My mom made something similar to these last year for a holiday party and we made them again the next day because they were sooo good! And so easy! Which I think is just as important when making holiday dishes. I love these for a simple appetizer or even to have as a side dish on your holiday table. The variety of flavors and combinations of goat cheese, cranberry sauce & rosemary is so good! Is it just me or does the canned cranberry sauce kinda freak you out!? It always did me when my mom pulled it out for Thanksgiving 😉 I was determined to find a recipe for cranberry sauce that was just as easy but still so delicious! Turns out, it’s actually super easy and SO good. I was putting this on everything when I made it!
The original recipe for these bites came from The Country Cook! I just jazzed them up with a few modifications (plus my homemade cranberry sauce listed below) so be sure to check out her recipes.
I hope you love these as much as I do! Be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you make them @onebalancedlife.
Recipe note: I did not try this with any other goat cheese besides for the Trader Joe’s Apricot Cherry Cranberry. I have done this with brie and it was great!
- 1 container crescent rolls
- Apricot Cherry Cranberry Goat Cheese (I got this from Trader Joes) could also use a brie cheese!
- Fresh rosemary
- Candied pecans: optional
- For the cranberry sauce:
- 1 package 12oz cranberries
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 lemon
- To make the cranberry sauce, add all ingredients in a pan to heat up on medium to high.
- Using a fork, continually mash down the cranberries as they heat up. Continue to stir.
- Bring heat down to medium and stir until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and store in the fridge.
- For the bites, roll out crescent rolls to flatten. Cut flattened crescent rolls into squares (you should get about 16 squares from this)
- Place down square in a mini muffin pan and bring sides of crescent roll up to reach the top of the mini muffin pan.
- Cut up little pieces of Apricot Cherry Cranberry Goat Cheese and place inside each square.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake for 15 minutes. Once finished, press melty goat cheese down in each tin. It will appear not as firm now so you can evenly spread it in the center.
- Top with a little bit of cranberry sauce and place back in the oven for 1 minute.
- Top off with fresh rosemary and candied pecans (recipe for candied pecans in previous sweet potato fries post)
until next time...