Cranberry Cream Cheese Tartlets

These sweet cranberry cream cheese tartlets are a perfect holiday snack idea that family and friends will love. The perfect finger food for a crowd!

Cream Cheese Cranberry Tartlets topped with fresh cranberries on a white surface.


  • Cream Cheese
  • White Cheddar Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Puff Pastry- I use Pepperidge Farm. Found in the freezer aisle.


Cutting the Puff Pastry into Even Squares

Each square should be 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. You’ll end up with 24 even squares to place into muffin tins.

Chart showing how to evenly cu 24 squares from a puff pastry sheet.

Other Filling Ideas

Cranberry substitutes include fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Including sprigs of fresh mint on the serving plate are a great way to incorporate green for the holiday season.

Sweet Cream Cheese Cranberry Tartlets

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5 from 2 votes
Servings: 24 tartlets
Sweet Cream Cheese Cranberry Tartlets
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Author: Stephanie
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, holiday recipe
A sweet and creamy cranberry cream cheese mixture baked to perfection over thin, flanky layers of golden puff pastry.
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries + 24 more for topping, optional-- These can be found in the produce section.
  • 1 box Puff Pastry (2 sheets)- only one sheet is needed for this recipe 17.3 oz.
  1. Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the freezer and let it thaw a bit to prevent it from breaking when unfolded.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the cheeses, powdered sugar, and fresh cranberries.
  3. Place the cheese mixture in a small casserole dish and heat, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove from the heat but keep the oven on.
  4. Stir the cheese mixture so as to break down the baked cranberries a bit to create light pink swirls and distribute the cranberries throughout the mixture.
  5. Roll the puff pastry out on a floured surface until it's 12 inches x 12 inches. Cut into 24 rectangles, they don't have to be perfect, but aim for:

  6. Three cuts across the top: 3 inches apart.
  7. Five cuts down the side: 2 inches apart.
  8. Lightly coat 24 mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Press the puff pastries into each tin (again, they don't have to be perfect).
  9. Use a cookie scoop if you have one, (or a spoon) and drop about 1/2 Tablespoon of cream cheese mixture into the center of each puff pastry. Top each with an additional fresh cranberry if you choose.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the pastry has puffed up and is a light, golden-brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Use a fork to gently remove and place onto a serving plate.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 158, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 28mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 145%, Vitamin C: 0.2%, Calcium: 23%, Iron: 0.6%

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Sweet Cream Cheese Cranberry Tartlets

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