DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

Today I am excited to share with you a recipe that appeared in my first book , and one that I get asked for every time I make it. This delicious pumpkin pie dip, with flavors of pumpkin pie, cream cheese, and fall spices, makes a wonderfully different addition to any party or get together. You know what is really great about it though? It’s easy as pie to throw together AND can be made a day or two ahead of time so you aren’t trying to clean up the mess as company arrives. I just love food like that :)

Before we get into the recipe, though, I read a column on Al.com that just touched my heart right to my very soul and it got me to thinking about how, with a little planning, we can give even more generously to others.

Before I go talking about giving, I realize that some people get offended at the suggestion that we help others. I see this from time to time on my site and my Facebook page when I mention it. Still others treat it as some sort of competition between who is the better person – one who gives locally or one who gives nationally and internationally. I have always felt that God puts certain things on each person’s heart and it is up to us to follow His prompting, without judging how others are prompted.

Besides, giving doesn’t have to mean from our purse. We can give of ourselves: Our time, Our kindness, Our consideration. There are so many things we can do to give to others and truly, in the end, we are the ones who reap the biggest gifts from it.

One Christmas, I remember Mama and Daddy having tension behind their smiles. Mama would stay up late sewing and making crafts to give as gifts and Daddy worked so many extra security shifts that we hardly saw him (he was a police officer and you could pick up extra work as security for businesses when off duty).

That Christmas, though, we went to the mall and picked an angel off of the Salvation Army Angel tree.

I was old enough at that point to realize that things were not easy for my parents, but they made it a fun family event to shop for our angel. Each of us got to pick something out and Mama and Daddy rounded it all out with a few clothing items, and smaller toys Mama had found on sale. I’ll never forget how excited we were to return our presents to the Angel Tree, it was a whole new kind of Christmas magic to us. Later on that evening, when it was just me and Mama in the kitchen she said “Christy, you need to always remember, whenever things are tight, you need to find some way to help someone else, some way to give to someone who is worse off than you.”

There was a lot less tension behind their smiles after that, and we had a beautiful Christmas.

We’re all a little worried this year, stretched thinner than usual and our burdens are a bit heavier – in some cases drastically so. Sometimes all of this just bears down on us and with our focus constantly on it, the weight can feel unbearable. That’s when we need to give ourselves a break – step out from beneath it all, even if just for a little bit, and find a way to lift up someone who is worse off than we are.

If you need a little inspiration on how to give this year, food banks are always in need and I’m excited to partner with several of them in cities I’m traveling to on my book tour. Just picking up a few cans of soup that are on sale on your next grocery trip (even if it is just one can) and dropping them into the donation box can make a huge difference – it will give someone a meal they would not have had otherwise.

We’ve also given to Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree, and Operation Christmas Child – who has their national shoebox collection next week (click here to watch a video of a trip I took delivering shoeboxes).

These are just some of the things I’ve done but don’t feel you have to make a big gesture if it is something you’re not capable of or led to do. Helping a neighbor do yard work, taking coats your children have outgrown to your school’s guidance counselor to give to a child who doesn’t have one, or even visiting someone who lives alone and just taking the time to talk with them.  There are endless opportunities to take some of the blessings we have been given and use them to bless others.

We can never fully know the road someone is on. But I will tell you that Mama’s wisdom has proven itself to be true time and again. Giving to others opens our eyes to our true wealth.

Now lets make us a dip. :)

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

You’ll need: Cinnamon, Canned Pumpkin, Cream Cheese, Ginger, and Powdered Sugar (sometimes called Confectioner’s Sugar).

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

Place softened cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar in a bowl.

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

Beat until smooth and creamy.

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

Add all other ingredients.

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

 Beat it all up again :) 

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

Place this in a sealed container and refrigerate for several hours or until cold.

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip - and this is so cute when you serve it with little gingerbread cookies!

 Serve with gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps, graham cracker sticks, or apple slices for dipping.

Enjoy!

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip

DELICIOUS Pumpkin Pie Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1+1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioner's sugar until creamy.
  2. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. Beat until well blended. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with gingerbread cookies, graham sticks, gingersnaps, or apple slices. Delicious!
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Comments

  1. says

    Yum! This dip looks GREAT. And it just so happens that I have some folks coming over for the Seminoles game this weekend … :)

    Regarding the giving portion of your post, I couldn’t agree more with all of the above. It does my heart good to give, to share love and kindness with others in whatever fashion I can. And that’s what life’s really all about, isn’t it? To live well and love lots.

  2. Melissa Dalton says

    I am sitting here just crying, that story just touched my heart. It is so true. One of my fondest memories is we had taken up gifts for a shelter for abused children there was this 16 year old, we got him a stereo deck. He opened it and jumped up and hugged us, my heart flowed over with joy just seeing the happiness on his face. That has been20 years ago and I never forgot it, God gave me that very moment to realize how blessed I am. Every Christmas I smile reminded of that day, we didn’t do it for praise, just wanted those children to know they were so special to someone. I think we at times take for granted the goodness that God shows to us every day.

    • Lisa says

      Can’t wait to try the pumpkin pie dip. We have a program where I work that helps underprivileged children at a near buy school. One year we carried a trunk load of toys to this single mother who worked at a near by grocery store. Her boss allowed her to bring out grocery carts to put all the presents in because she did not own a car. She was so overwhelmed with such giving that she cried, and cried which of course made me and my co-worker cry right along with her as we all hugged each other. That has been many years ago and I have never forgot it! It was an amazing blessing that still warms my hear to this day. Never stop giving to others in need, you may find yourself in need one day.

