A lack of patience on the parts of me and of one of my close friends resulted in her giving me my birthday present an entire week early. As much as I love being surprised, I was in need for a pick-me-up and didn’t argue when she casually mentioned that she could just give me my gift now (as in Saturday, an entire week before the big day). Glad I didn’t protest, because it was an awesome cookbook and beautiful tray – which was used that night to consume cheese while watching Somm. The book is called Southern Living: The Half-Hour Hostess and is filled with scrumptious but easy recipes that can be put together in 30 minutes or less. You know anything Southern Living does is going to be great! We quickly agreed that I would make the Brown Sugar Fruit Dip to go along with our German beer + sausages for the World Cup.
I’m not going to pretend that this dip is healthy, but you can make it a little “less bad” by using a light whipped topping, light sour cream, and light cream cheese. Also, it goes with fruit so there’s that. There’s something so nice about using an actual cookbook– literally everything seems to be online these days, so sometimes it’s refreshing to give your eyes a break and go about things the old fashioned way!
Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
via Southern Living: The Half-Hour Hostess
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup whipped topping (I used light Cool Whip)
8 oz (generally 1 pack) cream cheese (I used light)
1 cup sour cream (I used light)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix brown sugar and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, blending until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Cover and chill until serving with fruit, crackers, bread, pretzels… the list goes on!
Photo by Monica Dutia