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You guys! This cranberry dip!!!! It has been re-pinned over 100,000 times in less than a year – it’s that good! It is so much fun, so delicious and made up of such a unique combination of flavors.

Cranberry, jalapeno, green onion and cream cheese all come together to make one of the best appetizers I’ve had in a long time.

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If I’m honest, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I don’t even like cranberries! But please believe me when I tell you that when my sweet friend made it for us, I ate more than half of the entire plate (yes, I was totally that girl at the party.)

Shortly after, I made this appetizer for a surprise birthday party where a mob of people surrounded it until it was completely gone (some ate more than others, but I won’t name any names.) 😉

There are very few things that I’ve made that had so many people asking, “Can you please send me this recipe?!”

I’ve already told my family that I’m making this for Thanksgiving and Christmas, because the colors and flavors are way too perfect not to! It is the ideal blend of tart, spicy and sweet, and when eaten with crackers, it is simply one of the most “complete” dishes I’ve tasted.

With that said, I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do and that this allows you to check “Find Holiday Appetizer” off of your to-do list!

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5 from 2 votes
Holiday Cranberry Jalapeño Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 d 20 mins

Tart cranberries, spicy jalapeños and sweet sugar come together to create a delicious holiday appetizer that will have your guests begging for the recipe! 

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 32 Servings
Calories: 108 kcal
  • 12 oz fresh, uncooked cranberries
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro (optional)
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juce
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (whipped)
  1. Hand-chop cranberries. (This process is a bit time consuming, but it is best to not use a food processor to chop these as the cranberries liquify too much.)

  2. Chop green onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro.

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro and jalapeños.

  4. Add sugar, lemon juice and salt on top of cranberry mixture and stir gently until blended.

  5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.

  6. Take cranberry mixture out of the refrigerator and stir all ingredients together. Strain out all liquid using a collander with small holes.

  7. Whip softened cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes) and spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 9x9 dish.

  8. Pour cranberry mixture atop cream cheese and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

  9. Use a spoon to spread over Ritz crackers and enjoy!


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Lindsey Maestas is a Christian based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is a wife to a loving husband and a stay-at-home-mom to a sweet little boy & another little baby on the way. She received her degree in Journalism and is a writer for the faith-based lifestyle blog, sparrowsandlily.com. She loves Jesus, event planning, reading, baking and binge-watching Netflix with her husband. Find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.