Cream Cheese with Pepper Jelly

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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.

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.
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8 servings (¼ cup each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 176
5 from 16 votes

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
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    1. Hi Gramma, thank you for writing! I prefer to have the jelly cool so it spreads evenly over the cream cheese, but still hold some of it’s shape. I also recommend allowing the the cream cheese to soften some before serving, so it’s easier to spread. Take care! – Meggan

  1. Can you substitute green chilies jelly in place of the red pepper jelly? I vaguely recall attending a dinner party where the hostess served cream cheese with what I believe was green chilies jelly(?) over the cheese. It was quite good, but I can’t recall if it was green chili jelly! I simply remember it was green.

    1. Hi Mary Ann, absolutely! Green pepper jelly is similar to red pepper jelly, but typically uses green bell peppers and jalapeños instead of red peppers and habaneros. Take care! – Meggan