Looking for a delicious appetizer for your next get together? This cranberry cream cheese dip is sure to be a favorite. It's super easy to put together and you can double it for larger groups of people!

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Looking for a crowd-pleasing, SUPER easy, ridiculously delicious appetizer? Look no further! This delicious cranberry cream cheese dip is our favorite of all time. It goes great with crackers and chips. Your biggest problem will be putting it down and getting your hands out of the way before everybody chows down on it!

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We love to have this cranberry cream cheese dip as an appetizer any time of the year that we can find fresh cranberries. It's especially a big hit during the holiday season for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You really can't go wrong with it! So, let's get on to…


Seriously, you won't be disappointed with this delicious cranberry salsa appetizer! Following are a few tips that will help to keep you on track and use what you have in your kitchen.


The ingredients call for a package of fresh cranberries. There is no cooking involved for this cranberry cream cheese dip! If you buy cranberries when they're on sale and stick them in your freezer, just make sure that they've had plenty of time to thaw before you're ready to make this recipe.

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You can use a good ole knife and cutting board to prepare the salsa portion of this dip, but my favorite way to do this is to use my food processor. It makes it so much easier and is a lot quicker, too!

The recipe calls for 1-2 jalapenos without seeds – choose the amount based on how spicy you want it. When we're making it for adults, we usually go for 2 jalapenos. But if we know our kids are going to eat it, we go down to one jalapeno so that it's not too spicy for them.

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Cranberry cream cheese dip calls for lemon juice, but you can definitely substitute orange juice if that's what you have on hand. It will still taste just as delicious! I've left out the green onions and cumin before and it was still amazing. Be playful with it! Dont concentrate too much on measurements. I basically eyeball it every time and its never disappointed me.

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You can serve the dip as soon as you make it, but I would definitely recommend letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors meld. You won't be disappointed!


Alright, enough talkin' already! Let's get to the recipe so that you can try your hand at it!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

This cranberry cream cheese dip is great with crackers or chips. Serve it as an appetizer at your next get together and be amazed at how quickly it goes!
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  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 – 2 Jalapenos, seeded
  • 1/2 Bunch Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 8-oz Packages Cream Cheese, softened


  • Add cranberries, seeded jalapenos, green onions and cilantro to a food processor. Pulse until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Move to a mixing bowl, and add sugar, cumin and lemon juice. Stir until well mixed.
  • Spread over softened cream cheese that has been spread on a serving dish and serve.


If you have time, put the cranberry salsa portion in the refrigerator to allow it to come together. Spread it over softened cream cheese when you're ready to serve.

Doesn't that sound so crazy easy and delicious?! Let me know how you like it in the comments!

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