Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread Recipe -
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Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread

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"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 makes 3 cups Change Servings
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    15 mins

    15 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 15, 2003

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

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2004

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 something-- maybe spicy brown mustard or Worchestershire or brown sugar... I may try again, or I may not.


15 Ratings

Jun 13, 2004

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.

Jan 17, 2008

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.

Dec 04, 2007

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.

Jun 13, 2004

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.

Dec 29, 2003

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

Dec 08, 2003

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 cheese. I can't believe somebody actually REDUCED the spices for a better flavor.


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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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