This cranberry jalapeno 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.
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.
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.
You could form this mixture into a cheese ball if you would like, but we like the ease of putting it into a bowl. It’s a no muss no fuss way of serving this tasty appetizer, just have plenty of crackers ready!
How do I store this yummy spread?
Keep any leftover cracker spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days. The herbs will start to wilt and oxidize much past that.
Can I use something besides cilantro?
Yes. If you don’t like cilantro you can just leave it out or substitute in more green onion, chives or parsley.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
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!
Egyptian feta spread is another tasty topper for crackers or pita bread. It is loaded with fresh herbs and flavor.
Try cranberry topped brie for another fall inspired treat. It is great served warm with some toasted baguette slices.
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup loosely packed cilantro
- ¼ cup green onions
- 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper
- Roughly chop the cranberries, cilantro and green onions.
- Mix together all ingredients.
- 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.
- Serve with crackers or toasted bagel chips or baguette slices.