Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread


by: momma

This is an awesome spread that’s as surprising as it is delicious!! The original recipe calls for fresh cranberries, but since their season is so short, one spring I decided to try the same thing with canned berries – no difference in the end result at all (but a HUGE difference in the price)!! A friend of my daughter’s brought it along for Thanksgiving one year. She had gotten the recipe from her mom, but where she got it, I have no idea….! All we know is that it’s great and everybody who tries it agrees!! Sure hope you do too!! Total cost: $2.25 (+ crackers = $4.25) Cost per serving: $0.29 (+ crackers = $0.54) This is the price using canned berries - fresh berries and sugar would raise the cost substantially....


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serves: 8

1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries

1 c sugar

1 can whole berry cranberries

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced

1 8 oz cream cheese


Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories: 235

  • Total Fat: 11 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 6.2 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.1 mg
  • Sodium: 103.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.9 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
  •     Sugars: 28.7 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g

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1.  If using fresh berries, pick them over, discarding any that are getting soft. Remove any stems that might be left.

2.  Put cranberries, sugar and ½ the jalapenos in a blender jar and process until you can't see the jalapeno anymore.

3.  If using canned berries, process just the canned cranberries and jalapeno - do NOT add sugar. It's already been added.

4.  Taste for heat - keep adding small amounts of jalapeno until it's as hot as you like it. The sweetness and heat complement each other. I like just enough heat to notice it, but not burn my tongue off!!

5.  Place the cream cheese on a plate or platter and pour some of the cranberry mixture over it. Serve with crackers and add more cranberries as needed.

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