Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread :: the most delicious thing to happen to holiday leftovers!

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

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Ingredients

  • 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!]
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  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.

Don’t have any cranberry sauce on hand?

Make [this] immediately!

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!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

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.

Fran@BCDC

This sounds WAY too good…I must make it!! Thanks for the recipe, Jenn!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode

OMG. I see those rosemary Trader Joe’s crackers on that plate and I want to break through your screen and eat them. I AM HOOKED. And I can imagine they’re the perfect vehicle for this dip. Awesomesauce.

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    They’re HT Traders sweet and savory granola toasts or something similar with a long winded title and lots of dried cranberries and nuts. We should dip some balls in this…

Cat @ Breakfast to Bed

I enjoy pink foods. I enjoy them because they make me feel girly. I like feeling girly.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

Oh my gosh I totally want this! I also want to make pumpkin bagels and I think that would be a wonderful flavor explosion on my taste buds.

Kristen @ notsodomesticated

Love this! I love flavored cream cheese, but I’ve never made my own. This looks super easy!

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    They’re ridiculously easy!!!! Make my veggie one too. Just don’t get any on your hands… you’ll wind up a cannibal.

Nikki

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

Alysia @ Slim Sanity

this sounds heavenly!! need.to.eat.now.

Sabrina

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 😉

Amber @ Slim Pickins Kitchen

Yum! This is an awesome idea! I bet it is just killer on apple slices!!! I’m totally going to be making this after turkey day!

Siobhan McCarthy

Ummm, this is brilliant! I’m pretty sure this recipe and homemade croissants will be at my tea party on Saturday. Ah-may-zing!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com

this looks pretty yum! I have been putting Frank hot buffalo sauce on everything, and i mean EVERYTHING! i put it on a cracker the other day. what can i say the baby likes spicy food 🙂

whitney

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!

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    Thanks Whitney!!!! Each “batch” makes around 1/2 cup of cranberry crack =) Double… Triple… Quadruple…. it goes fast and will stay fresh and fabulous in the fridge for 4 days! =) xoxo

Nessa @ Isle Style Living

YUM!!

I printed your cranberry sauce recipe this weekend and it is officially on my menu =)

Can’t wait to make this Friday morning… Thanks!

Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food

Looks totally amazing!!!

kim@hungryhealthygirl

Oh my…this looks pretty dangerous! I don’t have any cream cheese on hand. I wonder how it would taste with greek yogurt. It may be worth a try. 😉

Miz

YES MA’AM.
your wish be my command.

losingitlittlebylittle

I was just thinking about how I was going to use up that cranberry sauce…now I know! Thanks!!

sesil

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.

Angela

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

    Jenn

    Thanks Angela, Happy Thanksgiving! And pecans and cinnamon bread?!?! You’re my favorite, I’m SO trying that! xo

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