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Mar 03

Rainbow Cheesecake Dip


As a dessert blogger, I often get caught off-guard at the grocery store. I have a list and I’m on my way to the milk section when some new product catches my eye. It could be anything: a new flavor M&M, a new flavor Oreo or pudding mix. Even a new flavor coffee creamer or cake mix. It never fails – something NEW! and COOL! derails my whole shopping expedition. I spend the rest of the time wandering aimlessly creating the NEWEST! COOL! pie or brownie or magic bar.

My local grocery store has begun selling bulk sprinkles and colored sugars. They even have naked sugar cookies, tarts, and piping bags full of icing. But the sprinkles call to me the second I enter the store.

“Doooooorooooothhhhyyyyy,” they call. “Come get uuuuuusssss.”

How can I resist a talking sprinkle?

Last week I stopping in for a few vegetables and milk, and got waylaid by these talking bulk sprinkles in the bakery section.

In particular, the gold sanding sugar caught my eye. I mean, St. Patrick’s Day and Rainbows scream gold.

I stood in front of the cake case, holding a very large (and super cheap) container of gold sanding sugar, for quite awhile. In my head, I was running through all that I could do with it. It was like fast-forwarding a movie in my brain.

I guess I stood there for a really long time. Long enough that one of the workers came up to me and asked if I “was okay” or “needed any help.”

I was okay…but it’s open to discussion if I “need help.”


Sr. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick. My favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day is rainbows. I love all things rainbow. I’ve made cupcakes and cookies. If I had my choice I’d do nothing but rainbow all month long.

I was trying to come up with something new to make this year, and I know how much you all love dips. I mean, this dip is my most viewed recipe and probably will be for a looooong time.

You also love skinny recipes, since this breakfast cookie is also in the top viewed. So, I combined skinny and dip and rainbow and I got something super pretty – and delish.


Sweet dips are so easy to make. This one uses low-fat cream cheese, a box of cheesecake pudding mix (sugar-free, but regular is fine), and fat-free whipped topping. It’s totally skinny, but doesn’t taste that way!

And what about that gold sanding sugar? I used it to make dippers: sugar cookie gold coins. I used a roll of sugar cookie dough (feel free to use your favorite recipe) and rolled it in the gold sugar before baking. I baked them a little longer than I would have if I was making plain cookies, so they are crunchy and hold up to dipping. The combination of the sweet cookie and sweet cheesecake flavored dip was amazing.

Although I must admit: I ate most of this dip with a spoon. It was that good!


And, it’s a rainbow. It’ll make you smile after the people at the grocery store think you’re crazy.

Rainbow Cheesecake Dip

No Bake Cheesecake Dip layered like the rainbow...with gold coin cookie dippers!


For the Dip:

  • 8 ounces room temperature light cream cheese
  • 1 small box cheesecake pudding mix (I used sugar/fat-free, about 0.9 ounces, but you can use a regular 3.4 ounce box if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 8 ounces (1 container) plus an additional 2-4 ounces whipped topping (I used fat-free), or you can use real whipped cream if you prefer
  • Food Coloring

For the Gold Coin Dippers:

  • 1 tube sugar cookie dough
  • Gold sanding/colored sugar (or yellow if you don’t have gold)


  1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. You can use a hand mixer (what I used) but a stand mixer is better because it helps get out all the lumps. Add pudding mix and milk. Beat for 2 minutes on medium. There will still be some lumps.
  2. Stir in extracts. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Separate dip into 6 small bowls. Dye each bowl a different color of the rainbow. I prefer to use gel food colorings because the colors are more vibrant, but you can use regular too. (You can buy Wilton Gel Food coloring at most craft stores.)
  4. Using a clear serving dish, layer the colors of dip starting with purple on the bottom and working your way up the rainbow to red. When adding a new color, spoon it gently onto the top of the layers and spread gently with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Don’t push too hard or you’ll end up with tie-dye!
  5. Top with additional whipped topping and sprinkles. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  6. To make the gold coin dippers: cut the log of cookie dough into 1/2” sections and quarter each section. Roll into balls and roll in sanding sugar. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 9-11 minutes (they need to be on the crunchier side so they hold up when dipping). Cool completely and serve with dip!

