This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see our affiliate policy.

Cream cheese with pepper jelly is a Midwestern delicacy, a beloved appetizer made from just 2 ingredients. It’s creamy, spicy, and sweet, and you’ll love it.

Pepper jelly poured over a block of cream cheese on a charcuterie board.

If you’ve never tried cream cheese with pepper jelly, you’re in for a real treat. And nothing could be easier! Open a block of cream cheese; open a jar of red pepper jelly. Pour the jelly on the cream cheese and serve with crackers.

It’s perfect on a charcuterie board, too! The combination of textures and flavors is absolutely delightful.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Cream Cheese with Pepper Jelly Recipe

Recipe ingredients

A block of cream cheese next to a bowl of pepper jelly

Ingredient notes

  • Pepper jelly: Make your own pepper jelly with 5 ingredients (red peppers, habañeros, sugar, vinegar, and pectin) or use store bought.

Red Pepper Jelly

Sweet and spicy, Red Pepper Jelly is one seriously delicious multitasker. It’s fantastic with any type of creamy cheese, works wonders as a glaze on salmon or pork, and adds a zesty kick to a…

12 hours 25 minutes
View Recipe

Instructions

  • In a serving dish, set the block of cream cheese. Top with pepper jelly and serve with crackers.
Pepper jelly poured over a block of cream cheese on a charcuterie board.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 8 servings, ¼ cup each (assuming 2 ounces cream cheese and 2 ounces pepper jelly).
  • Storage: This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made.

Recipe FAQs

Is cream cheese good with jelly?

Yes! If you don’t love the sweet and spicy heat of red pepper jelly, cream cheese is also delicious with strawberry or apricot jelly.

Can you buy pepper jelly?

Pepper jelly is available at many national grocery stores including Walmart, Kroger, and Whole Foods. Look for brands like Stonewall Kitchen, Reese’s, or Tabasco brand.

Midwest Charcuterie Board

A Midwest Charcuterie Board ripe with regional offerings is perfect for all-day grazing and parties with people you love. Make a few things, buy the rest, enjoy it all! I never met a charcuterie board…

20 minutes
View Recipe

More classic appetizers

Pepper jelly poured over a block of cream cheese on a charcuterie board.

Cream Cheese with Pepper Jelly

Cream cheese with pepper jelly is a Midwestern delicacy, a beloved appetizer made from just 2 ingredients. It's creamy, spicy, and sweet, and you'll love it.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 8 servings (¼ cup each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 176

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a serving dish, set the block of cream cheese. Top with pepper jelly and serve with crackers.

Notes

  1. Pepper jelly: Make your own pepper jelly with 5 ingredients (red peppers, habañeros, sugar, vinegar, and pectin) or use store bought.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 8 servings, ¼ cup each (assuming 2 ounces cream cheese and 2 ounces pepper jelly).
  3. Storage: This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made.

Nutrition

Serving: 2ozCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 381IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @CulinaryHill or tag #CulinaryHill!
Executive Chef and CEO at | Website | + posts

Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.

Culinary School Secrets
Pro-level tricks to transform your cooking!

You May Also Like

Questions and Comments

Thank you for your comments! Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST, excluding holidays. Comments are moderated to prevent spam and profanity.

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.