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Cranberry Crostini Recipe – A Christmas Appetizer

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Check out this cranberry crostini! This is a Christmas appetizer that is sticky, tangy, and sweet. This Christmas cranberry appetizer is one I make every year. This Christmas party food is one that will disappear quickly.

Crostini literally means, “little toast”. Crostini appetizers have endless possibilities. I used honey, cranberry, and more to give this cranberry recipe a fun twist. Also, try my blueberry brie bites for another appetizer.

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Grab some baguettes and supplies and let’s get cooking. This is a last minute appetizer you can practically throw together and serve! Also, try my White Chocolate snack mix for a holiday dessert.

This Cranberry Crostini Recipe Is…

  • Made with 6 ingredients
  • Can use canned or homemade cranberry sauce
  • Quick Prep
  • Cooks In A Hurry
  • Great last minute Christmas appetizer
  • Affordable
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Ingredients Needed

Here are the cranberry crostini ingredients you will need to make this holiday appetizer.

Cranberry Sauce – Make homemade or reached for canned. If you do canned, I prefer using the cranberry that has whole berries in it.

Baguette – Grab your baguettes at the grocery store and have for this simple appetizer. If they have different brands or varieties buy what you would prefer.

Cream Cheese – I used cream cheese but you could easily swap and make this a cranberry brie appetizer or even use goat cheese.

Honey and Butter – I make a homemade honey butter that is rich and sweet down to the last drop.

Lime Zest – Lime is optional but the zest adds a bit of tangy flavor and dresses up with a pop of color.


Baking Sheet

Silicone Baking Mat or Aluminum Foil


Variations To Recipe

Here is a few swaps and changes up for grabs for this appetizer using cranberry sauce.

  • Use different varieties of bread to try out.
  • Swap cream cheese with goat cheese, Brie, etc.
  • Add a little spice by mixing in a little jalapeno in with the cranberry sauce. Or top with a jalapeno.
  • Add on a thin slice of prosciutto
  • Swap lime with orange zest for a change.

How to Make

crispy baguette on baking sheet

Step One: Preheat the oven and grab your baking sheet. Take your baguette slices and place in single layer on prepared baking sheet.

Step Two: Take your softened butter and mix with the honey until nice and creamy.

cranberry cream cheese crostini

Step Three: Take the honey butter and spread on each baguette. Then you will toast in the oven until golden color.

Step Four: Remove from the oven and spread a layer of softened cream cheese on top, and a dollop of the cranberry. Garnish with lime zest if you want.

Serve and devour!


These crostini bites are best served fresh and warm. I recommend not making more than you plan to eat. If you happen to have a few leftover, store in the fridge. Then eat them cold. The texture can change a bit to where they are soggier.

If you have extra bread, butter, and such, store each item separately in the fridge. Then heat and assemble for a fresh and tasty cranberry holiday appetizer.

crostini on plate side view

Pro Tips

Helpful tips when making this cranberry Christmas appetizer!

  • Any type of baguette style bread works.
  • Make sure to use softened cream cheese so it spreads evenly.
  • Same with the butter use softened butter so it mixed well.
  • If you don’t want it to be too sweet, you can leave the honey off and spread with butter and toast.
  • Make right before you plan to serve. Otherwise, the bread will become soggy. This is one party appetizer you don’t want to make in advance.


Related Recipes

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Cranberry Crostini

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Cranberry Crostini is a quick and easy throw together party appetizer for the holidays. Honey butter, cream cheese and cranberry all topped on a golden baguette. This cranberry appetizer is crazy simple and delicious.


  • 1 Baguette, sliced 2" thick
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce
  • Lime Zest, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or silicone baking mat.
  2. Then place your baguette slices on the cooking. If your baguette is not sliced already you will slice in 2 inch slices.
  3. In a bowl, add butter and honey. Mix well then spread on each of the baguettes. Make sure the butter is softened so it mixes well.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until toasted. Then remove.
  5. On top add softened cream cheese, and a dollop of cranberry sauce.
  6. Zest some lime on top if you want, or even a zest of orange works great.
  7. Serve these cranberry crostini bites right away.


Honey butter - make sure the butter is softened or it will not mix well with the honey.

Baking - You want to bake the baguettes until they are golden, so they have a little crunch to them. If you prefer to have softer bread cook for less time.

Cranberry Sauce - You can use homemade cranberry sauce or store bought. Both work great for this recipe.

Zesting - The zest adds some color but also a kick of citrus flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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