The ultimate savory-sweet addition to your winter cheese board! Homemade Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese is a vast improvement on store-bought varieties, which are often simply rolled in dried cranberries. This recipe features a cinnamon and orange infused cranberry sauce coating, and it’s utterly addictive!
This recipe is inspired by a log of cranberry cinnamon goat cheese that my friend purchased at East Village Cheese in NYC back in 2010. It was possibly a life-changing cheese experience! I really never would have thought cranberry and cinnamon slathered all over goat cheese would be so awesome! I have seen other “cranberry goat cheese” logs at grocery stores. The others are simply rolled in chopped dried cranberries, which is inferior to the version we had. Ours was basically coated in thick, cinnamon-infused cranberry sauce.
How to make Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese
I no longer live in New York City, so I decided to recreate this epic cheese myself. My version turned out great and was so easy to make. You’ll need to purchase a large log of goat cheese or chèvre. Trader Joe’s sells their goat cheese a lot cheaper than most supermarkets. Other stores typically sell the smaller logs of goat cheese for the same price that TJ’s sells the big ones. You will also need fresh or frozen cranberries, sugar, ground cinnamon, orange zest, and water. Simple as that!
Similar to any recipe for cranberry sauce, combine all the ingredients (minus the cheese) in a saucepan. Cook until the cranberries burst, and the sauce thickens. Cool completely before assembling.
Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface, and spoon about 1/2 cup of the cranberry sauce into a rectangle the length of the goat cheese (STEP 1 IN PHOTO). Then place the unwrapped log of goat cheese on top (STEP 2 IN PHOTO). Top with the remaining cranberry sauce and smooth over the entire surface (top and sides) as if you are frosting a cake (STEP 3 IN PHOTO). Finally, wrap the plastic wrap around the goat cheese to seal everything in (STEP 4 IN PHOTO). Refrigerate until about 30 minutes before ready to serve.
It can be a little messy to unwrap and serve without getting cranberry sauce all over the place. I suggest lifting it with 2 spatulas from the plastic wrap onto a serving plate. You can always smooth the cranberry coating back into place. If you’re less neurotic than I am, you can easily plop the log straight from the plastic wrap onto the serving platter, or use your hands (like a normal person). I’m just crazy 🙂
This is certainly addictive, and I have made it repeatedly over the years to great acclaim from friends and family. I hope you try this out, as it is an amazing flavor combination! Fresh cranberries are typically available in the weeks leading up to and through Thanksgiving and Christmas, but some stores like Whole Foods stock frozen cranberries through the winter. Both work in this recipe.
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Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese
- 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 11 ounce log goat cheese
- Crackers, for serving
- Add the cranberries, sugar, water, orange zest, and cinnamon to a medium saucepan and heat over medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about 8 to 10 minutes (or 15 to 20 minutes if your cranberries are frozen). The cranberries will pop, the mixture will foam and subside, and the sauce will get thick as the cranberries break down. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Spread about 1/2 cup of the thick cranberry sauce onto the plastic wrap, a bit longer and wider than the goat cheese log. Lay the goat cheese log on top of the cranberry sauce and spread more sauce over the top and sides of the goat cheese (much like frosting a cake). There should be about 1/4-inch thick layer of cranberry sauce over all the sides of the goat cheese. Wrap the plastic wrap around the cranberry-coated goat cheese log and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove the goat cheese from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving to allow the cheese to slightly soften and become easier to spread. Carefully unwrap the plastic wrap and serve the cranberry-cinnamon goat cheese with crackers.
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