Cranberry Dip

Give your famished friends and family something delicious to nibble on this Thanksgiving while they wait for the turkey. Each year, home chefs make a variety of dips and snacks to serve to guests. In essence, Cranberry Dip is akin to a disassembled Cheese Ball, replete with all the tastes of Thanksgiving. In case you have a large gathering and one dip dish won’t enough, explore the Holiday dish Page for other delectable Thanksgiving snacks.

Cranberry Dip

Everybody has experienced that Thanksgiving when there is a hunger pang, the turkey is still cooking for hours, and people get angry. If you’re hosting for the first time, don’t worry—just prepare some appetizers! Thanksgiving appetizers have prevented overeating at many holiday gatherings, which has saved many. In addition, as you cook, you and your guests may nibble together. All of the traditional Thanksgiving tastes are combined in this delicious and really simple dip that is guaranteed to become a big hit: cranberry cream cheese dip. Just pull out this dip when you hear them all asking if the turkey is done. When that happens, your visitors will only talk about how happy they are to be chewing.

Take this dip to any potluck gathering on Friendsgiving. This delicious Christmas snack is usually a hit with the audience and travels really nicely. Serve the Cranberry Dip with holiday gatherings as well. This dish is guaranteed to become a classic and pairs well with a variety of savory and sweet dippers. The rich, creamy flavor and texture of the cream cheese go so well with the sour cranberries. It’s possible that you’ve never considered combining apricot jam with cranberries, but you won’t regret it after tasting how well the sweetness and acidity work together. All you need to prepare this meal is some homemade cranberry sauce and roasted turkey.

Cranberry Dip

Key Ingredients in Cranberry Dip

  • Whole Cranberries with Sugar: The main taste of this dish is cranberries, but they require a little assistance from a few other components. A thick, jam-like cranberry sauce may be made by baking the cranberries after they have been coated with sugar. As they bake, they burst and release fluids, which combine with the sugar to create a thickening and sweetening effect.
  • Apricot Jam: Despite the sweetness, the cranberry combination can have a strong tartness. But combined with apricot jam, that delicious, moderate sweetness will be just the right amount to let the cranberries meld with the other components.
  • Pecans: Chopped pecans provide the blend of sweet and tangy fruit the necessary crunch and toasty, nutty qualities.
  • Cream Cheese: There will be a tangy and sweet combination of fruit and nuts. Creaminess is the last thing you need for a harmonious taste combination. That is the purpose of the cream cheese. The extra benefit that elevates the flavor of this dip is the tangy taste of cream cheese.

How to Make Cranberry Dip

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a 2-quart baking dish with a cover.
  • Cranberries: In a baking dish, combine cranberries and sugar. Make careful to thoroughly mix the sugar into the fruit. Bake until the cranberries burst and release their juice.
  • Remove from the oven and toss in the apricot jam and pecans. Refrigerate for the night.
  • Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature before serving. Then, on a serving plate, pour the cranberry mixture over the block of cream cheese.
Cranberry Dip

Variations on Cranberry Dip

  • Add-ins: You may add a variety of ingredients to this dip, such as green onions, pomegranates, or cilantro. Combine fresh parsley with the jam. You may also add dried fruits like dry pineapples or mangos to enhance taste and texture. You may also use a food processor to make tiny, tasty bits of the add-ins.
  • Dip with Spicy Cranberries: Your Cranberry Dip would benefit greatly with the addition of jalapeos. Crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, prepared horseradish, or bell peppers would also work well for a little spicy flavor. If you prepare Cranberry Jalapeo Dip, keep in mind that cold temperatures activate capsaicin, the chemical that makes spicy food hot, so add the jalapenos for a hotter dip.
  • Change up the nuts in this recipe. Chopped walnuts are a wonderful option. Pistachios or macadamia nuts might also add interesting flavors and textures to the dip. Make this dip your own by using your favorite nuts!
  • Salty and Savory: For a sweet and salty flavor, add a pinch of salt to the dish. To add a savory note, add some garlic powder or onion powder. Begin with tiny additions. Use 14 or 12 teaspoon, and then adjust to taste.
Cranberry Dip

Can Cranberry Dip be made ahead?

It goes without saying that if you’re making something for Thanksgiving or another holiday, you’ll be cooking, entertaining, or traveling on that day. Making this dip ahead of time is a no-brainer because the cranberries must already be refrigerated overnight. You may, however, make your Cranberry Dip a few days ahead of time. They’ll be OK in the fridge. Simply remove the cream cheese to soften before topping with the tart cranberry sauce before serving.

Cranberry Dip

What goes well with Cranberry Dip?

  • Crackers: You may lay out your favorite crackers to combine with this dip recipe. You’ll want them to be robust crackers that won’t shatter when dipped. You’ll also want them to be large enough to accommodate lots of this delectable dip. Butter crackers or hearty whole grain crackers would be excellent. You may also use saltine or water crackers if you want to keep things simple. Finally, if you lay out a selection of crackers, it will be quite enjoyable to offer to a large or little group.
  • Pita Chips: Crunchy, flavorful, and just the right size, pita chips go perfectly with Cranberry Dip. They come in a variety of forms and even tastes. Choose your favorite or a few other bags for diversity. Some of the savory options would complement the sweet, tangy, creamy Cranberry dip. For a sweet and salty snack, try sea salt or garlic pita chips.
  • Crostini: To make your own toasted, crispy dippers, slice a french baguette into 1/4-inch slices, drizzle with olive oil, and toast in a 350° oven. Remove them when they’ve reached the desired level of browning. Typically, roughly 15 minutes should enough.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Slice some fruit or vegetables for dipping to give some diversity to your appetizer table. With cranberries and cheese, sliced apples or pears are delicious. Cucumber or radish slices would also work nicely, as would celery, carrot, jicama, or snap peas sticks.

How Long is Cranberry Dip good?

  • Do not keep the Cranberry Dip out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Cranberry Dip should keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days if securely covered in plastic wrap or an airtight container. Make sure your dip is tightly packed to keep moisture out, and always allow it to cool completely to room temperature before storing it.
  • Freeze: Because cream cheese does not freeze well, it is best to consume this dip fresh or from the fridge.
Cranberry Dip

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Cranberry Dip

Cranberry Dip

Cranberry Dip is a delightful Thanksgiving dish with fresh cranberries, pecans, and cream cheese that has a typical holiday flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 18


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  • In a 2 quart baking dish with a cover, combine cranberries and sugar, stirring well to coat all of the berries.
  • Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cranberries explode and release their juice.
  • After baking, remove from the oven and toss in the apricot jam and pecans.
  • Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before serving, and then pour the dip over the block of cream cheese on a serving plate.
Keyword Cranberry Dip

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