November 27th, 2011

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

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I tried this fabulous Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip at Thanksgiving and it shot straight to the top of my list of favorite holiday appetizers.  I’ll be making it again for Christmas, and everyone else who tried it says they will too!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

The tangy cranberries are a perfect compliment to the spicy and savory flavors in this dip.

I’ve found that a food processor works well for chopping the cranberries, and even the green onion and jalapeno.

The cranberry portion of this appetizer can be made a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Then you only need to soften some cream cheese and break out the crackers on the day you’ll be serving it.

Not only does this dip taste great, it looks beautiful and is very festive. It’s sure to be a hit at all of your holiday gatherings!

There’s plenty to feed a crowd, so if you’ll be serving fewer people, you may want to half the recipe.

Be sure to save this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Preparation 15 min Total Time 15 mins
Serves 12     adjust servings

Cream cheese is topped with a sweet and spicy cranberry chutney in this pretty holiday dip.


  • 1 (12 oz.) package fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Dash salt
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • Crackers


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, cumin, lemon juice and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, spread cream cheese in an even layer on a plate or platter. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over the cream cheese.
  3. Serve with crackers for dipping.

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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up



  1. This sounds so good! It reminds me of pepper jelly w/cream cheese. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Yum… cranberries are the best!

  3. This looks wonderfully festive. The cranberries would give it a good tang. I’m going to try it at our Christmas open house. Thanks!

  4. This sounds like the perfect combo of sweet and spicy! How festive and tasty!

  5. I took this to a party and it was hands down the favorite dish of the night.

  6. This is my kind of dip!!

  7. Love this! Pinning and sharing!

  8. Yum! Can’t wait to try it.

  9. I just mixed this lovely, festive dip and have not yet waited 4 hours, but had to take a little sample. I absolutely LOVE this dip and will make it often! It reminds me of the one where you open the jar of hot pepper jelly and put on cream cheese….but friends there is really no comparison~~for taste or healthy benefits! This is scrumptious and easy!


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