Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip with Caramelized Onions

Note: This post for pumpkin goat cheese dip first appeared on November 10, 2011. The recipe has been updated slightly (to include a hot or cold option for serving – I’m partial to the warmed dip version!) and pictures retaken. Text below is mostly original (with a few updates). Hope you enjoy this great fall appetizer.


Pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions can be served warmed or cold, it’s a great addition to your party spread and perfect for the holidays. Try it with crackers, sliced fall/winter fruits or vegetables!

Pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions can be served warmed or cold, it's a great addition to your party spread and perfect for the holidays. Try it with crackers, sliced fall/winter fruits or vegetables!

There are so many things about this dip that are delicious on their own.

Goat cheese.


Cream cheese.

Caramelized onions.

In fact, a goat cheese package may have been licked in the making of this and a caramelized onion or ten two might have been taken straight from the pan.

This creamy pumpkin goat cheese dip is bursting with savory caramelized onions. Serve it hot or cold for a great fall appetizer!

How something can go from making you cry in it’s raw form to tasting like sweet candy when cooked is beyond me, but I’m not complaining.

I don’t advise making this ahead of time because it will sit there in the fridge torturously tempting your willpower.

Should you find yourself in this case though, butterfinger dough balls make an excellent distraction – this week’s dessert of choice.

You can serve this pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions hot or cold. Makes a great addition to any holiday party spread!

It’s tangy, sweet and savory all at once and perfect for the upcoming holidays and all the parties that go along with this time of year.

Originally, I made this pumpkin goat cheese dip cold and it’s definitely great that way, no doubt about it. I’d happily shovel crackers with the cold dip into my mouth and be quite content. When I redid the pictures for this post though, I thought back to this butternut squash goat cheese dip that I made last year and how delicious it was warmed through, especially this time of year in the colder weather.

That’s what gave me the idea to throw the pumpkin goat cheese dip in the oven for 10 minutes this time around and I’m absolutely in love with the results.

Creamy, savory, tangy and perfect for any appetizer spread, this pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions can be served hot or cold!

The recipe below includes both hot and cold options but if you have the time, I think those 10 extra minutes in the oven are well worth it! Especially with a cool, crunchy apple as a dipper – love the contrast there!

Love this pumpkin goat cheese dip recipe?

Here are more great holiday appetizers to feed a crowd!  pumpkin herb cheeseball | butternut squash pita nachos | cranberry cheddar sausage bites

Yield: 4-6 servings

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip with Caramelized Onions

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip with Caramelized Onions


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (about 1 sprig)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • salt and pepper


Cold dip option:

  1. Place olive oil and butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and rosemary and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are golden brown and caramelized. If mixture starts to burn or pan dries out too much, add a bit of water, stir and continue cooking.
  2. While onions are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  3. Once onions are caramelized, add 3/4 of them to the bowl and mix again. 
  4. Transfer dip to a serving bowl, top with remaining caramelized onions and any other garnishes (additional rosemary, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.) and serve with crackers or sliced fruit.

Hot dip option:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Transfer dip to an oven safe baking dish and bake for 10 minutes until warmed through and the top of the dip starts to turn golden along edges.
  4. Remove from the oven, top with remaining caramelized onions, garnish as desired (pumpkin seeds, rosemary, sunflower seeds, etc.) and serve with crackers or sliced fruit.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
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  1. Jess

    This is totally making an appearance at one of the many holiday parties I end up hosting each holiday season. I am infatuated with goat cheese lately – and paired with pumpkin? Can’t think of a better combo. seriously!

  2. Cait's Plate

    Oh my. I don’t even LIKE goat cheese and I want to gobble that up!! PS – are those FoodShouldTasteGood chips?? SO delicious!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      A food blogger who doesn’t like goat cheese!? haha They’re actually Mary’s crackers but I love those FSTG chips too!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    you’re a pumpkin makin’ machine.. love it girl!

    sorry about BH and their tech crap. Yes, went thru it about 3-4 weeks ago, two HUGE HUGE failures within 1 week. Lost about 48 hrs of up-time. That’s…ridiculous. I had to switch. Good luck finding someone else. Lmk who you go with if you switch.

  4. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Yum! This dip sounds incredible. We always try and one up each other at family events with dips and spreads and I think I am going to use this one to do just that one.

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  7. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    holy cow how did I miss this one!?!!? so money! It would be bff with my savory pumpkin cheesecake. I would literally just eat the two side by side until I couldn’t keep my pants buttoned =) in. love.

    the carmelized onions are brilliant love! thanks for linking this up! <3

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Your cheescake was my inspiration for this! I still want to make that, I just need a mini springform! Maybe Santa will bring me one in my stocking ;)

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  9. jillian

    Can you use all goat cheese and no cream cheese? I have one who is lactose intolerent in my family and so many holiday apps have cheese. He can tolerate goat cheeses!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’m sure you could. They’re both kind of tangy so it would probably be similar. Let me know if you try it :)

  10. Vickie Wheeler

    no way! really!? Pumpkin & goat cheese are practically their own food groups in my kitchen, so I know I would love this =).

  11. Sharron Carson

    seriously! and looks amazing, too. I am infatuated with goat cheese lately – and paired with pumpkin? I think my favorite party dip is seven layer dip… or just plain old guacamole.

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  15. Lizzie

    I am thinking about making this tonight (Wednesday( to take to a party on Friday… do you think that will work? Is it served cold or room temperature? What kind of crackers would you suggest?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You can definitely make it ahead of time. I think the flavors are most pronounced when it’s more on the side of room temperature than cold so I’d take it out a few hours before serving. Cracker-wise, totally up to you! We always have Mary’s crackers on hand but it’d seriously be good with any kind!

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  18. mary

    Just made this for a girls get together. I have to say, its a bit bland. I’m going to add a dash of cayenne. Has anyone made this, if so did you find it to be bland?

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  22. chefkreso

    I’m a big fan of goat cheese and this dip sounds delicious, I’d pair it with crackers or bruchetta. The addition of caramelized onions brings it to a new level of delicious!

  23. CristineMpls

    Where have you been in my life? This dip is amazing. I was a little worried about my onions not caramelizing. They took a bit longer than 20 minutes, maybe because of my pan/stove. Taste-tested and so good, Could probably have doubled the onions and plan on baking it, but it really doesn’t need it! Definitely will be keeping this one!


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