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Christmas Cranberry Dip

November 21, 2012

I am LOVING this dip! I love cranberries, but not usually the whole-berry kind. For me, it's either the canned jelly type (don't hate) or snacking on Craisins. Ocean Spray has a coupon for $1 off any one bag of fresh cranberries on their Facebook page, so paired with a buy one get one free sale at Weis, I scored them for about one buck per bag. Not too bad!

I threw this together not expecting to like it. And when I took a bite after it cooled from the oven for a few minutes, I didn't. Too tart. But, I followed through and refrigerated it overnight. And OMG! The flavors blended so well with just a hint of tartness. The cream cheese goes so well, this is the perfect appetizer to bring to that Christmas party this year. :)

Christmas Cranberry Dip

12oz bag fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple preserves
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
buttery crackers

In a 2 quart baking dish, stir together cranberries and sugar. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover and stir to be sure cranberries have popped and released their juices. Add pineapple preserve and stir until well combined. Allow to cool to room temperature and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. Spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 8x8 baking dish. Spoon cranberry mixture over cream cheese and spread out evenly. 

Serve with crackers or pretzels, I prefer crackers. Doesn't that bright red color just scream Christmas? I'm SO ready. :)

This post is part of the Iron Chef Mom Challenge, WOO HOO! 

Micki over at Confessions Of An ADD Housewife is hosting our challenge this week featuring, CRANBERRIES! Head on over to enter your favorite cranberry recipe(s) and be sure to stop back and vote for your favorite this weekend (voting closes Sunday night)!

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12 comments on "Christmas Cranberry Dip"
  1. Wonderful idea and it looks so good!

  2. Looks delish!! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  3. Love this idea. Love another use for cranberries. Saw this on Everyday Mom's Meals. Would love for you to link it up to Thursdays Treasures

  4. Sounds yummy! I'm visiting from Miz Helen's.

  5. This looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! Happy weekend! :)

  6. This is not only pretty, but sounds delicious! Thank you so much for stopping over Kelly. My little Val loves cranberries...wait 'till I show her. XO ~ Julie

  7. Hi Kelly,
    I love the addition of the pineapple to this recipe, it looks great! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi Kelly,
    Amazing Cranberry Dip recipe. It looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednedsay's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts Wednesday at 12:00 AM. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye, Myrna, and Linda

  9. I bet this is amazing! I love that it has pineapple and cranberries - what a great combo! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

  10. Oh I would love the combo of the cranberries & pineapple. It looks fantastic. Pinned!!! Congrats on being featured at TTT.

  11. You are being featured tomorrow hun! This looks so yummy. I'm going to make it on New Year's Eve! XO