Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip


Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip


Hey yall!!!  It’s a new month and time for a new series!  Since Thanksgiving is next month and we all like to plan early for it Dana and I are sharing our Thanksgiving Recipes in this series so you can get a jump start on your Thanksgiving menu.

I always like to have a dip with crackers as an appetizer at our dinner table for everyone to munch on to keep their tummies from grumbling too loud while smelling the turkey and all the pies baking away.

This Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip is the perfect solution to keep guests from picking at the turkey while they wait.

This recipe takes only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare which makes it a dream dish while your up to your elbows in mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.  You can whip this up and look like a super star in no time!

Just spread some softened cream cheese on a platter, mix some red pepper jelly with some canned cranberry sauce, spoon that over the cream cheese, throw in some crackers and you have an amazing appetizer that is sure to disappear before the wishbone snaps.

Now don’t let the face that this is only 3 ingredients fool you, it is packed full of flavor.  My favorite appetizer is the pepper jelly over the cream cheese but by adding the cranberry you get the sweet tartness from that and Thanksgiving and cranberry sauce just go together.

So relax, focus on the turkey and sweet potatoes because you got the appetizer under control!  Oh did I mention you can make this ahead of time and pop it in the fridge until your guests arrive or you can make it in seconds right before they come, either way it is a delicious simple appetizer perfect for the holidays.

And if by any chance you have leftovers just mix it all together and you have an awesome spread for leftover turkey sandwiches!

Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip

Author Parrish


  • One regular sized block cream cheese softened
  • 1 jar red pepper jelly about a cup
  • Half a can of cranberry sauce either whole berry or jellied is fine
  • Crackers and pretzels


  1. Spread the cream cheese onto a small serving dish.
  2. Mix the cranberry and pepper jelly together in a bowl.
  3. Spoon the cranberry mixture over the cream cheese.
  4. Serve with crackers!

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly Dip

Don’t forget to head over to Dana’s and check out her Cranberry Fruit Dip, yum!!!



I have 36 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip

  1. avatar
    October 12, 2014

    This looks so yummy. I love pepper jelly, but I wouldn’t have thought to pair it with cranberry. I’ve got to put this out for the holiday table this year. Thanks for sharing!

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    October 22, 2014

    This sounds heavenly! I love pepper jelly, but this is a nice twist, especially for the upcoming holidays! So happy I found it on Pinterest. I pinnned it from here and am sharing it over at FB and G+.

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    Amanda says:
    October 23, 2014

    I love your blog and was wondering what photo editor you use to add text to your images. Thanks!

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      Parrish says:
      October 24, 2014

      I just use PicMonkey and it is wonderful, so many tags and fonts and other options, it is great!

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    Betty819 says:
    November 2, 2014

    A store called “Harry and David” sells a pepper jelly that is out of this world delicious! They have stores in some outlet malls and their own catalog. Great place to go for some nice gifts. They make up gift baskets that are beautiful and ship all over the USA.
    I think their recipe calls for mixing the pepper jelly with the cream cheese but adding the whole berry cranberry sauce would really make this divine! Great for the holidays or anytime of the year…any event. or social gathering with an assortment of crackers to choose from. I’ve printed this out for myself and a friend that does a lot of entertaining and has large family gatherings.

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      Parrish says:
      November 5, 2014

      Oh I love Harry and David!!! I could spend all day in there lol! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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    pearse says:
    November 6, 2014

    Do u mind telling what kind of crackers do u have it in the picture?
    thanks in advance

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      Parrish says:
      November 6, 2014

      Sure thing! They were I believe Keebler Club Crackers. :)

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    Chris says:
    November 28, 2014

    Made this today but cut recipe in half for a small crowd. The pepper jelly that I used had a slight kick to it and mixed it with whole berry cranberry sauce. Great recipe, will use it often.Got eaten up. Lots of liquid came out of jelly and sauce so make it on a rimmed dish.

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    Lexy says:
    November 30, 2014

    Is pepper jelly hot/spicy?

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      Parrish says:
      December 7, 2014

      Not at all, it has a little kick to it but nothing on the super spicy scale, with the cranberry and the cream cheese it is toned down even more, so it adds just a hint of spice.

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    Sarah says:
    December 12, 2014

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was great. I added some finely chopped shallots, lemon juice, and parsley. I could only find red jalapeno jelly, so it had a bit of a kick, but I think that made it even better!!

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    Heidi says:
    October 26, 2015

    This looks incredibly delicious! What a great appetizer idea for the holidays. I also like your note about spreading it on leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. I am always trying to think of new ideas for using all of those leftovers!! Thank you for sharing!

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    julieg says:
    November 21, 2015

    I just made a test batch of this loveliness for dinner at a friends. It tastes great! Yummy, light and festive!! It will definitely be on the list for Thanksgiving apps!
    Thanks for posting and Happy Holidays!

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      Parrish says:
      November 25, 2015

      Yay! I am so glad you liked it!! Happy Holidays!!

  11. avatar
    Jan says:
    November 21, 2015

    were do you buy the jelly in Utah

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      Parrish says:
      November 25, 2015

      I am not sure exactly where in Utah you can buy it but I always find mine in the jam and jelly section of Walmart :)

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    sjfox1 says:
    November 26, 2015

    This cranberry pepper jelly was absolutely delicious! I used the tabasco brand pepper jelly and made my own cranberry sauce and everyone loved it! Will definetly make again. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Hannah W says:
    November 26, 2015

    I love this recipe! It tastes fantastic. I did only use 1/4th of a cup of pepper jelly instead of a cup.

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    Danielle says:
    November 30, 2017

    I made this last Christmas and im doing it again but for our big family get together!
    The only thing i do diffetently is make own cranberry sauce!
    Recipe is so delish!

  15. avatar
    Aoeul says:
    January 7, 2017

    Wonderful! Will make again.

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