This easy cream cheese fruit dip is made with just 5 simple ingredients and is perfect for snacking or dessert. It is creamy, fresh, and sweet with a hint of tart, and can be served with any type of fruit, cookies, crackers, or cake. It is sure to be the star of the party!
This recipe originally published April 24, 2013. It has been updated with recipe improvements, tricks and new pictures for your convenience.
There are all kinds of ways to dress up a simple fruit platter for a party, summer BBQ, brunch party, or just a snack station. Sometimes I go incredibly easy and just make cinnamon apples.
Or if I want to be mostly healthy, I make a yogurt fresh fruit salad. But if I really want to go out and impress people, I make this family favorite easy cream cheese fruit dip recipe with bits of chocolate English toffee.
❤️ Why it works
This is by far one of our family’s favorite fruit dip recipes. And it is incredibly easy to throw together in about 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients! It easily becomes the star of the show at family gatherings, game nights, or a fun potluck summer BBQ.
- Feel free to get creative and change the flavor of the cream cheese fruit dip to match your snacks.
- This easy fruit dip is made with just 5 simple ingredients that you may already have on hand in your pantry.
- It only takes 5 minutes to make, so you can enjoy it in no time!
- Easy to make it unique each time, simply by changing out the fruit and treats that you serve with the fruit dip!
- Don’t limit yourself to just parties. Make this fruit dip for your own family just because! They will love you!
🍽️ Pairs With
Cream Cheese fruit dips are an excellent side dish for any social gathering. It can easily be placed on the salad/side dish table or on the dessert table! Whether you are having a movie party, game night, baby shower, bridal party, brunch party, dinner party, or just a basic snack party it is an excellent addition to any table spread. And easily pairs with just about any party food at any time of the year.
I often get asked what you can dip in a cream cheese fruit dip. So I gathered a list of a lot of ideas to try. But basically, almost any fruit works great with a cream cheese fruit dip. And there are also several baked treats as well such as cookies or cake cubes!
For dipping ideas try:
- Apple slices
- grapes (all seedless varieties)
- pitted cherries
- Lotus Biscoff Cookie
- Turtle Cookies
- chocolate graham crackers
- animal crackers
- Snickerdoodle Cookies
- honey graham crackers
- broken waffle cones
- vanilla wafers.
- homemade cinnamon crisps
You could also get really creative and use it as a spread on
- plain bagels
- fruit bagels
- baked chocolate donuts
- Fried Scones
🥘 Ingredient Notes
Not only is it easy to make in about 5 minutes, but this whipped cream cheese fruit dip recipe also only takes 5 common ingredients.
You most likely have all the ingredients for this easy cream cheese fruit dip in your pantry. That is except for the Heath Bar Chocolate English Toffee bits.
*Cream Cheese – any brand of cream cheese will do, but I prefer Philadelphia cream cheese. The important thing is that it’s at room temperature before you use it. Low-fat cream cheese is more likely to make your fruit dip lumpy, so I recommend using full-fat instead.
*Brown Sugar – for the best flavor you will want light brown sugar.
*Vanilla – imitation vanilla extract will not work in this recipe. It does not have the same rich flavor as real vanilla extract. I recommend using real vanilla extract. If you can find it, Mexican vanilla extract is a great option. It has a deeper, more complex flavor than other types of vanilla extract.
*Lemon Juice – while fresh lemon juice is the best option, bottled lemon juice can still be used to add a slight tartness to the fruit dip to balance out the sweetness and keep it tasting fresh.
*Health Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bits – these are usually found near the chocolate chips in the grocery store. These are also completely optional and the easiest ingredient to exchange for variations of flavor. You can use just toffee bits, or mini chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips. There are a lot of options. Or just leave it out completely for a smooth rich texture.
Because this fruit dip uses cream cheese it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
You can also freeze the fruit dip for up to 1 month. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.
💭 Tips & FAQs
This dip can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Simply combine the ingredients, chill, and serve when ready.
YES! Doubling and even tripling this recipe works well. It’s especially beneficial if you are planning for a larger party. This is quick to make, make a day ahead, and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
To soften cream cheese quickly, cut the block of cream cheese into quarters lengthwise.Cube the cream cheese into small pieces. The smaller the cubes, the faster they will soften. Spread the cubes out on a cutting board or plate, making sure they are not touching.Let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for about an hour, or until it is soft to the touch. You can also use a microwave to soften cream cheese. Place the cream cheese on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it on high for 10-15 seconds, or until it is soft to the touch. You can also place the cream cheese in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes, or until it is soft to the touch.
