Sweet and creamy, this is a great pumpkin pie-like spread to pair with sliced apples, a breakfast bagel, crackers or anything else you might think of. It's great for breakfast, a sweet snack, or even as a dessert when it's spread over something like Pumpkin Quick Bread. I topped it with just a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon and enjoyed it with multi-grain crackers. This recipe is inspired by Ezra Pound Cake.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 70 minutes (including chilling for 1 hour)

Yield: About 2 cups of spread

pumpkin spice dip

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread


  • 1 8-ounce package of organic 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (you can use canned or make your own)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice or ground cloves
  • 1 sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cooking directions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, pumpkin and sugar until smooth. Add the spices and vanilla and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to let it firm up and let the spices take hold for a nice flavor.

pumpkin spice dip

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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
With all the flavor of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, this is a delicious spread to put on anything from fruit to toast.