Appetizer/ Recipe

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites are a great holiday appetizer

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

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites are a touch spicy.

I’m continuing with my puff pastry trend. First I made Easy Puff Pastry. Then I made Puff Pastry Pinwheels and now Cranberry Jalapeno Bites in a mini puff pastry cup.   

Puff Pastry Cups

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!

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

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 bit tart and a bit spicy - these cranberry jalapeno bites are a perfect appetizer.

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

5 from 4 votes
Cranberry Jalapeno Bites are a great holiday appetizer
Cranberry Jalapeno Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Tart and spicy appetizer with cranberries and jalapenos

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry jalapeno and cream cheese, cranberry jalapeno appetizer
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 puff pastry
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup cranberries chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
  1. Roll puff pastry into a 8" x 16" rectangle. If using store bought pastry, you might need to use two sheets. 

  2. Cut pastry into two inch squares.

  3. Place each square into a mini muffin tin. Push dough down so it lines the tin. 

    Puff Pastry Cups
  4. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven. Poke down center of each pastry cup so the dough deflates. Return to oven for an additional 5 minutes.

  6. While pastry is baking, place cream cheese in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Stir in cranberries and jalapenos.

  7. Remove pastry cups from the oven. Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling in each cup. 

  8. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Bake filled cups for 15 minutes. 

  9. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

  10. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Jalapeno Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry jalapeno bites

These cranberry jalapeno bites are a bit tart from the cranberries and a bit spicy from the jalapenos - a perfect combination.

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

    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!

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

    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 🙂

  • 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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    [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
    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.

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    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!

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

    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
    Fred G
    December 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Interesting combo of ingredients

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