Pecan Cranberry Spread

"I find any excuse possible to serve this. Great around the holidays but worthy of being made all year round. It is the dish I am most often asked to bring to a gathering requiring finger foods or appetizers. Really good on Townhouse Wheat Crackers. If I don't have any orange juice concentrate, I use just enough fresh squeezed juice to make it the right consistency and the zest from the orange for more flavor. *PLEASE NOTE!!* You REALLY need to make this ahead of time! The flavors must blend for it to taste good!"
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Mrs. Christmas photo by Mrs. Christmas
photo by Paula photo by Paula
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Ready In:
2 cups




  • Using an electric mixer, beat at medium speed and cream the cream cheese until soft and fluffy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors blend, at the very least 60 minutes.
  • Serve cold with crackers.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Mrs. Christmas
    I love this recipe! I did add a few things to spice it up a little bit. (1 Tbsp sugar, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tsp orange zest). It turned out fantastic - and beautiful. In the future, I will be making this for the holidays as often as I can! It was a huge hit at my mother-in-law's Thanksgiving dinner.
  2. Krista Roes
    Wonderful dip! My dried cranberries were quite large so I mixed the nuts, cranberries and cream cheese in the food processor. I added sliced green onions and used hazelnuts (just what I had on hand). Rave reviews! Thank you Marg.
  3. Ginny Sue
    I made this ahead of time and let it refrigerate overnight. This was just okay; I guess I prefer appetizers that are savory instead of sweet. I used the leftovers as a spread on bagels for breakfast, which I preferred more.
  4. brendice
    Wonderful dip! Made for Christmas Eve and will definitely make again.
  5. CookieMonster2323
    This was such a hit at a work potluck. Everyone seemed to think that the orange juice concentrate was lemon. I'd probably tone down that flavor a bit for my own personal taste, but not for the others-as they absolutely couldn't get enough of it! As others have said too, the presentation is gorgeous! I liked the textures too! Fabulous! Thanks!


With the changes to the email notifications and removal of private messaging, I am no longer able to respond to questions about my recipes. Yet another feature change that has made the website less user friendly. It's sad to watch a fantastic site deteriorate over the years. Some of my recipes are on my blog.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes