Zippy Cranberry Appetizer

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


2-1/2 cups

Updated: Sep. 14, 2022
Tart cranberry flavor blends nicely with mustard and horseradish in this out-of-the-ordinary cracker spread. It's quick to fix, too. —Marie Hattrup, Sparks, Nevada
Zippy Cranberry Appetizer Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • Assorted crackers


  1. In a large saucepan, bring sugars and water to a boil over medium heat. Stir in cranberries; return to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  2. Stir in horseradish and mustard. Transfer to a large bowl; refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, spread cream cheese over crackers; top with cranberry mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 178 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.