Gingerbread Dip

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 6, 2013

Light, fluffy Gingerbread dip made with cream cheese, greek yogurt and plenty of spice! Perfect dip for the holidays!

Join me today as I partner with the American Dairy Association Mideast to help Feed America! At the end of this post, see how YOU can help (and it doesn’t cost you a penny!)

Gingerbread Dip recipe: creamy, fluffy and perfect for the holidays!

I haven’t always loved the flavor of gingerbread. I tried numerous times over the years to make (and enjoy) gingerbread men cookies.

I think because I love sugar cookies loaded with frosting, I never got into the gingerbread men.

And making Gingerbread houses, well we all know you buy the kit and never eat it right? Oh, some of you bake it yourself? I bow down. And you eat it? Well, if eating the candy while creating the house counts, then yes, I eat it too!

But then last year I made these Gingerbread Cupcakes and Gingerbread rice krispie treats. I used Oreo’s gingerbread cookies (which are absolutely delicious) and some spices! Guess what? Turns out I love gingerbread flavors in everything EXCEPT gingerbread men cookies.

And I love gingersnaps, the kind that come in the brown bag from the grocery store! I like to freeze them and eat them ice cold. Is that weird??

So today, I made you all a Gingerbread Dip. It’s got cream cheese, greek yogurt, molasses, ginger…and more! All the delicious ingredients to make a holiday dip that everyone is sure to love!

Just a little note about greek yogurt, I like to use it in many of my recipes. While today’s recipe isn’t exactly “healthy”, by adding in greek yogurt I add some dairy into our diets, and as you may know greek yogurt is high in protein. You’re likely to eat less because protein keeps you full longer! Unless of course you have zero willpower! This is my way of adding in a little extra nutrients to our snacks and treats.

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 Gingerbread Dip recipe: creamy, fluffy and perfect for the holidays!

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Gingerbread Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 6oz vanilla Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese with brown sugar and molasses until smooth, using an electric mixer. Add cinnamon, ginger and cloves and combine fully. Beat in yogurt for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Pour into a serving bowl and refrigerate, covered.
  2. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  3. Serve with graham crackers, cookies, apples, pear slices.

Notes

I like to make this a few hours in advance to allow the flavors to really combine. However, you can serve immediately if you need to!

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Erin | The Emerging Foodie December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

Wow, this looks delicious! Such a good idea! I love that it has greek yogurt in it, too! And I love the cause you’re promoting… so cool!
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Sylvia December 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

Love to find a simple, but different recipe for that “take-a-long” dish for the holidays. Especially when I have all these ingredients right in my cupboard. I think this Gingerbread Dip will be a hit with my family.
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

You are the queen of these greek yogurt/cream cheese dips! This gingerbread version looks so good, especially with those graham cracker sticks. What a neat way to help stop hunger – definitely sharing this!

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures December 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

I love how you can see the spices in the dip! Yum!
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Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness December 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

I love that this is made with Greek yogurt and cream cheese. It’s kind of like cheesecake that I can eat with my fingers. Or graham crackers and fruit, I guess.
I was never a huge fan of gingerbread either (totally hopping on the sugar cookie train) but this sounds like a perfect and simple Christmas dip! Yum-o-la!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes December 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love that you use cream cheese in this. Looks wonderful!
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Tanya December 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

You can even call this healthy because there is greek yogart in it ;) It looks really tasty. A great dip for my Christmas Eve party.
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain December 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I think I need to have a cookie dip tasting party, and just make ALL the cookie dips I’ve ever seen on the internet, including this one. My goodness Aimee you’ve outdone yourself with this one! :D
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent December 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I bet this dip is delicious :)
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Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker December 7, 2013 at 2:35 am

This sounds amazing! I’m also a sugar cookie (slathered with frosting) kind of girl myself, but it’s nice to try something different for the holidays. I remember having to make gingerbread houses around the holidays in elementary school and mine always ended up dilapidated and leaning to one side or the other before eventually collapsing. This dip sounds like a much better alternative!
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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen December 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Wow this dip looks delicious. I am picky about my ginger/molasses flavored sweets but this one looks so creamy and dreamy!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

Thanks Elizabeth. Glad to hear I’m not the only picky gingerbread eater :)

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TiffanyJane December 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

Oh yum, that looks de~lish!! :) Need to try….. Merry Christmas!
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Sheila @Eat2gather December 9, 2013 at 8:36 am

Perfect party dip! looks delish Aimee ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thank you Sheila!

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Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon December 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

What a great idea! Perfect for parties- love this dip!
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 11, 2013 at 12:32 am

Easy, but one problem — do I have to share? ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

I do not require a sharing commitment :)

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Nutmeg Nanny December 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am loving this dip! It would definitely go fast in my house :) it looks too good!
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