Cheese, bean, and meaty dips are often the first to go at parties, but sweet dips have the potential to outperform their savory cousins as long as they’re correctly prepared. Recipes for cake dip, brownie dip, and cookie dough dip all exist — the only question is, when do you serve them? For appetizers or dessert? That’s a good problem to have.
Check out these 7 dessert dips found around the Web; serve them with cookies, graham crackers, pretzels, and more. Once you sweeten your friends up with these treats, they’ll be more than ready for dinner. Even better, if you’re not serving a main meal, these gems will tide them over.
1. Cookie Dough Dip
Does anyone really bake cookies without first sneaking a spoonful of dough? We didn’t think so, and that’s why this cookie dough dip is perfect. It’s your favorite treat sans the salmonella, and you can eat as much of it as you want without feeling guilty. This recipe from Add a Pinch requires just 6 ingredients, plus graham crackers for serving. It will feed 12 but if you’re not careful, it can quickly turn into a solo feast.
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup toffee bits
Directions: Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined. Serve with graham crackers or apple wedges.
2. Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Dip
Dessert dreams really do come true, and this peanut butter brownie batter dip from Crazy for Crust proves it. Post up next to this dip at parties and you won’t regret it. Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, but when cream cheese is also involved, all bets are off. Grab some pretzels, crackers, or cookies and prepare yourself for the ultimate sugar rush.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, divided
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 1 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup homemade brownie mix
- Mini chocolate chips and/or peanuts for garnish
Directions: Place 4 ounces of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add granulated sugar, peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix until smooth. Stir in ½ cup yogurt. Place mixture in a serving bowl.
Place the remaining 4 ounces of cream cheese in the same mixing bowl. Mix with your electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the brownie mix and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until smooth. Stir in remaining ½ cup yogurt. Place in the other half of your serving bowl.
Take a knife or the back of a wooden spoon and swirl the dips together. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and/or peanuts for serving. Serve with assorted dippers.
3. Cheesecake Cake Batter Dip
The next recipe on our list requires more cream cheese, and lots of it. This cheesecake cake batter dip from I Wash You Dry is as decadent as dessert dips come, and it blows any savory appetizer out of the water. The formula for this appetizer or after-dinner sweet treat not only enlists cream cheese and cake mix but also pulls sour cream and sprinkles into the mix.
- 8-ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup white cake mix
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sprinkles
Directions: Place cream cheese in your mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, or until it becomes light and whipped.
Bring speed down to medium and add the sour cream and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cake mix to the bowl and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and then gently fold in the sprinkles.
4. Caramel Apple Dip
In our No. 4 spot is a recipe for a caramel apple dip that’s perfect for any season. Almost everyone loves caramel apples, but almost no one likes the old tacky caramel that gets stuck in their teeth. This dip from Chef In Training solves that problem. Her recipe combines individually wrapped caramels, cream cheese, and brown sugar, and it yields a dip that apples can easily dive into. Slice up your fruit and get going.
- 16 individually-wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- ¼ cup water
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt caramels with water, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Lastly, fold in caramel mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Serve with apple slices.
5. S’mores Dessert Dip
Get a taste of summer with this s’mores dessert dip from Yummy Healthy Easy and get your sweet tooth ready. This dip enlists s’mores essentials (marshmallow and chocolate) but also calls cream cheese into the mix. Campfire s’mores just met their match.
- 1 cup marshmallow fluff
- 6 ounces light cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup chocolate spread
Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and chocolate spread. Add in marshmallow fluff and beat until light and fluffy. Serve with graham crackers.
6. Tiramisu Dip
Next up is a dip recipe that is really sure to impress. Enter: tiramisu dip from Chow. Your favorite Italian dessert just became an appetizer. Grab your cream cheese, mascarpone, brewed espresso, and Kahlúa, and get going. This sinful dip is almost too good to be true — just make sure you serve it with ladyfingers.
- 12 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brewed espresso
- 2 tablespoons Marsala or Kahlúa
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- ½ cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
Directions: Place mascarpone in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip on low speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add ricotta, sugar, espresso, and Marsala or Kahlúa. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes.
Transfer to a shallow 1-quart serving dish and dust with cocoa powder, then sprinkle chopped chocolate over cocoa.
7. 7-Layer Dessert Dip
Our seventh highlighted dessert dip boasts 7 layers, hence its name. This dip from Tablespoon mirrors a 7-layer bean dip, except you’ll sub out the beans and use sugar instead. What’s more, the creative dessert’s ingredients list includes Cheerios, Greek yogurt, marshmallows, and fresh fruit, and the dip is to be served with homemade cinnamon sugar chips. What are you waiting for?
- 1 carton Greek honey vanilla yogurt
- ⅓ cup fudge ice cream topping
- ¼ cup mini marshmallows
- 1 bar crunchy granola bar
- ⅓ cup chocolate cheerios
- ½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- ½ cup kiwi, peeled and diced
- 4 large flour tortillas
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: Layer dip ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish, beginning with the yogurt and ending with the strawberries and kiwi pieces. Cut tortillas into triangles. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Quickly fry the tortilla pieces until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle immediately with cinnamon and sugar. Serve dip with chips on the side.