Snacking

Calaisio Platters/Trays Serving and Tabletop

 Fall has finally arrived and with it time for family entertaining.  Whether it be Sunday football or after the kid's soccer game-- it is always snack time.  Apples or pears are the perfect fall snack teamed with a Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip or a caramel dip from theyummylife.com website.  A great way to serve the appples and dip would be in the Rectangle Tray from Calaisio.  The tray includes either two or three glass dishes for serving.

Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip

A delicious, versatile dip or spread that combines the flavors and spices of fall. Great to make ahead and have on hand for entertaining.

Ingredients
  • 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)


Directions:

--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.
 
Caramel Cream Cheese Dip
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (low fat works fine)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • toffee bits for garnish (optional)

Directions
Combine ingredients and mix in food processor or with electric mixer. Process/mix until well combined. Chill before serving, or eat it right away.

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