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Creamy Cranberry Bites

Thanksgiving is almost HERE! It’s probably my favorite holiday and I’ve got my menu all planned out! If you need a QUICK and EASY appetizer next week, look no further! I’ve got a great recipe that is delicious, easy, and only requires THREE ingredients. Check out my Creamy Cranberry Bites!

All you need:

  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese (I used whipped because it spreads easily. If you use regular, make sure to let it soften a bit before using!)
  • Frozen phyllo dough shells OR puff pastry shells
  • Cranberry sauce. You can use store bought OR homemade. I’ll include my quick and easy recipe below. It’s SO GOOD! You’ll wonder why you’ve never tried homemade before. 😉


Homemade cranberry sauce is EASY! This is my go-to recipe every holiday season. Check it out:

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, optional but delicious!

Let your ingredients come to a boil on the stove and then simmer until most of the cranberries have burst. It naturally thickens on it’s own. You can keep it chunky or give it a good whisking to smooth it out, depending on your preference! It stores perfectly in the fridge!


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lay out your phyllo shells. Spoon in about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese and then top with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce. SO EASY! Bake for 15 minutes until your filling is hot.


That’s it, folks. So simple and look how pretty they are! Perfect for celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. These are great fresh out of the oven, but also equally delicious at room temperature.


They’re perfect for customizing as well! They would be amazing with Brie or White Cheddar Cheese in place of the cream cheese. If you’d like them on the sweeter side or more of a dessert bite, you can add your favorite jam instead of cranberry sauce! YUM!


These appetizers are really simple and delicious. They’re crunchy, creamy, sweet and tart all in one bite! I love them! I hope you try them out this holiday season!

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