Easy Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log Recipe

This festive cranberry pistachio cheese log combines the tangy flavor of goat cheese with the creamy texture of cream cheese, sweetened with honey and spiced with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, thyme, and rosemary. Rolled in a crunchy coating of chopped cranberries and pistachios, it’s a visually stunning and delicious appetizer perfect for any gathering. Here’s how to make it:


For the Cranberry Pistachio Coating:

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries: For a tart, fruity coating.
  • 1 cup shelled roasted, salted pistachios: Adds a salty crunch and festive color.

For the Cheese Log:

  • 7-8 oz. goat cheese: The base of the cheese log, providing a tangy flavor.
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened: Adds creaminess and helps bind the mixture.
  • 2 tablespoons honey: For sweetness and balance.
  • 1/4 tsp each ground ginger, ground cinnamon, salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary: A spice blend that adds warmth and earthiness.
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper: For a slight kick.
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Pistachio Coating mixture: To roll the cheese log in, creating a festive exterior.


  • Extra honey: For drizzling over the finished cheese log.


  1. Prepare the Coating:
    • In a food processor, pulse the fresh cranberries and pistachios until finely chopped. Be careful not to over-process; you want some texture for the coating. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture for the cheese log, and reserve the rest for rolling.
  2. Mix the Cheese:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and pepper. Mix until smooth and well combined. If using a tub of goat cheese, you might need to work it with a spatula or spoon to create a log shape before adding the spices and honey.
    • Stir in the reserved 1/2 cup of the cranberry-pistachio mixture until evenly distributed throughout the cheese.
  3. Form the Cheese Log:
    • Place the cheese mixture on a piece of plastic wrap. Using the wrap as an aid, form the cheese into a log shape. Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up if needed.
  4. Coat the Cheese Log:
    • Spread the remaining cranberry-pistachio mixture on a flat surface like a cutting board or baking sheet. Roll the cheese log in the mixture, pressing lightly to adhere. Ensure the log is evenly coated on all sides.
  5. Chill:
    • Wrap the coated cheese log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm. This step helps the flavors meld together.
  6. Serve:
    • Before serving, drizzle the cheese log with additional honey for an extra touch of sweetness. Serve with crackers, bread, or sliced apples and pears for a delightful appetizer.


  • Serving Suggestion: This cheese log pairs beautifully with a variety of crackers, crostini, or even vegetable sticks. Consider serving it as part of a cheese board with other cheeses, fruits, and nuts for a complete appetizer spread.
  • Make Ahead: You can prepare this cheese log a day in advance. Keep it wrapped in the refrigerator and add the honey drizzle just before serving.

Enjoy your easy cranberry pistachio cheese log, a show-stopping appetizer that’s as delicious as it is beautiful, perfect for holiday gatherings or any special occasion.

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