Rainbow Cheesecake Dip

Love rainbows? Check out my I {Heart} Rainbows Pinboard and these delicious rainbow recipes:

Rainbow Palmiers

Rainbow Palmiers (8 of 14)w

Cupcake Topped Rainbow Cupcakes

cupcake topped rainbow cupcakes

Slice-and-Bake Rainbow Cookies


Sweets from friends:
Rainbow Cakes by Wine and Glue
Rainbow Madeleines by Sugar Swings
Rainbow Petal Cake by Bird On A Cake
Rainbow Cupcakes by Something Swanky

84 Responses to “Rainbow Cheesecake Dip”

  1. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on March 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm (#)

    Oooh sprinkles call to me too! And I’m kind of in love with this.


  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm (#)

    Ohhhh maaah god, so cute! I am obsessed with rainbow desserts. Much like their friend the sprinkle, it instantly makes everything taste better. Also, LOOOVING that this is skinny since I no longer am. Ha!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      LOL. I feel that way too. Skinny for me from now on! :)


  3. Pamela posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm (#)

    YUMMY! Oh my word this looks wonderful! You make it looks so easy Dorothy. I am going to have to try to do this! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Ron Schrieber posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm (#)

    or just mix cream cheese and marshmallow whip


  5. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#)

    Ooooh, this is so pretty, Dorothy! And I am totally on the lookout for skinny desserts right now. My jeans are too tight but I can’t give up the sweets. :-)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Neither can I!! It’s a little ridiculous! :) Thanks Ashley!


  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm (#)

    I honestly cannot believe that St. PATRICKS DAY is almost here!! Seriously, where has the time gone? Dorothy, this has to be the happiest dip I’ve ever seen. SO adorably festive and the sprinkles… well, you know I’m on board with those. 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      I know, where is the time going?????? It’s crazy!! Thanks Sally!


  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm (#)

    This post reminds me of Pride Week in San Diego…when everything is rainbow! :) I am loving those layers…non-blurred! I would have made a total mess of them! Lol


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      It was challenging for sure Averie! Thank you! :)


  8. Jenn posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm (#)

    You’ll never guess what I saw at the store the other day? Or maybe you will? Lemon Meringue marshmallows! Do those sound divine or what. Your rainbow dessert is so pretty and I’m pretty sure those are the coolest fingernails I have EVER seen.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I actually bought those, and the lime ones too! :) The nails are my favorite new thing – those stick on ones. These are Kiss brand. They’re great!!


  9. Rachel @ posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm (#)

    You are too funny! I feel the same way about sprinkles 😉 Love the dip… sounds delish and is SO fun!


  10. Kristin posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm (#)

    When I made dip like this once, I ended up eating it for breakfast, just with a spoon. I’d annihilate those sugar cookie coins. Yum!
    Kudos to you for making dip extra pretty!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Um, yes. :) All of the above! Thanks Kristin!


  11. Susan posted on March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Somewhere over the rainbow–I wish you lived closer!! This looks yummy and I know my grands would love it, XOXO


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  13. Lisa @hooplapalooza posted on March 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    hey! i see you got talking sprinkles at your store too! and sprinkle bottles that like to stay in your hand and get your motor going! i honestly have a CUPBOARD full of sprinkles! and what’s worse i buy more :>P LOVE this dip! so dag gone pretty and easier than making a whole cake or cupcakes to get the rainbow look :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 6:37 am

      I cannot stop buying them. I’ll never use them all in this lifetime, lol.


  14. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on March 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    I’m in L.O.V.E. and I want some now!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 6:37 am

      I love how you love rainbows as much as me! :)


  15. Terri C posted on March 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#)

    I wish my store had builk sprinkles! And sugar!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      I wish they all did! I really wish Walmart did! :)


  16. Stephanie @ Back for Seconds posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm (#)

    Lol! So funny someone came to help you, haha :)
    This dip is so so pretty!! I love all the rainbows and sprinkles – it’s a lot more fun that everything GREEN. You know I heart a good skinny recipe :)


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  18. aimee @ shugarysweets posted on March 4, 2013 at 4:19 am (#)

    I love that our grocery stores called our names out, LOL!! This dip sounds awesome Dorothy, and love the rainbows :)


  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 4, 2013 at 4:54 am (#)

    Ok, I can totally picture you standing there with sprinkles in hand talking to each container as they talked back :-) It is comforting to know that others can hear the sweets and sprinkles talking to them too!!! Love this fun rainbow dip!! I can imagine how careful you must be to keep it so nice and not so tie dyed!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Luckily it was thick enough that it didn’t run together! And, I’m thankful that I know my bloggy friends go through the same thing at the store, lol! Thanks Jocelyn!


