Looking for an easy appetizer to serve a crowd or family this holiday season? This cranberry cream cheese dip is one super easy appetizer recipe you can whip up in 5 minutes.
It uses few ingredients and can be customized to taste. I have used my homemade cranberry sauce for this cream cheese dip recipe, it is delicious, creamy, and was gone within minutes of making it. This homemade dip would be a hit at any party.
As I mentioned earlier, cranberry cream cheese dip is easy to make and even easier if you have a leftover homemade cranberry sauce. Never mind, if you don’t have one, I will walk you through how to make a quick one for this easy delicious dip everyone would love.
If you own an instant pot then check my instant pot cranberry recipe, it only takes 2 minutes to cook on manual or high pressure. This dip cream cheese dip can be made vegan, simply swap the cream cheese for vegan cream cheese and swap the sugar in the sauce for maple syrup
Cranberry Cream Cheese Ingredients
To make the best homemade cranberry cream cheese, you would need the following ingredients and many other options to make it customizable to taste. Please refrain from using store-bought sauce for this recipe, trust me, it won’t taste the same.
Homemade cranberry sauce
Orange zest to garnish
Cranberry cream cheese Dip variations
Make jalapeño cranberry cream cheese dip by adding chopped jalapeno
Add any fresh herbs and spices of choice. My go-to would be chopped chives or chopped scallions (spring onions)
How to make cranberry sauce
Let me walk you through how to make this simple homemade dip
Make the cranberry sauce: If you own an instant pot, check my 2 minutes instant pot cranberry sauce recipe.
How to make cranberry sauce on the stove Top
Add cranberries, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and orange juice to a pan and bring to boil over high heat for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir the sauce frequently until the cranberries pop. Take it off the heat. the sauce would thicken as it cools down. Alternatively, if you prefer classic cranberry sauce, skip orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and use just water, salt, and sugar for the sauce.
Make the dip: Place the cream cheese to a bowl, add all the desired extras and mix to combine then transfer to the plate or bowl you would be serving it with
Pour the cooled cranberry sauce over the cream cheese and serve with crackers of choice or see the list of other dippers suggested above.
How to serve cranberry cream cheese dip
You can serve cranberry cream cheese dip with any crackers of choice. Go wild or go home with other choices from breadsticks, carrot baton, cheese twist, thins crackers, and many more.
How to store this dip
Make this dip ahead and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip
- 2 packs of cream Cheese about 400g (about 14 oz)
- 1 to 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce
- Orange zest to garnish
- 1 jalapeno chopped optional
- 2 tablespoons scallions (spring onions) optional
Cranberry sauce ingredients
- 300 g cranberries (about 10 oz)
- ½ cup caster sugar or adjust to taste
- 1 cup orange juice swap with water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- ½ tablespoon orange zest optional
- pinch of salt
- Place the cream cheese to a bowl, add all the desired extras and mix to combine then transfer to the plate or bowl you would be serving it with
- Pour the cooled cranberry sauce over the cream cheese and serve with crackers of choice or see list of other dippers suggested in the body of the blogpost.
How to make cranberry sauce on the stove top
- Add cranberries, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and orange juice to a pan and bring to boil over high heat for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir the sauce frequently until the cranberries pops. Take it off the heat. the sauce would thicken as it cools down.
- Alternatively, if you prefer classic cranberry sauce, skip orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and cinnamon and use just water and sugar for the sauce.
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