This festive cream cheese-based dip is studded with fresh cranberries and toasted pecans. Lightly sweetened, this is the perfect dip to include on a Christmas charcuterie board or appetizer spread.

Pecan-cranberry dip: A festive, pretty dip that's easy and cheap to make!

This dip has it all:

  • It’s pretty and festive (look at that pink color!)
  • It only calls for 5 ingredients
  • It’s a breeze to mix up
  • It’s budget-friendly (less than $5.00 to make)

It also tastes great.

It’s slightly sweet, and full of tart cranberries and crunchy toasted pecans.

While you don’t have to toast the pecans, you should. It adds a lot of flavor.

Recipe tip: You can use cream cheese or the lower calorie option, neufchatel cheese. 

Pecan cranberry dip: A 5-ingredient dip that's easy to make - and perfect for the holidays!

Make It Gift-Worthy

This pecan-cranberry dip makes a great budget-friendly gift.

Make a batch of this dip, put it in a glass jar, include some crackers or pretzels, and put it in a gift bag. Voila!

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Pecan cranberry dip: A 5-ingredient dip that's easy to make - and perfect for the holidays!

Pecan Cranberry Dip

Yield: 1 1/4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

It's not necessary to toast the pecans, but I highly recommend. It adds so much great flavor!


  • 8 ounce cream cheese (or neufchatel cheese) at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 scant teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Toast pecans (optional): Heat oven to 320F. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  2. Roughly chop cranberries and pecans.
  3. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until incorporate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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