SAUCES AND SPREADS: Homemade Cranberry Jam, Brie and RITZ Crackers for the Holidays

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I love the holidays! It is a time to celebrate with family and friends. This year E and I will be spending Chanukah with his extended family. Good times and good food will be had by all. For every function we attend, E and I try to bring an snack or appetizer. This year I have been doing ALL of our holiday food shopping at Walmart. They have such amazing prices! I picked up some RITZ Crackers because they are our favorite. Who doesn’t love the crunch and buttery goodness of fresh RITZ Crackers?!

Cheese and crackers are such a classic combination. I wanted to put my holiday twist on cheese and crackers by topping my RITZ Crackers with some homemade cranberry jam and brie cheese. The cranberry jam can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator which is a HUGE timesaver. To serve my holiday cheese and crackers, I laid the crackers out in the shape of a Menorah in honor of Chanukah. Why not make it a little more festive!

Scroll down for the recipe and glamour shots of my RITZ Crackers Menorah!

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Fresh Cranberries, 1 bag

Sugar, 1/2 cup

Water, 1/3 cup

RITZ Crackers, 1 sleeve

Light Brie Cheese, sliced


  1. In a small saucepan mix the fresh cranberries, water and sugar together. Bring to a boil and then turn to low. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Once thickened, remove from the heat and allow to the jam cool.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Once you are ready to serve, place your RITZ Crackers on a tray.
  5. Top each of the RITZ Crackers with a spoonful of cranberry jam and a slice of brie.
  6. Serve immediately!


  1. December 14, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Oh wow! I am going to have to try this one out. It looks delicious!

  2. December 14, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I love Ritz crackers and this looks yummy! I even have a cranberry sauce that would work 🙂

  3. December 14, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    These look delicious! I love Ritz crackers!!

  4. December 14, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Not going to lie, I would easily eat 20 of these babies. They look SO incredibly yummy and so easy to make. I love ritz too!

  5. December 14, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    OMG I want this now!! What an awesome idea!!?!? Love Ritz crackers!!

  6. December 14, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love finding small snack recipes like this <3

  7. December 14, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    These look super simple but super yummy!! My favourite kind of recipe 🙂 I’ve never had cranberry jam, I recently made a cranberry sauce that was amazing so I bet this jam is just a thicker version and just as delicious!
    If you wanted to check my blog and the cranberry sauce out here is my url
    p.s. Ive pinned this to my christmas | food board 🙂

  8. December 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    This looks so delicious! What a great holiday appetizer. I don’t think I could stop myself either if they were in front of me!

  9. Nicole Fuentes
    December 14, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I love Ritz! They remind me of my childhood so much! This looks yummy.
    xx, Nicole

  10. December 14, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    This looks like such an easy and fun appetizer to make for any party! I love how you can make it ahead as well, huge time saver. Definitely going to give it a try 🙂

  11. December 15, 2016 / 4:37 am

    Yum! Those look and sound UHmazing! Unfortunately brie tastes like a dirty gym sock to me! lol All my friends and my husband love it though! Baked brie is at virtually every Christmas party we go to…I want to like it, I just can’t bring myself to get over that musty taste! 🙂

  12. December 15, 2016 / 8:07 am

    I love that these appetizers are simple to make, yet look festive and delicious! I think they will make a welcome addition to our Christmas Eve buffet. Thank you for sharing.

  13. December 16, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love love love ritz and cranberries!