Part Cheesecake, part mousse and part whipped cream this recipe is actually really easy to make and tastes amazing! Plus I’ve included 10 flavor alternatives to Pumpkin should you be reading this after Thanksgiving and you can’t bear to look at another pumpkin again until Labor Day. Since I was a kid I have loved the holidays. All the love, cheer and festivities that come from all the holiday parties and get togethers make the last quarter of the year feel like it lasts ten minutes instead of three months. As a kid when we would have holiday parties I would look forward to them and to planning them as much as the actually holiday itself. In fact a couple of years ago we took a large family cruise (by large I mean 10 of us) and I have to say I actually enjoyed the planning process of the cruise as much if not more than the cruise itself.
So when it comes to the holidays I spend months planning my recipes, crafting the menus, figuring out the party themes and testing recipes. Yes I test them all year round (which is why you see things like my Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Meal posted in the middle of summer). This dip was actually one of the first pumpkin recipes I tested this year.
A couple of years ago I tasted a pumpkin pie mousse dip that was fantastic and make me want to pull up a chair to the table it was on and eat it with a spoon. Not quite the right party etiquette, but the idea of dessert dips was something I had to explore more of. This recipe was the first of many that came out of that night. My husband’s favorite dessert is cheesecake (literally any flavor at all, he just LOVES cheesecake) so when I tried the recipe I used a mixture of what goes into a mousse and what would go into a no bake cheesecake! Magic I tell you.
So this recipe is not only simple but it is a base. A recipe you can use to make your favorite cheesecake dip flavor. Pumpkin is my flavor I obsess over in the fall but really this recipe is good year round. Just think, No bake cheesecake + whipped cream = this bowl of deliciousness.
Some alternate flavor ideas:
- Cherry Cheesecake with Vanilla (Cherry Vanilla)
- Strawberry Cheesecake with Cocoa Powder (Chocolate Dipped Strawberry)
- Raspberry Cheesecake with Cocoa Powder (Chocolate Raspberry)
- Strawberry Cheesecake with Lemon Zest/Juice (Strawberry Lemonade)
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Strawberry Jelly (PB&J)
- Coffee Cheesecake with Cocoa Powder (Tiramisu Flavor)
- Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cinnamon
- Vanilla Cheesecake with melted Caramels
- Oreo Cheescake with Oreo chunks
- Nutella Cheesecake
These are just a few of the flavors we’ve experimented with and loved and the best part is that the simplicity of it means you can vary it as you wish.
The base is is simple enough, 1 package cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup sugar, your choice of flavorings and 2 cups of whipped cream (this is made by whipping ¾ cup of heavy cream with 2 tablespoons of sugar). The choices of flavors you use is up to you, you aren’t baking it and there isn’t a whole lot of science involved. I would just hesitate adding high volumes of liquids because then your dip can get soupy.
As for what to dip in these concoctions, the list is quite long, but the most popular things have always been graham crackers, chips, cookies, sliced fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, and on particularly gluttonous occasions, chocolate bars.
- 8 ounces cream cheese (1 package, room temperature)
- 1/2 cup sugar (or ¾ cup powdered sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- 3/4 cups heavy cream (very cold)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- In a stand mixer beat the heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar until its formed almost hard peaks (2-3 minutes).
- Remove from stand mixer and set aside into another bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the stand mixer and let it cream until fully combined and you can't taste the granules of sugar (alternately you can also use ¾ cup of powdered sugar instead of the regular sugar).
- Fold half of the whipped cream in gently to lighten the dip before adding the second half.
- The first half will mostly deflate because the weight of the dip is still heavy, but the second half of the whipped cream will make it airy and light.
- Serve with your favorite cookies or fruit for dipping
Yay! More pumpkin! This dip looks and sounds so delicious! I am sure that this dip doesn’t last long! I want to make this for an upcoming party that I am heading to this weekend!
I hope you love it J, though with all the amazingness you make I’m honored you’d make something of mine 🙂
That looks amazing. Great pics as well. I am so pinning this!
Thanks for the pin Janice!
This dip looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to make some for my get together this weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.
Wonderful, hope you love it.
Wow! As in wow. This all looks delicious and healthy, and also it is easy to make. Im going to try this. So yummy. Thanks for sharing.
My pleasure! I hope you love it!
Oh my gosh this sounds so good. There are so many ways to modify it for different occasions!
YES! I am all about finding something delicious and making 10 versions of it, haha.
You can never go wrong with cheesecake dip. I love the different varieties you have provided. I will be trying these out. Thanks for sharing.
Awesome Stacie, I hope you love it!
This sounds fantabulous. I love pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting, so I’m sure I’ll love this. It sounds like a great nom nom!
Thanks Stacie! I think you will too 🙂
Wow this sounds pretty wonderful. I would love to give it a try and I love that it can be used with other things besides pumpkin!
Yes! I’m a sucker for all flavors of cheesecake!
Oh I love this so much! Just gimme a spoon – you can keep the cookies and crackers. 😉
Haha thanks Katerina!
Wow! What a great looking and delicious dip! This is so perfect for a harvest party or for the upcoming holidays and thank you for the tips on alternative flavors – great ideas!
Thanks! I love coming up with new versions haha.
I LOVE your pictures, they look SO good! My hubby loves Cheesecake so he would love these dips! Might be fun to make it for him this holiday!
Aww, thank you! That is so sweet of you to say!
I’m the same way – planning an event is usually just as much fun for me as the actual event! I love the sound of this dip…I bet it would be great with green apples or gingersnap cookies for dipping!
Oh heck yes! That would be delicious!
This sounds delicious! I love this time of year when everything’s pumpkin. I’ve never seen pumpkin cheesecake dip before.
This dip looks beyond awesome! And I want to try each and every one of those alternatives 🙂 We love dips!
Haha, I can recommend them highly. They were all yummy.
That dip sounds awesome. I think I might make some this weekend.
I’m totally down with the pumpkin, but I LOVE that you gave so many wonderful alternative!!