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Sweet Heat Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

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This cranberry cream cheese spread is full of fresh herb flavor with a bit of spice and some sweet cranberries. The balance is delicious and it is the perfect spread for crackers.

small bowl of cranberry jalapeno cream cheese spread on plate with crackers, ready to eat.

      It’s holiday party season!  And do you know what that means?  Snacks!  

Whether it is a starter while the turkey is roasting on Thanksgiving or something to nosh on during the Christmas parties ahead, this cranberry spread will be a nice change to the standard fare.  

It has a really fresh flavor from the herbs and lime juice and just enough spice from the jalapeno to make it interesting.  I don’t think it would be too hot to upset anyone’s pallet.

Mixing bowl filled with cream cheese, dried cranberries, chopped jalapenos and herbs ready to be made into cracker spread.

      I put this out when Chloe and MiMi came to help set up for Kristie’s shower and Chloe LOVED it.  When my husband and Little Dude came home, I got some out for them to snack on while I made a pizza for dinner.

   We had the whole thing eaten between us by the end of the night!  We all thought it was pretty darn tasty and a bit different than anything we had ever tried.

      What do you guys have planned for Thanksgiving?  We are going to my grandma’s house for the famous spread.

Small glass bowl filled with cranberry jalapeno cracker spread.

   You should see the amount of food.  I teased everyone with the description last year, but it was our year to do Thanksgiving with Matt’s family so I wasn’t able to get any pictures to corroborate my story.  Maybe this year!

     Usually we have two or three different kinds of dressing, a couple of different sweet potato preparations, at least two turkeys, plenty of gravy, two pans of green bean casserole, of course there are cranberries, rolls and usually brussel sprouts.

Bowl of jalapeno cranberry cream cheese cracker spread on plate with butter crackers ready to be served.

   Then there are the mashed potatoes!  There is always a debate on how much to make and we usually decide somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds should be enough.

    Of course there has to be dessert too.  At Thanksgiving 2 years ago there were no fewer than 7 pies, a cake and a tray of my cinnamon brown sugar cookies.

   Of course our family is larger than most.  My dad is one of six kids and so am I.

cream cheese dotted with bits of dried cranberries, herbs and jalapeno spread on crackers.

    But, not everyone is able to come at once so we normally have somewhere in the 25-30 people range.  We eat our fill, then wait a bit and fill again on dessert.

    The next day my littlest brother and I always scheme and invite ourselves over for leftovers and games.  So we generally don’t leave grandma and grandpa with too awfully many leftovers by the time it is all said and done.

Close up of cranberry cracker spread in bowl with some spread on crackers.

     If you like this sweet and savory spread, you are going to love my mini cranberry cheese balls as well. They are a great way to serve cheese balls at a party without holding up the buffet line!

Yield: 12 Servings

Sweet Heat Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Close up of cranberry cracker spread in bowl with some spread on crackers.

This spread is full of fresh herb flavor with a bit of spice and some sweet cranberries. The balance is delicious and it is the perfect spread for crackers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) cilantro
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the cranberries, cilantro and green onions.
  2. Mix together all ingredients.
  3. You can serve immediately, but it is good to cover it and refrigerate it for at least an hour to let all of the flavors come together.
  4. Serve with crackers or toasted bagel chips or baguette slices. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This spread is full of fresh herb flavor with a bit of spice and some sweet cranberries. The balance is delicious and it is the perfect spread for crackers.

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Jess

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

What a festive snack!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Carlee

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

Thank you!

Amanda | Domestically Creative

Thursday 1st of December 2016

This sounds and looks great! Can't wait to give a try this season. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

Carlee

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Thank you!

Jessica Jarrell

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

Dip might as well be a food group for me, I eat it that much 😂 I also love sweet and spicy combinations so I can't wait to try this one!

Carlee

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

I don't make dip too often, because once I get started it is hard to stop! But I do love a good dip and I love how simple they usually are to make. I have a feeling I'll be making a few more batches of this one this holiday season!

Unknown

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

I think this dip/spread sounds absolutely incredible. I wish I thought of it!

Carlee

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

Thank you! It was definitely a fun one!

Debra

Monday 28th of November 2016

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it on Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

Carlee

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

Thank you, it was definitely a hit!