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.

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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.

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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 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces red pepper jelly (see note 1)
  • crackers for serving

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
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