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Cranberry goat cheese is an easy appetizer! The flavors of pistachio, rosemary and honey make a simple spread for crackers or crostini.

Cranberry Goat Cheese

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer? Try Cranberry Goat Cheese! This festive appetizer is perfect for parties, pairing the flavors of cranberry, pistachio and fresh rosemary with the tangy cheese. Drizzle honey over the top before serving for a sweet pop. It’s fast to put together and ideal for snack tables, scooped up with crackers or crostini. The warm flavors make it a perfect winter or fall appetizer: though you can enjoy it in any season!

Ingredients in cranberry goat cheese

This cranberry goat cheese requires minimal ingredients but goes big on flavor: the ideal combination for any appetizer recipe! The basic idea? You’ll warm the goat cheese to room temperature, then coat it in a mixture of cranberries and nuts. Serve it with crackers or crostini and it’s a quick way to make a fun spread. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Goat cheese log, aka chevre
  • Sweetened cranberries
  • Pistachios
  • Rosemary
  • Honey
  • Salt
Cranberry Goat Cheese

Tips for making the recipe

This cranberry goat cheese requires no real technique, but there are a few tips for success. Here’s what to know:

  • Make sure to bring the goat cheese to room temperature. This is important in order for the cranberries to stick to the goat cheese, and to make the goat cheese spreadable. To do so, you can leave it at room temperature for 1 hour, or microwave it for 10 seconds on one side and 5 seconds on the other. (Be careful not to melt the cheese!)
  • Finely chop the ingredients. You’ll want a very small, confetti-like texture.
  • Use your hands to evenly coat. It may take a few times of using your hands to coat the exterior of the cheese: try to evenly coat each surface (including the bottom).
  • Serve at room temperature with honey. Serve at room temperature so it’s easy to spread. Drizzle with honey and serve.
Cranberry Goat Cheese

How to serve cranberry goat cheese

This cranberry goat cheese comes together beautifully There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re making it for guests:

  • If making in advance, allow time for it to come to room temperature. You can make the log in advance and refrigerate, but allow time for it to sit at room temperature for about 1 hour so it’s spreadable.
  • Serve with a small knife. This makes for easy spreading or adding to a small appetizer plate.
  • Add crostini, crackers, bread or other. You can make homemade crostini, or use gluten-free crackers if you’re cooking for gluten free eaters.

More goat cheese recipes

There are so many great ways to use goat cheese as an appetizer, or in recipes! We are big fans of a good cherve around here. Here are a few favorite goat cheese recipes to try:

Want more with cranberries? Try 20 Tasty Cranberry Recipes!

This cranberry goat cheese recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Cranberry Goat Cheese

Cranberry Goat Cheese

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Cranberry goat cheese is an easy appetizer! The flavors of pistachio, rosemary and honey make a simple spread for crackers or crostini.


  • 10 ounce goat cheese log
  • ½ cup finely chopped dried sweetened cranberries (aka craisins)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus a sprinkle for serving
  • 2 tablespoons honey, for serving


  1. Allow the goat cheese to come to room temperature, which is important because it makes it easy to spread. (Leave it at room temperature for 1 hour or speed up the process, place it on a plate and microwave for about 10 seconds on one side, then 5 on the other.). 
  2. Place the chopped cranberries, pistachios, rosemary and salt on a plate and mix to combine. Roll the goat cheese in the mixture and use your hands to coat each side, re-forming it as necessary so that every surface is covered (even the bottom). Sprinkle a bit of salt on the top.
  3. Place the log on a plate and drizzle generously with honey. Serve immediately with crackers or crostini.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cranberry goat cheese

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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