Homemade Holiday Feast – Pumpkin Dip for Dessert

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You’ll fill yourself with turkey, stuffin’, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and all the fixin’s and then you’ll be ready for the coveted fresh baked pumpkin pie right? Well, not quite. While I imagine there are a lot of pumpkin pie lovers out there, I would venture to guess that are a lot of people that enjoy the pumpkin flavor but don’t enjoy that heavy dessert after a loaded Thanksgiving Feast.

I’ve got an easy dessert that involves fresh pumpkin and all of  the homemade pumpkin flavors with a little fluff to it thanks to my mother. It makes the perfect dessert to add to your menu for kids!

I imagine you’ve heard by now, I have a no canned pumpkin rule. It may work in a pinch but doesn’t really highlight the wonderful, natural flavors of pumpkin. There are of course dozens of ways to prepare it but I would suggest you start with my tutorial on how to steam a pumpkin. Rather than whipping it in the mixer, we’re going to get a smoother texture by using the Fruit Strainer attachment for the KitchenAid Mixer.

kitchenaid mixer fruit strainer attachment

Simply start by adding small chunks of steamed pumpkin through the strainer opening.

pumpkin fruit strainer attachmentThe pumpkin is then pushed through the hopper and into the strainer cone which creates a fine puree. Think baby food texture.

strained pumpkinWithin minutes you have this incredible fresh pumpkin puree.

After using the fruit/vegetable strainer for the first time I absolutely loved the texture it created but was a bit disappointed in the mess it leaves behind. There are a lot of parts to this attachment that will need cleaned and does a great job of hiding puree in nooks within.

fresh pureed pumpkinNow that we have fresh pumpkin puree … let’s make the dip!

Pumpkin Dip Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz cool whip whipped topped, thawed

In a mixer, whip pumpkin puree and powdered sugar. Add spice and cream cheese and continue to mix (setting 6 on KitchenAid stand mixer) for about 1 minute. Add whipped topping and mix for an additional minute.

pumpkin dip

You’ll want to refrigerate the pumpkin dip until it’s time for dessert and serve it with a plate of gingersnap cookies for dipping.

gingersnap cookie pumpkin dip

Be sure to check back next week as we explore all of the wonderful ways to use turkey leftovers and begin the Kitchaid Artisan Mixer Giveaway! Until then, I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Disclosure – The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer featured in this recipe was provided to me free of cost by KitchenAid. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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  1. says

    That looks delicious.
    I have never seen that attachment for the KitchenAid, looks like it would be great for making baby food!! I’ll have to check into it!

  2. Mari says

    That looks tasty. I think the dip would go well with oatmeal raisin cookies (well, no raisins for me).

  3. Schmidty says

    A fruit strainer! I didn’t know this was available for the Kitchen Aid mixer. What a breeze it would be to use!

    • says

      It’s definitely a handy attachment to have. I wish I had known about it when I was making homemade baby food for my youngest.

  4. angie says

    this sounds so tasty together I love pumpkin and the gingersnaps had to go great together these great taste would have been like autumn in my mouth

  5. Pam L. says

    I have made a variation to your pumpkin dip (no whipped cream, I used plain yogurt) and used it as a fruit dip, it was a big hit at my party

  6. mamabunny13 says

    I never would have thought to make pumpkin dip! Thanks for sharing!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  7. Debi Hubbard says

    Oh my gosh…pumpkin dip! Sounds delicious and am definitely going to give it a try.

  8. Tara says

    Oh man, I want a kitchenAid! That attachment is awesome! This is a very cool recipe. I like that you could put all kinds of things out to dip for dessert. Its fun!

  9. Jen says

    Going to a cookie party in two weeks! Will have to test these out. Sound amazing!

  10. Mellissa C says

    Pumpkin Dip! Knowing me I probably be dipping about anything I could get my hands on. Cookies, Marshmallows and sliced apples!

  11. says

    I will be planting sugar pumpkins this spring for using in the fall. Thanks for posting this, as I have been wondering how to create puree from a pumpkin. Next year, I will be able to proudly serve pumpkin pie with pumpkins from my own garden!

    • says

      oh wow, you grow your own pumpkins? I’d love to try that. While I have great hands in the kitchen, my thumb is all brown when it comes to growing vegetables.

