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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 88 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 fat

Reviews for Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

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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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

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

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

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

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"nancyeb3-this is Linda Larsen's recipe for home made Chinese Five Spice Powder: • 1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper (or freshly ground black, if you can't find Szechuan)

1 tsp. ground star anise
1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place."

Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"Who'd thought it! The combination of flavors was wonderful; can't wait to have an occasion to make again."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Someone mentioned not being able to find the Chinese powder. Look for Asian or Oriental powder."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"I made this last year for a brunch (2009) at Christmas time and it was a hit. Will be making again this year. Very different from any other dips I've made. The spicy with the sweet is a great combination!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2009

"I can't find Chinese five-spice powder. Can I substitute with something else?


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