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A hand holding a bitten piece of mini easy appetizer with some cranberry sauce filling and a chunk of cheese.

Easy Appetizer For A Party

When you’re looking for a delicious easy appetizer for a party, make these tiny bites of pastry, cranberry sauce and Kaukauna® cheese in just 15 mins!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, French
Keyword easy Appetizer recipes, Easy Appetizers for a Party, Easy Party Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Times 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 appetizers
Calories 70 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce store bought or homemade
  • 1 cheese ball Kaukauna® Port Wine or Sharp Cheddar
  • 2 tsp rosemary

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry into a 1/8th of an inch thick on a floured surface and then use a 2 inch cookie cutter (square or round) and cut out 24 pieces.
  3. Fit the pastries in a mini muffin pan and press down the bottom to hold its shape.
  4. To make the egg wash, mix everything in a small bowl and brush over the pastries.
  5. Prick the pastry bottoms with a fork and bake right away for 10-15 minutes until puffy and golden.
  6. Remove the pastries from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Arrange the pastry shells on a platter in a festive shape and then dollop the cranberry sauce ( a teaspoon or so—to taste) over each pastry. Add a chunk of the Kaukauna® Cheese over the sauce and finish off with some fresh rosemary.
  8. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Make sure your pastry is cold before baking, and likewise make sure your oven is really hot before baking the pastries. This ensures a crispy, flakey and airy pastry base. You can bake the pastries in advance and freeze them for 2 months, then heat in a preheated 350F oven. The assembled appetizer can be served hot or served as a cold appetizer, made the same day.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Appetizer For A Party
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.