Appetizer/ Recipe

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

November 11, 2017 (Last Updated: November 4, 2019)

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Cranberry Jalapeno Bites – Bite sized appetizer with a bit of tart from the cranberries and a touch of heat from the jalapenos.

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites on a white plate.

I’m continuing with my puff pastry trend. First I made Easy Puff Pastry. Then I made Puff Pastry Pinwheels, Baked Brie, Cheese Straws and now Cranberry Jalapeno Cups.   

Puff Pastry in small muffin tins.

I used my homemade puff pastry, but you could also used purchased puff pastry. Just roll out the puff pastry, cut into two inch squares and put into a mini muffin tin.

These are prebaked and then are filled with  cream cheese, fresh cranberries and fresh jalapenos! It an amazing combination!  Of course, I do love jalapenos and cheese – remember these jalapeno poppers and this popper dip?

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites ready for the oven.

You can make these cranberry jalapeno bites a few hours ahead of time and serve at room temperature. They are also delicious eaten straight out of the oven.

A plateful of appetizers filled with cranberries and jalapenos.

What ingredients do I need to make Cranberry Jalapeno Bites?

  • Puff Pastry
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cranberries
  • Jalapenos

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites served on a buffet table.

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Cranberry Jalapeno Bites are a great holiday appetizer

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

Tart and spicy appetizer with cranberries and jalapenos
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 110 kcal


  • 1 puff pastry
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (chopped)
  • 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and finely diced)


  • Roll puff pastry into a 8" x 16" rectangle. If using store bought pastry, you might need to use two sheets. 
  • Cut pastry into two inch squares.
  • Place each square into a mini muffin tin. Push dough down so it lines the tin. 
    Puff Pastry Cups
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Poke down center of each pastry cup so the dough deflates. Return to oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  • While pastry is baking, place cream cheese in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Stir in cranberries and jalapenos.
  • Remove pastry cups from the oven. Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling in each cup. 
  • Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Bake filled cups for 15 minutes. 
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. 


Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 21mgVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 0.9mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword cranberry jalapeno and cream cheese, cranberry jalapeno appetizer
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

    5 stars
    Interesting combo of ingredients

  • Reply
    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    November 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

    5 stars
    We absolutely LOVE puff pastry too! These look delicious – and perfect for Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Puff pastry is kind of a magic ingredient! It is so versatile!

  • Reply
    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    November 15, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Puff pastry always makes such a great appetizer! I’m loving this jalopeno and cranberry combo. Saving this one to make over the holidays for sure!

  • Reply
    November 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    What an intriguing flavor combination! I’ve never tried cranberries and jalapenos together, but these bites look and sound wonderful! I love their simplicity.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    November 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    This will be a big hit in our house! Anything with puff pastry gets my vote!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    November 14, 2017 at 6:03 am

    What a great appetizer and I looove puff pastry!! And those flavors together are spot on! Yum! Take care.

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 13, 2017 at 6:18 am

    5 stars
    Another great use of that puff pastry, Kathy! Love how festive they look with red and green components. Plus, I’m a big fan of sweet/spicy combos. Perfect for the holidays 🙂

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    November 13, 2017 at 5:59 am

    5 stars
    These bites are just perfect for the holidays, Kathy!! I love jalapeno anything and puff pastry makes my heart go pitter patter, so these are screaming my name! So yum! Cheers!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 13, 2017 at 5:45 am

    These sound like the perfect holiday appetizer, Kathy! Almost like a jalapeno popper with a cranberry twist. I could totally see serving these up on Thanksgiving before the big meal…or honestly anytime during the holidays. I love holiday appetizer parties, and I’m definitely going to keep these in mind! Hope you have a great week ahead, my friend!

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