  20. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:09 am (#)

    I now have an idea for Gold Doubloons for my little guy’s pirate birthday party!


  21. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:22 am (#)

    How fun is this!! Love the rainbow colors and the gold dusted ‘coins’ for dipping…perfect!!


  22. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:24 am (#)

    oh man I am the same way, I see the stuff and i am all, I need that!! And I love your nails;p


  23. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:13 am (#)

    This is so fun, Dorothy! Cheesecake dips are amazing and this colorful one will be a huge hit with my kiddos!


  24. tanya posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:33 am (#)

    This is probably the funnest dip I’ve ever seen! I love the colors and using the little sugar cookies coins are absolutely adorable! What I love almost as much is your nail polish! Great recipe Dorothy!


  25. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:00 am (#)

    So freaking cute!!! i love making desserty dips, super easy and a fancy looking one like this will impress everyone.

    P.S. Around Christmas and Valentines day, ALL OF THE STORES in my area sold out of sprinkles and I basically had a couple of meltdowns in each store… so I get the whole feeling-crazy-in-the-grocery-store thing.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Why is that? I would have had a tantrum too! Thanks Kelly!


  26. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:19 am (#)

    How fun! It’s like dipping gold coins into the rainbow


  27. Elise @ elisebakes posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm (#)

    So pretty and festive! I always end up standing in the middle of an aisle, staring down the products while I try to make up my mind. I feel like I must look crazy…the people passing me probably thinking ‘what is this lady doing? how can a row of spices be so complicated? :) Decision making can be so difficult sometimes!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Yes, especially when I’m planning in my head! Thanks Elise!


  28. carrian posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm (#)

    Oh my heck, my kids would love this! And no, never resist a talking sprinkle


  29. Ellen @Bake It With Booze posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#)

    I swear, you rock the rainbow like no one else! I bow down…And, are we talking Save Mart and those bulk sprinkles/sugars? I saw those a few weeks ago, only after I was set on Vday sprinkles. Great find…I had no idea they had frosting already in the piping bag. :) Have a wonderful week!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Yes! Savemart, my new favorite place. :) Thanks Ellen!


  30. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm (#)

    This is just too cute!! Cheesecake dip sounds delish! I’ll have to make this just to double check it’s skinny. 😉

    Those nails are cute & sassy, lady!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Meghan! Of course, I’m still saying it’s skinny, even though I ate the majority…


  31. Erin @ Making Memories posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm (#)

    How fun is that?!?! I wish my grocery store had bulk sprinkles. I’d be in so much trouble. LOVE your dip and gold coins!


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  33. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    Lol. I do the same thing. I just stand there trying to figure out what I can make..

    Very cute. So great for kids.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      LOL, glad I’m not alone!


  34. Brenda posted on March 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm (#)

    Your layers are so perfect … very impressive!!! Bulk sprinkles and icing in bags … wow … what store do you shop at?


  35. Heather @French Press posted on March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm (#)

    I’m going to need a class in how you get your layers that perfect! seriously I love this SO much


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:47 am

      LOL! You can totally do it easy. :) Maybe I should start doing videos. EEK!


  36. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on March 7, 2013 at 9:11 am (#)

    How fun is this?! I am digging those nails also! Too Cute!


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  39. Justin posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm (#)

    The sprinkles totally get me too! And do they have to be strategically located by the produce? My Harris Teeter has been carrying the sprinkles, icing and undecorated cookie cakes for a while now, surprisingly I’ve only given in to the urge a few times. This dip looks great and if I can find the cheesecake flavored pudding which has become quite the challenge around here I will definitely give it a try. I have a pie I used to love making with the pudding and haven’t made it in ages because I can never find that flavor sad!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 16th, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Hi Justin! You can totally use vanilla pudding mix if you have an easier time finding that! :)


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  41. Natasha posted on April 27, 2013 at 6:09 am (#)

    I’m pretty sure you are pretty amazing 😀 Glad I found you!


  42. Heather - Chickabug posted on July 5, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing these Dorothy! I really love rainbow parties and this is a cute rainbow snack I haven’t seen before. Can’t wait to try it!


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  44. Tommie posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm (#)

    Could you replace the whipped cream with vanilla yogurt?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      I haven’t done it, but I don’t see why not Tommie! Let me know what you think. :)


  45. ERIN posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm (#)



    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 8th, 2014 at 7:26 am

      This makes about 3-4 cups of dip. I would say probably 8 servings, if people were only eat this. :)


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