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5-Ingredient Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

When you need an easy appetizer for the holiday season, 5-ingredient cranberry cream cheese dip is the ultimate crowd-pleaser and a huge hit. It tastes extraordinary but only requires a few very simple ingredients. Combined, they create an epic flavor sensation that will have everyone gathered around and feeling merry!

Cranberry dip in a glass bowl.

Why You Will Like This Easy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Don’t bring a store-bought dip when you’re off to those holiday parties. Use this easy cranberry cream cheese dip for a festive dip that melds sweet and savory flavors together. It is so easy to make that you can throw it together in no time at all, making it the perfect choice. Plus, it looks so pretty on a holiday appetizer table, too!

Ingredients for Easy Cranberry Dip

You may not even need to run to the grocery store to make this easy cranberry dip. There are only five simple ingredients here!

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped pecans
  • Whole cranberry sauce
  • Optional: fresh cranberries on top for garnishment.

Get the full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post.

fresh cranberry salsa in a glass bowl.

How to Make This Delicious Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Making this delicious cranberry cream cheese dip only requires a few quick steps with some fresh ingredients. Make sure you let your cream cheese bricks soften up first before you begin.

Ingredients for dip in a glass bowl.

When you’re ready to make this cranberry cream cheese dip, grab a medium mixing bowl and add in the cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, and half of the pecans. Use a hand mixer to combine all of these ingredients together thoroughly.

A bowl of cream cheese and cranberry sauce.

Next, you’ll pour the mixture into your holiday serving dish. Top it with the cranberry sauce, then finish it off with the remaining chopped pecans. Pop it into the fridge to let it chill until you’re ready to serve it. 

This quick and easy holiday appetizer is best served with your favorite crackers. I like using Ritz Crackers because they’re buttery and complement the flavors. However, tortilla chips or pretzel crisps would go well with it, too. 

If you’d like to get a hint of heat, you can make a cranberry jalapeño cream cheese dip. By adding jalapeños for a cranberry jalapeño dip, you really get plenty of contrast between sweet and savory flavors. You can also make the cranberries pop with a little orange zest or a squeeze of lemon juice.

​Dipping Treats

  • Graham crackers
  • Nilla wafers
  • Cookies
  • Animal crackers
  • Apples
  • Waffle cone pieces
  • Pita chips
  • Pretzels and more!
Creamy dip in a glass bowl surrounded by crackers.

Substitutions

​If you’re not a big sour cream fan, you can replace it with some Greek yogurt. 

Grab the homemade cranberry sauce recipe here. 

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Storage

Store any leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container or cover with some plastic wrap and refrigerate. The dip will be good for two to three days in the refrigerator. 

I made this festive appetizer last year and can tell you that it is the perfect holiday party appetizer. It was such a big hit that I made it for Thanksgiving dinner this year, too, and I’ll be making it again for Christmas. It may quite possibly be one of the best holiday dips out there.

Do yourself a favor, though, and make sure you taste a little sample before you serve it. I missed out one time, but everyone told me all night long about how good it was and that they only wished I’d made more. 

Cream cheese dip in a glass bowl topped with pecans.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Delicious Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip recipe, perfect for holidays and parties. Features tangy cranberries, creamy cheese, and savory flavors. Easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup of sour cream
  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 10 ounce can whole cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Add cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, and half of the pecans to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix with a hand mixer until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
  3. Pour mixture into a serving dish and top with cranberry sauce. 
  4. Add remaining chopped pecans on top and chill until ready to serve. 

Notes

  • A quick and easy appetizer for the holidays or game days.
  • It is best served chilled with Ritz Crackers. 
  • When chopping the green onion, use all except the ends of the stalk.  
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

Nutrition is approximate.

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