Parties and holidays are the perfect time for cookies and yummy treats. But we don’t always have time to bake and decorate. Sugar cookie dip is the perfect solution for a party dessert that takes almost no time to make and everyone loves.
It only takes 5 ingredients, so you can throw it together in minutes. This holiday season, make a bowl of Christmas Sugar Cookie Dip for your holiday parties…even Santa likes it!
Sugar Cookie Dip is a quick and easy party dip recipe that tastes amazing with pretzels, fruit, or cookies dipped in it. Best of all, this recipe only takes 5 ingredients and can be easily changed up for other holidays or events.
Here’s when we love to serve it:
- At your Christmas party (of course!)
- As a fun treat while decorating the family tree
- Add a bowl to the office cookie platter
- Make it as a special after-school snack for the kids.
- Change up the sprinkles and serve it as a fruit dip for your kids parties.
To make things even easier for you, I created a simple photo guide below. For all measurements and a more detailed guide, check out the recipe card at the bottom of this page.
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Step 1 – Beat heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer or stand mixer until doubled in volume and fluffy.
Step 2 – In another large bowl, beat together softened cream cheese and vanilla extract.
Step 3 – Mix in a small amount of powdered sugar at a time, until all the powdered sugar is added and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Step 4 – Fold in whipped cream and sprinkles. Top with additional sprinkles. Serve immediately.
Make Ahead Tips:
- Make up to 2 days in advance. Store, refrigerated in an airtight container and transfer to your serving bowl on the day of the party.
- Hold off on the sprinkles. The color from the sprinkles will bleed if you make this ahead. Instead, I recommend folding them in right before serving.
- Pull out the dip 10-15 minutes before serving. This will allow the dip to soften so you can stir in those sprinkles, and will make it easier for dipping softer cookies and fruit.
Substitutions and Adaptations:
- In a hurry? Use pre-made frozen whipped topping instead of heavy cream, and fold it into the cream cheese mixture before adding the powdered sugar. Remember to taste test as you add the powdered sugar. You won’t need as much as the original recipe.
- Add a drop or two of almond extract for a dip that tastes like our favorite cut out sugar cookies.
- Include other fun toppings like M&Ms, chocolate chips, or cinnamon sugar to change things up.
What is the best way to soften cream cheese?
The best way is to cut it into cubes and let it sit on the counter for at least an hour before making this sugar cookie dip.
But if you’re pressed for time, you can soften cream cheese in the microwave at 30% power in 30 second intervals. (The power setting may be different for your microwave, depending on the wattage.)
Can I Make this for other Holiday or birthday parties?
Absolutely! Simply switch out the sprinkles to match your party theme and you’re good to go.
What should I serve with Sugar cookie Dip?
This dip goes with just about anything you would serve with a sweet cream cheese dip. Here are our favorites:
- Sugar cookies (of course)
- Gingerbread men or ginger cookies
- Apple slices
- Nilla wafers
- Graham crackers
- Shortbread Cookies
If you liked my sugar cookie dip recipe, you’re going to love my double chocolate chip cookies. They’re a chocoholic’s dream, and can be adapted to make 3 different cookies in one batch.
Or you can check out my other desserts right here.
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup Christmas Sprinkles
- In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer until whipped through and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- In another large bowl, use your electric mixer to combine 8 ounces cubed and softened cream cheese and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and mix to combine. Repeat until all the powdered sugar is added and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Fold in whipped cream and 3 tablespoons sprinkles. Top with remaining sprinkles and serve immediately.
Remember, the step-by-step photos and FAQ in the recipe post are there to help you if you feel stuck at any point.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- In a hurry? Use pre-made frozen whipped topping instead of heavy cream, and fold it into the cream cheese mixture before adding the powdered sugar. Remember to taste test as you add the powdered sugar. You won't need as much as the original recipe.
- Serve with sweet and salty snacks like cut out sugar cookies (of course), Pretzels, Gingerbread men, Strawberries, Apple slices, Grapes, Nilla wafers, Graham crackers, and Shortbread Cookies