Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe
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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

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This easy spread is based on several different relishes and spreads I've tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 88 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in cranberry mixture until blended. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p45

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[email protected] User ID: 1595076 258995
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"I used canned jalapenos (froze leftovers in a small baggie for another time) which had the seeds and made this nicely spicy hot. I did not have any Chinese 5 spice but it didn't seem to hurt the recipe any. I do think next time I will chop the dried cranberries a bit. We even stuffed celery with this which worked well with the heat and got raves."

Beth User ID: 1002107 257800
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"I did not like the Chinese 5 Spice. I have never used or had it in anything. Otherwise I think it would be okay, but more jalapeno could be used. I will probably not make this again."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 257320
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"Very Good. I added more jalapeno based on what others said.. not quite double, and it was perfect. Just enough heat. Everything else, I did exactly the same. Will be making again for Christmas."

parksville User ID: 1598935 96769
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"This is very tasty. I doubled the jalapenos as suggested. We found there to be way too many cranberries, so would try half the next time and mince them up a bit. Good w/ all kinds of crackers."

jodibiscevic User ID: 7470936 159681
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"VERY tasty . I doubled the jalepanos as suggested by others & also used jalepano flavored cream has lots of kick, for sure! Will make again!"

mkarss User ID: 6327343 176783
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"You have to make this! Great flavor and super easy! I made it a day in advance and refrigerated. Give this recipe a try."

[email protected] User ID: 5774466 163231
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"Loved it!! Followed others advice and doubled the jalapeno... could still use more, but great flavor!! Thanks for sharing...."

Salt Water Girl User ID: 5062617 165154
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"I made this for a Thanksgiving appetizer and it was a hit! Loved it!"

eraeferguson User ID: 6231744 108749
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"This was good, but next time I'm doubling the jalapeno. It wasn't spicy enough."

Quatrocats User ID: 6305272 108748
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Couldn't really taste the jalapeños. Next time I'll leave in the seeds or double the amount."

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