Easy Pumpkin Dip Recipe with Mascarpone Cheese

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Get ready for Fall with this simple yet scrumptious Pumpkin Dip made with creamy mascarpone cheese. Serve this sweet treat in a freshly hollowed-out pumpkin with ginger snap cookies and crisp apple slices, adding a festive touch to your fall gatherings and Halloween Parties this year!

Soon it will be time to enjoy crisp mornings, sweater season, and pumpkin everything! So, I just couldn’t wait any longer before sharing this fall dip with you!

This 10-minute dip is light and fluffy with irresistible fall flavors. Served alongside this Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board, it makes for a fun and delicious Harvest Party!

Why you’ll love this easy pumpkin dip recipe!

  • Perfect Fall Dessert. Serve my pumpkin dip as a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer or as an easy snack!
  • Healthy Twist. This easy recipe is made with a small amount of powdered sugar and a spoonful of honey. That’s all you need when using slightly sweet mascarpone cheese (instead of the more traditional pumpkin dip ingredients, like cream cheese and Cool Whip).
  • Make-Ahead-Friendly. One of the best things about the recipe is how easy it is to throw together and then store it in the refrigerator for later. Make it up to 3 days before your fall event!
ingredients for pumpkin dip on a table.

Ingredient notes

  • Mascarpone cheese | Mascarpone is an Italian-style cream cheese that is creamier and slightly sweeter than regular cream cheese. Room-temperature mascarpone is easier to mix, so don’t forget to set it out before beginning the recipe.
  • Pumpkin | Be sure you use the canned pumpkin purée or pure pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie filling for the most authentic pumpkin flavor.
  • Powdered sugar | Just a bit of powdered sugar helps to sweeten the dessert dip.
  • Honey | Complete the sweeter notes with a spoonful of your favorite brand of honey.
  • Pumpkin pie spice | Pumpkin pie spice is used in pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, and other fall recipes, being a blend of all the warm autumn spices.
  • Vanilla | A drop or two of vanilla extract deepens the creamy flavor of the recipe.
  • Cinnamon | Set aside a dash of cinnamon to sprinkle the top of the dip at the end before serving.
  • Favorite dippers | Have apple slices, ginger snaps, and more delicious dippers ready when it’s time to serve.

How to make this Delicious Pumpkin Dip Recipe

This creamy dip is a delicious and fun fall or Halloween party appetizer you can whip up in less than 10 minutes with simple ingredients and easy steps. What’s not to love?

STEP 1 |  Whip mascarpone cheese

process steps for combining pumpkin dip ingredients.

First, use an electric mixer to whip the mascarpone cheese in a medium bowl until it is smooth and creamy. A stand mixer is best for this recipe, but a hand mixer will also do the trick!

STEP 2 | Add sugar and honey

Next, mix the powdered sugar and honey until the sugars are fully incorporated

STEP 3 | Mix in puree, vanilla, and spice

Then, add the bright pumpkin puree, fragrant vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and cream together until the ingredients are well combined.


  • Scrape the sides of the bowl as you add ingredients to ensure they fully incorporate.
  • You can serve fluffy pumpkin dip immediately after you mix it up or refrigerate it to serve later. Do not store the dip in a carved-out pumpkin bowl. (See instructions below.)

STEP 4 | Transfer to a bowl and serve!

using a spatula to spoon pumpkin dip into a serving bowl.

Grab your rubber spatula, place the sweet dip in a serving dish or fun pumpkin bowl, and sprinkle with a dash of ground cinnamon to garnish. Serve while fresh with apple slices and ginger snaps!

For more autumn recipes, check out my Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe, Fall Harvest Chicken Salad with roasted almonds, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, crisp apples, and classic Apple Crumble Pie RecipeYum!

pumpkin dip in a bowl on top of a serving tray with cookies andn apple slices for serving.

Frequently asked questions

Can you use pumpkin pie filling for pumpkin dip?

While I suggest you use pure pumpkin, pumpkin pie filling will work when you’re in a pinch. Just be sure to omit the spices and lessen the sweeteners because pumpkin pie filling already has these.

