Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log Recipe (2024)

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This Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log recipe has tons of flavor, texture, and it looks gorgeous. The green and red make it perfect holiday appetizer for your Christmas parties, and it’s so easy to make!

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Are you looking for a delicious holiday appetizer that is easy to make but will still impress your guests? This Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log is the answer!

We love serving tasty appetizers when we’re hosting family and friends for Christmas. As you’re waiting for the turkey to finish, everyone can relax and enjoy a bite to eat.

How To Make A Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log

When you’re making this cheese log, be sure to use a good quality white cheddar. It will add a ton of flavor.

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Also, toasting your nuts first releases their oils, intensifies the flavor, and makes them extra smoky and crunchy.

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If you make this in advance, we suggest setting it out about 30 minutes before you serve it, which allows the cheese to soften and makes it easier for your guests to spread.

Some variations to this would be adding crumbled bacon, pine nuts, or any kind of fresh herb you like.

This cheese log is also delicious on turkey sandwiches, spread on tortillas for pinwheels, or as a dip along with pita chips and apples.

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Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log

This easy to make cheese log has tons of flavor, texture, and it looks gorgeous. It's perfect for Christmas parties.

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Course: Appetizer

Author: 5 Minutes for Mom

Ingredients

Cheese Log

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Coating

  • 1 green onion top only, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese, cheddar, cranberries, walnuts, green onion, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Mix until well combined.

  • Using the same spoon, roughly form it into a log shape, and place the bowl in the refrigerator. It doesn't have to look perfect at this point. You'll be able to manipulate it when you add the coating.

  • To make the coating, spread the green onions, walnuts, and cranberries on a large bowl or plate.

  • Remove the cheese log from the refrigerator, and pick it up with your hands. Place it directly on the plate with the coating, and roll it to coat all sides. Most of the topping will stick immediately, but you can use your hands to press on any that falls off, filling in the bare spots.

  • Gently pick up the log, and place it on your serving platter.

  • Sprinkle additional cranberries, walnuts, and green onions around the platter for garnish.

  • Serve with crackers, pita chips, or sturdy veggies (like carrots and celery).

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Your party guests will love this cheese log appetizer. Happy Holidays!!!

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More Christmas Recipes

Try these tasty holiday recipes with your family…

  • Make raspberry coulis for a festive topping on ice cream and other desserts.
  • Bake Christmas biscotti for a perfect afternoon snack.
  • Mix up a batch of tastychocolate Christmas cookies.
  • Learn how to make eggnog.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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9 Comments

  1. Monty says

    Made this last year, and everyone at my work loved it. I’m making it again, because it’s that AWESOME!

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  2. Hayaat.pk says

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    I am amazed after reading this article and will rate this 10 / 10.

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  3. Marham says

    Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log Recipe (12)
    I like the Many Thanks and Ultimate Dried Fruit, Chocolate and Nut Collection baskets.

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  4. MARIE MOODY says

    Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log Recipe (13)
    Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log… WOW! I’d get an award just remembering that title!!! hahaha~ My dad would’ve loved such a recipe if he were still here. So for him I shall try this recipe. Sounds really good. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS! HUGS

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