cranberry black pepper boursin recipe

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes8 Comments

Cranberry Black Pepper Boursin

When I show up at a party and someone has brought Boursin, my heart (and tastebuds!) do a little happy dance. There’s nothing better than the simple little pleasures of life… like creamy, light as a feather, melt in your mouth cheese. Those Boursin fellows sure nailed it with their slogan:

” Du pain, du Boursin, tout est bien.”

(Some bread, some Boursin, all is well.)

According to the Muppet Family Christmas special, Christmas is the time of year when we gather around with friends and family to wish each other peace on earth. While I actually take this time to reflect on the birth of Jesus, I am also reminded that the world is not at peace.

” Du pain, du Boursin, tout est bien.”

What if, instead of judging one another, we got together around some bread and cheese and just chatted? What if we took some time to imagine what life is like in another’s shoes? Maybe peace on earth is a lofty goal but maybe we’d get a little bit closer. How can you argue when you’re sharing delicious food?

” Du pain, du Boursin, tout est bien.”

At least my optimistic self can dream…. at the very least, if you dread the holiday family gatherings because drama always arises, then bring this cranberry black pepper Boursin recipe. It should bring even the craziest of families together.

Crushed Black Peppercorns


Why It’s A Smart Choice

The reasons are purely economical. For about the same price as a tiny puck of Boursin, you can make a giant tub of this homemade version!

Also, it’s a darn good copycat. And I don’t just say so myself. I brought it to a party but didn’t give it any introduction. Someone took a bite then looked at me and said… “hey! This tastes exactly like Boursin!”

Validation achieved.

Cranberry Black Pepper Boursin (5 of 5)

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter. 


Cranberry and Black Pepper Boursin Recipe

  • Author: Jessica Penner


A DIY spread that tastes precisely like the name brand!


  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lb ricotta (you can also DIY your own ricotta!)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, cut in smaller pieces
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Soften the cream cheese.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, sugar, ricotta, and milk until light and fluffy. If you have a whisk attachment, use this.
  3. Mix in the cranberries, black peppercorns, and salt.
Cranberry Black Pepper Boursin Cheese

Cranberry Black Pepper Boursin (4 of 5)


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