Raspberry Goat Cheese Appetizers are sweet and savory bites made with crescent rolls, pesto goat cheese, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries. They're an impressive and easy appetizer to make for holiday parties and events!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy recipe: roll the dough and pop it in a pan, then insert fruit! Easy peasy!
- Great taste: you'll love the flavor of these little goat cheese bites.
- Crowd pleaser: be sure to make extra because they will go fast!
They're also a versatile dessert, which means you can substitute cheeses or fruits to make them any flavor you like. Try strawberries or blueberries for an entirely different taste! Switch up the jam and create your own unique appetizer.
- crescent rolls - provides a flaky pastry base
- goat cheese - pairs perfectly with raspberries
- cream cheese - blends with goat cheese to make it creamy
- pesto - adds a savory component
- seedless raspberry jam - provides sweetness
- fresh raspberries - make the perfect topping
- powdered sugar - creates the finishing touch
How to Make Goat Cheese Appetizers
- Start by rolling out the crescent dough and crimping the seams of the triangles together. Then, cut the pastry with a pizza cutter to make 24 small squares.
- Grease a mini muffin tin pan. Place a square of pastry in each cup.
- Beat the cream cheese, pesto and goat cheese together with a hand mixer. Roll into 24 small balls and stuff inside the crescent dough squares.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes. Add a small amount of raspberry jam on top of each cheese ball inside the pastry.
- Place a raspberry on top of the jam. Dust the raspberries with powdered sugar for a pop of sweetness and color!
- If you aren't a fan of goat cheese, you can substitute another cheese in this recipe as long as it blends with cream cheese. Or, simply use the cream cheese by itself.
- To make this recipe more sweet than savory, omit the pesto and add 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar to cream cheese instead. The result will taste exactly like cheesecake!
- Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough for best results.
- Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling it out. This will keep it from tearing.
- Choose the freshest raspberries for this recipe. If the fruit is mushy or damaged, it won't make a nice presentation.
Goat cheese appetizer bites look lovely on any platter, but especially when arranged on a cake plate or tier. They make a great presentation for wedding receptions, Valentine's Day, baby showers or Christmas parties.
If you take these mini desserts to a gathering with friends, there won't be any left at the end of the evening!
Freezing and Storage
These appetizers with goat cheese can be frozen in the mini muffin tins before baking. I don't recommend freezing them after baking since the fruit could get soggy. They taste best served directly from the oven, or at room temperature.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
What to Serve with Goat Cheese Appetizers
If you're looking for a party or holiday appetizer to go with this recipe, try a few of these favorites...
- Bacon Apricot Cheese Spread
- Holiday Cheese Ball Trio
- Best Sausage Ball Recipe
- Triple Dip Snack Board
- Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese Recipe
- Mini Quiche Tarts
- Walnut Snowball Cookies
- Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- Apple Pie Filled Cinnamon Rolls
Raspberry Goat Cheese Appetizers
*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.
- 1 roll 8 oz refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8 oz. goat cheese
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1 Tbsp. pesto
- ¼ cut seedless raspberry jam
- 1 pint fresh raspberries 24 count
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out the crescent dough and crimp all the edges together to make 2 large sections.
- Cut the pastry with a pizza cutter to make 24 squares.
- Grease a mini muffin tin pan. Place each square of crescent roll into a mini muffin cup.
- In a separate bowl, mix the goat cheese, cream cheese and pesto together until smooth with a hand mixer.
- Roll cheese into 24 small balls and stuff inside the crescent roll squares.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown.
- Cool pastry for 10 minutes.
- Add a small amount (¼ teaspoon) of raspberry jam on top of each cheese ball inside the pastry.
- Place a fresh raspberry on top of the jam. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
- Bites can be frozen in the mini muffin tins before baking.
- These appetizers taste best when served straight from the oven or at room temperature.
- Keep leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.