Cranberry – Bacon Bites (Sweet-Spicy)

Cranberry – Bacon Bites (Sweet-Spicy): super delicious and packed with spicy-sweet flavors from cranberries and bacon. A perfect Petite Hors d’oeuvres‘ and ready in 20 minutes.

Cranberry - Bacon Bites (Sweet - Spicy)

Who’s ready for the holidays? I know I’m….just waiting for the Christmas weekend to start and having an amazing time with friends, family and lots n lots of food.

So, before we talk Christmas, here are our favorite Cranberry – Bacon Bites (Sweet – Spicy)or as D calls them The ‘Petite Hors d’oeuvres  which tops our (and our loved ones) festive appetizer list.


Everyone loves them for their smokey, sweet, spicy and bit tart flavor.

I know quite a mouthful for a petite lil snack but you got to try them to believe it and I love them cause they are so easy to make – 20 minutes and I made 20 of them !


Cranberry – Bacon Bites (Sweet-Spicy)

I mean common, it’s Christmas followed by New Years and we have tons of parties (either to host or to attend) and in between whatever time I have.

I’m multi-tasking between work, buying gifts, running other errands, arranging festive decor, making food and making sure everything is done on time….

I hope I’m not forgetting anything (Gosh…even while I’m writing this, I have this feeling I’m forgetting something major πŸ˜‰ ).

Apart from all this, we thought of creating a photobook which would have some of our favorite 2016 moments captured, so my laptop is flooded with tons of photos too (Phew!!).

And actually, for creating our photobook, we are using this offer from Shutterfly:

  • Buy 4 participating Coca-Cola products and enjoy $20 off at!


  • How it works: Offer will be executed via Catalina print-out at register with unique pin code to redeem online -> Here

Sweet n Spicy Baked Cranberry and Bacon Bites

I mean, how fun is that! Coca-Cola is definitely a part of all our festivities and along with that we get a Shutterfly offer, now that’s one awesome festive offer.

So, I quickly got all our party drinks (Gold Peak Iced Tea and Coca-Cola Glass Bottles) and appetizer ingredients from the nearest Safeway

And got on to making these delicious Baked cranberries and Bacon Bites.

The recipe is absolutely easy (hardly any steps) and you can even prep everything a night before and just freshly bake them before the party.

new-year-appetizer-recipe #SavorTheMemory #CollectiveBias

Apart from cranberry, bacon and cheese, I also added some caramelized onions as they go so well with this combination and also helps bind the filling on top.

It’s also a perfect combination of tart from the cranberries, sweetness from the onions, smokiness and some spice from the bacon and spices.

But I’m going light on cheese as we already have such heavy food to serve that these are perfect to get you started on that festive mood and help build that appetite.

Go Ahead and make these delicious n festive Cranberry – Bacon Bites and I wish you have an amazing Holiday Season with loved ones.

And use the Shutterfly offer to capture some of those treasured moments forever.

I’ll be sharing more festive foods during this whole season, so keep checking our site for more.

Until Next Time ~ XoXo




Tried Our Recipe – AWESOME!!!

Now Quickly SNAP A PICTURE & TAG :
#easycookingwithmolly +  @easycookingwithmolly on Instagram –>

Connect with Me Here:  Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram 


Sweet n Spicy Baked Cranberry & Bacon Bites : #ad #SavorTheMemory #CollectiveBias #cranberry #appetizer



Yield: 27 Mini Bites

Cranberry - Bacon Bites (Sweet - Spicy)

Cranberry - Bacon Bites

Cranberry - Bacon Bites (Sweet - Spicy):Β super delicious and packed with spicy-sweet flavors from cranberries and bacon. AΒ perfect Petite Hors d'oeuvres' and ready in 20 minutes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Cranberries - Frozen or Fresh
  • 5 Slices Bacon - (I'm using turkey)
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry - you can use any base (Check Notes)
  • 1 Medium Onion - thinly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar - you can use any other choice of sweetener
  • 1/4 Cup Cheese - use any cheese as per choice
  • 5 Mint Leaves - thinly chopped - for decoration
  • Salt - as per taste
  • 1/8 Tsp Paprika - optional (for the spiciness)
  • 1 Egg - whisked - to brush the pastry dough
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil


Preheat the oven to 195 C

  1. In a medium pan, add 1 tbsp oil and heat for 1/2 minute.
  2. Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
  3. Add chopped bacon, salt, paprika and saute till it's cooked.
  4. Remove the onion and bacon mixture to a small bowl and cool completely.
  5. In the same pan, add cranberries, sugar, water and saute till cranberries begins to blister. (takes 3 minutes).
  6. Take the pastry dough and cut it into bite size pieces (square / rectangle / any shape of choice).
  7. Brush each pastry dough with egg.
  8. Transfer the pastry dough squares onto a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes (till they puff up and are golden brown).
  9. Remove and cool till warm to rough.
  10. Take one square, add 1/2 tsp of cranberry sauce, 1/2 tsp bacon mix and keep on serving tray.
  11. Similarly, complete all the puffed squares.
  12. Sprinkle grated cheese and chopped mint leaves.
  13. Serve Immediately.


