Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Ready In

    15 m
K. Waid
Recipe by  K. Waid

“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.”

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Original recipe yields 3 cups



  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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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 cup of the cranberries (which I chopped in the food processor before using.) You definatley need to use the extra spices & berries. I can't imagine using only 2 T berries. Just eye-ball it - trust me, you need the extra berries.You might even want to throw in your favorite spices to jazz it up. I would suggest using this as a base to play with until you get a flavor you like.

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 82 cal
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 1 g
  • < 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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