Unexpected Seasonal Desserts: Pumpkin Pie Dip

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As we patiently await the arrival of that crisp autumn air in Central Florida, we can embrace the flavors of the season, specifically all things pumpkin. From pumpkin muffins (topped with tropical pumpkin butter for a double dose!) to pumpkin and goat cheese risotto, you could easily enjoy this classic fall ingredient at every meal. And don’t even get us started on dessert options!

If you’re in need of an easy but unexpected seasonal sweet treat, look no further than this delightful Pumpkin Pie Dip! The no-bake dip is both rich and creamy and light and fluffy, making it the perfect ending to a date night, family meal, or dinner party. A cross between pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie, it’ll please even the pickiest taste buds. 

Pumpkin Pie Dip

yields about 4 cups (16 1/4 cup servings)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

8 ounces of cream cheese, slightly softened

3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks

Dipping Options: dark chocolate, apple slices, banana slices, fresh strawberries, graham crackers, gingersnaps, vanilla wafers, or shortbread

 

First, use a handheld electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Second, beat in the powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until well-combined. Next, add 1/3 of the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and beat to combine. Lastly, fold the remaining whipped cream in 1/3 at a time.

Serve with any dipping options you like or eat it with a spoon like mousse. Enjoy!

 

Stay tuned for more unexpected holiday desserts in our upcoming Fall 2021 issue!

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