The unique flavors of cranberry, cilantro, jalapeno and onions combine to create such a tasty appetizer dip that you may find yourself making this recipe on repeat like I do! Starting in November, I make this dip any chance I have because it is always a favorite and always requested.  If you like pepper jelly and cream cheese, you will really love this combination to serve at your next gathering.  My entire family loves it, and I can’t count how many times I have given out this recipe over the past decade!

cranberry jalapeno dip with cream cheese stars and surrounded by cilantro

cranberry jalapeno dip with cream cheese stars and surrounded by cilantro

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip with Cream Cheese

Lydia Menzies


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 3-4 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • Wheat Thins Crackers


  • Place cranberries in food processor and chop coarsely.
  • Add green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, cumin, lemon juice, and salt and pulse in food processor until finely chopped.
  • Place mixture in a bowl and cover. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to let flavors combine. I like to make mine the night before and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you are ready to serve the dip, spread softened cream cheese on a medium to large serving platter.
  • Top cream cheese with the cranberry mixture. Cover the cream cheese evenly.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
    Serve with Wheat Thins or other crackers of your choice.

The cranberry jalapeno dip is such a pretty color~ and my favorite way to serve it is garnished with the remaining cilantro.  At Christmas, I add cream cheese stars on top and then surround the dip with cilantro to resemble a wreath.

cranberry jalapeno cheese dip with cream cheese stars

This recipe is truly what kicks off the holiday season for me and is my go-to for parties or for sharing with my family.  We have enjoyed it while watching football, celebrating Thanksgiving with family, and hosting friends at Christmas throughout the years. I also suggest taking this dish when you need to bring an appetizer to a party.  I wish I knew who to credit with the original recipe my best guess is Jamie Cooks it Up or Sparrows and Lilly  It’s a good one! I hope you enjoy!



Lydia xo

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