Spread the Joy: An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients

Whip up this easy appetizer that requires just two ingredients. It comes together in less than 5 minutes, ideal for the busy holiday season and entertaining.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

Merry Thursday!

A party bite that’s also crowd-pleaser brings me joy, so I’m spreading the joy

and sharing a last-minute appetizer, ideal for holiday entertaining!

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

This cream cheese and pepper jelly is a tasty combo that you may have had before.

If you haven’t tried it let me introduce you!

To make this you’ll need an 8 oz. block of cream cheese and a jar of red pepper jelly.

Like a lot of things these days cream cheese can be harder to find due to supply chain issues.

You can substitute Neufchâtel for cream cheese, which has a lower fat content but is still tangy and creamy

or try this with goat cheese which is equally good.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

Public Service Announcement:

Do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of jars of red pepper jelly from the grocery or specialty food store!

I used a freezer jar from a batch of pepper jelly I made this summer, recipe to come.

If you’re not familiar with pepper jelly it has a bit of sweet heat that’s great paired with cheese.

We like pepper jelly with Thumbprint Cheese Wafers with Pecans and on Pimento Cheese Drop Biscuits.

It’s good mixed with maple syrup for Mini Chicken and Waffles Party Bites

and in  Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette on Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad.

It also tasty combined with Buffalo sauce for wings or party meatballs on game day.

 An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

Start by cutting block of cream cheese diagonally in half; arrange on serving platter

to form a triangle / tree shape.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

Alternatively just place your block of cream cheese without cutting, to make this in 2 minutes. :)

Spoon your pepper jelly over the cream cheese and you’re good to go, just add crackers!

Optional: I added a piece of celery for the tree trunk and cut

a star shape out of some red pepper for the top of the tree.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

These cute Christmas Tree Crackers are by Valley Lahvosh.

My sister found them for me at Sprouts Farmers Market in Georgia.

They’re available on the Valley Lahvosh website in case packs.

Click on the ‘where to buy’ tab at the bottom for

 a list of stores where you might find them.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

‘Spread the Joy’ spreader is from Willliams-Sonoma several years ago

but there are some by Towle available on Amazon, HERE.

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree Spread

Whip up this easy appetizer that requires just two ingredients. It comes together in less than 5 minutes, ideal for the busy holiday season and easy entertaining.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, christmas tree, cream cheese, easy, pepper jelly
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. brick of cream cheese or Neufchatel
  • 10.5 oz jar red pepper jelly

Instructions

  • Cut block of cream cheese diagonally in half; arrange halves on serving platter to form triangle and make tree shape.
  • Spoon 3/4 - 1 full jar of pepper jelly over cream cheese. Serve with crackers.
  • Optional: Cut star out of a yellow or red pepper with star-shaped cookie cutter; place at top of tree. Place a piece of celery at the base of the tree for trunk.

Antipasto Skewer Christmas Wreath #appetizer #easy #christmas

If you’re looking for other easy appetizers, try an Antipasto Skewer Christmas Wreath!

Easy to put together in 20 minutes with a trip to olive / antipasto bar at your grocery store.

Spinach Tortellini Appetizer Wreath #appetizer #easy #christmas

Or a Spinach Tortellini Appetizer Wreath

A 10-minute appetizer using tortellini from the refrigerator section of the grocery store.

Serve with marinara for dipping.

Cream Cheese Red Pepper Jelly Christmas Tree! An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

Find 30+ Season’s Eatings Recipes for Holiday Entertaining with recipes for

appetizers, cookies, cocktails, food gifts and more,  HERE.

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Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Bite! ♥

 An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients. #appetizer #easy #christmas

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  24 comments for “Spread the Joy: An Easy 5-Minute Appetizer with Just Two Ingredients

  1. franki Parde
    December 23, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Oh, my…I already had all of this “out” last nite…today’s lunch accompaniment!! We luv it…must make a star…franki

  2. Cindi
    December 23, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Thank you for so much enjoyable reading, amazing pictures and great ideas throughout the year! Peace!

  3. December 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Clever cutting trick for the tree shape! Merry Christmas Mary-enjoy:@)

  4. Aquietlife
    December 23, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Looks darling, love the crackers! In CA there is a cream cheese shortage, you are ahead on this one!

  5. December 23, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Very cute Mary, I love the celery tree trunk! Merry Merry!
    Jenna

  6. Tricia Dominguez
    December 23, 2021 at 10:35 am

    What a wonderful recipe, Mary!! A quick appetizer for company, family, or myself! You are so creative. Thank you for sharing with all of us

  7. NAZARIA S SALINAS
    December 23, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you Mary for this wonderful recipe. I have all the ingredients in my fridge. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. December 23, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Mary, I had this app Monday night when I had dinner guests. It is one of my faves. I was glad I had cream cheese in my refrigerator because it is very hard to find here. Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

  9. Betsy
    December 23, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    This is one of the items I keep on hand during the holidays in the event someone drops by unannounced with a gift or to say hello. It’s a quick pull-together appetizer that everyone enjoys. Love the idea of forming it in the shape of a Christmas tree!

  10. December 23, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    So easy and so cute. Thanks for sharing your festive app. Merry Christmas.

  11. Ethel Alderson
    December 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Where can I purchase the star garland???
    Happy holidays

    • December 24, 2021 at 5:19 am

      Hi Ethel, The stars are mini LED lights, you can find some HERE. Happy Holidays to you!

  12. December 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I like your idea of how to cut the tree from your block of cream cheese. I’ve been giving jars of my red pepper or my jalapeño jelly as gifts, along with crackers and cream cheese. Merry Christmas to you! 🎄❤️🎄

  13. Barbara Zuleski
    December 24, 2021 at 2:12 am

    So many thanks, I will serve this Christmas Day….. May you and your family have a wonderful Holliday. Many blessings to your sweet pups too.

  14. December 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Just stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas, have loved everything you
    have shared since day one, happiest of days to you and your family.

    • December 24, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you! Wishing you, Scott, the girls and your kitties the Merriest! ♥

  15. Ricki Treleaven
    December 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    It sounds delish, and I truly love the presentation. Merry Christmas, Mary!

  16. December 24, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Holy moly, we had this at my sister-in-law’s for Christmas Eve lunch and it was devoured! Guys and gals both loved it. I love how you cut the cheese (lol). Merry Christmas, Mary.

  17. December 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Mary, this looks simply delicious. Love your presentation too. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!
    Blessings, Cindie

  18. Virginia
    December 25, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Mary, Hope you had a Very Merry Christmas. I had a jar of green pepper jelly which I found recently when getting my fig preserves out to give as Christmas gifts. The green pepper jelly was left from last year. Fortunately I had cream cheese in the fridge so I copied your idea and make a tree. My trunk was a top from a green onion and I made a star from pomegranate arils. Thank you so much for this great last minute idea. Happy New Year to you, your husband and your little pups.

    • December 26, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Merry Christmas Virginia! Love the idea of the Pom arils for the star in contrast to the green pepper jelly! Wishing you and your hubby a Happy New Year. ❤️🎄

  19. Pinky
    December 25, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I have had this many times and it iS delicious. I like how you cut the tree shape! Hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas, mary.

  20. Linda
    December 26, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    I grew an abundance of peppers this year and therefore made an abundance of pepper jelly. I made up all kinds of pepper jelly gift baskets for friends and family. I wish I had read your post on how to make the cream cheese tree before I served my pepper jelly appetizer at Christmas. How simple, clever and festive! Not to worry – I pinned your post for next year. And I’ve been thinking about how I can shape the cream cheese for New Years. Thanks again Mary!

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