A delicious, versatile dip or spread that combines the flavors and spices of fall. Great to make ahead and have on hand for entertaining.
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened (light cream cheese works fine)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (plain, not flavored)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (View recipe for making your own pumpkin pie spice at: www.theyummylife.com/recipes/24)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans for garnish (optional)
--With Food Processor: Add all ingredients (except nuts) to bowl of food processor. Process until well combined. --With Electric Mixer: Combine cream cheese and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Add pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. --Store in fridge until ready to serve. Garnish top with chopped pecans, if desired.
Serving suggestions: --use as a dip for sliced apples, pears, or bananas --use as a dip for ginger snaps or graham crackers --use as a dip for pretzels --use as a spread on bagels, muffins, or toast --use as a filling for mini pie crusts, garnish with chopped nuts, mini choc. chips, or toffee chips.