Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread
I have had cranberry on the brain lately. I’m craving cranberry everything for some reason. I want to make this Cranberry Orange Quickbread that I baked up for Thanksgiving last year…and while I’m at it, make some of this Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce that I fell in love with too. Now, I’ll have to tell you, I’m not really a big fan of cranberry by itself…for me the flavor is a little too tart on its own, so I prefer it paired with something a little sweet, like orange or apple.
The other day I decided I had to have a cranberry nut cream cheese spread for the little bagels I picked up at the store. I pictured this spread on everything…sliced apples, grainy flatbreads, turkey sandwiches…or for me, apple sandwiches (I love apple and peanut butter sandwiches so just envision the spread in place of PB on a whole wheat sandwich thin with crisp thin apple slices…crunch…and yum.). I thought the cranberry nutty cream cheese spread was a novel and brilliant concoction and googled it for “ideas”.
Apparently it’s not that novel. I found exactly what I wanted to make right here at the Cranberry Marketing Committee of all places. They are ahead of the game I guess. Oh well. I added sunflower seeds to my spread and have been enjoying it on mini whole wheat bagels for a post run snack this past week. My mom loved it at breakfast yesterday and asked for the recipe…so here you go Mom!
This Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread would be great to bring to any holiday brunch or breakfast…it’s best served at room temperature so take it out early!
Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup (or 1/4 cup honey as original recipe suggests)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
- Combine cream cheese and agave (or honey) in a medium mixing bowl. Use a mixer or wooden spoon to combine until smooth, then stir in cranberries, walnuts and orange zest. Use immediately or refrigerate covered until ready to use. Best served at room temperature.
Recipe slightly adapted from US Cranberry Committee
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What a fun way to enjoy cranberry! I love it.
Love this. It makes me hungry just looking at it.
This cream cheese spread looks so flavorful. I love cranberries and I can’t wait to make that homemade cranberry sauce again for Thanksgiving this year.
mmm – forget buying expensive/fancy spreads- this one looks SO easy to make at home!! Maybe perfect for thanksgiving breakfast?
This looks great, Aggie!
looks fantastic. I’m gonna bookmark this aggie!
Aggie, This is a great spread, thank you for sharing!
Love, love , LOVE the idea of using it on a turkey sandwich! I am totally doing this when I have my kitchen back! (and my printer)
Looks so gorgeous! Perfect for a holiday spread!
This looks amazingly delicious! I’ve made cranberry butter before, but this would put it to shame – I am so glad you shared this one!
This reminds me of the Cranberry Bliss Bars they have at Starbucks around the holidays. They’re a little too sweet along with the tart – but they’re still really good.
It’s about time for me to get out the Cranberry Orange Bread recipe. I’ve made a lot of Banana Nut Bread lately. In fact posted my amazing Banana Nut Bread recipe recently. Getting a lot of views.
And this spread in a turkey sandwich? Awesome idea. I’m in.
Wow! Aggie, this spread looks so delicious! I have been on a toast tangent of late … eating Dakota crusty bread at breakfast. I am thinking that your spread would take toast to a whole new level!
Ohhh yeah…I could totally eat this everyday!!!
Gorgeous! I neeeeeeeeeed some.
Love it…. definitely making this for my Thanksgiving cheese spread. Thanks for sharing!
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Wow this looks absolutely amazing. I think I would eat just a bit too much of this but that is okay!
Wow, those are some great flavors together. I could go for that on toast.
That look so good!! I craved bagels and cream cheese like crazy when I was pregnant with my first, but this is giving me a craving again!
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