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Strawberry Cranberry Dip

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This incredibly good strawberry cream cheese dip is so good its almost dessert. Totally irresistible, this dip is packed with bold strawberry flavor paired with tart fresh cranberries. 

Simple ingredients and easy to make, Strawberry Cranberry Dip is not unique and different to serve up at a party, but the strawberry sauce smothered over a block of cream cheese is a food event in itself. 

We took our favorite dip for the season, our cranberry cream cheese dip recipe, and elevated it with strawberries!

dipping ritz cracker into cream cheese dip.

Why you will love making Cream Cheese Recipes!

Hands down, the best dips – The best dips are made with cream cheese.

From jalapeno cream cheese dip to the creamiest, most delicious bean dip recipe you will ever eat, cream cheese brings a smooth, filling, and restaurant quality taste to any dip recipe. 

Spreads or dip – Smothered blocks of cream cheese also make fantastic spreads for bagels, sandwiches and wraps, giving leftovers new life the next day. 

smothered cream cheese brick with strawberry and cranberry preserves.


  • fresh cranberries
  • strawberry preserves
  • granulated sugar
  • chopped pecans
  • cream cheese
  • butter crackers or pretzel chips for serving

How to make Strawberry Cranberry Dip.

  1. Add fresh cranberries, strawberry preserves, white granulated sugar and water to a saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium high until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, occasionally stirring, until berries pop open and get mushy about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let strawberry cranberry mixture stand for 15-20 minutes, occasionally stirring until room temperature.
making strawberry cranberry dip.
  1. Place one brick of cream cheese onto a serving platter and place a divot into the center with a spoon.
  2. Pour half the mixture on top of the cheese and serve with crackers, vanilla wafer cookies, and pretzel chips.
  3. Reserve the remaining block of cream cheese and strawberry mixture for a second appetizer.
strawberry cream cheese dip with cranberry sauce.

Serve Fruit Dip

This fruit dip is typically served with tough cookies or dippers like pretzels, graham crackers, or vanilla wafers.

Cream cheese can be a more solid dip; therefore, it’s a good idea to serve it with a mini condiment knife to help prevent crackers or cookies from breaking. 

This fruit dip also goes great with other fresh fruit, like fresh strawberries and sliced bananas. 

easy holiday appetizer with strawberries and cranberries.

Cranberry Appetizer Recipes

Cranberries are typical in a holiday appetizer. You can find some great choices, and this berry cranberry sauce is just one idea. 

For our holiday party, we serve cranberry brie bites and crustless cranberry pie

If you love cream cheese but want to make it even more special, try whipped feta cranberry dip instead (with this strawberry topping!). 

As far as the best cranberry sauce ever, we have that! Or, if you prefer – a spicer cranberry sauce recipe, we have that too. 

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Strawberry Cranberry Dip with Cream Cheese

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Strawberry preserves with fresh cranberries smothered over cream cheese is a perfect holiday appetizer dip that goes well with pretzles, crackers, and wafers.


  • 6 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 16 oz. cream cheese this is 2 blocks
  • serving crackers or cookies


  • Pull the cream cheese from the fridge and open the package. Leave on the counter at room temperature to naturally soften cream cheese from its hardened state.
  • Add fresh cranberries, strawberry preserves, white sugar, and water to a saucepan. Heat on medium high until boiling.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to pop open and get mushy, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove strawberry cranberry mixture from heat and let stand for 15-20 minutes, occasionally stirring until room temperature. This cools the mixture down so it doesnt melt the cream cheese.
  • Place 1 softened brick of cream cheese onto a serving platter and place a divot into the center with a spoon.
  • Pour half of the strawberry mixture on top of the cream cheese, top with pecans, and serve with crackers and pretzel chips. 
  • Reserve the remaining cream cheese block and berry mixture for a second appetizer. 


This recipe produces enough strawberry sauce for two bricks of cream cheese. 
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Please note that cream cheese rehardens back in the fridge, and you need to bring it back to room temp to serve easily without breaking chips/crackers. 
This dip is a sweet strawberry dip and goes well with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or strong chips like pretzles. Serving with a condiment knife is recommended for buttery crackers like Ritz to avoid a broken cracker.

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