Pumpkin dip recipe

This family recipe is sure to be a holiday favorite

Every year when the weather starts to get chillier and the holidays roll around, my mom always makes a couple batches of pumpkin dip for our family to enjoy. 

Whether you’re mourning most of autumn being over, anticipating Thanksgiving or you’re one of those crazy people who starts to celebrate Christmas in early November, pumpkin dip always offers warm and fuzzy holiday vibes. 

I make this dish every year because it doesn’t take very long to put together, and it tastes incredible. 

I’m not exactly sure where the recipe first came from, as there are tons of other variations out there on the internet, but it has always been a staple in both my immediate and my extended family that we find ourselves coming back to every year.

This dish is perfect to pack and eat at lunch, or to make as both a sweet and savory after-school snack. 

If you have access to an electric mixer, it’s easy to make in your apartment kitchen (if you don’t, save this recipe and make this dish when you go home over Thanksgiving break).


8 oz. cream cheese, softened

15 oz. can of pure pumpkin (not pie filling)

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 to 2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cloves

1 tsp vanilla


With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Slowly add sugar and mix well. Add spices and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Refrigerate for a few hours to keep it chilly.

Serve with apple slices and ginger snaps, or whatever else you want to dip in the dip. Enjoy this fun creation with friends and family – it tastes best when it’s shared with those you love.

~Anna Dorl, Lifestyle Editor~

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