Brown sugar fruit dip is a sweet and creamy dip that is perfect for any fruit and/or cookie platter. It is made with brown sugar and vanilla extract and is a great party platter during the fall and Christmas seasons.
This dip is incredibly easy to make and requires only a few ingredients, including cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and sour cream. You can add a touch of nutmeg or cinnamon for a warm and cozy flavor. It doesn't take much!
The dip can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days until ready to serve. It's a great option for parties, potlucks, or just a snack at home for a family night.
Ingredients in Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
The recipe calls for a few basic ingredients that are easy to find and easy to use. Here are the ingredients that I will be using:
- Brown Sugar: This is the star ingredient of the recipe. It adds a rich and caramel-like flavor to the dip. I will be using ½ cup of packed light brown sugar.
- Cream Cheese: To give the dip a creamy texture, I will be using 8 ounces of cream cheese. The cream cheese will be softened before making the dip.
- Sour Cream: The sour cream adds a tangy flavor and helps to balance out the sweetness of the brown sugar. I will be using ½ cup of sour cream for a well-balanced tang.
- Vanilla Extract: Just a teaspoon of vanilla extract will give the dip a subtle vanilla flavor.
- Whipped Topping: To give the dip a light and fluffy texture, I will be using 1 cup of whipped topping to balance the creaminess of the dip.
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Instructions for Making Fruit Dip
I absolutely love making this brown sugar fruit dip. It's so easy to whip up in just a few minutes and easy to serve with fruits and cookies.
First, I gather all of my ingredients: the firmly packed brown sugar, softened cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla extract, and whipped topping.
Next, I use a hand mixer to blend the softened cream cheese until it's smooth and creamy. Once it is smooth, I add in the brown sugar and continue to mix until the sugar is fully incorporated and is no longer grainy.
After that, I add in the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until everything is well combined and no streaks remain. Finally, I gently fold in the whipped topping to make the dip light and fluffy.
Once the dip is mixed, I transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for at least two to three hours to let the flavors marry and become flavorful and balanced.
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Serving the Dip
When it's time to serve the dip, I like to arrange my favorite fruits on a platter or tray. Some of my go-to fruits are grapes, strawberries, and apple slices.
In addition to the fruits that I serve this cream cheese brown sugar fruit dip with but it also pairs well with gingersnap cookies and nilla wafers.
This dip lasts for up to three days when stored in an airtight container.
That's it! This brown sugar fruit dip is always a crowd-pleaser during the holidays and is so easy to make.
Tips and Variations
When making brown sugar fruit dip, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that it turns out perfectly every time.
Use softened cream cheese. This will make the dip smooth and creamy. Set the cream cheese out on the counter for about half an hour for it to soften.
Use an electric hand mixer to mix the ingredients. Save your hands by using an electric mixer. It's quicker and easier than by hand!
This dip can be frozen. You can make this dip ahead of time and freeze it for up to one month. When you're ready to serve, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and give it a stir before serving.
One easy variation is to add a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the dip. This will give it a warm, spicy flavor that pairs well with apples and pears. It doesn't take much spice to add to the flavor, just mix in the spices along with the brown sugar.
Another variation is to use flavored cream cheese instead of plain cream cheese. Make the dip according to the directions and pair it with sliced apples or pretzels depending on the flavored cream cheese of choice.
In my opinion, brown sugar fruit dip is a delicious treat that is not only perfect during Christmas but also throughout the fall months.
The dippers for this cream cheese dip consist of fresh fruit, graham crackers, and cookies.
Other Delicious Dip Recipes
Savory or sweet, these dips will be the life of the party. In addition to this brown sugar fruit dip, this crowd-pleasing Oreo Fluff recipe is perfect to serve with the same dippers!
- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whipped topping, thawed
- apple slices, strawberries, gingersnaps for serving
- Beat the softened cream cheese until it's smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the brown sugar and continue to mix until the sugar is fully incorporated and is no longer grainy.
- Add in the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until everything is well combined and no streaks remain.
- Gently fold in the whipped topping.
- Refrigerate for two to three hours for best flavor and texture.
- Serve with strawberries, grapes, gingersnaps, and villa wafers.
Add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon to add to the flavor of this fruit dip.
Serve with other fruits and cookies that complement the brown sugar flavor. Nilla wafers and grapes are other delicious dippers.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.
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