20 Dessert-Inspired Dips for Sweeter Snacking

Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Photo: Christina

There's not a single snack that can't be improved with dip, but if you're limiting yourself to savory dips like hummus and queso, you're missing out on the world of sweet dips — and sweet dippers, like vanilla wafers, apple slices, and sweet breads. These dessert dip recipes require little effort aside from stirring and chilling, but they deliver when it comes to taste. Whether you're looking to upgrade your snack situation or want a different kind of dessert at the potluck, these simple, yet delicious, dessert-inspired dips will pull through and have everyone wanting more.

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Choc. Chip Cheesecake Dip

Choc. Chip Cheesecake Dip
An

This cream cheese-based cheesecake dessert dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Although it's a dessert, it's not overly sweet and pairs well with apples, graham crackers, and gingersnaps.

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Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip
Yoly

This dessert dip is the ideal partner for gingerbread or molasses cookies — its creamy sweetness perfectly contrasts the crunchy, bold flavor whether it's used as a dip or spread on top like frosting. You can make a healthier version with light cream cheese or cool whip, and dip apple slices instead of cookies.

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Tiramisu Dip

Tiramisu Dip
gigi

This tiramisu dessert dip delivers the same flavors of the more involved dessert in 20 minutes. As written, this dip has a subtle coffee flavor that both kids and adults will love, but if you want a more pronounced flavor, simply add some strong coffee. You can also make a boozy version by adding a few shots of Baileys or Kahlua.

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Fluff Dip for Fruit

Fluff Dip For Fruit
amyc

You can never go wrong with a fruit plate, but you can definitely make the arrangement better with homemade fluff-style dessert dip. Switch the amaretto out for your preferred liqueur, or go without for an alcohol-free version. For a fancier treat, pair this with fruit kabobs or angel food cake.

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Ruby the Magical Unicorn Dip

Rainbow unicorn dip in a white bowl
fabeveryday

Ruby cacao wafers, marshmallow creme, and cream cheese all unite for a dessert that's luscious, slightly tangy, and magical. You can find ruby chocolate at specialty stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, but try white chocolate for a substitute that won't affect the dip's color palette.

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Marshmallow Dip for Apple Slices

Marshmallow Dip for Apple Slices
lutzflcat

This dessert dip balances cream cheese and marshmallow creme, resulting in a flavor that's not overly sweet (and perfect for dunking in sweet fruit slices). Try it with other fruits, like berries, oranges, and pears.

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Gooey S'mores Dip

Gooey S'mores Dip
magically delicious

No campfire? No problem. Make this s'mores-inspired dessert dip in your oven, and every marshmallow will come out golden brown. For a more authentic, campfire-s'more taste, use milk chocolate instead of semisweet.

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Coffee Flavored Fruit Dip

Coffee Flavored Fruit Dip
4LEA

This thick, creamy dessert dip has just enough coffee flavor so it doesn't overwhelm the palate. "I brought [this] to work for my own birthday potluck and EVERYONE loved it," says community member DJKreut. "I served the dip with cut up apples strawberries kiwis grapes and pretzels."

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Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Cherry Cheesecake Dip
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This dessert dip looks like it took hours to make, but thanks to canned cherry pie filling, it only takes 10 minutes. To switch things up, try a different flavor of pie filling, or if you have a few hours, you could make your own from scratch.

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Broomstick Dip

Broomstick Dip
Linda at Bit of Flavor

Clear those extra cereal squares from your pantry with this easy dessert dip — it's sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy all at once. Dipped pretzel rods look like miniature broomsticks, giving you an inexpensive Halloween-themed dessert.

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Brownie Batter Dip (aka Chocolate Hummus)

Brownie Batter Dip (aka Chocolate Hummus)
Carolyn Roath

Chickpeas, peanut butter, and olive oil give this dessert dip an incredibly smooth consistency. And while it looks gourmet, this chocolate hummus has one step — combine everything in a food processor and blitz until you've reached your desired texture.

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White Chocolate Fondue

White Chocolate Fondue
Photo by Allrecipes.

Forego the premade packet of chocolate fondue and make your own version, with real cream, right at home. This recipe will still work without corn syrup, so if you don't want to use any (or forgot to pick some up), don't fret.

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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Pumpkin Fluff Dip
Photo by Miracle1997.

Spread that pumpkin spice cheer by turning it into a fluff that goes with almost any snack — cut fruit, graham crackers, cookies, pretzels, and more. This dessert dip is simple yet unique, and just might be the first thing to disappear at the potluck.

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Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Christina

While we can't promise that this dessert dip tastes exactly like cookie dough (the cream cheese takes it more towards cheesecake's flavor profile), it's easy, comes together in mere minutes, and has a good flavor. Serve with something salty and crunchy, such as pretzels, which will complement the dip's creaminess and sweetness.

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Very Dairy Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Very Dairy Strawberry Shortcake Dip
lutzflcat

This indulgent dessert dip can really make strawberry shortcake (or even just strawberries) shine, but there's no reason to stop there: try it on top of a slide of pound cake, angel food cake, or even flourless chocolate cake. Served with strawberry shortcake skewers, this dip makes a classic dessert work for a crowd. If you want to up the strawberry flavor, simply stir in some more jam.

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Chocolate Bar Fondue

Chocolate Bar Fondue
Allrecipes

This homemade fondue recipe uses real cream and gets a flavor boost from instant coffee. For a shortcut, you can melt chocolate chips instead of grating the chocolate, and for a thicker fondue, lessen (or omit) the water.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pecan Dip

Dip topped with pecans on a plate surrounded by flat pretzels
Trusted Brands

If you like pecan pie and cream cheese, this is the dessert dip for you. It's light and fluffy, but still gets a dose of texture from the brown sugar and crushed pecans. Serve it after a holiday dinner for a lightened, extra-sharable version of the classic dessert.

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce
AhmedKH

You're 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients away from homemade chocolate sauce. This sauce (or dessert dip, depending on how you use it) has a rich chocolate flavor and isn't overly sweet. Warm it up in the microwave for an extra touch of decadence.

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Cannoli Dip

Cannoli Dip
Michelle182

This dessert dip takes everything you love about cannolis — so, the filling — and turns it into a party snack. Break up some waffle cones and pizzelle cookies for dipping. You can also make this dip with mascarpone.

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S'mores Dip

S'mores Dip
Christina

This dessert dip recipe is like s'mores, but much simpler. Serve spread over the graham crackers and topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce, or use it as a dip for graham crackers, marshmallows, or even fruit.

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