Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

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I’ve probably already written this sentence a time or three, but here it is again:  Cream cheese makes everything better!

Or was I talking about butter when I said that?  Actually, maybe it was cream?  Well, the same is true for cream cheese, butter, and cream.  (Although I will draw the line at adding any of the above to my lettuce salad.)

This recipe includes both cream and cream cheese.  And homemade vanilla.  (Or store bought vanilla, but homemade is so YUM.)  And then there is just a bit of maple syrup to make it sweet.  Last but not least – you’ll add a shot of lemon or lime juice.  Here are the specifics:

Easy Fruit Dip

1/2 cup cream (heavy whipping cream)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice (fresh or bottled)

Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks.  In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon or lime juice.  Fold cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream.  Chill until ready to serve, or serve right away.

Tastes great with strawberries, grapes, and apples.  Makes about two cups of dip.

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Have to eat dairy free?  This wasn’t a winner of a post for you then, was it?!  I’ll try to make it up to you next time.  :)  Everyone else – multiple choice question:

Everything is better with:
a) butter
b) cream cheese
c) cream
d) all of the above

I’d love to hear your opinion on this one!

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Comments

  1. Jaclyn says

    D, for sure!!!

    I was wondering… can you make homemade vanilla extract without vodka? We have spiritual convictions to not purchase alcohol- even for cooking.

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    Laura Reply:

    I would imagine so, but I don’t know how it works. Google probably knows. :)

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    Jaclyn Reply:

    Mmmm, I did a brief search and it seems the answer is “not really”. Hahaha…

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    Kimberlee Reply:

    I looked into it a while ago because so many alcohols include gluten. The answer I got was…NO. Vanilla powder?

    Jaclyn Reply:

    I can buy vanilla extract, it is just the buying vodka to make my own that I do not want to do. I will pray about it and see what my husband thinks. :-)

    Hannah Reply:

    I think that some vanilla is made with glycerin??? Might be an option, but I’m not sure how to do it!

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    Christie S Reply:

    What about making vanilla sugar/maple syrup/honey and just adding that to your baking?

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    barb powers Reply:

    You could make a simple syrup infused with vanilla bean. You’d have to keep it refrigerated though.

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  2. says

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  3. Mrs K says

    Actually cream is great in a salad dressing over romaine lettuce:-)
    I make salade à la crème often in the summer. Mix heavy cream with a touch of dijon, salt and pepper and fresh or dried herbs such as thyme and enjoy! You should try it, it’s… Well, it’s life changing! :-)

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  4. Heather says

    All of the above sounds good, but my ultimate choice would be BUTTER. :) I just made your strawberry fruit dip, but will have to try this one later since I have some cream cheese in the fridge awaiting a yummy recipe.

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  5. Allie Zirkle says

    You can always make dairy free dip with canned coconut milk. Leave it in the fridge over night and the thick goodness separates. Delish!

    I’d say A or D or berries lol I love them!

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  6. Kathy says

    Dress fresh garden lettuce with a mixture of cream, apple cider vinegar, and a bit of sweetener (vinegar will slightly thicken the cream). My husband grew up with this, and it’s pretty yummy! See, you CAN put cream on lettuce, too!

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