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Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread

This Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread is a festive addition to your breakfast or brunch this holiday season!

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.

This Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread is a festive addition to your breakfast or brunch this holiday season!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”.

This Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread is a festive addition to your breakfast or brunch this holiday season!
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!

This Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread is a festive addition to your breakfast or brunch this holiday season!

Print Recipe

Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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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21 Responses to “Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese Spread”

  1. Eliana posted November 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

    What a fun way to enjoy cranberry! I love it.

  2. ann steinbach posted November 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Love this. It makes me hungry just looking at it.

  3. Jamie posted November 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    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.

  4. Erica posted November 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    mmm – forget buying expensive/fancy spreads- this one looks SO easy to make at home!! Maybe perfect for thanksgiving breakfast?

  5. Ninette posted November 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    This looks great, Aggie!

  6. peachkins posted November 11, 2010 at 2:01 am

    looks fantastic. I’m gonna bookmark this aggie!

  7. Cajun Chef Ryan posted November 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Aggie, This is a great spread, thank you for sharing!

  8. Merry posted November 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

    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)

  9. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen posted November 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Looks so gorgeous! Perfect for a holiday spread!

  10. Pam posted November 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    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!

  11. Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie posted November 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    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.

  12. Susan posted November 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    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!

  13. leslie posted November 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Ohhh yeah…I could totally eat this everyday!!!

  14. thepinkpeppercorn posted November 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Gorgeous! I neeeeeeeeeed some.

  15. Mags posted November 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Love it…. definitely making this for my Thanksgiving cheese spread. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Nichol posted September 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Wow this looks absolutely amazing. I think I would eat just a bit too much of this but that is okay!

  17. Curt posted September 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Wow, those are some great flavors together. I could go for that on toast.

  18. Deborah posted September 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    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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