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White Cheddar and Cranberry Dip

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


White cheddar cranberry dip with homemade cranberry sauce and fresh cranberries. It’s salty, sweet, and so festive. 



  • 2 cups Extra-Sharp White Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 Tbsp. reserved)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an oven-safe baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the white cheddar and cream cheese. Fold in the cranberry sauce and fresh cranberries.
  3. Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake 18-23 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
  4. Sprinkle the reserved cheddar cheese and place under a broiler for few minutes until the cheese is melted. Keep an eye on it as the cheese burns easily.

Cranberry Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries burst, about 15-20 minutes.


  1. Cranberry sauce recipe makes more than what the dip calls for. Therefore, you will have some leftover.
  2. recipe adapted with slight changes from Cooking Stoned

Keywords: cream cheese dip, cheese cranberry dip, holiday, Thanksgiving