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Cranberry Jalapeño Jam Appetizer

Cranberry Jalapeño Jam is made from of spicy jalapeño and cranberry. This Cranberry Jalapeño jelly cream cheese appetizer is one of our favorite appetizers served during the holidays.  And it’s an cranberry pepper jelly recipe.

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If you are looking for a simple way to entertain this year we have a suggestion for you.  You can serve this Cranberry Jalapeño Jam over cream cheese alongside gourmet crackers for holiday parties.  These jars of jam are made ahead of time and you can keep them in your pantry for a quick appetizer.
We don’t know about you but the holidays are a rushed time of the year for us,  we are caught up in a whirlwind of attending and hosting parties, having friends drop over and enjoying family dinners.
It’s also the time of the year when it’s so important to make moments into special memories and to make each event special, but these goals come with a price such as stress.
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We do have a little solution for you today that should help relieve some of that pressure and hopefully take away a great part of the stress when you might need a quick appetizer or a dish to take to a family dinner.
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This Cranberry Jalapeño Jam recipe makes 4 jelly jars (1/2 pints) of spicy cranberry pepper jelly.  It should get you through the holidays in style since each jar is enough to make two Jalapeño jelly cream cheese appetizer plates.

How to Serve this Cranberry Jalapeño Jam:

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Serve by spooning this jelly over an 8oz block of cream cheese and garnish with gourmet crackers.  Just  by keeping a few blocks of cream cheese in the fridge, you will always be ready.   It’s perfect for an impressive appetizer for drinks with friends, or a great addition for a potluck party or just watching holiday movies with the family.


Fresh Cranberries and limes
If you have never made jam, no stress there either, I promise, “pinky promise”.   The whole secret is grabbing a box of pectin (Sure-Jell) when you are picking up your cranberries, jalapeños, and limes.   Then you can follow a few simple steps and you will have jam in no time.

Scroll down for the printable cranberry pepper jelly recipe:

chopped jalapenos
You don’t have to do much chopping either, only the jalapeños.
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Leave the cranberries whole and add them into a pot along with the chopped jalapeños and limes.  Then boil them in apple cider vinegar and water.   And follow the steps below and you will have this awesome appetizer ready in no time. 
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You can store this gorgeous cranberry jalapeño jam in your pantry.     Then serve it over a block of cream cheese to make the best jalapeño jelly cream cheese appetizer.   Ok, this cranberry pepper jelly will not magically appear.  But with these few additional steps, your family and guests will believe it did.

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Print Recipe
4.92 from 12 votes

Cranberry Jalapeño Jam

Jam made from fresh cranberries and jalapenos to serve over cream cheese as an appetizer
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Jalapeno Jam
Servings: 20
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Prepare 4 (1/2 pint) jelly jars with their lids by placing them in boiling water and allow to simmer while making the jam. 
  • Add cranberries, jalapeños, lime juice apple cider vinegar, and water in a medium saucepan bring to a boil
  • Continue to boil until cranberries burst
  • As the cranberries are cooking, crush with a potato masher and continue to boil
  • Add pectin and bring to rolling boil
  • Add sugar and bring back to a full rolling boil, boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat
  • Ladle into prepared 1/2 pint mason jars (jars and lids that have been simmering in boiling water for at least 10 minutes)
  • Wipe jar rims and cover with two-piece lids. Process jars in a hot water bath in canner pot for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely. After jars are cool, check seals to make sure they are sealed (as per instructions in pectin box)
  • To serve, spoon jelly over an 8oz block of cream cheese and serve with gourmet crackers.


This Cranberry Jalapeno Jam recipe makes four jelly jars (1/2 pints) of spicy jalapeno jam.  


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe Rating


Sunday 31st of October 2021

This is a great recipe. I like to serve the jam at Thanksgiving over the stuffing.


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Oh thats does sound good!

Tara Fuller

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I’ll make this today but without Pectin. When cranberries are cooked, they release high levels of pectin all on its own ? No pectin is healthier so it’s a win-win. It makes multiplying the recipe a breeze too! If it’s less than 5 stars, I’ll report back but I can already tell it’s going to be delicious with additional peppers because I like spicy ?


Friday 30th of October 2020

Hi Evelyn! Thanks for a great recipe with smaller measurements! (4) half pints is exactly how many I wanted, as I just had the one bag of cranberries. I used 3 jalapenos and one Serrano and it came out perfect for my spice level. And I came out with just a little extra to put in my fridge. My go to recipe from now on!


Thursday 5th of November 2020

How sweet you are for letting me know. We are so glad you enjoyed it!


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

This cranberry jam was a huge hit. I served it first over cream cheese with crackers as suggested in the description. My husband loved it so much he decided to use it as a glaze over a stuffed pork loin (stuffed with spinach, feta, and garlic then seared and smoked on grill). I would like a little more heat from the peppers so I may try it with a hotter pepper next time. I can't wait to try it as a spread on a turkey sandwich. I highly recommend this recipe. Very easy to make.


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Oh that makes our hearts happy! It's so special and kind when one lets us know they enjoyed one of our recipes. Yes this is the time of the year to have this on hand. I have never tried it on pork before,love this idea and also the Turkey sandwich.Sounds like a must try! Thanks so much for this so kind comment.


Monday 19th of October 2020

Can this recipe be doubled?


Monday 19th of October 2020

Usually it's not a good idea to double any jelly or jam recipe using pectin. It's best to just make the recipe twice.