Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

$2.28 recipe / $0.57 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.43 from 7 votes
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Two weeks ago we had a cold spell and I was all like, “I’M READY FOR PUMPKIN!” I bought mini pumpkins to decorate my kitchen, bought some fall-scented candles, and watched pumpkin everything blow up on social media. And now it’s time for the first pumpkin recipe of the year! I’m usually a fan of savory pumpkin recipes more so than sweet, but I just happened to have all the ingredients for this Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip on hand, so that’s what I whipped up today. Zero regrets, guys. ZERO.

A full bowl of fluffy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pita Crisps for dipping.

What’s in Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

This super delicious, light, and fluffy dip is so easy to make and only calls for eight simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this pumpkin dip:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream: This is the base for this light and fluffy luscious dessert. While you can use store-bought whipped cream, you can not substitute with milk, or any other lower fat dairy product.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla gives the whipped cream a richer, cozier flavor.
  • Sugar: We’ve got to sweeten up the whipped cream and pumpkin! I don’t like my dip too-too sweet, so we only used about ¼ cup total for the entire recipe.
  • Cream Cheese: Cream cheese gives this dip a cheesecake-like flavor, and helps the texture of the dip hold up to refrigeration (no deflating!).
  • Pumpkin Purée: Tons of pumpkin flavor and gorgeous orange color, not to mention fiber and other nutrients.
  • Spices: A little bit of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg give this dip a warm, fall-like vibe. You can substitute with ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice if you don’t have the individual spices on hand.

How to Serve Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

This super light and fluffy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip can be eaten several different ways. You can use it as a dip for graham crackers, apple slices, or, cinnamon pita crisps. You can make it into a parfait by layering it in a jar with crushed cinnamon graham crackers, or you can just say, “to hell with it” and serve it with a spoon and a side of Netflix. While the first two options make the prettiest presentation, the last option is probably my favorite.

Front view of a Cinnamon Pita Crisp being dipped into a bowl of fluffy Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

4.43 from 7 votes
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is a light and fluffy no-bake dessert packed with fall flavor. Perfect for parties, holidays, or just dessert!
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a super light and fluffy dessert packed with fall spices and just enough sweetness to balance the pumpkiny flavor. BudgetBytes.com
Servings 4 1 cup each
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream ($0.84)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.84)
  • 4 Tbs sugar, divided ($0.04)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature ($0.60)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (solid pack pumpkin) ($0.57)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Add the heavy cream to a glass or metal mixing bowl and whip with a stand mixer, hand mixer, or a whisk until it begins to thicken and the beaters begin to leave a trail in the cream. At that point add the vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp of the sugar. Continue to whisk until stiff peaks form. 
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and the remaining 2 Tbsp sugar until smooth. Make sure no lumps of cream cheese remain in the mixture.
  • Transfer a large scoop of the whipped cream to the bowl with the pumpkin mixture and fold the two together to help lighten up the pumpkin mixture.
  • Transfer about 1/3 of the pumpkin mixture back to the bowl with the whipped cream and gently fold them together. Once incorporated, repeat with the second 1/3 of the mixture, and then again once more with the final third of the pumpkin mixture. Make sure to fold gently and do not vigorously stir to prevent the whipped cream from losing its volume.
  • Once the mixtures are fully incorporated and smooth, the dip is ready to serve. Or, chill until ready to eat.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 31gSodium: 109mgFiber: 2g
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse with graham crackers and apples for dipping.

How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip – Step by Step Photos

Whipped Cream

Begin by whipping 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. I like to wait until the cream starts to thicken a bit before adding the sugar and vanilla. If you’ve never whipped cream before, “stiff peaks” means that when you lift the beaters out of the cream, the little peaks that are left in the bowl stand upright and do not slump over. Be careful not to overbeat the cream, though, because it can begin to break down and separate.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin and Spices

In a separate bowl, combine 4 oz. room temperature cream cheese, 1 cup pumpkin purée, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. 

Creamed Cheese and Pumpkin

Beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and spices together until they are smooth and no lumps of cream cheese remain (this is why it’s important to use room-temperature cream cheese).

Fold Pumpkin and Whipped Cream 1

Take a hefty scoop of the whipped cream and add that to the pumpkin mixture. Fold them together to give the pumpkin mixture some lightness.

Fold Pumpkin Mixture into Whipped Cream 2

Now take 1/3 of that lightened pumpkin mixture and fold it into the bowl with the rest of the whipped cream. Make sure not to stir vigorously or you risk deflating your whipped cream. Just fold gently and watch the pretty swirls of orange and white.

Fold Pumpkin and Whipped Cream 3

Repeat that two more times until all of the pumpkin mixture has been folded into the whipped cream. And that’s it! The Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is ready to eat!

A cinnamon pita crisp being dipped into a bowl of fluffy Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse.

And while this pumpkin dip really is good with these Cinnamon Pita Crisps, just give me a spoon already. It was REALLY hard to not just eat it all right away, but I think I like it even more after chilling a bit!

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  1. Was very excited to try this recipe! Had an interesting aftertaste to it. I looked for cinnamon pita chips but wasn’t able to find any in the store. So I bought gluten-free cookies to dip with!

  2. This is SO good. I layered it in a jar with some fancy gingersnap cookies and served with candied pecans (made with your candied walnut recipe!). :)

    1. Hi, Dianne! Unfortunately, half & half won’t whip like heavy cream because it doesn’t have a high enough fat content. So substituting it, in this case, would likely lead to an unsuccessful result. There is a hack you can look up online for making heavy cream with h&h (by mixing it with melted butter). However, I have never used this technique in a recipe that requires going on to whip the cream…so I don’t know if it will work in this application! (In theory, it *should* work. I would make sure to chill the mixture first and then try to whip it.) If you do try it, let me know how it goes! ~Marion :)

    1. I actually tried to freeze this to see if it turned out like no-churn ice cream, but it did not. Haha. It was rock hard when frozen and wasn’t good after being thawed. :P

  3. I found this recipe a few days before Christmas and I knew I had to make it! I was not disappointed! It was light, soft, fluffy and I loved the texture. The best part was how delicious it was! Everyone’s eyes lit up when they tasted this delightful treat. I served it with Graham crackers.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome dessert. xx

  4. My only substitute was using Neufchatel cheese instead of regular cream cheese – worked great; thanks for the recipe! The serving suggestion with cinnamon pita crisps was perfect.