Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip that tastes like sweet and tangy Key Lime Cheesecake!  


This Cream Cheese Fruit Dip recipe is unbelievably creamy and the very BEST way to eat fruit!  It is the ideal make-ahead snack or appetizer that everyone can’t get enough of!  This easy fruit dip makes a beautiful spread for any party, baby or bridal shower!

up close of dipping a strawberry into fruit dip

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Spring is upon us which means everything fruit!  From my Pina Colada Fruit Salad to my Watermelon Pineapple Fruit Salad to my Grilled Pineapple Salsa, I am obsessed with spring and summer fruits and one of my absolute ways to devour fruit is dunked in this Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip!   I am soooooo in love with this fruit dip.  borderline obsessed.  Its quick, easy,  unbelievably delicious and sooooooooo creamy!

For my first fruit dip test run, I did used just key lime yogurt, cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk  and although it was really good, it was missing a little something-something.  So, I ran back to the store and added Pina Colada Yogurt.  Magic.

The resulting cream cheese fruit dip is sweet, creamy and tangy with layers of both key lime and coconut.  You can play around with how sweet or how tangy you want the dip to make it YOUR favorite Fruit Dip!  For sweeter, simply add some honey, for tangier, simply add some lemon juice. 

Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip.  The next time those need something fresh and sweet and smooth and creamy cravings hit, you’ll know what to do.

pulling a strawberry out of cream cheese Fruit Dip

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

You won’t find any marshmallow fluff, heavy cream or whipped cream in this cream cheese fruit dip recipe, just pantry friendly:

  • cream cheese
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract
  • Key Lime Yogurt
  • Pina Colada Yogurt
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime
  • lemon juice
cream cheese fruit dip in a bowl surrounded by pineapple, grapes and strawberries

How to  Make Fruit Dip

What’s almost as amazing as the silky, creamy Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip, is the fact that it can be whipped up in just 5 minutes!  5 minutes!  Now that’s the easiest cheesecake I’ve ever made.  

To make, simply whip together Key Lime Yogurt,  Pina Colada Yogurt (I used Yoplait®), cream cheese (I use light), sweetened condensed milk, the juice and zest of one lime and a splash of lemon juice.  Sweet, tangy and perfect for dipping!

showing how to make cream cheese fruit dip by mixing cream cheese with yogurt

How to Soften Cream Cheese For Fruit Dip

Cream cheese is a key ingredient in this easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip recipe.  It adds body, tanginess and of course that cheesecake-like goodness.  It is important that your cream cheese be softened to room temperature or else you will get lumps in your dip – which kind of defeats the purpose of SILKY fruit dip! 

In order to prevent lumpy fruit dip, you have three options to soften your cream cheese:

  • Water bath:  This is my preferred method to soften cream cheese because it softens it evenly throughout without the risk of “melting” it or scorching it.  To create a water bath, fill a medium bowl with hot water.  Place the sealed, packaged cream cheese in the bowl for 10 minutes to soften.  If it isn’t soft enough after 10 minutes, then dump out the hot water, refill and repeat. 
  • Counter + Microwave:  This is my second preferred method as it is super quick and easy and allows the cream cheese to come to room temperature evenly. Cube cream cheese and transfer to a microwave safe plate.  Microwave for 30 seconds then allow cream cheese to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  This gives it a head start to soften at room temperature.  I don’t recommend just allowing the cream cheese to sit at room temperature without microwaving or it won’t become soft enough within 60 minutes.  By both microwaving and sitting, we get the best of both worlds. 
  • Microwave:  This method is if you need cream cheese NOW but it is a little more risky because the cream cheese can not only become too soft but can soften unevenly and worst of all, overcook –  so proceed with care and caution.  Cube cream cheese and transfer to a microwave safe plate.  Microwave  for 15-20 seconds, stir and microwave another 10 seconds.  Repeat until cream cheese is softened. 
top view of cream cheese fruit dip with strawberries, pineapple and strawberries

WHAT To serve with FRUIT DIP Recipe?

First, I dunked my fruit in the silkilicious cream cheese fruit dip until the fruit was gone.  Then, I was smothering anything I could get my hands on from granola bars to pretzels because in my book, dippers are just a vehicle to envelop in luscious, cream cheese fruit dip, so I can consume luscious, creamy Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip.  I should have just grabbed a spoon.

Try this Fruit Dip with these fruit options:

  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • grapes
  • honeydew
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • bananas
  • kiwis
  • peaches
  • pears
  • apples
  • oranges

Other options for fruit dip:

  • Sweets:  cookies, lemon bars, brownies or granola bars, scones, donuts
  • Breakfast:  If you have leftovers, this fruit dip is delicious mixed with berries and granola to create a parfait or on pancakes or in crepes
far away shot of dipping strawberry into easy cream cheese fruit dip

Can I make Fruit Dip Ahead of Time?

If your taste buds just can’t wait, then you can devour the Cream Cheese Fruit Dip right away, but the dip thickens and the flavors are even more unbelievably delicious if refrigerated overnight or even 24 hours, making this fruit dip the perfect make ahead snack or appetizer any time your crave something a little more decadent, a little more sweet, a lot more delicious.