  3. Jean says

    Went to the Dollar Tree this morning and filled a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child with so many good people out of work that is that is an easy way to help a child have a Merry Christmas.
    By the way the dip looks Great!

  4. Rene says

    I didn’t realize I had the recipe for this sitting on my shelf in your recipe book! It sounds delicious and looks really cute with the gingerbread boys! I appreciate your encouragement to give and the reminder that it can look so different from person to person. Thanks!

  5. Val in MN says

    I gotta try this dip in my “picky” grandson for a snack. (I get to watch him after school most days!) Nothing wrong with graham crackers, but I might be able to sneak some healthy fruit into him too.

    As always, your post is an inspiration as well as a joy to read! Thanks!

  6. SheShe says

    This looks like a good recipe to try. On your message of giving…please don’t forget that there are a lot of animals that need our help as well. Many shelters and rescues can use donations of linens, beds, food, litter, $$$.

    • MARSHA G says

      Meals on Wheels gladly takes pet food donations to give to their shut ins. This keeps the shut ins from giving their only meal of the day to their pet. an elderly person will do without to feed their pet as many times the pet is their only friend they see. my daughters class at school hosted a milk and cookies ball and to get into the dance the students had to bring at least $5 worth of pet food. It was a huge success and meals on wheels was so happy to have the pet food to pass out. animal shelters will take old clean towels or blankets to use for bedding.

  7. Leta L says

    What kind of person gets offended at someone else’s generosity? You have to feel sorry for someone like that. I love reading about your kind heart and you give us all examples of things we might not think of to do for someone.

  8. sharon says

    Thanks for the reminder of giving to others, it does a heart good.

    Be sure to enjoy my home town of Lexington, Ky on your book tour. Wish I could see you there, but I’m in Ga these days.

  9. Nonna says

    This story touched my heart. I hope no little Angel will ever be left hanging on the
    Christmas tree. What a beautiful lesson this young lady is teaching her son.
    We all need to be doing our part to help others.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  10. mary says

    A great holiday treat, Christy. Our recipe only uses one cup of powdered sugar and adds nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla, but I’m sure this is equally tasty. Try it with slices of firm pears for another variation.

  11. SarahLee says

    Here is an idea that I saw on FB recently, and could be implemented year round. Gather sample size personal items/hotel items/freebies received in the mail and add things such as cheese and crackers, fruit cups, chewing gum, bottled water, prepaid phone cards, new socks, gift card to Burger King in a small amount, comb or brush, small bible or program from your church with contact information, etc. Put it in a gallon size zip lock bag and hand it out to the homeless people if you are unsure about giving money to a stranger. This way you are in control of how your donation is spent.

  12. Ann S says

    Great idea SarahLee, don’t forget small blankets, hats or gloves especially this time of year. We once stumbled upon a homeless mans “home” during our geocaching. Sleeping bags and plastic trash bags to keep items dry are helpful.

    Christy, never had pumpkin dip, sure going to try this one.

  13. Joni says

    I was eating at Old Chicago Pizza in Clarksville TN which is just across the border from Ft. Campbell Army base and saw a soldier come in with a child. I don’t know if it was her daughter or what the relationship was. I sat there wondering if Mom had been on deployment and was trying to get to know her daughter again. I called the waiter over and asked if I could buy their pizza in addition to my own. He was surprised but asked if I wanted buy their drinks as well. I said sure. He came back a few minutes later and told me he’d asked his manager how to do it and the manager said since I had offered to buy the pizza, they would cover the drinks. I wrote a note thanking the soldier for her service and asked to waiter to give it to her after I was gone. I left wishing I could afford to do something like that much more often because it made me feel so good and I can only hope it did the same for soldier too.

  14. Alice says

    Christy, I made this for my husband for our Christmas Eve gathering. He doesn’t like the typical sweets such as sugar cookies, fudge, etc.
    He LOVED this, and was so excited that I made something especially for him.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Roni says

      A church that

      A church I attended did ANGEL TREE what a blessing it was. then a few years after my grandchildren were to receive gifts from them. A double blessing! Shoe Box , did that one too. Now I buy all year long. Retail therapy!!!
      Often I send a bulk box to use as fillers for items that can’t be sent. WHAT A BLESSING!!!

      i

  15. Amanda C. says

    Christy I am not much of a cook so I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your photos and step by step instructions, in other words, how you “dumb it down” for those of us who don’t share your culinary talents. Seeing the photos makes me think, ‘hey, I can’t do that!’. Your chocolate cobbler photo recipe post several years ago inspired me to try it for my kids to have Christmas morning and oh my goodness how we all loved it. Now that my kids are older they are health conscious and rarely eat sweets but my daughter loves everything pumpkin and I just bet if I make this she’ll force herself to try it. :-)

    Thanks Christy!

  16. Elizabeth Powell says

    Yes I have thought about what you are talking about today…..I was in the gas line when we lived in
    Huntsville some years ago. We are in E. TN the past 18 years. I filled all my jars with half runner green beans & tomatoes this year. Have always done this with the help of what my parents in my youth. Some pickled squash also, as per your suggestion I am going to pour out the water I have
    in storage & prepare the jars with bleach & fill again. Loved your radio program especially the
    ‘Bug aid bag thanks i’ll be listening.
    one more statement I read the other night it said “you would be surprised what peroxide would do for your health that even doctors don’t know” I will be drying/canning apples soon.

  17. Christine B says

    Thanks so much for all you do. I have to say that I really needed to read this on giving today. Times are tough and I never realized that I should be cheerful that I am giving my time at church to help make necklaces for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. From now on I will be happy because of the things I can do, no matter how small. And thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to try it.

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