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You guys! This cranberry dip!!!! 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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(1) 12-oz package fresh, uncooked cranberries, diced (Edit: Don’t use a food processor to chop these. It is slightly time consuming, but the cranberries will liquify if they are not hand-chopped.)

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped (optional)

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Dash of salt

(2) 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro and jalapeno.

  2. Pour sugar, lemon juice and salt over cranberry mixture and stir gently until blended.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least one hour. If you prefer less tart cranberries, keep in the refrigerator overnight.

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

  5. Spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 9×9 dish.

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

  7. Serve with Ritz crackers and enjoy!

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