For me, that’s all the time.

How Long is Fruit Dip Good For?

Store this Cream Cheese Fruit Dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

CAN I FREEZE FRUIT DIP?

Some fruit dips are okay to freeze that contain marshmallow fluff but I do not recommend freezing this fruit dip because it is almost 100% dairy which will separate when frozen and thawed.  

up close of dipping pineapple into cream cheese fruit dip

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Key Lime Cheesecake Fruit Dip is smooth, creamy and the BEST way to eat fruit! Addictingly delicious make ahead snack or appetizer!

Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Sweet and tangy Key Lime Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is unbelievably creamy and the very BEST way to eat fruit!  This Fruit Dip is wonderfully silky and the ideal make-ahead snack or appetizer that everyone can't get enough of!  It makes a beautiful spread for any party, baby or bridal shower!
Servings: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 6 oz. Yoplait® Key Lime Yogurt
  • 1 6 oz. Yoplait® Pina Colada Yogurt
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice (depending on desired “tang”)

Dippers

  • Various fruits
  • Granola bars
  • crackers
  • Cookies
  • anything you can dream up!

Instructions

  • Add cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat until very creamy. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, yogurts, vanilla, lime juice and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and continue to beat until the mixture is light and smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in lime zest. Taste and add additional lemon juice if desired. Dip will thicken as it chills.
  • Time permitting, refrigerate overnight up to 24 hours for best results.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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18 Comments

  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says

    It certainly looks and sounds delicious. So much so I bet it is hard to stop eating!! This is wonderful for a springtime get together. YUMMY!! This is on the menu for the family as soon as I can gather them all in one place. xxxooo

    • Jen says

      Thanks Marisa! This dip and all the fruit really does make it feel like spring – yay! I think your whole family will love this, and the best part is its so easy! But the BEST part will be getting them all gathered in one place – so fun 🙂 xo

  2. Cara says

    The lime cheesecake dip looks amazing and very simple. This just may be the first recipe I serve at on the new back patio this spring!

    • Jen says

      A new back patio – so fun! perfect for friends and good food and Spring! This dip would be perfect – and so easy! Thanks so much Cara!

  3. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! I have to give this recipe to my best friend in Arkansas…she is a key lime junkie! A couple of years ago I ordered a dozen key lime filled donuts at a local bakery and express shipped them to her for her birthday. She will love this!

    • Jen says

      You are the most thoughtful friend ever! Seriously, that is the sweetest! I think she will love this too – hopefully it will become a new favorite 🙂 Thanks Dorothy, have a fabulous weekend!

  4. Mary says

    I love everything key lime and the addition of the pina colada yogurt sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make it!

    • Jen says

      I am excited for you to make it too Mary! I think you will love it – especially with the pina colada yogurt! Thanks Mary!
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  5. Cara says

    Today I made your key lime cheesecake fruit dip. Absolutely Heavenly! My grocery store did not have the pina colada Yoplait, so I substituted tropical. I could not stop sampling the dip. My fear is that there will be none left to serve to my guests tomorrow for Easter (their loss).

    • Jen says

      Haha! Their loss indeed 🙂 I am so happy you loved this dip and the tropical yogurt sounds like a great substitution. Thanks so much Cara and I hoe you have a very Happy Easter!

  6. Tara says

    What a gorgeous presentation photo…I was looking for a fruit tray or something to put out at my parent’s upcoming 50th anniversary party and this key lime dip sounds & looks amazing…problem is I may have to taste-test maybe couple times before then 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Tara, thank you for your kind comment! I always have fun styling photos – especially when I get to eat them afterwards:) I love thee idea of having this dip at your parent’s 50th wedding anniversary – I think everyone would love it – but I am with you – you might need to double check by sampling it before then! Good luck with the party planning and a big congratulations to your parents!

  7. Therese says

    Made this yummy dip for a brunch and the ladies couldn’t get enough!!! We ate more dip than fruit 🙂 I’ve tried so many more of your recipes I now have a binder labeled Carlsbad Cravings. 🙂 Thanks for another keeper!!

    • Jen says

      That is awesome Therese, so happy you are enjoying my recipes enough for a whole binder – YAY! Thank you so much for making my day! and I’m so glad all the ladies loved his dip! 🙂

  8. Karrie says

    Prepared this for the first time last night. Tried it tonight after 24 hours of refrigeration to thicken to the perfect cheesecake/fruit dip smooth creaminess. Ran out of dippers for this AMAZING and HEAVENLY dip. Can’t wait to make this for 4th of July festivities. Thanks for bringing us what will likely be another family favorite classic.

    • Jen says

      That is awesome Karrie! I am thrilled you loved this and it will “likely be another family favorite classic” – seriously the ultimate compliment! I hope you have a very Happy 4th with lots of Cheesecake Dip!

  9. Adam says

    Any replacement options for the Pina Colada Yoplait? I have looked in Meijers, Walmerts, and Kroger and cannot find.

    • Jen says

      Hi Adam, you could use half coconut and half pineapple yogurt or all pineapple. Good luck!