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Christmas Party Cranberry Dip


Cream cheese is spread in a pie plate and topped with homemade cranberry sauce and served with honey graham crackers or Club buttery crackers.

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  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries (Ocean Spray)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (reduced fat ok)
  • Honey Graham Crackers or Buttery crackers (such as Club or Waverly)


Servings 16
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 65mins


Step 1

Sort through berries and remove any stems and blemished berries (brown or mushy ones). Rinse with water and drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan over medium/medium heat, bring water, sugar, and salt to a boil; then boil for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Stir in the cranberries and bring back to a boil; continue boiling 5-6 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries "pop". It's important that they “pop” to release the natural pectin which thickens the sauce.


For a different flavor twist, after the sauce has finished cooking, stir in 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, 1 finely minced fresh jalapeno pepper (remove seeds first), or 2 to 3 tablespoons peach or pineapple preserves. (Shown with a little peach preserves).

Pour sauce into a serving dish and cool to room temperature or refrigerate until chilled.

Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of a pie plate. Top with cooled cranberry sauce. Serve with crackers.

Cover leftovers and store in the refrigerator.

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