Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Appetizer

A Southern Classic!  Everybody loves this cream cheese and pepper jelly cracker spread!

To make it, spoon hot pepper jelly over softened cream cheese. Serve with crackers, pretzel thins, crisps or pita chips.

You can purchase pepper jelly at the grocery store. But homemade is so much better!

Tap for the step-by-step hot pepper jelly recipe 👉🏻

 Ingredients  ¼ cup hot peppers 1½ cup sweet peppers 6½ cups sugar 1½ cups vinegar  3 ounces liquid pectin

Equipment 6 half-pint jars water bath canner & rack jar lifter funnel ladle large measuring cup food processor gloves & mask large stock pot

Step 1

Sterilize jars, rings and lids.

Step 2

Wash and chop sweet and hot peppers.

Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands.

Step 3

Grind peppers in a food processor.

You may want to wear a face mask and gloves.

Step 4

Combine peppers, vinegar and sugar in large pan and boil for 3 minutes.

Step 5

Add pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring so it doesn't boil over.

Step 6

Remove from heat, let set for 5 minutes and then ladle into hot jars. 

Step 7

Leave a half inch of headspace in each jar and remove bubbles.

Step 8

Use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe down the rims of the jars.

Step 9

Add lids and rings to jars and adjust to fingertip tight.

Step 10

Place jars on a rack in a water bath canner and process (covered) for 10 minutes.

Turn off the canner, uncover and let jars sit for 5 minutes. Then, use a jar lifter to transfer jars to a cooling rack. Allow to cool and check seals after 24 hours.


You'll love this creamy and spicy appetizer! 🌶  Click below👇🏻 for more serving tips & ideas!