Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread

This Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread is so good you’ll want to put it on everything! Perfect for croissants, bagels, sandwiches, and crackers!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread

I’ve been missing Pensacola, Florida this week. Especially now that its summertime! I miss the pool parties, the food, the powder white sand on the gulf coast beaches, the food, volleyball at the bar, the food, and all the friends I made in the sunshine state panhandle.

I don’t miss Four Loko, however. That’s one thing that can STAYΒ in Pensacola! But that’s a story for another day and a different blog…

Did I mention I miss the food?

Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread Recipe

Blackwater Bistro, a Florida favorite of mine, serves a fun spin on southern comfort foods and my favorite sandwich in-the-world!

It’s a buttery, flaky croissant topped with smoked turkey, crisp romaine, and the most amazing spread.

I was convinced it was a combo of cream cheese, cranberries, walnuts and cinnamon so, naturally, I had to re-create it at home to see if I was right.

SPOILER ALERT: I was oh so right!

So… How was it?

Just like the original… only with more veggies and at a fraction of the price! This speedy spread was ready in just 10 minutes – SCORE!

I have a feeling this will be my summer lunch again and again! Β This cranberry cream cheese sandwich spread is crazy addictive and oh-so-delicous!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread

Only need a little? Feel free to cut this recipe in half? Need a lot? Double or triple as needed – this spread is great for parties and brunches!

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread

This Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread is so good you'll want to put it on everything! Perfect for croissants, bagels, sandwiches, and crackers!

Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Spread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese slightly softened
  • 1/2 cupΒ  leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1/4-1/3 cup finely chopped baking walnuts
  • 2 TBSP honey plus extra to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Allow cream cheese to soften until spreadable, then combine with cranberry sauce.
  2. Next fold in chopped walnuts (they're optional but totally delicious!), honey, and cinnamon.Β 
  3. Lastly, spread it on everything in sight!
  4. We like ours spread on a croissant then topped with lots of crisp of romaine and refreshing cucumber to make the king of all tea sandwiches! You can even add sliced deli turkey to the mix - our favorite restaurant does and it's delicious!

Recipe Notes

Rather not wait for the cream cheese to soften? Break out your food processor and whip the cream cheese, walnuts, cinnamon and honey to perfection before adding your sauce. Just be sure to unplug the food processor before trying to lick it clean! <-- pro-tip from a chef who wants to lick every surface this cream cheese touches! LOL!

Turkey Croissant Sandiwch with Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread and Crisp Veggies
If you get a chance to try this scrumptious cranberry cream cheese sandwich spread, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
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  • Julie Evink


    Loved the addition of cranberries in this! It was perfect for a touch of fall flavor. Can’t wait to make it again!

  • Denay DeGuzman


    OOoo…this fabulous cranberry-walnut spread was so darn delicious! I shared this recipe with a family friend and they too gave this recipe rave reviews. Yum. Yum!

  • Anonymous

    Does this just make one sandwich. I wanted to make 8 for a luncheon. Not sue the amount of ingredients to buy.

    • So excited you’ll be making it for your luncheon! =) Thanks! Depending on the size of your bread/sandwich, the recipe for spread #2 [using 4 ounces of cream cheese as the base] should make 2-3 sandwiches. It keeps marvelously in the fridge for 4 days or so [and can be frozen!] so I would quadruple the recipe just in case and then you can use any leftovers [if any] as a cracker spread or for guests to spread on celery/cucumbers/etc!

  • Sandiquail

    This makes me so hungry!  I’m definitely going to make this!!!

  • Angie

    I NEED this!! And of course, I have no cream cheese. :op 

  • Hehe thanks Dionne! <3 The croissant and spread/sammie combo is just heavenly! I used to go to the restaurant that inspired my dish weekly just to have it… until I finally decided to save some $$$ and start making it at home! So good! <3 Hope you have a fantabulous weekend dear!

  • A sandwich made out of a good croissant already has major points in my opinion.  MMM…I would love this bronto or t rex style!  I love the analogy. 

