No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Food,Fruit,Recipe

I like food that teases all the senses. In order to create new recipes, I must play with my food. That’s something my mother always said to me as I tried to spread the foods I didn’t like all over my plate. I can hear her now…

“Don’t play with your food. Just clean your plate and you can go play.”

I think that I’m patient now because I spent too much time not “cleaning” my plate. I used to sit at the table forever hoping that the food would magically disappear. It never did disappear, but I discovered a few creative ways to help it get off my plate without any of it going in my mouth.

Well, I don’t have a problem eating my food any more and I think it’s because I get to play with it!

So I have spent time playing with cranberries and discovered you can do so much more than just see them in a funny jellied shape. The little berry is quite tart, but if you add other sweet or spicy ingredients to them, you’ll always have a delightful recipe bursting with mouthwatering flavor.

The pink color makes my No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread look dainty, but it is delicious and very cleansing to the palate. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread

This is an easy, bright, festive and delicious spread
that is great for any meal,
used with crackers as an appetizer
or as cute jar gift for the hostess of a party.

Place fresh cranberries in a colander and rinse under cold water.
Shake dry or pat dry with a paper towel.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - cranberries

Finely chop cranberries using a food processor or manually with a sharp knife.
The key is that they are FINELY chopped.
No, I wasn’t yelling, just stressing that the cranberries should be chopped quite fine.
(hee hee)
Add the cranberries to a pan.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - chopped

Add sugar to the cranberries.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - sugar

Look at the sugar flowing down the mound of FINELY chopped cranberries.
Doesn’t it look like snow?
No, really!
It looks like icy snow.
Alright, I will get back to the recipe.
I just love snow.
(twinkle in eyes while thinking about snow)

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - add sugar

Add butter and turn the heat on low.
At first there will be lots of liquid,
but it doesn’t take much time before it cooks off.
Make sure that you stir often and don’t leave it unattended for long
because it is drying out and will burn quickly.
I’ve never burned it.
You will have just enough time to prepare the other ingredients
between all the stirrings of the cranberry mixture in the pan.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - cook cranberries

Rinse the black grapes under running, cold water.
Go ahead and eat a few.
I know you want to do it.
I did too.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - grapes

Coarsely chop the grapes and add to a bowl.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - chop grapes

Chop the walnuts –

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - walnuts

Chop the pineapple

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - pineapple

and orange peel

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - orange peel

and add to the bowl.
I think you are getting the hint.
Are you still checking and stirring the cranberries?

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - orange and pineapple

Add the coconut.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - coconut

No moisture is left in the cranberries.
Sure is a pretty shade of red!

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - dried cranberries

After the cranberry mixture has been cooked until
it is dried out and cooled,
add it to the ingredients in the other bowl.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - ingredients

I love the striking contrast between the bright red cranberries
and the very white cream cheese.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - cream cheese

With the back of a large spoon,
gently mash the ingredients into the cream cheese.
Just keep folding over the mixture
and mashing over and over again.
Eventually it will be well combined
and you can gently stir it.
Do not use a mixer or all the grapes will fall apart.
Just manually stir the mixture gently.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - mash to combine

Now it is time for the tantalizing and teasing to begin.
Slather butter on some fresh bread that has been toasted and is piping hot.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - toasted homemade bread

Spread the No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread on the toast.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - tease

Isn’t it a happy pink color?
Imagine having this greet you at breakfast.
It is saying, “Good morning! You look lovely! It’s going to be a great day!”
Of course your food talks to you!
Doesn’t it?
Mine talks to me all the time.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - tempt

Because you listened to me when I said “FINELY chop” everything,
each bite offers an assortment of flavors
that have blended to perfection.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - so yummy

It is very hard to take pictures since it is screaming for me to eat it.

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - so smooth

I’m going to oblige.
(look of satisfaction on my face)
This is so yummy.
I’m not selfish.
Would you like a bite?

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread - take a bite

No Bake Cranberry Walnut Fruit Spread


1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped super fine
1 tablespoon butter
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup coarsely chopped black, seedless grapes
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup candied/dried pineapple, chopped fine
1/4 cup candied/dried orange peel, chopped fine
1/8 cup coconut, shredded


Slowly heat cranberries, sugar and butter until sugar dissolves and all moisture is cooked away. When finished, set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, grapes, walnuts, pineapple, orange peel and coconut with cooled cranberry mixture by mashing them together with the back of a spoon. After mostly incorporated, stir by hand to ensure mixture is completely combined. Do not use mixer or the grapes will fall apart.

Easy to spread at room temperature or thoroughly chilled. This recipe is fantastic on warm toast, bagels or homemade rolls and served at any meal. The spread is smooth, creamy and tastes absolutely divine.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stéfan November 24, 2011 at 5:03 am

Wow – how delectable does this look? I must try this great recipe. Thanks for sharing it.


2 mergie November 29, 2011 at 6:01 am

I just printed this & am going to try this. I can taste it already. Mmmmmm


3 emmiemears November 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Lovely! I can't wait to try this with my husband. We are both foodies and love trying new things. For brunch Monday (our only day off together), I made an asparagus and roasted tomato frittata with bacon and hashbrowns with cracked pepper. Delicious!


4 Yona December 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Wow – this looks really good and the pictures from the entire process looks tasty too!

Stopping by from Favorite Things Thursday.


5 Cheryl Roth December 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi, your food photos are delicious. Lots of good stuff here. I just stopped by from the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Following you with GFC and LIKED your FB page too. Maybe I'll look you up on Blog Frog as well. I have 2 blogs but I linked up today with Create A Beautiful Life. Hope you can follow back. Cheryl


6 Katherines Corner December 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

okay this is absolutely drool worthy!thank you for sharing and for linking to Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop at Katherines Corner. Merry Christmas Hugs!


7 Terra December 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Wow, I love each element of the dip, they sound perfect together! It looks fantastic:-) Take care, Terra


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