Cranberry Orange Puff Pastry Bites

prep time 10 minutes
cook time 18-20 minutes
yield 18 puff pastry bites


For a quick and easy breakfast that kids and adults alike will look forward to, try these puff pastry bites! They're topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture made with real orange juice and zest, then slathered with homemade cranberry sauce before being baked until the puff pastry turns flaky and golden. Enjoy them any time of year or as a fun way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

BY:Five Marigolds


For the puff pastry bites:

  • 1 13-ounce refrigerated roll of puff pastry
  • 1 large Nellie’s Free Range Egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon)

For the cranberry sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Juice of 2 oranges (about 1/2 cup)


To make the puff pastry bites:

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Unroll puff pastry and cut evenly into about 18 rectangles.
  • Place each rectangle on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Score the inside of each rectangle to resemble a picture frame, taking care not to cut all the way through. Add additional scoring within the “frame” and puncture with a fork.
  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl and lightly brush each rectangle with the egg wash. Transfer puff pastry bites to a refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
  • Parbake puff pastry bites in the oven for about 8 minutes. Pastries will puff up and appear slightly golden.
  • Meanwhile, use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and orange zest until well combined.
  • Remove puff pastry bites from the oven and press the rounded side of a large spoon in the middle of each rectangle.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to each rectangle and spread evenly through the middle.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes, or until the cream cheese mixture has firmed up and is no longer jiggles.
  • Let cool while you make the cranberry sauce.

To make the cranberry sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, simmer cranberries, sugar, orange juice and orange zest on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid scorching.
  • Once cranberries break down and the sauce thickens, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Spoon a dollop of cranberry sauce on top of each cooled puff pastry bite and serve.

Nellie's Notes:

  • Puff pastry is notoriously difficult to make from scratch, so don't be afraid to use store-bought! If you purchase frozen puff pastry, be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before you begin the recipe.
  • This recipe is a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner, but you can also make a whole new batch following the instructions above. Extra cranberry sauce can be frozen in an air-tight container and reheated in a saucepan on medium-low heat.
  • Most of the ingredients (puff pastry, cream cheese mixture, and cranberry sauce) can be prepared ahead of time, then baked and assembled the next day.
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