Jalapeno Jelly & Cream Cheese Spread

"This is a classic appetizer that is great for last minute unexpected guests. In fact, I'm surprised it's not posted yet! I've made this for years. The sweet and hot taste on crackers is so wonderful!"
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Ready In:


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 23 cup jalapeno jelly (red or green)
  • cracker


  • Open the brick of cream cheese and place it on a plate.
  • Spread the jelly evenly over the top. Serve with a small knife for spreading or use a hearty cracker that will not break.

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  1. DanielleLyn
    I absolutely love this dip/spread! I first tried this method a few years back. I was in the grocery store next to the jalapeno jelly when two people were in the aisle talking about this appetizer of how yummy it was and that they would always take it to get-togethers. Me thinking it sounded a little weird, I thought I would go ahead and try it and picked up a thing of jalapeno jelly. I have been addicted to this since then! Its so creamy! And Im always in love with the sweet and spicy combos. This is great as an appetizer to take to parties. Or even better as a snack, that way you get it all to yourself! Club crackers are my favorite to eat with this. And I do like my cream cheese to be softened slightly but still have a chill on it. I tell people about this all the time and they think Im weird. But you cant knock it until you try it! Its so addicting!
  2. Lori Lissa
    I use this recipe with different gourmet jalapeno jellies (My favorite is blackberry jalapeno). At Christmas time I make a festive platter with the cream cheese cut diagonally with the squared sides together, making a Christmas tree. It was a hit for the table, many compliments were made on how cute it was.
  3. rap16992
    YES! YES!! YES!!! If you try this and DO NOT like it...what planet are you from???
  4. stukin_7169467
    I make a lime/tomatillo jam that works fantastically well for this recipe. I also make a super hot red habanero jam that I serve on the side for those sissies who don't eat spicy things. I once had someone try the habanero jam straight, and his screams could be heard throughout the whole county. Anyway, this is a classic recipe that lends itself to nearly any jam or jelly; the more unusual the better. The jalapeno original goes back about 50 years. Be creative.
  5. Paula2006
    I am planning on making this for Thanksgiving. I will cut the cream cheese like a torte and layer with cranberry spread and hot pepper jelly.



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