The ultimate holiday appetizer, cranberry cream cheese dip

Years and years ago I received a little jar of cranberry salsa, cream cheese and wheat thins. I was like, um gross. Cranberries should not be made into a salsa right? And plain cream cheese? Shouldn’t it all be stirred together and served with buttery, toasted crostinis or something (oh, actually that sounds kind of good). And then Cade tried it. He’s always the one to try things first and then bring me into the light. Kind of like broccoli. Yeah, I’m not even going to tell you about that because it’s silly I ever hated it. Anyway, clearly we are team cranberry cream cheese dip now.

The ultimate holiday appetizer, cranberry cream cheese dip

And how could we not be? I mean, look how beautiful it is! I’ve tried quite a few different recipes over the years and I’m going to be frank, mine isn’t like their’s. I tried so many recipes and while they all had something delicious about them there were also a few things I didn’t like. Some recipes were crazy spicy. That’s not for me. However, if it is for you please feel free to add an extra jalapeno.

Cranberry cream cheese dip The ultimate holiday appetizer, cranberry cream cheese dip

I also wasn’t all for the lemon juice, it just was too light and not holiday-ish to me. So, we busted out the orange juice. Cranberries and orange are meant to be.

The ultimate holiday appetizer, cranberry cream cheese dip

Last and not least, I prefer the light cream cheese. It seems a little more lovely and creamy to me. I like to make it a day ahead, stick it in little jars and deliver with a bag of crackers and a box of cream cheese to my sweet neighbors. Or it’s great to bust out at a party. And you totally don’t have to spread it out on a platter. It’s actually just as stunning as a brick of cream cheese with all of that gorgeous cranberry color spilling all over it. I love pretty food that tastes amazing too.

Halo bassinest

And because I just cannot resist, let’s talk about life with our little man. If you don’t want to, well I wont feel bad if you skip over to the recipe below. I still love you. I don’t get it because he’s the stinking cutest ever, but I still love you. Kidding, kidding…

But seriously, we are all still obsessed with our newest addition. I joked with Doctor Haskett that I kind of want 50 more, and I really do. Not 50. And not any time too soon, but I just adore being a mommy to these kiddos and Cade, well trust me he’s in heaven. He’s such a stinking good dad. How did we get so lucky?

The above is a common occurrence over here. I often find the girls just gazing into his Halo Bassinest at him. They cannot get enough of baby brother and I’m such a big believer in letting the kids feel like they are everything to him and that he’s their baby too that I let them. They are so quiet and will just lay there and watch them. PS, if you haven’t already, this bassinet is crazy awesome and worth $250! We are giving one away on instagram so go follow me (@ohsweetbasil) and enter by finding the giveaway photo.


And this kid, well he’s still little, but we all think he looks so big now. He’s still rockin’ preemie though he’s got a few newborn outfits that fit. Also still rocking the karate legs. Seriously, he kicks that leg out and it’s rock hard. There’s no bending it into his jammies. Makes me bonkers. And strangely enough, I can still feel it inside of me in a way as he did that same thing while I was pregnant. Now Cade can’t deny that he really was punching one leg straight up into my lungs and taking my breath away. I always told him but he always laughed. Not laughing now, are ya Cade! Anyway, my brother and  his wife had a 7.8 baby on Monday and it’s weird to think this kiddo is 6 weeks old and more than two pounds smaller. Crazy!!

Alright, I’ve bored you enough. Stay tuned though, next week we want to share the real life stuff, like the boys have different body parts talk we had to have… dun dun dun!!!

Are Cranberries Good for You?

Cranberries are low in calories, only 25 calories in 1/2 cup.

The nutrients in cranberries may help lower the risk of urinary tract infections, prevent certain types of cancer, improve immune function, and decrease  blood pressure.

Cranberries are high in Vitamin C, A, and K.

Can Cranberry Sauce be Frozen?

Homemade cranberry sauce freezes very well.

Just place the cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the freezer.

Frozen cranberry sauce is best if eaten withing a few months.

Can Cream Cheese Be Substituted for Butter?

You can use cream cheese instead of butter in recipes that are not affected by the reduced amount of fat.

For instance, an equal amount of cream cheese may be substituted for butter in any favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

3.88 from 50 votes
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 Bag Cranberries
  • 1 Jalapeno, chopped
  • 3 Green Onions, ends removed and chopped
  • 1 Handful Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Packages Light Cream Cheese, 8 ounce each


  • Place the cranberries, jalapeno, green onions, cilantro and orange zest in a food processor and pulse until chopped fine.
    1 Bag Cranberries, 1 Jalapeno, 3 Green Onions, 1 Handful Cilantro, 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in the orange juice, salt, and sugar.
    1 Tablespoon Orange Juice, 1/2 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to one day.
  • To serve, spread the cream cheese on a platter and top with salsa.
    2 Packages Light Cream Cheese
  • Serve with wheat thins.


store left overs in an airtight container in the refrigerator


Serving: 1gCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 440IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 200+ Easy Appetizers Recipes

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