  • nooo mayo here! it simply MUST be cream cheese! or whipped cream cheese even! =) Hope you get a chance to try it! xoxo

  • Delicious!  I love sandwiches with different kinds of flavors.  P’cola is a pretty cool place, isn’t it?

  • Cream cheese and walnuts…nice!

  • This looks so good. At first I thought it was a mayo spread but I am so happy to see cream cheese in the list.  Bring it on!

  • That would make THE perfect breakfast!  Especially the day after Thanksgiving with all that leftover turkey…

  • Interesting! I’m not usually into croissant-wiches, but maybe with the cranberries, I’d go for it more than with sliced cheese and ham.

  • Wow, that does look absolutely delicious. I will definitely be giving it a try!

  • Mrs F.

    This looks yummy!!!! I love croissant sandwiches!!!

  • Megan

    I want this croissant RIGHT NOW!! YUMMMMMM!!

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.

    omg YES. i love croissants this looks SO good. xo jillian:: ps im hosting a judy kaufmann print giveaway!

  • omfg that looks delicious!!!

  • Cranberries + cream cheese + walnuts + cinnamon?! Jenn, you’re seriously a combination queen. I love this idea! I’m going to try spearing it on turkey slices and rolling it up! (Why don’t they make GF croissants?! grrr) πŸ™‚

  • That looks sooooo good! My favorite sandwich is one that we had at a vegan restaurant and I recreated at home. It’s a garnet yam and avocado panini with garlic mayo. Delicious!

  • Holy smokes—this looks amazing! I’ve never made my take on any favorites b/c I’m always too afraid it won’t be anywhere near as good as the original! And whats up with me growing up in FL but never going to Pensacola? I want to see these white sand beaches you speak of!

  • i’m obsessed with cucumber right now! I’ll marry that sandwich too!

  • damn, that looks good! I love these kind of spreads on bagels, don’t know why I never thought to do this on a sandwich. Great idea!

  • Mmm looks like Thanksgiving in summer!

  • Oh wow. This combination sounds absolutely to die for. Love, love, LOVE the idea of craisins with cream cheese, and on a croissant? Swooooon. I haven’t eaten one in forever (kinda forgot about them) but I need to change that FAST because I absolutely adore them… and you, for being such a genius <3

  • Mmm! This looks fantastic! Oh it’s been TOO long since I’ve had a warm fluffy croissant!

    And um, I think you know what MY favorite sandwich is…I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of PB&J with BBQ tofu?? Naaaaah! πŸ˜‰

  • This looks so good! I’ll have to try it out. I live in Pensacola, but I’ve never been to Blackwater Bistro – we usually eat downtown since it’s near where we live.

    Frugally Green Mom

  • This looks incredible! if only they made GF croissants, I’d be set πŸ˜‰

  • Yum yum yum! This looks delicious!

  • Shut the front door.

    No, for real, because I’m going to find croissants somewhere right now.

    At 1 AM.

    This sounds amazing!!!

  • i love recreating restaurant meals at home! looks like you hit this one spot-on. love the sweet-savory combo :]

  • this looks awesome. i love croissants…and cranberries πŸ™‚

  • Any sandwich with a croissant is so freakin tasty πŸ™‚ My favorite EVER is grilled cheese with tomatoes, dipped in ketchup!

  • I’m not a huge croissant fan, but the spread looks great. My fav sandwich is The Gobbler that many delis feature in November. It’s carved turkey with cranberry and stuffing on grainy bread. Yum.

  • Sounds like your hubs needs to keep an eye on you and that sandwich… πŸ˜‰

  • Yummy, that sounds amazing!! I always forget about Croissant sammies!

  • That looks so, so good! We’ve been making more adventurous sandwiches for lunch lately (beyond boring ham or turkey, cheese, lettuce and mustard) and this will soon be entering the line-up πŸ™‚

  • This looks amazing!!! πŸ™‚

  • i dont have a fav sandwich, BUT if i could make something like this…it would probably take the cake!!!

  • I love cucumbers on sandwiches!! YUM πŸ™‚

  • Vivianne

    OH MY GOSH. I CAN ACTUALLY MAKE THIS! WOOOOO!

