Warm Cranberry-White Cheddar Dip


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Cranberry cheddar dip

I have always eyeballed the fresh cranberries that start appearing in stores around the holidays, but I've never actually purchased them. I actually prefer the cranberry jelly that comes out of the can like a brick, complete with ridges. My sister and I always bring our own cans to Thanksgiving dinner, after one horrible year when we had none! This cranberry cheddar dip recipe is just the thing for fresh cranberries, but you can totally use frozen in a pinch, which is what we did for this post.

So anyway, I've long been on the lookout for something to do with cranberries, and this dip is just the thing! Ooey, gooey and the texture of the cranberries gives just the pop of tart and sweet that balances the creamy cheeses perfectly. 

This couldn't be easier to make, and you can mix it up ahead of time and pop it in the oven when the guests start arriving!

Warm Cranberry-White Cheddar Dip

Cranberry cheddar dip ingredients

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. Sharp White Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 C. Cranberries

I can't stress enough how soft the cream cheese should be. Let it sit out for a while, so it mixes up with the shredded cheddar really well. Mix up the cheeses really well, then fold in the cranberries.

Cranberry cheddar dip mixing cheese


Cranberry cheddar dip add berriesBake in a 375° oven for about 30 minutes, until it's all bubbly and gooey and delicious.

Cranberry cheddar dip in pan

We served with with a rustic sourdough baguette, but it works great with crackers too. No matter what, it's full of yum!

Do you enjoy whole cranberries? What's your favorite way to prepare them?

Cranberry cheddar dip with cracker


Warm Cranberry-White Cheddar Dip

Warm Cranberry-White Cheddar Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This simple recipe takes just a moment to put together, but is sure to be a hit at your next party!


  • 1 c. whole cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Combine cheeses well
  2. Mix in cranberries
  3. Spread into over-proof dish
  4. Bake at 350 until melty and gooey, about 20 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. I’m planning to make this for Thanksgiving. Do you think it will transfer well to a Little Dipper crock pot to stay warm as an appetizer?

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