Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

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This easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer to celebrate the fall season! With only 5 ingredients, it's ready in minutes to take to fall parties and holiday gatherings!

pumpkin cream cheese dip with a cookie in the middle.
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Why You'll Love It

  • EASY RECIPE - you'll love being able to pick up just 5 ingredients at the grocery store to make this affordable fall appetizer.
  • QUICK PREP - in just 10 minutes, you'll have fluffy pumpkin cheesecake dip that's ready for any party!
  • GREAT FLAVOR - everyone loves the warm flavor of pumpkin spice mixed with cream cheese and whipped cream. It's like eating a lighter version of pumpkin pie!

Recipe Spotlight

Cream cheese pumpkin dip has incredible flavor that just 'screams fall' with every bite! You'll enjoy this easy recipe that mixes together in less than 10 minutes! It's a popular choice for holidays like Halloween or Thanksgiving.

You may have tried other pumpkin cheese dip recipes, but this version is made totally from scratch with real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip. I promise you'll taste the difference!

Serve this autumn dip with fruit slices, shortbread or gingerbread cookies for a warm and toasty spiced flavor. This recipe also pairs well with other appetizers like Holiday Cheese Balls, Mini Quiche Tarts and Bacon Apricot Cheese Spread.

pumpkin dip with pecan sandies cookies in a circle.

Equipment Needed

  • mixer and mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • decorative pumpkin bowl or small pumpkin

Ingredient Notes

Pumpkin Fluff couldn't be easier to mix together! Find the ingredients at your local grocery store, or check to see if you already have some of them in your pantry.

See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.

  • heavy whipping cream - homemade whipped cream makes this recipe extra creamy
  • cream cheese - use either full fat or the reduced fat version
  • powdered sugar - can substitute brown sugar if desired
  • canned pumpkin puree - make sure you use puree and not pie mix
  • pumpkin pie spice - the perfect blend of spices for this easy appetizer
ingredients needed to make pumpkin dip.

How to Make Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

Add heavy whipping cream to a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form (about 2 to 3 minutes).

whipped cream in a white bowl.

Let cream cheese sit at room temperature until it softens. Place in a mixing bowl. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until it's smooth and creamy.

Scrape down the edges of the mixing bowl and add powdered sugar. Mix until no lumps are visible. (about 2 more minutes).

cream cheese with pumpkin and spice on the side.

Add puree and spice to cream cheese. Blend well with mixer. Fold in whipped cream and stir until dip is light and fluffy.

pure pumpkin and spice mixed in with cream cheese.

Spoon into a decorative container, or hollow out a small pumpkin and use it as a dish. Serve with pecan sandies or gingerbread cookies for dipping! Apple slices or other fruits work well too.

pumpkin dip after it's been mixed together.

Helpful Tips

  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This prevents lumps from forming.
  • Use pure pumpkin instead of pie mix for best results.
  • Fold in the whipped cream instead of beating it with a mixer. This keeps the cream from breaking down and helps the dip to remain fluffy.

Recipe FAQS

What does pumpkin dip taste like?

Since there's beaten cream cheese and whipped cream in this recipe, it's very light and airy. It has a subtle touch of spice but not too much. It's not too sweet so it tastes really good with any type of cookie. Even vanilla wafers or animal crackers work well!

What's the difference between pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix?

Pie mix is already sweetened and flavored with a variety of spices. It's used as a shortcut for making pies. Pure pumpkin is a puree of several different squashes that's unsweetened and doesn't contain any spices. It's also thicker which is important in this recipe.

Can this recipe be served in something besides a pumpkin?

Sure! It's one of the most popular fall appetizers to bring to a holiday get together, but you can serve it in a plain bowl or any other dish. It would be really cute in a turkey bowl for Thanksgiving, or a black cat dish for Halloween!

Variations

  • Use cinnamon instead of pie spice, but since it's stronger, cut the amount in half.
  • Sprinkle in walnuts, pecans or coconut for a chunky dip.
  • Throw in some chocolate chips or butterscotch morsels.
  • Use Cool Whip (whipped topping) instead of homemade whipped cream.
  • Substitute neufchatel for regular cream cheese to save calories.
  • Frost vanilla cupcakes with pumpkin fluff! It makes the perfect frosting!
cookie being dipped into pumpkin cream cheese dip.

What to Serve with Pumpkin Dip

Place the dip in a bowl surrounded by apple slices, graham crackers, gingersnaps or sliced pumpkin loaf. Pretzel rods and candy dippers are perfect for this recipe. I use Pecan Sandies cookies because the saltiness adds a nice burst of flavor when dipped!

Chances are you'll need more appetizers to serve with pumpkin cheesecake dip if you're hosting a party. Sausage Balls and Cheesy Meatball Sliders are a popular choice and taste great with this recipe.

Other favorite appetizers include Candied Bacon Pecans and Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip. The pecans add a sweet and spicy crunch, while the spinach and artichokes add a savory bite.

Storage and Freezing

Leftovers will last up to a week in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.

You can also freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw out in the refrigerator overnight before serving and use a wire whisk to fluff it up. You'll need to add more whipped cream to the recipe to make it the right consistency.

More Pumpkin Recipes

If you love this recipe, try my other fall dishes that taste great with a hot cup of coffee!

Recipe Card

pumpkin cream cheese dip with cookie dunking into it.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

This easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer to celebrate the fall season! With only 5 ingredients, it's ready in minutes to take to fall parties and holiday gatherings.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizers, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 196kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

  • mixer and mixing bowl
  • spatula and spoons
  • decorative bowl or small pumpkin

Ingredients

Pumpkin Dip

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (substitute Cool Whip if desired)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (use more for a sweeter dip)
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (use more for stronger flavor)
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin (use puree, not pumpkin pie filling)

Dippers

  • pecan sandies, sliced apples, pretzel rods, graham crackers or gingersnaps for dipping

Instructions

  • Add heavy whipping cream to a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  • Place cream cheese in a separate mixing bowl. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until it's smooth and creamy.
  • Scrape down the edges of the mixing bowl and add powdered sugar. Mix until no lumps are visible. (about 2 more minutes).
  • Add pure pumpkin and pumpkin spice to cream cheese. Blend well with mixer. Fold in whipped cream and stir until dip is light and fluffy.
  • Spoon into a decorative container, or hollow out a small pumpkin and use it as a dish. Serve with pecan sandies or gingerbread cookies for dipping.

Notes

  • This recipe makes about 4 cups of pumpkin dip.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This prevents lumps from forming.
  • Use pure pumpkin instead of pie mix for best results.
  • Fold in the whipped cream instead of beating it with a mixer. This keeps the cream from breaking down and helps the dip to remain fluffy.
  • Leftovers will last up to a week in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.
  • You can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw out in the refrigerator overnight before serving and use a wire whisk to fluff it up. You'll need to add more whipped cream to the recipe to make it the right consistency because the cream breaks down during the freezing process.
  • View the Google Web Story for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip!

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Oooooh, I love this pumpkin dip! It has so much flavor and I like that it's not really sweet from too much sugar.

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