1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (1-pound) can pumpkin puree or 2 cups fresh
1 cup brown sugar or confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest
Cream the cream cheese and pumpkin together in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust the sugar, if necessary. Chill.
Presentation Idea: Serve in (what else?) a small hollowed-out pumpkin, if desired.
Serve with your choices of:
* Apple wedges, banana rounds, cherries, or other fruit * Sugar cookies, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps * Crackers, toast points
Or serve as a spread on:
* Crackers, toast points, mini-bagels, gingerbread, graham crackers or pound cake. * Spread on/between slices of crustless white or brown bread and cut into quarters, tea sandwich style, or into cookie cutter shapes.