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Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

December 19, 2020

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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.

Puff pastry filled with cream cheese, cranberries and jalapenos.

The holidays seems like a perfect time to showcase all kinds of appetizers. They get served at parties, family gatherings, or when getting together with a few friends. These cranberry bites are perfect for any occasion. ย 

The cream cheese, cranberries and jalapenos are a delicious combination. Of course, I do love jalapenos and cheese – remember these jalapeno poppers and this popper dip? The added cranberries are a fun addition.

Easy to make

  • Combine softened cream cheese with sliced cranberries and chopped jalapenos
  • Roll out puff pastry and cut into small squares
  • Line a mini muffin tin with the cut squares
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven and allow shells to cool slightly in pan. Push down center of puff pastry shells to allow room for the filling
  • Add a spoonful of prepared cream cheese mixture to each shell
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes

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.

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 white plate filled with bite sized puff pastry shells filled with a cream cheese mixture.

Tips for making

  • For spicier bites, add a whole jalapeno
  • For milder bites, add just a bit of the jalapeno
  • Use fresh cranberries. Sliced adds a nice presentation, but you could chop them too.
  • Serve while still warm or at room temperature
  • These are best eaten the same day they are made
Three puff pastry cups filled with cranberries and cream cheese on a white plate.

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Puff pastry filled with cream cheese, cranberries and jalapenos.

Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

Kathy
Tart and spicy appetizer with cranberries and jalapenos
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 35 Appetizer Bites
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Roll puff pastry slightly.
  • Cut pastry into two inch squares.
  • Place each square into a mini muffin tin. Push dough down so it lines the tin. 
    A mini muffin tin lined with puff pastry squares.
  • 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. 
    A mini muffin tin filled with puff pastry shells and a cream cheese mixture with cranberries and jalapenos.
  • 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. 

Notes

  • For spicier bites, add a whole jalapeno
  • For milder bites, add just a bit of the jalapeno
  • Use fresh cranberries. Sliced adds a nice presentation, but you could chop them too.
  • Serve while still warm or at room temperature
  • These are best eaten the same day they are made

Nutrition

Serving: 1PieceCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cranberry jalapeno and cream cheese, cranberry jalapeno appetizer
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 21, 2020 at 5:54 am

    5 stars
    I totally remember you posting these before – and they still sound just as delicious to me! I actually just grabbed a couple bags of cranberries at the store while they are still in stock. (Cranberries can be near impossible to find out of season!) I think some of them might need to be used for these bites – I bet they go well with a cocktail! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 21, 2020 at 6:09 am

      Perfect for nibbling on with a cocktail! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers

  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

    5 stars
    Interesting combo of ingredients

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 19, 2020 at 7:38 am

      The cranberries and jalapenos are a delicious combination!

  • 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
      Kathy
      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
    CakePants
    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.

  • Reply
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    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!

  • 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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