Pumpkin Dip

For the past 7 years, Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays.

Thanksgiving will always be my #1, but since Nick and I got married, Halloween has meant 3 things:

1. We eat a piece of candy for almost  every piece we hand out.

2. Roxy would always end up in our laps on the porch until the next group of kids came skipping down the road.

3. The entire night was spent sitting with our neighbor, Clayt, and listening to all his stories of growing up in the county.

So on Monday night, I knew that we wouldn’t get to sit with Clayt because of where our new house is. And I knew we wouldn’t see the same kids.

But I got some candy and we sat in the front room watching How I Met Your Mother, ready to hand it out to princesses, pumpkins, and goblins.

And you know what?

We didn’t have any trick-or-treaters.

None. Not one kid!

So now Nick and I have a bowl full of Halloween candy and no new stories from Clayt.

But you know what’s good?

Reese cups dipped in pumpkin dip.

Snickers bars dipped in pumpkin dip.

M&Ms dropped into pumpkin dip and eaten with a spoon.

If you’ve got leftover Halloween candy hanging around or if you just want a fun fall dip, whip this up.

It’s quick, easy, and is even more tasty with gingersnaps, graham crackers, and sliced apples. Or Hershey Bars. I won’t judge.

 

Pumpkin Dip

Makes: About 1 and 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and yogurt together until smooth.
  2. Add in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, and mix until everything is combined and the dip is creamy and smooth.
  3. Serve with graham crackers, sliced apples, or gingersnaps.

 

The first time I made this dip, I used all cream cheese (which is awesome!) but I love the mix of cream cheese and thick greek yogurt in the dip. It has a little more tang, but the texture is still creamy and easy to dip or spread onto crackers, cookies, or fruit.

Using a mix of greek yogurt and cream cheese keeps this dip a bit healthier and pumps up the protein.

Healthier dips for your holiday parties = good living!

 

As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/community/fage-greek-getaway

 

22 Responses to “Pumpkin Dip”

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

    This dip looks amazing! Also, peanut butter cup in pumpkin dip sounds heavenly!

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    Cassie (Bake Your Day) — November 2, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Yum! Greek yogurt is a great addition. I usually use Cool Whip but this sounds like a great twist…I always love to see new ways of making favorite recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kathryn — November 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

    What a great excuse to eat all the left over candy – this looks wonderful!

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    Lauren — November 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I just made a pumpkin dip last week and was reminded how delicious this treat is. :)

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    Heather — November 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    This looks and sounds amazing! And your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — November 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

    How cool!! I need to try this!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Looks so good! I made pumpkin dip this year and could have eaten it by the spoonful!

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook — November 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love the idea of using this as a dip for graham crackers. Yum!

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    Veronica — November 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Man that looks good!!! I need a good pumpkin cheesecake recipe!!!

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    Faith @ For the Health of It — November 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Geeze, is there anything cream cheese doesn’t rock with? Looks delish, as usual!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Yum! I love that you made this with Greek yogurt…such a great idea!

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    Shannon — November 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    No trick or treaters?? :( luckily you had some of this dip, because it looks amazing!!! yum, totally making this at some point :)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — November 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love pumpkin dip with all my heart. But I cannot and will not ever make it again because I will 100% eat the entire thing, by myself until I feel nothing but remorse and a 2-day bellyache. I highly recommend everyone with better willpower than me make it though :)

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    Jessica — November 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Seriously?? I need this in my life! YUM!

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — November 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my goodness girl, I don’t think I could trust myself around this dip!! It contains not 1, not 2, but THREE of my favorite things ever. Hello pumpkin, cream cheese AND greek yogurt. Get outta here!?!?! Yummmmmm :)

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    Joanne — November 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Or…I’ll just make this dip and eat it out of a bowl with a spoon. Breakfast? So happening.

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