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Festive Appetizer Spread Recipe

Festive Appetizer Spread Recipe

Our state is known for its cranberries, and there are many bogs in our area. I won first place with this recipe in a contest sponsored by our local newspaper.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • Assorted crackers


  • 1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water and sugar to a boil without stirring; boil for 5 minutes. Add cranberries, cook until berries pop and sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. Cut apricots in the preserves into small pieces; add to cranberry mixture. Stir in lemon juice. Cool. Add almonds.
  • 3. Spoon over cream cheese; serve with crackers. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 97 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 31 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.