Apricot, Cranberry, and Walnut Spread

Apricot, Cranberry, and Walnut Spread
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Apricot, cranberry, and walnut spread
A simple cheese spread for the road.

Often, when we’re out for the day (or longer, such as on our trip the past week), we pack a lunch to take along. We find it’s much faster and often better-tasting than trying to find a restaurant of some sort (No, fast food places are not restaurants. Why? Because they don’t serve anything that could be considered food.). This week, we knew we’d need something, so we decided to make up a quick cheese spread for sandwiches. Let us know what you think.

This is really simple: basically, chop, stir, and spread. From the ingredients, you can probably tell this is another 100% Scratchin’ It recipe, so you should change it to suit your tastes.

Apricot, Cranberry, and Walnut Spread

Yield: Enough for 2-4 sandwiches

Apricot, Cranberry, and Walnut Spread


  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 6)
  • 2 Tbs chopped dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbs chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 ounces cream cheese

Abbreviated Instructions

Place the chopped ingredients in a small bowl. Add about 2 ounces of cream cheese and stir to combine. If needed, add more cream cheese to make a spreadable consistency.


Ingredient discussion:

We made this from ingredients we had on hand. If we’d had other dried fruit or nuts, we might have used those, so mix it up and try your own combo. We give a range for the amount of cream cheese to use, so you can add enough to make it spread. And, we guess that you could probably make this in a food processor, but we wouldn’t bother. It’ll just be harder to clean than a bowl.

Procedure in detail:

apricots, cranberries, and walnuts
Just to give you some idea of how much of each ingredient we’re talking about.

Chop (if needed). If needed, place the dried apricots, dried cranberries, and walnuts on a cutting board and go to town with a sharp chef’s knife. Keep chopping until you get the pieces just the right size for you. Transfer to a small bowl.

adding cream cheese
You’ll probably want to add more cream cheese, but start with the lower amount listed.

Mix. Add about 2 ounces of cream cheese and stir. It’ll be difficult, especially if the cheese is cold. Work at it, until it’s evenly mixed.

Adjust. If it looks as if the pieces of fruit will fall out along with nuts when you try to spread it over bread, add more cream cheese and mix it in. Feel free to add a bit of S&P, too. There; perfect.

When you use this spread, either use bread that can stand up to a thick spread (no Wonder Bred — we deliberately misspelled bread, because it isn’t) or let the spread come to room temperature. Still, we think four stars.


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