Warm Cranberry Compote on Whole Wheat Biscuits

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Whole wheat biscuits topped with The Laughing Cow White Cheddar spreadable cheese wedges,  tangy cranberry compote and a touch of fresh rosemary. 

There is nothing I like better than a really, really good cheese plate. From fontina to tallegio, from double cream brie to smoked gouda, it’s all good in my book. Your cheese plate should be balanced and well-rounded, with plenty of crackers, maybe a handful of grapes, for guilt appeasement.

Of course, your cheese plate should also be filled with The Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges. 

What does each scenario have in common? Beyond the deliciousness that will ensue, that is. The Laughing Cow spreadable cheese is, quite simply, delicious, creamy cheese with endless snack possibilities. With eight wedges per box, The Laughing Cow is perfect for entertaining crowds during the busy holiday season.

When it comes to hors d’oeuvres for a holiday dinner, though, it can be hard to choose something that will pair well with your festive meal without being too filling for your guests to leave room for turkey and stuffing.

Whenever I break out the big guns and do a cheese plate for guests, we wind up too full to properly gorge ourselves on the main course. That will not work for a holiday dinner.

Now, imagine a pre-dinner nosh where cheese is the hero, but it’s part of something greater than it is when it stands alone.

Cranberry compote is a nice way to usher in the holiday season and if you don’t want to make your own, it’s easy to find with the jam or preserves in your grocery store. In the event that you can’t find cranberry, raspberry is a nice substitute.


The cranberry compote is easy to make, with fresh or frozen cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon and if you’re feeling wild, a little bit of brandy.

I went a little wild with the liquids last time I made this, so my sauce turned out thinner than yours probably will, but whether it’s thick like a relish or thin like a sauce, the taste will complement The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar Flavor and the whole wheat biscuits, which should have a hint of sweetness to them.

These are the perfect way to do holiday snacking without filling up on too many noshes before a big meal. After all, you need to save room for dessert, too.


Warm Cranberry Compote on Biscuits
Recipe type: Small Plates & Snacks, Cooking for a Crowd
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Serves: 6-8
  • Warm Cranberry Compote
  • 1¼ cup fresh cranberries (or: substitute frozen)
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup brandy (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • zest of one large orange
  • 4 The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar Flavor spreadable cheese wedges
  • Whole wheat crackers or biscuits
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until cranberries are thoroughly coated.
  2. Cook until cranberries begin to pop, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened.
  3. Spread a thin layer of The Laughing Cow cheese over a savory biscuit or cracker (I like Carr's Whole Wheat Crackers).
  4. Top with a spoonful of compote and serve immediately.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Laughing Cow®. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in my opinion, the world would be a better place if we all ate more cheese.

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    November 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    This year I have been tasked with making the dreaded cranberry sauce. No matter how hard my mom and I have tried in the past it always turns out like crap. One of those annoying things because we know it should turn out awesome.
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    alexa - cleveland's a plum
    November 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

    when i saw this post on facebook i immediately swooned. and yes, i just printed this out.

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    November 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Oh I bet that is fantastic!

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    Daryl Callahan
    November 11, 2009 at 8:21 am

    that looks and sounds fantastic! AND an added bonus is how healthy cranberries are

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    November 11, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Normally I’m not a big fan of mixing fruit with savoury but I’m okay with cranberry and cheese for some reason. This looks delish!

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    November 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    This would be AMAZING on sweet potato biscuits!

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    November 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I have just recently rediscovered my love of all things cranberry. I ordinarily wouldnt attempt this but this year, I am!

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    November 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for stopping by again!! This looks great.

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    November 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    YUM! This looks absolutely fantastic.
    I didn’t like cranberries as a kid, but as an adult, I’m all about them and will happily eat them throughout this upcoming holiday season!

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    November 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    What perfect little appetizers, I would have a problem not spoiling my dinner with them though because I wouldn’t be able to stop at one or two!

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    November 10, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Mmmmmm this looks great! I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce with my turkey but jazzed up and with cheese sounds right up my alley:)

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