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Cranberry Jalapeno Christmas Dip

Author: Southern Made Simple


  • 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeno peppers seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 - handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 (8 oz) bricks cream cheese softened
  • 1 small handful of chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits


  • Wash cranberries and hand chop in half (or smaller pieces if you desire) Hand chopping is more time consuming, but is recommended over a chopping device or blender to better keep the structure of the berries without accidentally juicing them.)
  • Chop cilantro, jalapenos and green onion
  • In a large bowl, combine cranberries, jalapenos, cilantro, green onions, salt, sugar and lemon juice and stir until blended
  • Cover cranberry mixture and store in refrigerator overnight
  • When you're ready to start preparing the dip, remove berry mixture from refrigerator, stir and drain off excess juices that collect in the bottom.
  • Using a hand mixer, whip softened cream cheese until smooth and easily spreadable.
  • Spread cream cheese into the bottom of a pie dish and top with berry mixture
  • Garnish with bacon bits, extra chopped onions and fresh cilantro
  • Serve with Ritz crackers
  • Enjoy!

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