Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip


Ugh. I’m back. With my fat pants on.

Christmas, man. It’s just so delicious, isn’t it? I’ve eaten about 23 Reese’s trees at this point.

But, the holidays aren’t over yet! We’ve got New Year’s Eve to think about. Personally, I think this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is just begging to be made.

I don’t super love cranberries, but this dip is amazing. It’s sweet and tart with a nice little bite from the jalapeno. You’ll love how bright and fresh it tastes, but the cream cheese really just brings it all together.

But, that’s enough about food. Let’s talk presents! What did Santa bring to you?

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

12 ounces fresh cranberries
5 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
3/4 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature

Directions:

Place the cranberries in the bowl of your food processor or blender. Pulse to give them a rough chop. Add the green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, cumin, lemon juice, and salt. Pulse until well combined and finely chopped, but not pureed. Refrigerate for 4 hours (longer if desired, up 24 hours).
Spread the cream cheese on a serving plate or pie plate in an even layer. Top with the cranberry mixture.
Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

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21 Responses to “Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip”

  1. Elizabeth Ann December 26, 2012 @ 7:20 am (#
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    This looks amazing and I love anything with cranberries! :-)

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  2. Meghan December 26, 2012 @ 8:37 am (#
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    Sounds really yummy!

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  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 26, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#
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    Ive never done cranberries gone savory, i.e. with onions and jalepeno. I’ve only gone sweeter or tropical with other fruit pairings. I love how you mixed things up!

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  4. tijuana (po' man meals) December 26, 2012 @ 9:48 am (#
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    this looks so good! such a creative way to use cranberries!

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  5. Chelsea December 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm (#
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    Yes! I had this at one of my Christmas celebrations and LOVED it but forgot to ask for the recipe! You are a lifesaver!

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  6. Joanne December 26, 2012 @ 7:09 pm (#
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    I’m actually going to a wine and cheese party on NYE so this is perfectional!!

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  7. Becca from It's Yummilicious December 26, 2012 @ 7:13 pm (#
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    It’s your fellow fat pants wearin’ buddy here… just letting you know that, as usual, you’ve made me create a shopping list at 7:00 pm, which I will now shove into Brian’s hot hands and pat his adorable butt as he heads out to purchase the items on my list for me. I love you… <3

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  8. Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} December 26, 2012 @ 10:36 pm (#
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    Yummy! I love cream cheese dips and being sweet and spicy, even better.

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  9. Rose Bakes... December 27, 2012 @ 1:03 am (#
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    I generally love anything that starts with cream cheese, but I can’t seem to wrap my brain (or tastebuds) around the idea of the cranberries with the onion and pepper… I may have to make this out of curiosity! As for Santa – he brought me an awesome immersible blender and a new HD video camera! Whoo-Hoo!

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  10. Tracy Wilson December 27, 2012 @ 7:30 am (#
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    Oh that’s a must try-
    I recently made a pancake syrup with peaches and horseradish- I LOVE LOVE LOVE recipes like this!
    Happy Holidays- I’m a new subscriber and sometimes fat-pants wearer as well:)

    Tracy

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  11. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 27, 2012 @ 11:59 am (#
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    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing and so perfect for this time of year.

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  12. Kelly December 27, 2012 @ 9:58 pm (#
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    This looks absolutely delicious. I am adding it to my holiday menu. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  13. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile December 27, 2012 @ 10:38 pm (#
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    This sounds great, definately will be trying, pinned it.
    Happy New Years,
    Wanda Ann @ memoriesbythemile@gmail.com

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  14. sally @ sallys Baking Addiction December 30, 2012 @ 1:29 pm (#
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    I LOVE THE SOUNDS OF THIS DIP Karly!!!! And UGH. I think I’m still in my fat pants from Christmas last week. And I don’t think I’m going to take them off for another week or two. I need this dip in my life RIGHT now. I’m obsessed with cream cheese based dips!

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  15. Deanna Brennan January 1, 2013 @ 8:29 pm (#
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    I made this for work last night and it was fabulous!!!!! They loved it and I loved that it was soooo easy!!! Thanks!

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  16. Mel January 2, 2013 @ 2:26 pm (#
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    So this recipe is delicious (so glad you liked it) – but recently, I’ve made it without serving the cranberry salsa on top of the cream cheese and just scooping with tortilla chips. Um, yum. And also, as a last note, you make me laugh! Ok, bye for now.

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    Karly Reply:

    Yes! Loved it! I even tried getting my husband to eat it after you had such success with yours, but…no. His pickiness knows no bounds.

    I bet it would be good without the cream cheese too, but it’s against my religion to remove cream cheese from a recipe. Or were you saying you left out the cranberry part and dipped chips directly in cream cheese? Because I could get behind that. ;)

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  17. Angel January 9, 2013 @ 1:32 pm (#
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    Fresh or canned cranberries?

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    Karly Reply:

    Fresh!

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  18. Christina February 28, 2013 @ 11:08 am (#
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    I decided I had to have this dip at a recent party. Much to my dismay fresh cranberries are only available for the holiday season and silly me forgot to stash a few bags in the freezer this year. I made the recipe with a can of whole berry cranberry sauce about a handful of dried cranberries and less sugar. It was delish and a huge hit! Thanks for the inspiration and a new go-to entertaining recipe.

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  19. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen November 27, 2013 @ 12:44 pm (#
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    I am a big cranberry lover and experiment with new cranberry sauce & relishes each year. I can’t wait to try this. Not only is it pretty, I bet it tastes delicious too with the jalapeno and cilantro. It’s funny because I was searching for a recipe with cranberries and cilantro just the other day. We must be on the same wave length.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Sam

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