    Sounds amazing. Definitely lunch tomorrow!!!!!

  • Ah! Bookmarking and making this one too!!

    I can’t pick a fave sandwich to save my life, for real.I am kind of crazy for so many of them.

  • You are so rad πŸ™‚ Yum!

  • Oooooh this looks soooo amazingly good! A) it is on a croisant, b) sweet and salty, need I say more? c) turkey and cranberries are like 2 of my favorite things. Ahhh, bookmarking this for SURE!

  • Holy Batman this looks AMAZING!!!! Totally bookmarking this recipe idea! Yuuuuuuuum!

  • LOOKS SO GOOD! I’m not surprised … you are awesome!!

    XOXOOX

  • Megan

    I don’t do cranberries….but otherwise this looks delish! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  • Krista

    This reminds me of one of my favorite sandwiches that I get at a local place here. It’s a chicken cranberry sandwich and it has cream cheese and cranberry sauce and all sorts of amazingness in it. I’m definately going to have to make this spread!!

  • Yummm this is so creative. I’ve never had a sammich with walnut spread before πŸ˜€

  • Holy cranberry, I’m in love. Come live in my house and make me sandwiches.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Ahhh… Four Loko!! SO gross. My friend bought me one on my 21st birthday and I couldn’t even finish it!

    This sandwich is really similar to one that was sold at the cafe I used to work at. I am such a sucker for dried cranberries, so I totally have to make this!

  • I just bought craisins yesterday for muffins and thinking I wanted to do something creative with the rest. Bingo!!!! I’m totally trying this!

  • Errign

    Mmm, that looks great. Trader Joe’s sells a packaged Gorgonzola and cranberry spread/dip thing that I’m always tempted to buy, but never do!

  • WOW! That spread does look amazing! My favorite sandwich combo is veggie bacon, spinach, tomato, and avocado!!!

  • Cream cheese can totally make anything 100% better…I am so with you on that! I love just cream cheese and cucumbers, English style. This looks even better Jenn!

    Are there really people who can make their own croissants??

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats

    Oh my goodness, this looks insanely good. Deliver one to me? K thanks. πŸ™‚

  • I adore paninis with chocolate and berries…SO mmmmmmmm to me.

  • This looks amazing!!! πŸ™‚

  • I love cucumbers on sandwiches!! YUM πŸ™‚

  • i’ll take one t-rex version, please!

    and btw, i totally pinned this! πŸ™‚

  • i dont have a fav sandwich, BUT if i could make something like this…it would probably take the cake!!!

  • Lisa @ Healthful Sense

    Yummay! That looks so good! I love the combo of the cc, walnuts, and dried fruit!

  • Yummy, that sounds amazing!! I always forget about Croissant sammies!

  • Mikalah

    YUMMMMM! Wow, girl, you are on a roll with these yummy recipes. I am addicted to pinning your recipes now! =)

  • Looks so good… I can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  • oh my STARS girl, this sounds fantastic!! I love a croissant sandwich… I want.

  • That looks so, so good! We’ve been making more adventurous sandwiches for lunch lately (beyond boring ham or turkey, cheese, lettuce and mustard) and this will soon be entering the line-up πŸ™‚

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.

    omg YES. i love croissants this looks SO good. xo jillian:: ps im hosting a judy kaufmann print giveaway!

  • Yum! So simple but perfect! My favorite sandwich… hard to narrow down, but I’m planning about dedicating a post to BLTs sometime this week…

  • Sounds like your hubs needs to keep an eye on you and that sandwich… πŸ˜‰

  • I’m not a huge croissant fan, but the spread looks great. My fav sandwich is The Gobbler that many delis feature in November. It’s carved turkey with cranberry and stuffing on grainy bread. Yum.

  • wow wow wow! it looks so freaking delicious!

    my favorite sandwich is a “burger” from a place right near my office! it’s a balsamic marinated portobello mushroom cap that’s grilled. the sandwich has pesto, goat cheese, and roasted red peppers. it’s so delicious!

  • Any sandwich with a croissant is so freakin tasty πŸ™‚ My favorite EVER is grilled cheese with tomatoes, dipped in ketchup!