You can use the following as base:


Pizza Crust

Pie Crust


Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SavorTheMemory #CollectiveBias

33 Replies to "Cranberry - Bacon Bites (Sweet-Spicy)"

  • Gloria May 6, 2024 (7:01 pm)

    What a great party appetizer. You can never go wrong with anything that has bacon. These will be a hit with my guests for sure.

  • Amy December 3, 2023 (7:51 pm)

    So yummy and always a hit! These are one of my go-to holiday appetizers. I love that they are easy to make too!

  • Amy Liu Dong December 3, 2023 (1:15 pm)

    I think it’s perfect as an appetizer for xmas! Very delicious recipe!

  • Kate December 29, 2016 (3:30 pm)

    How much water added to cranberries?

    • Molly Kumar December 29, 2016 (4:11 pm)

      Hi Kate, you would need 1/4 Cup of water to cook the cranberries and need to cook them for 2-3 minutes. Thank, Molly

  • Denise Wright December 26, 2016 (4:47 pm)

    I love how colorful and beautiful these look. The flavor combination sounds awesome but the pics really got me!

    • Molly Kumar December 27, 2016 (12:40 am)

      Awee, thanks Denise. I’m so happy you liked the pictures n the recipe. Thanks, Molly

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way December 25, 2016 (6:52 pm)

    What a gorgeous appetizer. I bet it’s a certain hit on the appetizer tray.

    • Molly Kumar December 28, 2016 (5:21 am)

      Thanks Marisa, glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  • Linda December 22, 2016 (4:22 pm)

    These look so festive and sound delicious. Have you tried putting the filling on unbaked dough squares then baking? Just wondered if i could save a step as i make a similar appetizer with mushroom, onion and cheese using that method.

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2016 (6:43 pm)

      Hi Linda, they can sure be added as filling on unbaked dough squares n then everything baked together, however, then the filling needs to be kept little under-cooked. So that when it’s baked together the dough, the bacon doesn’t burn. I’m so glad you liked the recipe idea and hope you try them soon ~ Happy Holiday

  • Kaleigh @ Lively Table December 21, 2016 (7:31 pm)

    These look so cute and festive!

  • Nicole Elliott ~ Client December 20, 2016 (7:01 pm)

    Yumm!! I’ve never had an appetizer like this before but I bet it’s delicious!

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2016 (12:36 am)

      Thanks you so much Nicole πŸ™‚

  • Elaine @ Dishes Delish December 20, 2016 (6:27 pm)

    Delicious! This looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2016 (6:51 pm)

      Thanks Elaine – Glad you liked it.

  • Michele December 20, 2016 (6:20 pm)

    Molly! I love any appetizer I can prep and make when my company has arrived. It makes it so much easier to spend time with them instead of being in the kitchen the entire time! Thanks for this!

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2016 (7:09 pm)

      Absolutely Michele, those are the best kind of appetizers & so glad you liked the recipe ~ Molly

  • Rosey December 20, 2016 (12:12 pm)

    I’ve never thought to mix cranberry and bacon. Bet it would be a big hit here.

    • Molly Kumar December 22, 2016 (7:10 pm)

      It’s a great mix of sweet, tart n smokey – just the perfect nosh πŸ™‚

  • Kristin December 20, 2016 (3:48 am)

    You had this girl at bacon! I am absolutely drooling over this recipes. It’s so perfect for the holidays!

    • Molly Kumar December 20, 2016 (5:19 am)

      Hahhaha, I’m so happy that you like the recipe Kristin, it’s super easy and absolutely yum ! Thanks for visiting.

  • Melissa December 20, 2016 (2:08 am)

    These look so pretty! What a lovely appetizer to serve your guests at a holiday party! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Heather Lawrence December 20, 2016 (12:12 am)

    What was the difference with using turkey bacon instead of “regular” bacon? Did you notice a huge taste difference?

    • Molly Kumar December 20, 2016 (5:37 am)

      Hey Heather, I’m not eating ‘Red Meat’ these days hence used Turkey bacon but I’ve made this with regular bacon too and they both taste delicious πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Bryant December 19, 2016 (11:50 pm)

    What a delicious treat. I am making these for New Years Eve. Thank you for helping me make my menu.

    • Molly Kumar December 20, 2016 (5:52 am)

      I’m glad you liked it and hope you try it soon – Thanks Rebecca.

  • Angela December 19, 2016 (11:48 pm)

    I love a sweet and spicy combo, and adding bacon to the mix is fantastic!

  • Andrea December 19, 2016 (5:35 pm)

    Yum, I’ve been looking for something unique for our appetizers for Christmas!

    • Molly Kumar December 20, 2016 (5:58 am)

      I hope you like this recipe and try it this Christmas ~ Thanks Andrea.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

Skip to Recipe