Party Panache, Cheesy Cranberry, Bacon & Pistachio Tarts

Last weekend we had an impromptu gathering

to watch the Ole Miss {DD’s alma mater} vs Texas A&M game

and around here football means serious apps!

I had a crescent roll dough sheet in the refrigerator

and decided to make something with that…

I decided to make my own version of Cranberry Bites

from Yellow Bliss Road

Her recipe called for Brie, Orange Marmalade and Cranberry sauce

I had Apricot Jam, dried cranberries and Vermont white cheddar,

and thought why not…

plus I tossed in a few honey roasted pistachios and a little bacon

and a STAR was born!!

Not only was the flavor combination eye rolling good,

they are very easy to make!

Unroll the dough sheet and cut into 24 squares

{somehow I only got 23 because my dough rectangle was a little wonky}

They don’t have to be perfect because they are going to change shape

when baking anyway

Tuck each square into a sprayed silicone muffin pan

If you don’t have a silicone muffin pan I highly recommend getting one,

so perfect for cupcakes, muffins, mini dessert pies~

everything just pops right out!

Put a little jam in the bottom of each square, about 1 tsp

Next put in 3-4 cranberries

Then a few pistachios

Cut cheese into 1″ squares

Place cheese on top of nuts

Then top with a piece of cooked bacon

At this point you can put the pan in the refrigerator for baking later

if you want to make these ahead of time

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes until dough is golden

Very tasty little bites!

Make them extra festive with a garnish of parsley or rosemary

Cheesy Cranberry, Pistachio & Bacon Tarts

This sweet and savory combination baked in a fluffy dough will have your guests coming back for more!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 24 mini tarts


  • 1 mini muffin pan {silicone recommended}


  • 1 crescent roll dough sheet or 8 ct. can of crescent roll dough
  • apricot preserves or orange marmalade
  • shelled honey roasted pistachio nuts or regular pistachios, chopped pecans or walnuts
  • dried cranberries
  • Vermont white cheddar or sharp white cheddar, Manchego, Gruyère
  • 3-4 slices cooked bacon


  • Unroll dough into an even rectangle on a cutting board, seal perforations if necessary. Cut into 24 squares with a pastry wheel or knife
  • Tuck each square into the sprayed mini muffin pan
  • Add a scant tsp of jam
  • Top with 3-4 cranberries, and 3-4 pistachio nuts
  • Cut cheese into 1" squares about 1/8" thick and place on top of nuts and berries
  • Tear bacon into 1 inch pieces and place on top of cheese
  • Tarts can be refrigerated for baking later at this point if desired
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes until dough is golden and cooked through. Best served warm but can be enjoyed at room temperature too.
Keyword bacon and cheese tarts, cranberry tarts, Fall appetizer, holiday appetizer, mini tarts, sweet and savory bites, Thanksgiving


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38 Responses to “Party Panache, Cheesy Cranberry, Bacon & Pistachio Tarts”
  1. thefrenchhutch says:

    A great recipe Jenna. Love how easy for these delicious looking little bites. Perfect for make ahead too.

  2. These look really good. Saving this one for our November Cork Poppers! I could have them prepped up before we go and reheat or maybe even in the pans and pop in to bake during the last wine. We’ll have to see! If not then, Christmas for sure!

  3. Looking at all those foods has me want to host a PARTY right now :-)) So yummy!

  4. Marsha says:

    Jenna, what a delicious appetizer and just in time for the holidays. I can’t wait to try it. I pinned it. Perfect party food. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. I’d call them dinner:@)

  6. Tarts – perfect for holiday entertaining!

  7. I have a silicone tray like this and love it! These look so good.

  8. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    You had me at Bacon!! These sound fabulous Jenna, and so perfect for the holiday grazing season. I can’t wait to try them and experiment with what I have on hand. Somebody gave us some bacon jam a while back, and this might be the perfect opportunity to see what it’s like! Thanks for always tempting me with your fabulous recipes!

    • The bacon jam would be perfect for these tarts! Endless possibilities, and I have some bacon jam too, I’ll have to come up with another interesting combo! Barbara I just read your brilliant post about the Tack It and decoupage plates, I can’t wait to try this, thank you!! I tried to leave a comment and got an error message again, so sorry!

  9. kitty says:

    Eye rolling is a good thing!! I love this idea and for a Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer it would be great. I haven’t seen honey pistachios, Jenna. You find the best foodie items!

  10. Sally H Clem says:

    The next time you make those little jewels, let me know. I don’t have to come to the party..I can just drive by and pick them up!

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, these appetizers look amazing! These would be wonderful to serve for a holiday party. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Nancy says:

    Wow! These sound amazing! Perfect for a appetizer for a Holiday party!

  13. Jenna, I name you Queen of Apps! These look and sound so good. I will be adding this to the holiday appetizers. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I’m a “plain Jane” eater, but your appetizers caught my eye. The ingredient mixture sounds really good which says a lot coming from a picky eater ~ lol. Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Party.

  15. lghiggins says:

    What a great combination of goodies and so easy. These would be good to involve the younger set in making too.

  16. Delish combo!!

  17. Pattie says:

    I have been looking for an excuse to get one of those pans and you have just given it to me. These look so yummy and will be perfect for the holiday season.

  18. helenfern says:

    These look yummy! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful weekend.

  19. Jenna, such a great little appetizer. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am featuring these little tidbits today.

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