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I absolutely love finger food as appetizers.  For me the holidays are all about the appetizers and desserts.  That’s mainly because I have the habit of filling up on appetizers, like me Christmas Tree Pinwheels.  The best part about this Cranberry Dinner party appetizer is that they are perfect for a low key family Christmas to a formal cocktail party.  Plus, the flavors are absolutely divine together.  The cranberry is sweet while the cream cheese gives it a creamy finish.  The secret ingredient in these cranberry crackers is the horseradish.  Yep, you read that right.  Horseradish!  Zing and yum all in one bite size appetizer.  You’ll want to print this recipe for sure, but I’m not just sharing this recipe.  I’m also offering two $250 Amazon gift cards to give you a Last Minute Shopping Spree!

 Cranberry Dinner Party Appetizer

Dinner Party Appetizer
I’m pretty sure that aside from how amazing these taste, my favorite thing about them is that the cranberry topping gets made the day before and the assembly of the crackers takes five minutes.  I have a habit of trying to get my foods to match the theme of the party or get together.  These Cranberry crackers are perfect for Christmas, but would also work well for a Tasting Party similar to the one that I did in the Fall.

Cranberry Party Appetizer


Cranberry Dinner Party Appetizer
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family
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Serves: 12 – 14
A fun dinner party appetizer with a zingy cranberry topping over cream cheese on top of crackers.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 package {12 oz} fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons of horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon of whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 {8 oz} package of cream cheese softened
  1. Combine the water, sugar, brown sugar and cranberries and bring them to a boil.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring ocassionally so that the cranberries have popped and the sauce begins to thicken.
  3. Cool the sauce and then add the horseradish and Dijon mustard.
  4. Chill the sauce.
  5. Spread a layer of the softened cream cheese over each cracker and top with the cranberry sauce just before serving.

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9 thoughts on “Cranberry Dinner Party Appetizer & Last Minute Shopping Spree Giveaway

  1. JoeyfromSC says:

    I would love to win this!! I still have gifts for my brothers to buy & my Aunt! also a couple dear friends who have been so good to me this year..Thanks for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

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  5. Ann says:

    I would use it to buy things for the angels on the tree.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I already have my regular shopping finished, but I would buy items for my New Year’s Eve tasting party! I will definitely try these Cranberry Party Appetizers!

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    I would buy something for my husband or for the house. We focus on the kids for Christmas gifts and do nothing for ourselves.

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