This sweet dip recipe has tangy cream cheese and yogurt, with maple and almonds. Serve it with fruit and cookies for a delicious treat.
A not-to-sweet cream cheese dessert dip is perfect for fruit and cookies. Whether you need a picnic or poolside snack, or a dip to round out your party dessert board, this dip can’t be beat.
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This is a sweet dip recipe with beautiful notes of orange, a sweet crumble of almonds, and a tangy mix of yogurt and cream cheese.
A twist on the classic fruit dip
That classic fruit dip you find on every family reunion buffet table is cloyingly sweet, and delicious! Can it be both? Yes, yes, it can because I love sweet things.
It is typically made with cream cheese and marshmallow creme. Some recipes call for maraschino cherry juice, citrus zest or extract, maybe yogurt and sometimes even pudding mix.
All of these iterations are super tasty.
However, I wanted something a bit more straightforward, and something not too sweet so I could include it on a dessert board with other dippers, like cookies.
Cream cheese dip for apples
Who doesn’t love making fruit into a dessert?
This fruit dip with greek yogurt and cream cheese brings just the right amount of sweet and tangy. Yogurt is a great dipper for fruit, but mixing it with the cream cheese makes it perfect for fruit and cookies!
With the orange zest and the almond crumbles on top, it adds just the right amount of citrus and crunch.
For fruit, I like dipping apples, strawberries and grapes. Those are easy finger foods that are simple to set up on a dessert tray.
Bring in some shortbread cookies, wafers and brownie brittle, and your dessert party is ready to start!
Cream Cheese Dessert Dip with Cookies
I partnered with Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle and developed this dip for their gluten-free snacks! The brownie brittle comes in lots of flavors, but my favorites were the sea salt caramel and the chocolate chip flavors.
Brownie brittle is the perfect cookie to pair with this easy dessert dip. It’s light and delicious, and you can even use the crumbs from the bag for a fancy topping to the dip!
Can you freeze cream cheese dip?
When you freeze cream cheese, the texture changes pretty drastically. The way to successfully freeze dips like this is to mix in a few tablespoons of heavy cream.
Full-fat cream cheese or the mixture with heavy cream will ensure that the dip doesn’t crumble or separate when it comes out of the freezer.
Take the frozen cream cheese dip out of the freezer and microwave it for a few seconds to get it back to room temperature. Then use a spoon to mix it back to its original consistency.
This dessert dip is worth throwing an entire party for. You can make it in a matter of minutes.
You can’t say that about a cake! But this fruit and cookie dip is still a tasty dessert. It will be a hit with everyone!
Here are some other recipes with the same idea!
An easy fruit or dessert dip. Make it for after school or for a party and you'll be extra happy you did.
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Zest of 1 orange
- Sliced almonds for garnish
- Fruit and Cookies for serving
In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the yogurt, maple syrup, almond extract and orange zest. Blend until smooth
Transfer dip to a bowl and garnish with sliced almonds if desired. Serve with fruit and cookies.
• Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe and Photos Tara Teaspoon. Also written by Tessa Samuelsen. 07/19