Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip

 Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

A fun dessert or treat recipe that takes 5 minutes to make: Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip!  It tastes just like cookie dough (without any eggs or flour) and is perfect for gatherings, school parties, football parties or just as an unexpected treat.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

You may remember a few weeks ago I shared a naturally gluten-free Peanut Butter Lover’s Chocolate Chip Mug Cake.  It’s simple, delicious and I did not make it.  My 13-year-old son did.  Did I ever show you the cake he made by himself for my birthday this year?

Rainbow Layered Birthday Cake | BoulderLocavore.com

I’ve never made a cake that cool.

So my boy has taken a fancy to baking.  He’ll often pop in wherever I am and ask if I mind if he makes, let’s say, cupcakes.  He’s old enough to manage in the kitchen so I rarely say no unless I need it for something.  And what emerges at the end of the process is extraordinary.  Last week it was galaxy cupcakes, black cupcakes with midnight blue frosting swirled with black.  It took five brushings of my teeth for them to be a normal color again but I’m all for kitchen experimentation.

This is what he made for fourth of July…..

Fourth of July layered red, white and blue cupcakes | BoulderLocavore.com 1289

So a few weeks ago he asked my husband to go to the store for ingredients to make a surprise project.  I’ve grown to be extremely curious about what he’s cooking up since everything has been so good and usually something I would not take the time to experiment making myself.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

This time was Cookie Dough Dip.  Now I’ve seen cookie dough dip on Pinterest but it has never crossed my mind to make it mainly because it hadn’t made sense to me.  I grew up in the chip-and-dip era of cocktail parties and it’s locked and loaded as a savory thing, dip is.  I couldn’t picture a sweet dip being served as dessert (and have sense learned it gets devoured right after school).

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

Once tasting it I was a convert.  It’s rich, I won’t lie, so it goes a long way which isn’t a bad thing (cookie batches in my house generally don’t hit the 36-hour mark before they are all gone).  Despite the name there is no real dough; no eggs, no flour.  It’s a mixture of sugars, cream cheese, chocolate chips, butter and some spices.  We loved the first version with graham crackers which add a wonderful flavor component.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

As soon as I tried it I wanted to share it with you, especially knowing I could delegate the preparation to the junior master chef.  We changed it up a bit to make it a fall themed treat and boy is it tasty!  I love it with crisp apple slices.  Graham crackers are again a great choice or digestive biscuits for those who can eat gluten and now that they are available internationally.  I’m sure you’ll find some favorites of your own too!

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Dip. Tangy chocolate chip 'cookie dough' spiced for the fall with pumpkin pie spice. Great to dip with fruit, cookies or graham crackers! Gluten-free. | BoulderLocavore.com

It’s really a fun idea for a party, school event, gatherings or anytime a sweet treat would be welcome.  It stores well in the refrigerator, sealed.  If you make it, let me know what you think?  I have a feeling I’ll be sharing more confections from my little man  here in the future!

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Buttercream Iced Latte

Buttercream Iced Latte. A two-ingredient iced coffee recipe with natural, light flavoring you'll love! - BoulderLocavore.com

Iced coffee drinks are refreshing and a great option all year round.  No need to spend lots of $$ when you can make this Buttercream Iced Latte at home (only two ingredients too)! This post is sponsored by White Wave and Horizon Organic, long time valued partners of Boulder Locavore.  All opinions are by own. In certain ways I’m a creature of habit.  Despite avoiding anything that feels like a routine, drinking coffee is a daily ritual that punctuates my day.  I love to come downstairs … CONTINUE READING

Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet

Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet. Spicy rice with tomaotes, black beans, corn, peppers and onions with crispy chicken thighs all cooked in one pot. | BoulderLocavore.com

One pot recipes are always a favorite especially when they are bursting with flavor like this Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet recipe. Seared chicken thighs, spicy rice full of black beans, corn, tomatoes, sweet peppers and onions make for a robust meal and little effort to make it! I L.O.V.E. this one pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet!  I began craving these flavors last week as the wind kicked up, swirling fall-colored leaves around my yard making me pull my sweater on a bit … CONTINUE READING

Grilled Pumpkin Pie with Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust

Grilled Pumpkin Pie with Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust - BoulderLocavore.com

With fall settling in and busy food holidays upcoming, using a grill to off load some of the key cooking solves a space issue and offers a unique twist on a classic dessert. Grilled Pumpkin Pie with Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust is made fully on the grill and will be a great addition to your cool weather dinner table! Happy first day of Fall!  Though in my routine, fall mentally begins after Labor Day, the official calendar proclaims today to mark the seasonal change.  Feeling that is … CONTINUE READING

Maple Pumpkin Butter Vinaigrette

Maple Pumpkin Butter Vinaigrette. Sweet, tangy and tasting like fall, this salad dressing recipe is sure to become a fall favorite! | BoulderLocavore.com

You'll never return to store-bought salad dressing after whipping up this Maple Pumpkin Butter Vinaigrette. Ready in five minutes, this sweet and tangy dressing has a wonderful depth of flavor perfect for the deeper flavored salads of autumn. I am SO excited to share a new salad dressing with you today and my very favorite new salad!  I literally could eat this salad for every meal, day after day.  In five minutes you can shake up this Maple Pumpkin Butter Vinaigrette in a jar and two … CONTINUE READING

Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Apples

Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Apples recipe - BoulderLocavore.com

Need an easy one pan naturally gluten-free meal for busy weeknights?  Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Apples is bursting with fall flavors and is a cinch to prepare. Though school has been in session here for a month and we should totally be in the weeknight dinner time swing, finding easy, delicious recipes is always a challenge.  I’m still deluged with dinner idea S.O.S. pleas from friends and readers seeking simple recipes to keep their households going on busy … CONTINUE READING