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Cranberry Spread Recipe

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I think the orange-cranberry combination is the key to this tongue-tingling cream cheese spread. Serve it with your favorite crackers and watch it disappear!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 100 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, orange juice concentrate, sugar, peel and cinnamon until blended. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cranberry Spread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2009, p45

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"I made this for the first time this Thanksgiving. My husband has already requested it for Christmas. Very tasty and a different type of cheese spread. Love it."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"We Love This! Since my family doesn't care for orange zest/peel nor chopped nuts, I left out the orange peel and added some ground hazelnuts. It is a favorite of ours and disappears quickly!"

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