A sweet and creamy party dip that’s infused with apple cider and apple pie, this fall-friendly party dip is a great way to usher in cooler weather with friends.

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Close up side view a wide bowl filled with creamy apple cider dip, garnished with ground cinnamon on top and surrounded by gingersnap cookies and sliced red and green apples for dipping.

About Apple Cider Dip

Celebrate the beginning of fall with this apple-infused party dip. Perfect for tailgating, sports parties, or even a Halloween movie marathon, this delicious and creamy dip can be served with a variety of cookies, sliced apples, or even salty snacks like pretzels.

What’s in apple cider dip?

To serve up this apple-infused party dip, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Cream cheese – For creaminess and flavor.
  • Cool Whip – Adds sweetness and makes the dip fluffy.
  • Instant apple cider mix – The namesake of this recipe! Provides a sweet apple flavor without excess moisture.
  • Apple pie filling – Gives this dip a dose of real apple goodness. You can either use store-bought apple pie filling or make your own. You can also either dice the apple pie filling or blend it until smooth. And, finally, you can substitute this for an equal portion of apple sauce and a tablespoon or two of honey; just be sure to use a strainer or some cheesecloth to squeeze out any excess liquid of the apple sauce first.
  • Ground cinnamon – Use as a garnish on top for presentation, but also totally optional.

Do you have to use Cool Whip?

In theory, no – there’s nothing “special” about Cool Whip that would make this dip better (or worse) if you were to use an alternative ingredient, such as homemade whipped cream. Cool Whip does bring additional sweetness and flavor, but most whipped cream is sweetened to a similar amount.

Please note I have not tested this recipe with whipped cream; I’ve only ever used Cool Whip.

What can you serve with apple cider dip?

After making so many dessert dips, I have a whole list of options that go great with these creamy treats.

Feel free to try one (or many!) of these with your apple pie dip.

And the list could go on and on. If you find a new combination for dipping, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Top down view of a wide bowl filled with creamy apple cider dip, pictured with a gingersnap cookie and serving spoon resting in the dip, surrounded by more gingersnap cookies, sliced apples, and cinnamon sticks.

How long can you leave out a dessert dip?

Whenever you serve a dip for your guests to enjoy, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature, which is how this dip will be served.

As the party goes on, you can move your dip back to the refrigerator once you get past the two-hour mark. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.

Can you make apple cider dip in advance?

Certainly!

For best presentation, this dip can be made and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before serving.

When ready to eat, let the dip to room temperature for 30 minutes, then serve.

How long is apple cider dip good for?

Once prepared, this apple pie dip can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to two or three days.

Can you freeze apple cider dip?

Technically, yes – the main dairy ingredients (cream cheese and Cool Whip) freeze pretty well. However, there is a chance that the freeing and thawing process might change the texture of the dip to be more grainy.

But if the above texture concerns do not bother you, you can freeze this dip in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to three months.

Notes & tips for apple cider dip

  • You can chop the apple pie filling or blend it until smooth. Pick whichever consistency you think you’d like best for your dip.
  • For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This recipe will be tricky to make by hand with a whisk.
  • Want the dip to be more firm? No problem! Once the dip is mixed, just place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, then serve.
Close up side view of a hand holding a gingersnap cookie that's just been dipped in apple cider dip.

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How to make apple cider dip

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese, Cool Whip, and instant apple cider mix.

Step 2 – Once creamy, turn off the mixer and fold in the apple pie filling. You can either chop up the apples or blend them in; pick whichever consistency sounds best to you.

Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Close up side view a wide bowl filled with creamy apple cider dip, garnished with ground cinnamon on top and surrounded by gingersnap cookies and sliced red and green apples for dipping.
5 from 1 vote

Apple Cider Dip

10 mins prep
287 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
A sweet and creamy party dip that's infused with apple cider and apple pie, this fall-friendly party dip is a great way to usher in cooler weather with friends.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), beat cream cheese, Cool Whip, and instant apple cider mix on medium speed until smooth and there are no clumps, about 2 minutes.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup Cool Whip, 2 packets instant apple cider mix
  • Turn off mixer and add apple pie filling. Use a spatula to gently fold ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
    1 cup diced apple pie filling
  • Transfer dip to a serving bowl. Garnish top with ground cinnamon (optional).
    ground cinnamon
  • Serve immediately with gingersnap cookies for dipping.
    gingersnap cookies

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 0.2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy