Appetizer Recipes: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log

Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster

My husband and I love visiting with friends and neighbors over the holidays and it seems like I am always scrambling to create a dish to bring to someone’s house or to feed to company.  During the holidays I try to keep a few basic ingredients in the house that will allow me to create an assortment of appetizer recipes with very short notice.  Since I have a bit of a cheese addiction, most of my appetizer recipes involve cheese of some sort.  I have just gotten into goat cheese in the last couple of months and while it can have a slightly strong flavor, cutting it half and half with cream cheese in the recipe mellows it out a bit.  This is an incredibly easy recipe to make and it will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week after you make it.  I got all of my ingredients at ALDI and I was really impressed with the selection they offered.

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 Appetizer Recipes Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log

Appetizer Recipes: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log


Yields 12

Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts-divided


  1. Place goat cheese and cream cheese in a food processor work bowl. Pulse several times until cheese is crumbled and slightly blended together.
  2. Add orange zest, honey, and dried cranberries to the cheese mixture. Pulse for 5 seconds, or until cheese mixture will start to form a ball.
  3. Remove cheese mixture from the work bowl and separate into two balls. Form each cheese balls into a log shape approximately 2x4 inches each.
  4. Place half of the chopped walnuts onto a piece of wax paper. Roll one goat cheese log over nuts, covering the entire surface of the log, gently pressing to assure they stick.
  5. Repeat with the other cheese log and nuts. Wrap the logs individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.

 Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ALDI. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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  1. Yum! that looks amazing!

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