How do you bring mascarpone cheese to room temperature?

Before you begin the recipe, set the cheese out on the counter for about 30 minutes to half an hour to come to room temperature, making it easier to mix.

Is pumpkin puree the same as canned pumpkin?

Yes! Any canned pumpkin product labeled “100% Pure Pumpkin,” “Pumpkin Puree,” or “Pure Pumpkin Puree” is simply the inside of a pumpkin mushed and canned with no additives.

Variations and substitutions

  • Even Healthier Pumpkin Dip. If mascarpone cheese doesn’t make the dip as healthy as you’d like, try swapping it out with Greek yogurt instead!
  • Chocolatey Pumpkin Dip. If desired, mix in a handful of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for a decadent chocolatey twist.
  • If you aren’t a fan of Mascarpone cheese, substitute it with full-fat cream cheese and double the amount of powdered sugar.
  • Use pure maple syrup in place of the honey, if preferred.
  • If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in your pantry, a good substitute is this blend of warm spices: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and a pinch of cloves.
  • Use brown sugar instead of powdered sugar if you want more rich molasses notes to compliment the cinnamon and other spices.

Storage tips

  • This dip will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container. Do not store the dip in a carved-out pumpkin bowl.
  • You can freeze the dip. However, the texture changes when thawed, so it’s not recommended.

How to choose and make a pumpkin bowl

To make a pumpkin bowl for dip, choose a small pie pumpkin. Pie pumpkins usually have smoother skin and are darker orange than carving pumpkins.

Pick a pumpkin that doesn’t have any blemishes and sits up straight, and you’ll have a pretty fall appetizer tray that can double as your table’s centerpiece.

carving a pumpkin bowl and spooning dip inside.
  1. Rinse the outside of the pumpkin to remove any debris and dry thoroughly. Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice off the top of the pumpkin as evenly as possible.
  2. Use a spoon to carefully scrape away the seeds and membrane from inside the pumpkin lid and shell. Make sure the inside walls are smooth and clean. Then, place the pumpkin bowl on a platter.
  3. At the last minute, just before serving, fill the bowl with the pumpkin dip.
  4. Decorate the top of the dip with a couple of cinnamon sticks and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and serve!
dipping a biscoff cookie into a bowl of pumpkin dip.

More favorite pumpkin recipes!

For breakfast, start your day with festive Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Pumpkin Bread, or even Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon SugarDelish!

For dessert, combine two of your favorite holiday desserts to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie, or throw together this Pumpkin Delight Dessert with a cookie crust, pumpkin pudding, and Cool Whip!

Serving suggestions

Gingersnap cookies make great dippers for pumpkin spice dip. Or try other options like: 

  • Vanilla wafers
  • Cinnamon graham crackers
  • Biscoff cookies
  • Toasted mini cinnamon raisin bagels
  • Oatmeal, molasses, or lemon cookies
  • Fresh fruit, like apple slices and bananas
dipping a biscoff cookie into a bowl of pumpkin dip.

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pumpkin dip in a bowl on top of a serving tray with cookies andn apple slices for serving.

Easy Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Serve Easy Pumpkin Dip with creamy mascarpone cheese with ginger snap cookies and apple slices at this year’s fall gatherings and Halloween Parties!
3.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8 – 10 servings
Calories 146 kcal


  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon pumplin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • dash cinnamon
  • apple slices & ginger snaps for dipping


  • In a medium size bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the mascarpone cheese until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and honey, and mix until the sugar is fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Cream together until well combined.
  • Place dip in a serving bowl and sprinkle with ground cinnamon to garnish. Serve immediately with apple slices and ginger snaps, if desired, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


If you don't have pumpkin pie spice in your pantry, here's a good substitute: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and a pinch of cloves
You can serve Easy Pumpkin Dip immediately after you mix it up or refrigerate it to serve later. This dip will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when stored in a container that is tightly covered. Do not store the dip in a carved out pumpkin bowl.


Serving: 1ServingsCalories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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