Chipotle Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Chipotle Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Warm sweet and spicy cranberry sauce over chilled cream cheese! A flavorful and original appetizer, perfect for holiday parties!
Course Appetizer
Keyword chipotle, cranberry, cream cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Author Tiffany


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 or 2 blocks cream cheese (8 ounces each)
  • crackers for serving (my pick: wheat thins)


  • Add cranberries, apple cider vinegar, sugar, honey, and orange juice to a quart sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and whisk until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Add ground mustard, chipotle pepper, salt, and ginger and stir to combine. Simmer 15 minutes or until sauce is very thick. Serve warm over chilled cream cheese blocks (there is enough sauce for 2 8-ounce cream cheese blocks) with crackers.


Sauce may be prepared in advance, covered, and chilled. When ready to serve, simply reheat sauce in a sauce pan over low heat or using a microwave safe bowl.