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Baked Cranberry Cheese Bites

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These Baked Cranberry Cheese Bites are an easy holiday appetizer! Creamy cheese baked in Phyllo cups and are topped with freshly made cranberry sauce for a tantalizing, festive bite!

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Easy Baked Cranberry Cheese Bites

Looking for a fun appetizer to bring to your next holiday party? These easy, baked cranberry cheese bites are perfect! They’re simple to make and everyone will love them. Your guests will love the delicious combination of flavors, and you’ll love how quick and easy they are to put together. Just be sure to save some for yourself – these little bites are addicting!

Plus, they’re perfect for winter get-togethers, Christmas parties, or New Year’s Eve celebrations. So give them a try today!

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Why Make Cranberry Cheese Bites with Phyllo Cups

  • Super simple appetizer and so easy to make.
  • They are a perfect appetizer for winter-time or Holiday get-togethers.
  • Versatile – You can easily add or change up the ingredients based on what you have in your kitchen.
  • Make ahead of time and bake when ready to serve.
  • Your guests will love these Cranberry Cheese Bites as much as we do! So festive, pretty, delicious AND impressive! Plus who doesn’t like cranberries?! 🙂

Ingredients + Tips

(Ingredients at a glance, find the full printable ingredient list, and instruction card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Phyllo Cups – Frozen phyllo cups are pre-baked and ready to fill. They have flaky layers and are a great texture balancing creamy goat cheese and juicy cranberries.
  • Cheese Mixture – This recipe uses a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese for a tangy, creamy filling that melts nicely.
  • Cranberries – Fresh cranberries are best for this recipe, but frozen can be used as well. I do not recommend dried cranberries.
  • Honey – Adjust the honey based on how sweet you like your sauce. Maple syrup can also be used.
  • Rosemary – Fresh rosemary adds an herbal flavor that balances the sweetness and tartness of the cranberries. It can be left out if you do not have rosemary.
  • Orange Zest – Orange is a perfect complement to cranberries, and the zest adds just the right amount of flavor.
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How To Make Cranberry Cheese Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Place phyllo cups in a single layer in a baking dish, sheet pan or mini muffin pan.
  3. Fold goat cheese and cream cheese together using a rubber spatula or a hand mixer.how to make cranberry cheese bites
  4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture into the phyllo cups, pressing the cheese into the bottom of each cup.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place the cranberries, rosemary, orange zest, honey, and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have burst and the liquid thickens into a sauce.how to make cranberry cheese bites
  7. Spoon about a teaspoon of cranberry sauce over the baked goat cheese cups, add an optional sprig of rosemary for garnish and serve immediately.phyllo cup appetizers

Recipe Variations 

  • Use puff pastry, crescent roll dough, or pie dough in a mini muffin tin instead.
  • Don’t like goat cheese? Use all cream cheese instead.
  • Not a fan of homemade cranberry sauce? These bites would be delicious with raspberry jam, blackberry jam, pepper jelly, or cranberry curd instead.
  • Add chopped pecans, walnuts, or pistachios.
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FAQ’S

Can I Replace The Goat Cheese With Another Cheese?

Sure, if you are not a fan of goat cheese, you could use all cream cheese, feta, ricotta, or use brie instead of the goat/cream cheese combo.

Can I Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce?  

Yes, These Phyllo Cups Are A Wonderful Way To Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce! Simply Heat Your Cranberry Sauce While The Goat Cheese Cups Are Baking, Then Spoon Over The Top Instead Of The Cranberry Filling.

Can I Double The Recipe?

Yes, this is an easy recipe to double. Simply multiply the ingredients to make as many as you need.

Will The Phyllo Cups Get Soggy?

Yes, the phyllo cups will get soggy as they sit, so it is best to serve immediately out of the oven. Reheat leftovers in the oven to crisp the cups back up.

Can These Cranberry Cheese Bites Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes, make the cheese cups ahead of time and bak just prior to serving.

Where Do I Find Phyllo Cups?

Phyllo cups can be located in the freezer section of your local grocery store.

How Do I Store Leftover Cranberry Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups?

Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat at 350 for 10 minutes.

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easy cranberry cheese bites

Baked Cranberry Cheese Bites

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 15 Cheese Bites
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: oven

Description

These Baked Cranberry Cheese Bites are an easy holiday appetizer! Creamy goat cheese and cream cheese melt smoothly in baked Phyllo cups and are topped with freshly made cranberry sauce for a tantalizing, festive bite.


Ingredients

Units
  • 15 phyllo cups
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Place phyllo cups in a single layer in a baking dish or on a sheet pan.
  3. Fold goat cheese and cream cheese together using a rubber spatula or a hand mixer.
  4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture into the phyllo cups, pressing the cheese into the bottom of each cup.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place the cranberries, rosemary, orange zest, honey, and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have burst and the liquid thickens into a sauce.
  7. Spoon over baked goat cheese cups and serve immediately.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 phyllo cup
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 45
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 1

Keywords: cranberry cheese phyllo cups, phyllo cup appetizer

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