Is it a cheesecake? Is it a dip? It’s both! Cheesecake Dip brings all the taste of good cheesecake to a creamy dessert dip. Served with cookies, fruit, or Graham crackers, this recipe will rock your next dessert bar!
So after eating my fair share of Carrot Cake, and licking the bowl of icing, I realized I needed to do something.
I’m not talking running to the gym, or eating low carb soups, I’m talking desserts. All that carrot cake and frosting gave me INSPIRATION for today’s recipe!
Many of you tried the Cookie Dough Dip I made earlier this year… and I figured it I could turn cookie dough into a dip, then why not cheesecake?
What is a Cheesecake Dip
After a bit of playing with different cheesecake ingredients, I came up with this amazingly creamy and rich cheesecake dip recipe. I can see this dip being a perfect addition to a dessert buffet or served as a party snack.
You don’t need any occasion to make yourself some cream cheese dip! Whip up a batch and keep it in the fridge so you’ll be ready when the sweet tooth strikes.
Eaten with graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels cookies or fruit, Cheesecake Dip is delicious! You might even be tempted to just grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the bowl.
(I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me!)
Here’s What You’ll Need
I’ve been waxing poetic about how much I like cream cheese dip and I haven’t even mentioned yet how EASY it is to make! Seriously. You just whip a few ingredients together and serve.
All the taste of cheesecake with none of the waiting time? Count me in.
Here’s what I used in my cheesecake dip:
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar
- Chopped Pecans
After whipping together the cream cheese with the butter, vanilla and powdered sugar, you just fold in the chopped pecans and serve!
For my first foray into cheesecake dip, I wanted to stick with classic and straightforward flavors. I used plain cream cheese and pecans for a bit of crunch.
You could also experiment with flavored cream cheeses like strawberry, cinnamon or blueberry. Keep in mind that you’ll probably want to reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the dip if you use a flavored kind. (These tend to have more added sugars.)
You really don’t need to get fancy here, though. This basic cheesecake dip recipe is so good just as is.
Want this dip to be more allergen friendly? It’s still amazing without the pecans!
Next time I make this sweet cream cheese dip, I may try substituting walnuts for the pecans for something a little different.
Between this and the cookie dough dip, I can’t decide which one I like better. You’ll have to make both and let me know what you think!
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What to serve with Cheesecake Dip
The possibilities are endless! We mostly ate our cheesecake dip with graham crackers this time around. Here are some other great ideas:
- Shortbread Cookies
- Sugar Cookies (unfrosted)
- Whole strawberries
- Pretzel rods
- Cinnamon sugar pita chips
- Toasted cinnamon bread
- Banana slices
- Pear slices
- Apple slices
- Coconut Biscotti
Feeling a little festive? Add some sprinkles on top of the cheesecake dip before serving. (I can’t wait to serve it this way at our next family birthday party!). Like this cannoli dip recipe, you could fancy up the bowl with chocolate and sprinkles!
How to store cheesecake dip
Store the cheesecake dip tightly covered in the fridge for up to one week. For best taste and texture, bring the dip to room temperature before serving.
You can also freeze your cream cheese dip! The high fat content in this dip from the cream cheese means it’ll keep in the freezer for a couple of months. Thaw and bring to room temperature before serving.
I haven’t personally frozen this dip because between my kids, husband and I, it disappears almost as fast as I can make it!
You need this dessert dip for whenever you need a quick cheesecake fix! Share it with friends or keep the goods for yourself.
More Easy Desserts
Is it a cheesecake? Is it a dip? It's both! Cheesecake Dip brings all the taste of good cheesecake to a creamy dessert dip. Served with cookies, fruit, or Graham crackers, this recipe will rock your next dessert bar!
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat an additional 3-4 minutes. Fold in chopped pecans.
- Serve with graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
Recipe originally published March 24, 2011. Photos updated April 2019.
This sweet cream cheese dip is creamy, sweet cheesecake bliss in a bowl.