Cranberry Amaretto Chutney with Cream Cheese

Here we are in the 7th week of Christmas Treats. Crazy! Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and then, boom! December holiday season! Good thing we’re getting some baking done ahead of time, right?

This week I’m taking a little diversion from the baked goods I’ve been bringing you each week to share this delicious Cranberry Chutney recipe with you! My mom first shared this recipe with me several years ago. It is SO easy and oh so yummy! You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator and pull it out when you’re ready to serve. I normally serve it over cream cheese with crackers but I have also found it is delicious on its own too. I made this recently to bring to a PTO meeting and celebration after a successful school event. I was on the planning committee for the event and we all got together afterwards to enjoy some fun time together. This Cranberry Amaretto Chutney was a hit!

I like to buy cranberries this time of year from my local wholesale club. I can get a HUGE bag for less than $5 (which is almost what it costs from the grocery store!) And I keep them in the freezer to use year-round. They freeze beautifully!
Now on to the recipe:

Cranberry Amaretto Chutney with Cream Cheese
  • 2 – 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 C cranberries – fresh (or frozen)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 T +1 t lemon juice
  • ½ t of lemon rind
  • ¼ C amaretto
  • 1 T orange marmalade (I have subbed apricot jam before too and it's tasty!)
  1. Combine 2 C cranberries and sugar. Heat until it comes to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients(not the cream cheese). Let cool and pour over cream cheese block or you may spread cream cheese in a shallow dish and spread cranberry mixture over the top.
Sometimes I only use one block of cream cheese to serve. It just depends on the proportion of chutney to cheese that you like.

Also, even though the original directions call for you to stir the amaretto into the boiled cranberry mixture OFF the heat, I will bring it back to a boil so some of the alcohol cooks off. Just remember that if you will have children (or others who are alcohol averse) around who might be sampling this appetizer!

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need!

Don’t these frozen cranberies look so yummy?

Cranberry/sugar mixture just stirred–before heating!

Cranberry/sugar mixture at a boil!

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who are participating this week in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop… you’ll have no excuse of “I don’t know what to make!” And if you’re a blogger and want to join in on the fun, check out this post for the form to fill out to start baking along with us!


  1. says

    I made this last year for the first time and it was fantastic! I can’t wait to have it again. Yes – those frozen berries look so pretty! Happy to be part of your blog hop. Thanks for organizing each week :)

  2. says

    Amazing…what a combination of great flavors. I will definitely be making this over the holidays! Wish I would have found your hop earlier!!


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