  12. Aura says

    I always thought the grinder was best for baby food but this looks a lot better although I dont know about the cleaning part. That pumpking cream cheese dip sounds out of this world!

    • says

      The cleaning process is a bit more involved than I had hoped for but the smoothness in the puree is definitely worth it.

  13. Alex H. (Lexigurl) says

    Thanks for the great ideas on using pumpkin. I tried seeds this year and burnt them. I am ready for it next year!

  14. Heather H. says

    I could use this dip for other goodies besides gingersnaps. Anytime you throw in cream cheese to anything I’m hooked.

  15. Jennifer H says

    I do have a big sweet tooth, but if I’m going to spend the calories, it’s gotta be chocolate!

  16. Laura W. says

    These sound amazing-gingersnaps have been helping me with first trimester nausea, but they’re not my favorite cookie. the pumpkin dip would make it sooo good.

  17. Debbie Stanton says

    that looks soooooooo yummy!! I have only used canned pumpkin and would love to try fresh, but alas I have the mixer, but no attachment :(

  18. Lisa says

    My mother in law makes this every year at Christmas, and it is one of my all time favorites! I may have to give it a try this year. They (my in laws) live in Missouri, we are now in Texas! This would definitely be a missed tradition!

  19. robinj2001 says

    this looks good and easy the first thing im going to try with my new mixer

  20. Jennifer says

    That recipe sounds soooo yummy!!! I really need to get a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. All of those attachments look so cool!

  21. Jennifer says

    Sorry for the duplicate comments, I posted the comment on here before I did the required entry.

    That recipe sounds soooo yummy!!! I really need to get a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. All of those attachments look so cool!

  22. Wendy W says

    I’ve never had pumpkin dip before. I’m going to try this next year when I plan pumpkins.

  23. Jenette says

    I wanted to make real pumpkin this year but ran out of time. But since you say it enhances the natural favors I must try it now!

  24. Mippy says

    Oh my gosh this sounds so very good! I can’t believe a mixer can do all that! It’s so totally awesome that it can do all those things!!! :D
    I love how you tell what equipment a person will need to get the desired results. It saves on guess work or messing up lots or starttng and realizing you don’t have everything you’ll need!
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  25. Amy says

    Again easy enough ingredients and so unique- take this to a party and be ready to share the recipe!

  26. Angela L. says

    That looks SO DELICIOUS!! I love anything and everything pumpkin, and I can’t wait to give that a try. Thank you for sharing!

    Angela L.

  27. says

    Now, that looks delicious. I really like pumpkin pie. I have never heard of pumpkin dip. How incredibly yummy it looks. You must have a very nice camera. Those close ups are great!

  28. Eileen says

    I love to make gingersnaps! They are neighborhood favorites and I have to make a triple batch when I do them! NOW I will try this pumpkin dip too. I wonder how it would taste on pumpkin sweet bread?

  29. katklaw777 says

    Cat…your pics and review are very well done. You made me want to make this immediately, like right now. lol I may have to cheat tho and use one of my cans of organic pumpkin that I have been hoarding. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Kristen says

    I love pumpkin, and this recipe sounds so good! What’s not to love about a fluffy mixture containing both pumpkin and cream cheese? Yum!

  31. G Bailey says

    I’m new to you. I’ve read three recipes now and think they have very helpful and efficent demonstrations.

    ceis8009 at yahoo.com

  32. says

    This sounds so yummy! Too bad I have to wait to try it since my blender died a very sad death (too many smoothies post weight loss surgery apparently… oppsie!) And it wasn’t a kitch aid, so maybe that was my first mistake? LoL

  33. says

    You’re making me hungry. Doesn’t sound like it’s too sweet, if you know what I mean. Sometimes this time of year I just get too many sweets.

  34. Aisling says

    This sounds very tasty – I think my whole family would enjoy it so I’ll have to give it a try!

  35. Laura H. says

    Okay, I’ll have to admit I’m one of those who uses canned pumpkin. But with a KitchenAid mixer and the fruit and vegetable strainer attachment and this how-to on pureed pumpkin, I, too, could become a no-canned pumpkin kinda gal. This looks so easy and delicious that I can easily see this become a family holiday favorite!