Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Toasted Pecans
In need of an easy dish that will WOW crowds immediately? This Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with Toasted Pecans will put the Jack in the O’Lantern! Celebrate the autumn season with this amazingly simple, but sophisticated tasting dip. It took me five minutes to whip together. It is very versatile and transportable which is a great bonus. You can adjust it to your taste and be creative with delicious additions. The creamy texture mixed with the pumpkin and spices will please all that taste it. The crunch from pecans add something special to the dip as well. What are you waiting for? Dive in…..
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In five minutes flat (plus a tiny bit of chilling time), this dip will transform any table into a seasonal delight. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand already… Beware: This dip is addicting. One might finish the bowl in one sitting! 🙂 Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 16 ounce can/carton of organic pumpkin purée (this equals about 2 cups)
- 2 8 ounce bricks of cream cheese, softened * you can use low fat cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus some for dusting on the top
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup shelled pecans, chopped
Here’s what you do:
- In a large bowl, with together the pumpkin, softened cream cheese, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maple syrup, and brown sugar for about a minute until well blended.
- Place this mixture in the refrigerator for about a half an hour to firm back up.
- In the meantime, toast the pecans either in a toaster oven or in a cast iron skillet until golden brown. Be very careful to watch the pecans as you’re toasting them so they will not burn. They burn very easily. Set the toasted nuts aside.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle some cinnamon on the top of the dip. Sprinkle the toasted pecans on the top of the dip as well.
- Serve the dip with either cinnamon sugar pita chips, ginger snaps, or cinnamon graham crackers to enhance the flavor even more.
You can get very creative with this dip. You can use any kind of nuts if at all. You can add dried cranberries, dried cherries, or raisins. The possibilities are endless.
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