Easy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy cheese log with cranberries and pistachios is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make!

 This festive cheese log can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect stress-free appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!  YAY for easy entertaining! and YAY for the best Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log!

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10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

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Cheese Log

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?!  I have all your scrumptious sides covered (click HERE to see them all in one place) so this has been the week of appetizers!  And I saved the best for l last.  My dear Readers.  I don’t beg often so you know I’m serious when I implore you to please make this Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log.  For you.  For your family.  For your guests.  Everyone will lovoooooe you for it!

With the bustling holiday season upon us, this Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is your back pocket appetizer ace to sanity and deliciousness all entertaining season long!  It’s sophisticated and beautiful yet deceptively simple to prepare.  At the same time, it’s so crazy delicious everyone will crowd around until every last pistachio crumb has been licked off the plate.

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

Cheese Log Recipe

The outer coating of tangy, fresh cranberries and salty, crunchy pistachios paired with the tangy, smooth and creamy herb spiked goat cheese is an indulgent, textural taste of heaven.  Drizzle it all with honey to enhance the flavors and balance the tangy cranberries and goat cheese then dig in with Crunchmaster crackers for even more textural bliss.

This Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log can be paired on a cheese plate with grapes, nuts, etc. or can stand alone served with crackers. It also is delicious spread on baguettes, burgers, muffins, etc. No matter how you serve this cheese log recipe, it will be a hit!

How to Make Cheese Log

Once you’ve picked up your Crunchmaster crackers and are ready to make your Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log, you can be serving your appetizer in no time!   To make, first pulse your fresh cranberries and pistachios in your food processor until chopped small. I have never seen a cheese log with chopped cranberries like this, and let me tell you, it’s divine and looks gorgeous!

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

Remove ½ cup of your chopped cranberries and pistachio to a medium bowl to make your filling.  Next add your goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and dried thyme, dried rosemary ground ginger, ground cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir to combine.   The fact that we are adding pistachios, cranberries and seasonings to the inside of the cheese log and not just to the outside means flavor through and through which equals maximum flaaaaaaaavor through and through.

The filling will be quite soft at this point, so we add it to a piece of plastic wrap and form into the shape of a log, wrap it up and freezer for 20-30 minutes until slightly firm however we still want it to be semi-soft so the coating will stick to it.

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

Next, sprinkle your chopped cranberries and pistachios onto a piece of parchment paper in a single layer square a little larger than the length of the cheese log.  Add the cheese log to the edge of the Coating and roll until evenly coated, pressing Coating into the cheese so it sticks.  Viola!  You’ve just made your impressively beautiful, festive, crave worthy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log!

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

Make Ahead Cheese Log

The cheese log can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap at this point and refrigerated for several days until ready to serve – love this, because, when it comes to holidays, appetizers are all about simplicity.  When ready to serve, remove the Cranberry Goat Cheese Log from the refrigerator about 15 minutes beforehand so it can soften and come to room temperature.  Drizzle generously with honey just before serving to compliment the tangy cranberries and goat cheese and serve with your Crunchmaster crackers.

And enjoy every rich, creamy sweet and savory crunchy bite with a subtle punch of flavor and a not so subtle punch of Oh. My. YUM.

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! And it can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party!

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Easy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log

10 Minute prep creamy, sweet and tangy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log is the EASIEST yet most impressive appetizer you will ever make! This festive goat cheese log can be made DAYS in advance so it’s the perfect stress-free appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party! 
Servings: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cranberry Pistachio Coating

  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup shelled roasted, salted pistachios

Cheese Log

  • 7-8 oz. goat cheese log or tub
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 tsp EACH ground ginger, ground cinnamon, salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Pistachio Coating mixture (in directions)

Garnish

  • honey

Instructions

  • Add cranberries and pistachios to your food processor and chop into small pieces (but don’t over-process). Remove ½ cup and add it to a medium bowl. Add all remaining Goat Cheese Log ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add this cheese mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap, and form into the shape of a log. Wrap in plastic wrap. Freezer for 20-30 minutes. We want the cheese log slightly firm so it holds its shape but is still soft enough for the Coating to be pressed into it.
  • Line counter with about a large piece parchment paper. Add Coating ingredients to parchment and spread into a single layer square a little larger than the length of the cheese log. Add cheese log to the edge of the Coating and roll in Coating (see photos) until evenly coated, pressing coating into the cheese so it sticks. The cheese log can be refrigerated at this point until ready to serve or serve immediately.
  • When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator 15 minutes beforehand so it can soften. Drizzle generously with honey just before serving. Serve with crackers.

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Notes

Don’t miss the “how to make” recipe video at the top of the post!
*I used Laura Chenel’s in the tub.

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68 Comments

  1. Mikayla says

    So I’ve made this and it was BOMB!! Seriously, this recipe is totally easy and SUPER DELICIOUS!! But…. I have a lot leftover. (I think I was planning to feed an entire football team‍♀️) What do you do with leftovers?! Do you think it would freeze? Please help.

    • Jen says

      Hi Mikayla, I’m so happy it was a winner! You can freeze leftovers but the texture won’t be as pleasing.

  2. Deb says

    Have you used dry cranberries instead?

    • Jen says

      Hi Deb, dried cranberries are sweeter and don’t have the same fun texture as fresh. I’m sure you could dry them but expect different results. Best!

  3. Graziella Benenati says

    What would you suggest in substitution of the cranberries, can’t find those here in Italy? Thx!

  4. Deb says

    Can I use all cream cheese? Will it affect the texture/flavor that much?

    • Jen says

      Hi Deb, yes you can use all cream cheese – just think cheese ball but in log form. It will taste like cream cheese and be less tangy than goat cheese so you may want to go lighter on the honey.

  5. Alexis says

    Hello!
    Can you think of a good substitute for the goat?

    • Jen says

      Hi Alexis, you can use all cream cheese – just think cheese ball but in log form. It will taste like cream cheese and be less tangy than goat cheese so you may want to go lighter on the honey.

  6. Pat says

    For the log: is the honey added to the bowl with the other ingredients or is the honey only used for the drizzle?

    • Jen says

      Both. You will add 2 tablespoons honey to the bowl and then drizzle the final cheese log. Enjoy!

  7. Jewels says

    For the cranberries. Can you tell me if these cranberries come in a jar or in bag? Can you explain cranberries more? I’m clueless when it comes to them.

    • Jen says

      Hi Jewels, cranberries come in a bag and will be located with the fresh produce. If you can’t find them, I would ask someone for help. Good luck!

  8. Aimee says

    Can this be made and frozen a couple weeks before being eaten? Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Hi Aimee, I haven’t personally tried it, but in theory, it should be able to be frozen for two months.

  9. Frelynda m Matthews says

    Can I substitute marscapone or feta(nongoat milk) for the goat cheese?

    • Jen says

      I would use cream cheese rather than mascarpone or feta. You can, however, add some feta to the cream cheese. Enjoy!

  10. BARBARA SCHOON says

    MY DAUGHTER MADE THIS FOR THANKSGIVING. IT WAS WONDERFUL. I’M MAKING IT FOR XMAS.

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thanks so much Barbara!

  11. Janet says

    What can you substitute the honey with?

    • Jen says

      Hi Janet, you could try pure maple syrup.

  12. Melissa says

    Hi! Any sub for the pistachios ? I have an allergy in the family!

    • Jen says

      Pecans would be my second choice. Good luck!

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