Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread


"This zesty spread is a holiday hit! It's easy to make and tastes even better the day after you make it. Serve with crackers or slices of baguette. This spread is zippy, so if you don't like spice, reduce cayenne and dry mustard by half."


15 m servings 82 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 82 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 1g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 100 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and milk until well blended. Season with mustard powder and cayenne pepper, then mix in dried cranberries. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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  1. 15 Ratings


A wonderful blend of flavors for any time of the year!! I added extra spices for extra zip!

This needs to sit for awhile for the flavors to blend. It is great with chipotle pepper instead of cayenne for a smoky flavor. For those who want a zippier spread, try a minced jalapeno pepper.

Not stellar, but still very good. This was mild & had no "wow factor". Here is what I did: used extra sharp cheddar cheese, used mayo instead of the milk, doubled the spices & used about 1/4 c...

I enjoyed the combination of flavors in this spread. I added a little garlic powder although it was a little too powerful the next day. This tastes great on celery sticks.

This was ok. I made it as part of a holiday feast for company, and chose not to serve it because it was rather bland, with just an aftertaste of cayenne tingling. It seems to be missing somethin...

This was ok ... it was easy to make, but needs more spices - if i make it again i'll use dijon mustard and tabasco and lots of them.

I loved this. It definitely isn't just your plain old cheese slices.

I was very disappointed. Brought this to a book club meeting. Nobody could even taste the cayenne or mustard and even the cranberries were lackluster!! Tasted like cream cheese with some added...

I doubled the amount of dried cranberries and only used half of the mustard powder and cayenne. Next time, I'll use regular cheddar instead of sharp; sharp had a bit of a strongbitter taste in ...