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Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This is possibly the easiest cream cheese dip you’ll ever make! Perfect for holidays or using up leftover pantry ingredients, Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip can be used on a brunch board or a Sunday bagel.

How to make cream cheese fruit dip

Because we are not turning this into a cheese ball, it is as easy as letting the cream cheese come to room temperature and then mixing all the ingredients in into a bowl, plate and serve.

Can you freeze cream cheese dips

While it will not hurt to do so, the texture will be off due to the cream cheese. Cream cheese that has been frozen and then thawed ends up having a feta cheese-like texture instead of the smooth creamy texture we know and love of room temperature cream cheese.

What to serve with cream cheese dips

My favorite way to serve a cream cheese dip or a cream cheese ball is with a fruit, cheese, and vegetable board. Depending on the type of cream cheese dip (savory versus sweet) I plan the board in that manner. A sweeter dip like this one will have more berries and tart fruits for balance. My Bacon Cheeseball will have more cheeses, meats, and vegetables on the tray in comparison.

Can you make cream cheese dip ahead

Yes! In fact, I encourage it. This gives the flavors a chance to really mingle and develop. Make this the night before you plan to eat it. It will keep up to a week in the refrigerator when covered in an air tight container. Prior to serving use a rubber spatula to give a final stir.

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Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Rich cream cheese is packed with apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon for a cream cheese dip that will make a beautiful presentation on your holiday table.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2
Calories 802 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces plain cream cheese (I used Philly low fat)
  • 1 crisp green or red apple cored and diced (I used a festive red Envy apple)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Place cream cheese into a mixing bowl and use a spoon or mixing spatula to soften slightly.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer onto a serving platter or into bowls and serve with graham crackers and apple slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 802kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 11gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 623mgFiber: 5gSugar: 43g
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16 Comments

  1. This looks SO good! Do you think a brick and a half of regular low fat cream cheese would work, too, if I softened it to room temperature before mixing in the other ingredients? It looks like you used a tub, which I assume is a spread. Also, it looks like all the apples went into the dip (sounds good to me!), as opposed to being used to”dip,” is that right? Thanks!

    1. Hi Alicia! Yes, block-style cream cheese can definitely be substituted for whipped. As you mentioned, it would be much easier to work with if it is softened to room temperature first.
      As far as the apples are concerned, I tossed about 1/8 cup of finely diced apples into the dip, just to give some added texture, flavor. and color, but I also used apple slices for for dipping.
      I hope you enjoy this dip recipe!

  2. Wow! Christmas in July! Does that mean I get to give presents to everyone, too?? What a fun idea, Becca! I’m totally going to pull this bad boy up in a couple of months when I need an easy, holiday entertaining idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We once celebrated Christmas in June when a friend had the urge to smoke a turkey. Never wanting to discourage such ventures, we decided to go all in with the rest of the meal and really do Christmas. This dip would have been the perfect addition to the menu, Becca! Next time!

  4. I love that this is packed with fruit! And the Teddy Grahams are an inspired idea for serving. I would love to have this for my grandkids!

    1. Thanks, Glenda! Because it’s packed with so many healthy ingredients, I felt virtually no guilt eating it… until I went a bit crazy devouring those cute teddy bears ๐Ÿ˜‰

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