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Spicy Baked Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip

This delicious baked pepper jelly cheese dip is an easy appetizer and a crowd pleaser! You can whip this yummy dish up in 20 minutes or less.

The baked pepper jelly dip has a cheese base with sharp cheddar cheese and blended cream cheese. Fresh green onions are added in for an extra pop of flavor. This dish bakes in 15 minutes and it topped with warmed pepper jelly.

This dip is one of my favorites to serve at a party! The warm cheese and pepper jelly are a fantastic combination. I love to serve mine with crisp white wine and crackers topped with sea salt.

Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip

What is Pepper Jelly?

Pepper jelly is a sweet and spicy jelly made primarily from peppers, typically hot peppers like jalapeños or habaneros, combined with sugar, vinegar, and pectin. It’s often used as a condiment or glaze, adding a delightful balance of heat and sweetness to dishes. Pepper jelly can vary in heat level depending on the type and amount of peppers used, making it versatile for different tastes and recipes. It’s commonly paired with cheeses, crackers, meats, and even incorporated into sauces or dips to add a zesty kick.

Can you make your own Pepper Jelly?

Yes you can! We have a great recipe for pepper jelly that we have been using for years.

The recipe is simple to follow and make!

  • Just put your peppers through a food processor
  • Boil the processed peppers with the grape juice and sugar.
  • Add the Certo and lemon juice and boil another minute.
  • Done and ready to skim and load into your hot, sterilized jars.
  • Water bath 10 minutes.

Click here for the Pepper Jelly Recipe

Ingredients For Baked Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip

Wine pairings to serve with the Baked Pepper Jelly Cheese dip

I’m always serving this dip at parties. This dip is perfect to compliment a charcuterie board or a variety of delicious wines. Here are a few wine pairing suggestions to serve with this dip:

  1. Riesling: A slightly sweet Riesling can balance the heat of the pepper jelly while also enhancing the sweetness of the dish.
  2. Gewürztraminer: This aromatic wine offers floral and fruity notes that can harmonize with the spiciness of the dip while providing a touch of sweetness.
  3. Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: A light and crisp Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the cheese while not overwhelming the flavors of the dip.
  4. Sparkling Wine/Champagne: The effervescence and acidity of sparkling wine or Champagne can cleanse the palate between bites, making it a refreshing choice to enjoy with the creamy cheese and spicy jelly.
  5. Rosé: A dry or slightly off-dry rosé with fruity notes can complement the flavors of the dip while offering a refreshing and versatile pairing.
  6. Zinfandel: A fruity and spicy Zinfandel can stand up to the bold flavors of the pepper jelly while also complementing the richness of the cheese.
  7. Syrah/Shiraz: A medium to full-bodied Syrah or Shiraz with peppery and spicy notes can complement the heat of the pepper jelly while adding depth to the pairing.
  8. Off-dry Sparkling Wine: An off-dry sparkling wine, such as a demi-sec Champagne or a sweeter Prosecco, can balance the spice of the pepper jelly while providing a refreshing contrast.

Choose a wine based on your preference for sweetness, acidity, and body, and consider offering a variety to cater to different tastes among your guests. Enjoy experimenting with different pairings to find the combination that suits your palate best!

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Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip
Yield: 20

Spicy Baked Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious baked pepper jelly cheese dip is an easy appetizer and a crowd pleaser! You can whip this yummy dish up in 20 minutes or less.


  • 16 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 8.5 oz pepper jelly


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a medium bowl blend softened cream cheese until smooth
  3. Add in the shredded cheese, seasonings, and green onions
  4. Mix until smooth
  5. In a small oven safe dish (I used a 9 inch glass pie plate) add the cheese dip
  6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes
  7. Place the pepper jelly in a microwave safe container and mocrowave for 30 seconds.
  8. Spread the warmed pepper jelly over the baked cheese dip.
  9. Garnish with additional green onions
  10. Serve while warm and enjoy!

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