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    Bailey’s Pumpkin Dip- A holiday party pleaser!

    November 30, 2015

    A yummy appetizer or dessert dip for the holiday season.A yummy appetizer or dessert dip for the holiday season.A yummy appetizer or dessert dip for the holiday season.A yummy appetizer or dessert dip for the holiday season.A yummy appetizer or dessert dip for the holiday season.Hiya foodie fam! This blog post is the first in a mini series of “dips” for the holiday season.  I have two more delicious dips lined up for you in the next two weeks- so if you’re looking for an easy dish to take to your holiday get together-these are party pleasers for sure!

    What better ingredient to inspire your foodie creations for the holidays than pumpkin? You could always go the gourmet route, and gut a pumpkin yourself- but I’m a fan of canned pumpkin for several reasons. 1. It’s super, duper easy. pop the can pour. (or scrape with a spoon. whatever). 2. It’s already prepared into a ready-to-go pulp. 3. It stays good forever (in the can) and doesn’t spoil. 4. The smooth texture makes a great base for baking. Need I say more?

    I make a pumpkin dip almost every year for entertaining during the winter months. This year I decided to “spice it up” and add some Bailey’s. If you’ve been following any of my food posts, you’ll know that I look for almost any excuse to cook with alcohol. Pour a little the bowl, and a little for me. Pour a little in the bowl, and a little for me. . .

    Also, I wanted to offer dipper other options besides just apples. Aaron suggested snickerdoodles, so to save time I just bought some sugar cookie dough, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and rolled it out and baked it. Then I cut it into little “dipper sticks” as you can see in the photos. It makes for a much cuter presentation, don’t you think? Gingersnaps would be good too- whatever your preference! You can portion these out individually as shown, or in a community bowl (see top photo).

     

    Bailey's Pumpkin Dip
    This light and fluffy dip can be served as an appetizer or dessert. Great for any holiday get together. This is a hit with the kids!
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    Ingredients
    1. 1-8 oz pkg cream cheese, room temp
    2. 1-15 oz can Libby's pumpkin
    3. 1- Tbsp Lockerbean's Vanilla (Locally made and bottled here in Indianapolis)
    4. 3 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
    For garnish
    1. ground cinnamon
    2. 1/2 Tbsp chopped pecans
    3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    4. 1 tsp ground ginger
    5. 1 tsp ground cloves
    6. 2 c powder sugar, sifted
    Instructions
    1. With a mixer, blend cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, and baileys.
    2. Mix until well blended.
    3. Gradually blend in powder sugar.
    4. Last, blending in spices.
    5. Transfer to serving bowl(s) and serve chilled.
    6. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped pecans.
    Notes
    1. Serve with apples, Snickerdoodle sticks or gingersnaps as dippers.
    Adapted from Big Hair and Foodie Fare
    Big Hair and Foodie Fare http://bighairandfoodiefare.com/
     What are your favorite recipes that use pumpkin? We still have a whole month left to make some fun holiday inspired dishes!

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