people. So that’s why I prep easy dishes like this yummy pumpkin dip ahead of time as much as possible!
By doing as much as I can bit by bit and ahead of time I can make my holidays less stressful and more merry for all involved!
Also, it is worth noting– there is absolutely nothing healthy about this pumpkin dip and that’s very much okay!! Everything in moderation including moderation. The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy, especially on Christmas day! So while my normal day to day meal plan is overall healthy, I don’t feel bad at all splurging with fun treats I only get once a year!
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Where do appetizers fit into your holiday plans?
Do you prefer sweet or savory apps at Christmas?