20-Minute Holiday Cranberry Dip Appetizer

Cranberry Dip Appetizer | Bloom in the Middle

Cranberry Dip Appetizer | Bloom in the Middle

I love everything about the holidays… sitting by the fireplace, fun holiday drinks, snuggling up watching movies, and most importantly posting up at the appetizer plate going to town on my favorite appetizers.

There are TONS of different appetizers your family might make. Brie cheese, meat balls, relish tray, the list goes on and on. One of my favorite appetizers is a super easy and delicious cranberry dip.

Now I know what some of you are about to say… oh ugh I hate cranberries! Canned cranberry that comes out looking like a soup can? No thanks. I am not the biggest cranberry fan out there, but I could eat an entire plate of this appetizer. So give it a chance, even if you don’t typically like cranberries!

Cranberry Dip | Boom With Claire

Cranberry dip served over cream cheese

Continue reading if you want to impress your friends and family with a simple, but delicious, holiday appetizer.

Cranberry Dip Appetizer

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12-15 people, great for parties

Cranberry Dip Appetizer


  • 1 Bag Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1/3 Cup Slivered Almonds


  1. Put your water & sugar into a pot and after they reach a boil, boil for 5 minutes. Do not stir!!
  2. Dump cranberries into your pot, and cook for 10 minutes on low-medium temp. The cranberries will burst, but be lumpy. All of them may not burst! Make sure to stir often.
  4. Remove pot from heat.
  5. Add in lemon juice, apricot and almonds. Mix all together and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  7. Serve on a block of cream cheese with crackers. I love it with Ritz! 🙂

I owe this recipe to my mom and Aunt Theresa who originally found this recipe on the back of a cranberry bag many years ago. Comment below with your favorite holiday appetizer!  ✨

Can’t wait to dig in!

20 Minute Cranberry Appetizer | Bloom with Claire

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