Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread... put this on EVERYTHING!

Put this on EVERYTHING.

Yes.  Everything.  

Crackers.  Croissants.  Celery.  Sandwiches.  Your sneakers.  Apple slices.  That bill you don’t quite feel like paying.  Toast.  Bagels.  Your face.  All.  The.  Things.

I won’t even distract you with a funny story today.  This dip/spread/bowl-of-heaven deserves your undivided attention.  No one will know you were simply trying to pawn off your Thanksgiving leftovers by making this fancy schmear.  They’ll think you slaved away in your kitchen developing culinary perfection just for them.  You’ll be applauded for your efforts.  Parades will be thrown in your honor.  Or you’ll simply get a pat on the back.

I’ll know your secret though.  Heck, I am your secret.  It’s okay.  I totally know how this works.  Just be sure to say thank you by coming over and doing the dishes.

Pretty please?

Croissant Veggie Sandwich with Creamy Cranbery Spread

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
[long name… quick recipe!]

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
  • 4 ounces regular or neufchatel cream cheese
  • 4 TBSP leftover cranberry sauce [try this one]
  • 2-3 TBSP chopped baking walnuts [minced or left chunky!]
  • 1 TBSP honey [use a little... or a lot!]
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Soften cream cheese to room temperature.
  2. Combine with a few heaping spoonfuls of leftover cranberry sauce.
  3. Next fold in chopped walnuts [optional, but beyond delicious!] and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
  4. Drizzle a tablespoon of honey into the mixture and stir. Simple and deeeeelicious.
  5. Rather not wait for the cream cheese to soften? Break out your food processor and whip the cream cheese, cinnamon and honey to perfection before adding your sauce. Then fold in the minced walnuts Just be sure to unplug the food processor before trying to lick it clean. You're welcome.
  6. Serve this heavenly spread at room temperature with sliced green apple, whole grain crackers, and crunchy celery sticks. Or just go crazy and spread it on everything in sight.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread... put this on EVERYTHING!
Don’t have any cranberry sauce on hand?  Make [this] immediately!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread... put this on EVERYTHING!

so… how was it? If you’ve read this far, you know it’s amazing.  Legendary even.  Dare I say it will delight your tastebuds with sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns?  I rest my case.


This met approval from the hubs, our friends, and the fam. In fact, I had to make three batches to keep up with the rate at which they were shoveling this into their faces.  Three!  So click the print button and get your butt in the kitchen. Mwah!


PS: This makes the best thanksgiving leftover sandwich of freaking life.  Do it.  You’ll thank me later =)


  1. says

    You crack me up! If “this met approval from the hubs, the ginger, and the pirate hooker, well now, it must be damn good especially if it inspires sunshine, rainbows, and ponies. I must go make the cranberry sauce, so I can make the cream cheese dip.

  2. says

    Jenn, that looks so good. I want to smother it on something right now and shove it in my face and enjoy all the yumminess. Maybe some would end up on my face…:P

  3. says

    This looks AMAZING, as always. So good, in fact, that it may be making an appearance in our house this weekend, and will be making an appearance on the blog Friday as a favorite post 😉

  4. says

    I’m sure this could be eaten in one sitting by one person, but I if I were to bring this to a family gathering, would you recommend doubling or tripling it?! Or how many people would be able to snack off one batch?

    Looks fabulous!

  5. says

    I just saw this post and really want to give this a try, but can I used the canned cranberry stuff? Honestly we never make huge turkey or anything that would require cranberry sauce.

  6. Angela says

    Absolutely awesome sandwich: this, and thinly-sliced turkey, on cinnamon bread. Also, try this sometime with pecans, instead of walnuts. Oh, yeah …

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