Monday, November 7, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Big news: I'm on maternity leave! I am officially done with work until September, which is scary and exciting for me. You see, I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid (as early as 4-5 years old). Teaching is a huge part of my life. I remember once being at some event where you had to describe yourself in three words and the first word I listed was "teacher." It's just a huge part of my identity. But in a few weeks I'll be adding a new trait to that list, "mommy." And as much as I love being a teacher I am truly looking forward to this next chapter.

My students, being typical 10 year olds, love to eat. Love it more than anything else I could offer them. So when it was my last week with them for the year I decided to treat them to a special snack. I made this dip for them and brought it in on Halloween. A couple kids were skeptical, eyeing the slightly orange dip, but once the first "mmmmmmmm" erupted they all dug in. This recipe yields a lot of dip and that's a good thing if you're making it for a crowd. It was perfectly sweet, had a nice bit of pumpkin flavor to it, and made for some happy fifth graders. I served it with apple slices, Nilla wafers, and pretzel sticks. According to the kids the apples and Nilla wafers are the best dipping agents!

Source: Carolina Charm


16 ounces Cool Whip
1 5 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tbsp. cinnamon

1- Stir all of the ingredients listed above together.
2- Refrigerate for at least three hours.
3- Serve with assorted dippers.


  1. That looks delicious Stephanie! And what an awesome feeling it must be to be off of work for the next YEAR, practically. You're going to love spending so much time with your little one! I'm jealous! :)

  2. I've made this dip before and its so good! Congrats on starting your maternity leave...enjoy downtime before your life is taken over by baby! :)

  3. Oh how fun! This would be great for parties. I hope you enjoy your maternity leave, but I'd miss teaching too!

  4. This looks fabulous!! Yay for maternity leave!

  5. This should be labeled under "I forgot I have to bring to thanksgiving, what takes literally one minute and is delicious?" I'm using cinnamon pita chips to dunk. Fantastic!