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Very Merry Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 -12 servings 1x


This Very Merry Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is SUPER easy to make, and the perfect appetizer (or dessert!) for entertaining around the holidays!



Dip Ingredients:

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or your desired type of sweetener)


To Make The Dip:

  1. Spread the cream cheese in a single layer in a large serving bowl or plate.
  2. Spread the cranberry sauce on top of the cream cheese in a single layer, followed by the pomegranate arils, diced jalapeño, and green onions.
  3. Serve immediately, with crackers for dipping.

To Make The Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Add cranberries, orange juice, water and sugar to a medium saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped.
  2. Remove from heat.  Chill the cranberry sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator until completely chilled, about 2 hours.  (Or you can make the cranberry sauce up to 3 days in advance.)


*You’re welcome to use any kind of cranberry sauce for this recipe.  I also have a slow cooker version that’s easy and delicious!

**Here is my video tutorial for how to open and de-seed a pomegranate.

***If you’d like to prepare the dip in advance, I recommend making the cranberry sauce up to 3 days in advance.  Then refrigerate it in a sealed container, along with the prepared pomegranate arils, chopped jalapeno and thinly-sliced green onions (those last three ingredients can be stored together).  Once you’re ready to serve the dip, just assemble all of the dip layers, and serve!