  • this looks awesome. i love croissants…and cranberries πŸ™‚

  • i love recreating restaurant meals at home! looks like you hit this one spot-on. love the sweet-savory combo :]

  • Yum yum yum! This looks delicious!

  • Tracy Simmons

    I agree, I would like this sammy to marry me too πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    Sounds like a great spread and a great sandwich! I’m a sucker for anything with cranberries in it and I firmly believe that nearly any dish can be enhanced by the addition of a little cinnamon! Thanks for sharing your recipe for this spread – can’t wait to try it out soon!

  • Megan

    I want this croissant RIGHT NOW!! YUMMMMMM!!

  • Mrs F.

    This looks yummy!!!! I love croissant sandwiches!!!

  • Lindsay

    Seriously? OMG.

  • Shut the front door.

    No, for real, because I’m going to find croissants somewhere right now.

    At 1 AM.

    This sounds amazing!!!

  • This looks incredible! if only they made GF croissants, I’d be set πŸ˜‰

  • wait wait wait. Are you referencing four loko like, the drink?? How could you not like that??! hehe, just kidding. I LOVE cranberries!!! Yum.

    Favorite sandwich… probably this amazing veggie burger from this cafe in Columbus, OH. SO GOOD!

  • This looks so good! I’ll have to try it out. I live in Pensacola, but I’ve never been to Blackwater Bistro – we usually eat downtown since it’s near where we live.

    Frugally Green Mom

  • I love when I recreate something and it’s just as good as the store bought version! Way to go! I wonder if I could grind cashews, add lemon and make that the cream cheese? This spread looks SO perfect!

  • Mmm! This looks fantastic! Oh it’s been TOO long since I’ve had a warm fluffy croissant!

    And um, I think you know what MY favorite sandwich is…I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of PB&J with BBQ tofu?? Naaaaah! πŸ˜‰

  • Oh wow. This combination sounds absolutely to die for. Love, love, LOVE the idea of craisins with cream cheese, and on a croissant? Swooooon. I haven’t eaten one in forever (kinda forgot about them) but I need to change that FAST because I absolutely adore them… and you, for being such a genius <3

  • Mmm looks like Thanksgiving in summer!

  • This is the first thing you’ve ever posted that made me go “eww.” Sorry lady…I can’t stand cranberry walnut anything! But I’m glad it makes you happy.
    Good news is, since you want to marry it, I won’t be stealing your sandwich spouse.
    My favorite sandwich of all time is a real Italian hoagie but it has to be made in New Jersey.

  • damn, that looks good! I love these kind of spreads on bagels, don’t know why I never thought to do this on a sandwich. Great idea!

  • this looks amazing πŸ™‚ thanks for the recipe!!

  • this is uh.mazing. omg i’m like drooling

  • Holy smokes—this looks amazing! I’ve never made my take on any favorites b/c I’m always too afraid it won’t be anywhere near as good as the original! And whats up with me growing up in FL but never going to Pensacola? I want to see these white sand beaches you speak of!

  • That looks sooooo good! My favorite sandwich is one that we had at a vegan restaurant and I recreated at home. It’s a garnet yam and avocado panini with garlic mayo. Delicious!

  • i’m obsessed with cucumber right now! I’ll marry that sandwich too!

  • Yum, that looks fabulous! I must try a vegan version now! πŸ™‚

  • girl, you had me at “croissant”. I was just talking about croissant sandwiches yesterday, and you made all my dreams come true! Now I don’t have to be sad about never going to Blackwater Bistro while I was in Pensacola (which was about a day).

  • This looks delicious! I want to make it now. I pinned it to my yummy board. haha Thanks for sharing.. you can come cook for me any time.. I’m a great guinea pig!!!

  • Cranberries + cream cheese + walnuts + cinnamon?! Jenn, you’re seriously a combination queen. I love this idea! I’m going to try spearing it on turkey slices and rolling it up! (Why don’t they make GF croissants?! grrr) πŸ™‚

  • Sandwiches on a croissant are the BEST — looks sooo good!!

  • omfg that looks delicious!!!

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