If your cream cheese dip is lumpy, it’s probably because the cream cheese wasn’t soft enough. This is an easy fix! Just let the mixture sit out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, then beat with a hand mixer again to work the lumps out. Lumps are also more likely to occur if you use low-fat cream cheese. I recommend using full-fat cream cheese for the best results.
Cut the bananas into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on a fruit platter. To prevent them from browning, dip the slices in lemon juice or pineapple juice before adding them to the platter.
The amount of fruit you need will vary depending on the type of event. For receptions and teas, 1/2 cup per person is a good starting point. For buffet meals or self-service, you may need more, up to 3/4 cup per person.If you have other dipping snacks on your serving platter, you may not need as much fruit. Consider the other foods that will be available and adjust the amount of fruit you serve accordingly.
👩🏻🍳 Cooking with Kids
If you’re familiar with Busy Creating Memories, you know that we’re passionate about creating memories with our kids. And one of the best ways to do that is to get them involved in the kitchen. Cooking and baking together is a great way to bond, learn new skills, and create lasting memories. That’s why we always include ideas on how to involve kids in our recipes.
Here are several ways that kids can be involved in making this cream cheese fruit dip!
- Gather the kitchen utensils
- Gather the ingredients
- Measure ingredients with help
- Wash the fruit
- Separating good fruit from spoiled fruit
- Placing sliced and prepared fruit on the serving tray
- Obviously – they love to help TASTE TEST and Eat the results!
Ages 5+ Any of the above tasks, PLUS…
- Cutting fruit with direct supervision. We start our kids off with an apple slicer and a knife designed for kids like the Joie Crinkle Cutter. And a lot of supervision until they show competence using the tool.
- Read out & identify the recipe ingredients
- pour ingredients into the bowl
- Use a spatula to scrape the bowl
- Filling the serving bowl with the fruit dip
- Be involved in cleaning up: putting ingredients away, wiping the counter, sweeping the floor, loading the dishwasher, or washing dishes by hand.
- Help convert ingredient measurements for doubling or tripling the recipe. This uses elementary math to double or triple recipe ingredient measurements (base this on their math skill level)
Ages 10+ Any of the above tasks, PLUS…
- Operating a hand mixer with supervision.
- Transferring the fruit dip and fruit into appropriate containers for storing.
Please note: Every child is different, so it is important to use your own judgment when deciding which tasks are appropriate for your child. These are just suggestions, and you may need to adjust them based on your child’s individual abilities and needs. It is also important to remember that younger children will require more direct supervision than older children.
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Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip (5 ingredients)
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (Softened to room temperature)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons real vanilla
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4- 1/2 cup Heath English Toffee bits (optional)
- Soften cream cheese on the counter until room temperature
- Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice in a medium bowl with a hand mixer or by hand.
- Whip until smooth.
- Gently fold in crushed English toffee crumbs with a rubber spatula
- Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle more toffee crumbs on top
- Serve with a variety of fruit or baked treats.
- Fruit ideas include Apple slices, grapes (all seedless varieties), pitted cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and bananas.
- Can also be a dip for other snack foods. Ideas include Lotus Biscoff Cookie, pretzels, chocolate graham crackers, animal crackers, honey graham crackers, broken waffle cones, and vanilla wafers.
- It is important to use real vanilla. and not imitation vanilla, as it will affect the flavor.
- If you prefer a thicker dip, refrigerate for approximately 3-5 hours in the fridge before serving.
- If you don't want chocolate toffee crumbs, you can easily omit that ingredient and you will still have a beautiful fruit dip.
- Start with 1/4 cup of chocolate toffee crumbs. If, after taste testing, you want more, add an additional 1/4 cup of chocolate toffee crumbs.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- Can be made ahead, as it stores well; you can make it the day before a party to ease your preparation burden on the day of the event.
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Serving Size:1 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although Busy Creating Memories attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Thursday 4th of July 2013
Looks delicious! I am going to try this recipe
Monday 24th of June 2013
this sounds very good and easy to make. I will try this for my family 4th cookout. I think everyone will like it.
Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun
Thursday 25th of April 2013
You totally had me at Heath - Toffee! Toffee is my biggest downfall. That looks so delicious. I am definitely trying that one out. :-)
Thursday 25th of April 2013
Oh yum!!! that looks delish.
Thursday 25th of April 2013
yum! that looks and sounds so delicious!