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. That looks yummy!

  2. 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!
    Thanks.
    Katrina

  3. that looks so good! I love pumpkin!

  4. Looks Delish! :)

  5. That’s such an easy way to do the pumpkin, the dip sounds amazing!

  6. Donna B. says:

    Interesting recipe, I’ll have to give it a try :)

  7. I may have to give this recipe a try, looks delicious!

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

  9. Deanna G. says:

    I love anything pumpkin! This looks o yummy :)

  10. Charity S. says:

    Wow, that looks so good. Also, I really love gingersnaps.

  11. My daughter and I love pumpkin!!!! Need to try this

  12. 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!

    • 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.

  13. Jennifer Barr says:

    looks good!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. mamabunny13 says:

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

  17. I pureed pumpkin this weekend…this sure would have been easier!

  18. Debi Hubbard says:

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

  19. How different! I need to try this!

  20. 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!

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

  22. Oh my gosh that sounds divine! :D Yum! Thanks for sharing this!!

  23. Lisa G. says:

    This looks so yummy!

  24. Mellissa C says:

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

  25. phaltu kachra says:

    love the recipie!!!!

  26. Catharine says:

    This looks so good and tasty!

  27. Erika Seever says:

    Going to make this for my husband. He LOVES pumpkin.

  28. 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!

    • 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.

  29. Joyce Mlinek says:

    Your pumpkin dip looks yummy. My husband would love it.

  30. 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!

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

  31. 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!

  32. Heather H. says:

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

  33. Jennifer H says:

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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 :(

  36. 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!

  37. My goodness, looks yummy! I love pumpkin everything and I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!

  38. I’ve made something similar to this and its so yummy!

  39. robinj2001 says:

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

  40. robinj2001 says:

    i tweeted this

  41. robinj2001 says:

    i liked this one

  42. robinj2001 says:

    i shared this one

  43. robinj2001 says:

    i commented on the recipe from the first entry

  44. Jennifer says:

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

  45. 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!

  46. Wendy W says:

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

  47. ashley says:

    Looks so good!

  48. 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!

  49. Sandra Somoza says:

    Love fresh pumpkin! Sounds like a recipe I need to try! YUM

  50. 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! :)

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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!

  54. Angela Willis says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this… thank you for the recipe!
    Angela W.
    angelagwillis@comcast.net

  55. Oh Boy…Pumpkin is my favorite. I gotta try this :)

  56. Looks super good!

  57. Amanda says:

    I would love to try this it looks amazing.

  58. This looks great and even somewhat good for you!

  59. 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?

  60. 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!

  61. I have never heard of Pumpkin Dip but I would love to try this.

  62. 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!

  63. 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

  64. sounds easy and good, have to try it

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. Laura K. says:

    This looks delicious!

  68. Aisling says:

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

  69. Pumkin dip?! Did you just say PUMPKIN DIP?!?!

    You sure do know the way to my heart. <3

  70. Melissa O'Haver says:

    OMG! lol anything pumpkin is good with me!!!

  71. 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!

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