Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip Recipe {Low Carb}

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Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël!  No, your eyes aren’t malfunctioning – it’s 89 degrees in the shade and mid-July in Wisconsin, but I am definitely celebrating Christmas.

The weather is gorgeous, but I’m in the mood for a little Bing Crosby and his White Christmas, I’m celebrating like it’s December 25th! Grab your coat and scarf and bundle up, because it’s about to get winter white in here! And because every great Christmas celebration deserves delicious food, I’ve brought you a festive, delicious cream cheese dip recipe.

Oh, and it’s not just a regular dip – it’s low carb, gluten free, and easy to make. I love to make delicious snacks and appetizers during the holidays, but I also like to have fun with my food. In celebration of that, I geeked out this cream cheese dip recipe with adorable, cinnamon graham cracker teddy bears.

Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Dip Recipe from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this dip!

 

Because frolicking in the snow is the way to go, I placed a few of them into a cream cheese “snow drift” and a couple of them are standing on top of giant snow balls.  I’m not a stellar artist, but please give me props for my child-like imagination.

Aww, one of those poor bears got buried deep into a cream cheese snow bank.  Hang on, little guy, I’ll save you. Oh, and by “save”, I mean I’ll eat your sweet head right off…

Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Dip Recipe from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this dip!
When I made Spicy Ranch Burgers a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Walmart’s rollback prices. Well, I took full advantage of the rollback pricing again when I bought the ingredients for this cream cheese dip. Walmart had Philly cream cheese at a fabulous price, and the graham crackers were on sale, too. Double win!

Ingredients needed to make a low carb cranberry walnut cinnamon cream cheese dip recipe - get the instructions at itsyummi.com

To make the cream cheese dip, you’ll need a 12 ounce tub of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1 apple, cinnamon, and if you feel it needs it, some honey to sweeten it up a little bit.

Some people enjoy huge presentations of food during the holidays, and I think that’s awesome, but I’m pretty laid back. I enjoy making easy appetizers and simple but delicious main courses for holiday entertaining. Making things ahead of time gives me more time to spend with people I care about and less time fussing around in the kitchen.

This cream cheese dip falls into the easy appetizer category perfectly. You can make it a few days before the event if you want to. I adapted the recipe from this one, that I found on the Kraft website.

Kraft’s recipe suggests forming the dip into a ball, covering it with pecans and dried cranberries. I bet that makes an absolutely gorgeous presentation! If you’re going to be playful with the presentation like me, wait until right before serving to place the graham cracker bears into the dip. Otherwise, they get soggy, and trust me, that would not give you yummi eats.

Do you have any fun Christmas in July traditions? Please share them with me in the comments!

I’d love to hear what you think of this cream cheese dip recipe, too!

Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Preparation 5 min Total Time 5 mins
Serves 2     adjust servings

Cream cheese is mixed with apples, cranberries, walnuts, honey, and cinnamon for a low carb cream cheese dip recipe that makes a perfect holiday appetizer!

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.

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

  1. Place cream cheese into a mixing bowl and use a spoon or mixing spatula to soften slightly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer onto a serving platter or into bowls and serve with graham crackers and apple slices.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 802kcal Calories from fat 570
% Daily Value
Total Fat 63g97%
Saturated Fat 33g165%
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 623mg26%
Carbohydrate 55g18%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 43g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this low carb dip recipe!

Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Dip from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this low carb dip recipe!
Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Dip from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this low carb dip recipe!


Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Dip from @itsyummi - This dip is perfect for a low carb snack or a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer table. Crisp apples, walnuts, and cranberries are mixed into cinnamon and honey sweetened cream cheese. Kids love this low carb dip recipe!

14 Replies to "Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip Recipe {Low Carb}"

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    Alicia December 4, 2016 (4:45 pm)

    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!

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      Becca December 5, 2016 (7:12 am)

      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!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass November 9, 2015 (11:00 am)

    So I want this on a toasted bagel!!! I can almost taste it….

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      Chef Bec November 9, 2015 (11:27 am)

      Oh geez, Allie. Now I’M craving the cream cheese dip recipe on a toasted bagel, too! 🙂
      What a great idea!

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    Michelle December 3, 2014 (10:35 am)

    Looks absolutely delicious! I am going to try it for our next party! Pinned!

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    Linda (Meal Planning Maven) December 3, 2014 (10:17 am)

    What an easy and festive holiday dip!

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      Chef Becca December 3, 2014 (11:18 am)

      I think so too, Linda. I hope you enjoy it!

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    David July 15, 2014 (9:44 am)

    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. 🙂

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    Stacy July 11, 2014 (2:45 am)

    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!

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    Karen July 10, 2014 (10:42 pm)

    I think this one will be making an appearance on Thanksgiving!

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    Glenda July 10, 2014 (6:01 pm)

    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!

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      Chef Becca July 10, 2014 (6:04 pm)

      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 😉

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