This super easy and almost irresistible pumpkin dip with cream cheese is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering! In less than 5 minutes you’ll be enjoying this tasty dessert appetizer!
I love serving this holiday dip using delicious Gingerbread cookies, but if you’re serving this another time of year cinnamon graham crackers and Nilla wafers are perfect as well!
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I love having appetizers, like this pumpkin dessert dip, for in between snacking during the holidays. 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 goodness!
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!
Can this pumpkin dip be made ahead of time?
Absolutely! This pumpkin cheesecake dip is so easy to prep a day or two in advance of any holiday or gathering and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy it.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be stressed over making food at the holidays so anything I can make a day or two ahead of time is GOLDEN! and you can transfer it to a fancier serving dish.
You do you boo.
What can I serve this dip with?
Any way you serve it this pumpkin dip with cream cheese is straight up delicious!! Here are some serving ideas:
- Gingersnap cookies
- Vanilla wafers
- Apple slices
- Pear slices
- Regular graham crackers
- Cinnamon graham crackers
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!)
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!
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!
How to be more intentional this Christmas
One thing I want to do this week is establish our family intentions before the season takes off. 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 do all this in my Vibrant Christmas Planner! It also makes it super easy to plan out menus, shopping lists, so I don’t spend all my time running to the grocery store during an already crowded and busy season!
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!
Easy Pumpkin Dip with Cream Cheese
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g
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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!
Where do appetizers fit into your holiday plans?
Do you prefer sweet or savory apps during the holidays?