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Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce

Use up leftover cranberry sauce and make this super simple recipe for Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce. Perfect for dipping with pretzels, on a cheese board, or even on meat.

Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but the one leftover I always have a lot of is cranberry sauce. No matter how many guests I have I still have a good 2 cups leftover. I love to mix in leftover cranberry sauce into turkey salad or top on baked turkey sliders (a new favorite, that I’ve yet to blog about but will blog about in the coming year)! But this my friends, this recipe for Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce is probably one of my new favorites. This dip reminds me of those jarred sauces you find in the deli section or at a fancy food specialty store. Now, I’m able to make that same great tasting dip at home!

Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce

How do you make Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce?

This is one of the easiest dipping sauces you’ll ever make. I grab a large bowl and a whisk. Then combine the cranberry sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard. Quickly whisk it together until it’s all combined!

Will Jelly Cranberry Sauce work for this recipe?

No! You need the smooth homemade cranberry sauce. The canned jelly version won’t work for this recipe. You need the smooth sauce so you can combine the other ingredients into a dipping sauce.

Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce is Dairy and Gluten Free!

Yes, you read this right. This sweet but tangy dipping sauce is both Dairy Free and Gluten Free. This means you can entertain without worrying about your guests with allergies! *Remember to grab gluten free pretzels if someone has a gluten allergy!

Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce

How long is Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce good for?

I like to say 3-5 days tops in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. I have yet to try freezing this sauce. So when I do, I’ll update this post to let you know if freezing the sauce will work or not. I would imagine it will, but not confident enough to say yes, until I test it.

What pairs well with Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce?

My family and I love to dip pretzels in this sauce. But we have also used this on the side of our charcuterie board to top on goat cheese and crackers. I’ve also used this sauce to create a decadent cranberry mustard pork chop! Hopefully, I’ll share that recipe with everyone by the end of this year. Another idea I’ve had is topping it on a baked brie–another recipe I’ve dreamed of but have yet to give it a try!

If you have extra cranberry sauce and not sure what to do with it. I hope you’ll whip up this simple 5-mimute dipping sauce to enjoy with your family and friends! No one will ever know that this was once holiday cranberry sauce.

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Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes



  1. In a large bowl, mix together the homemade cranberry sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard. Mix with a whisk until brown sugar has disolved (about 1 minute). Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

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One Response to “Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce”

  1. Lyla Hassan posted on December 10, 2018 at 12:06 am (#)

    Such an amazing dipping sauce…Will taste great along with bread and other ingredients of your choice 🙂

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