Cooking: Cool Fruit Dip


It's officially summer time here in Texas, and it might as well have been since April. It's been roasty toasty for months, and I have been doing everything I can think of to keep cool.

Which, really, is kind of funny since I'm always so darn cold thanks to anemia.

But, I digress.

One thing we always do, here at our house, is have lots and lots of fresh fruit available. It's a great quick treat and snack for Fred. It's also a great way to keep him away from processed snacky foods (and us too, but we'll say it's all about him!).

Occasionally though, I like to make our everyday food just a little more... special.

Blame it on the sun, or on the sweet baby I'm currently gestating. I just like to make our everyday days... a little more special.

Lately, I've been doing just that, by making this refreshing fruit dip. My mother has made this dip for our family and friends for as long as I can remember. It's quick, easy, and keeps for a while in the fridge. The main ingredients are staples in my home (don't judge!), and are favorites of mine: cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and an all-time family favorite... COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.


Recently, several friends have asked for the recipe, and I've been meaning to share it here for ages. So, here you go!

Ingredients:
8oz Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
2T Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed or from a bottle)
1t vanilla extract (optional)
8oz COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Directions:
Using a stand mixer (or in a bowl with a hand mixer), whip the cream cheese until it is smooth and fluffy. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix until they're incorporated together to a smooth consistency. Add the lemon juice and vanilla. The mixture will immediately start to thicken up.

Once everything is smoothly incorporated together, add the COOL WHIP and mix until incorporated.

Refrigerate the dip for at least 30 minutes, prior to serving.

I usually serve this dip with a variety of cut fruits. But, I'll admit to spreading it on cookies, cakes, and other desserts too - it's that good.

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