cranberry jalapeno dip

Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip

Enjoy sweet, savory, and tart flavors all in one with this Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip. It’s made with all of your favorites – cream cheese, maple syrup, and cheddar!

Prep: 10Cook: 25Total: 35 minutes
Yield 12 servings 1x


Cranberry Mixture:

  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 jalapeno, diced small – deseeded
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large orange, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme

Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 2 blocks softened 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • green onion for topping
  • crackers, crostini, apples, cucumbers for serving.


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Add all cranberry sauce ingredients to saucepan and heat over medium heat until boiling
  3.  Reduce heat and allow cranberries to burst .This should take about 8-10 minutes. Once burst, smash cranberries with fork or potato masher.
  4. Heat until sauce has thickened. Turn off heat and set aside.
  5. Stir together softened cream cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
  6. Spread into bottom of 6×10 or dip casserole dish (on the small side so it isn’t spread too thin).
  7. Pour cranberry mixture on top, and then add 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until bubbling. Sprinkle green onion on top. Let cool a few minutes before serving.
Author: ErinCategory: holiday, appetizer, side dishMethod: ovenCuisine: American