Appetizers, Snacks, & Small Bites, Vegetarian

Cranberry & Gouda Bites

Round crescent rolls topped with gouda cheese and cranberry sauce, on a plate
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This was one of the appetizers I made last weekend when I was hosting my horseback riding club’s holiday party. I made the cranberry sauce the night before. This would also be a good use for leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. The cranberry sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, and pairs nicely with the gouda cheese.

Cranberry & Gouda Bites

A quick appetizer with cranberry sauce and gouda cheese melted onto crescent rolls.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry appetizer, crescent roll appetizer, crescent roll recipe, gouda appetizer, hot appetizer, leftover cranberry sauce recipe
Servings: 24 pieces


  • Mini muffin tin
  • Small round cookie or biscuit cutter


  • 1 package crescent rolls (or a package of Pillsbury crescent dough sheet)
  • 7 oz gouda cheese cut into 24 bite-sized pieces
Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Puree the cranberries in a blender and set aside.
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Add cranberry puree.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and it starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a mini muffin tin and set aside.
  • Open the crescent rolls and place the dough on a work surface, such as a cutting board. Pinch the seams together so the dough forms a rectangle.
  • Use a small biscuit or cookie cutter (same as the size of the compartments of the muffin tin) to cut out 24 dough circles, and place each one in the muffin tin.
  • Top each crescent round with cranberry sauce and a piece of the gouda.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.

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