Pumpkin Dip

5 from 13 votes

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Pumpkin Dip is a creamy, spice-filled dip that pairs well with gingersnaps, apple slices, graham crackers, and more. The perfect Fall treat!

Pumpkin dip in a white bowl surrounded by graham crackers and butter waffle cookies
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  1. Ingredients in Pumpkin Dip
  2. What to Dip?
  3. Suggestions for Making Pumpkin Dip
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about Canned Pumpkin
  5. More Fall Pumpkin Treats
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Pumpkin Dip, with its creamy cool texture and spicy sweet flavor, is the very best fall treat! My sister-in-law, Paige made this dip when we were visiting for Thanksgiving one year and we could not get enough of it! Now it’s a staple at our house during the autumn holidays. It’s different than most fall treats; light, cool and creamy instead of heavy like a pumpkin pie. We love serving it at holiday buffets with a big platter of ginger snap cookies or shortbread cookies. This dip is something unique that everyone is excited to try and it’s always the first thing to go at a party.

Ingredients in Pumpkin Dip

Blend together these simple ingredients you probably have on hand to create a creamy, delicious pumpkin dip.

  • Pumpkin puree (100% pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Spices: Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Ginger
A graham cracker section dipped in a bowl of pumpkin dip

What to Dip?

  • The best cookies to serve with this Pumpkin Dip are Ginger Thins. You can order them on Amazon. You can also find Ginger Thins at IKEA and at Trader Joes. They are a larger, flower-shaped cookie with a smooth texture. I believe the Trader Joes cookies are called Cookie Thins Triple Ginger.
  • If you are serving this dip during the Christmas season, it is also fun to serve with homemade Gingerbread Cookies. I would recommend not decorating them, and just using the cookies in the gingerbread man shape.
  • Traditional Ginger Snaps also work great and can be found at your local grocery store. Familiar brands that make a Ginger Snap cookie are Stauffers, Nabisco, Newman’s Own, and Trader Joes.
  • Nilla Wafers are also super yummy in this dip.
  • If you want to go for a little healthier snack to dip, try apple slices. I like to use green apples like Granny Smith because I like the tart apple with the sweet dip. You could also dunk some banana slices in as well!
  • The most recent time I made this dip, I used Butter Waffle Cookies and Cinnamon Grahams from Trader Joes. They were both delish!
Butter waffle cookies and graham crackers from trader joes

Suggestions for Making Pumpkin Dip

  • This Pumpkin Dip is best served super cold. You’ll need to refrigerate this dip for at least an hour before serving. This gives the flavors a chance to blend.
  • Letting the dip sit overnight in the fridge is even better. This is a nice party food to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until your guests come over. It’ll stay nice and fresh in the fridge for up to three days.
  • You can use lower fat cream cheese to cut down calories but steer clear of complete fat free varieties. It’s just not as creamy and smooth as fuller fat options. Everything in moderation, right?
  • To get everything super creamy with zero lumps, I recommend letting the cream cheese reach room temperature before blending. Whip it up alone until nice and smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients. It’s worth taking the extra time to get this dip as fluffy and silky as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions about Canned Pumpkin

Does canned pumpkin need to be cooked before eating?

No, it is already cooked before it is canned. It is safe to eat straight from the can. This dip is a great way to use canned pumpkin, or leftover canned pumpkin.

How do you eat canned pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin can be used straight from the can in many recipes, like this pumpkin dip. It is delicious in pancakes, waffles, cookies, breads, and also gives flavor to yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and soups.

How healthy is canned pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin puree is very healthy for you, according to mayoclinic.org, it can be just as good for you as fresh pumpkin. Be sure to use 100% pumpkin puree to get the greatest benefits with the least amount of sugar. Canned pumpkin is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and iron.

More Fall Pumpkin Treats

When temps dip below 90, I want to make all the pumpkin things! Here are some of our very favorite pumpkin recipes for this, our favorite season of all!

a graham cracker being dipped in pumpkin dip

Pumpkin Dip

5 from 13 votes
Pumpkin Dip is a creamy, spice-filled dip that pairs well with gingersnaps, apple slices, graham crackers, and more. The perfect Fall treat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8




  • In a large bowl, whip softened cream cheese. Blend in powdered sugar, then sour cream, then mix in the pumpkin puree until smooth. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving (preferably several hours or overnight).
  • Serve with ginger snaps, gingerbread cookies, apple slices, shortbread cookies, Nilla Wafers, and/or banana slices.
    Butter Waffle Cookies and Cinnamon Grahams from Trader Joe's to serve with pumpkin dip
  • Arrange serving dish with a bowl of pumpkin dip in the middle. Layer crackers in an alternating pattern around the bowl.
    Pumpkin dip in a white bowl surrounded by graham crackers and butter waffle cookies


Recipe tips:

  • Make the day before and let the dip sit in the fridge overnight for the best flavor and consistency. 
  • This dip is best served cold, straight from the fridge.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 5075IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    So good and easy! Love this addition to the party table. It’s like pumpkin pie…but in a dippable form! Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    YUM! We made it this afternoon for a family game get-together. And dipped stroop waffles (from Costco) in this dip. HEAVEN!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a Christmas goodie for me, which is great because it just extends pumpkin longer after Thanksgiving! It’s a divine dip!

  4. The instructions should read: whip the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and whip until smooth. Add Sour cream and the spices and blend. Blend in the pumpkin purée a little at a time until desired consistency is reached. If you just put it all in a bowl together and mix, it can be lumpy and runny.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a perfect recipe for fall entertaining and family movie night or game night. It sounds delicious, I could go for some right now.

  6. I made pumpkin pie muffins this morning because we're still craving and enjoying the spices from Thanksgiving. This is next on my list….great idea to put them with ginger snaps. Better yet, I have some in the freezer already….this dish is already half made now, ha.