Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip


I got this from a neighbor while living in Germany and modified it a little. She was an American too. This was always a hit at every get-together we had! Fresh cranberries with jalapenos, sugar, green onions, and cilantro makes for great salsa. Add the cream cheese and you have a great dip! Serve with Ritz® crackers or Wheat Thins®.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
16 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • ¼ cup chopped green onion

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese


  1. Chop cranberries in a food processor or by hand. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Add sugar, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lemon juice, cumin, and salt to cranberries; mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator until cranberries have lost some of their bitter taste, about 4 hours.

  3. Place cream cheese bricks on a plate and pour cranberry mixture over top. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

You can also spread the cream cheese bricks evenly over the plate, and then spread the cranberry mixture over top.

The refrigerated cranberry mixture (without the cream cheese) can also be used as a salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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