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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Cranberry cream cheese dip is an easy appetizer everyone will love! Homemade sauce has bright, sweet tart flavor (add jalapeno if you like).


  • 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or bottled orange juice (plus zest of 1/4 orange, if desired)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and diced (optional*)
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped salted pecans (or pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion top


  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon stick, and optional orange zest and diced jalapeño pepper in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the cranberries pop and it becomes saucy, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving (place in the freezer to speed up the process if desired). You can also make the cranberry sauce in advance and reheat it until warm the stovetop before serving (stir in a little water if it is too thick).
  2. Soften the cream cheese by microwaving the block for 10 seconds on High power. Or, allow the cream cheese to stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. To serve, spoon the warm cranberry sauce over the cream cheese. Top with chopped pecans and green onions. Serve with crackers.


*The combination of cranberry and jalapeno is classic for this type of dip, but not required! Removing the seeds makes the pepper add flavor but not heat.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian