Directions

  1. Begin by boiling down your apple cider.
  2. You will need the apple cider, cinnamon sticks and cornstarch. Pour apple cider and add cinnamon sticks into a pot.
  3. Bring to a high boil for about 15 minutes.
  4. Lower to a low boil/high simmer and cook uncovered for about 2 hours. You can do laundry, watch TV, pick your nose…whatever. Every time you walk by the stove just stir it a little. If you are dating, this is actually a perfect time to invite a special friend over because the house will smell magical. Forget perfume and cologne. This smell is guaranteed to score you some action. Lots of video game playing, dip eating, action. The apple cider will reduce substantially by this point. Whisk in the corn starch, and set stove to low.
  5. Strain into a bowl. This removes the cinnamon and any clumps of corn starch. How much cider you end up with depends on the brand of cider, humidity, and stove. I ended up with about slightly over 1 cup worth. If you want it spiked with liquor, this is a good time to add it. I suggest starting off with two tablespoons for every cup of cider you have, then add more to taste. Keep in mind it will be a little less strong once you add in the cream cheese so make just slightly stronger than you would like. If you plan on splitting it for both alcoholic and spiked, or you simply prefer your cider virgin then leave the liquor out. Place cider in to cool.
  6. Take the cream cheese out and let it soften. You want it very, very soft. Whip the cream cheese in a mixer.
  7. Add in the apple cider mix. I used two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese for every cup of apple cider mix. I say pour a portion of the apple cider in, bit by bit until it tastes just right.
  8. Mix on medium until combined. If it doesn’t taste boozy enough you may add in some more liquor. Now, if you plan on having the two dips, this would be the time to split portions and add the liquor to one half.
  9. Let the dip chill in the fridge before serving.

Recipe Courtesy of 1 Fine Cookie