Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam

Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam are an easy snack made with just three ingredients! Your guests will adore these bite-size treats.

bite size puff pastry appetizers with goat cheese and jam inside on a wooden cutting board.

When I’m in need of a quick appetizer, two options come to mind: dips and puff pastry.

Dips, like my Hot Reuben Dip or Easy Crab Dip, are always a hit. People love dip all year round and it’s often easy to assemble and serve.

Puff pastry is also easy to bake and serve, plus it adds an element of “wow”. The end result often looks like it came from a bakery, and these Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam are no exception.

They have just three ingredients, take about 10 minutes to assemble, and under 20 minutes to bake.

puff pastry bites with goat cheese and jam on a wooden board

Top tips

While these appetizers are easy to make, follow these tips to set yourself up for success:

  • Leave time to defrost the puff pastry. This can be done in the refrigerator overnight, or on the countertop (follow the instructions for defrosting on the box).
  • Remove the puff pastry appetizers quickly after baking. Otherwise, the jam will make them stick to the muffin tin.
  • Immediately soak the muffin tin in soapy water after baking. This makes the muffin tins much easier to clean. (Or just stick them in the dishwasher like I do!)

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Ingredients

  • Defrosted puff pastry. This takes a little bit of advance planning—either defrost in the refrigerator overnight or leave frozen pastry on the counter for 40 minutes to defrost)
  • Jam of your choice. I used a mixture of apricot and strawberry. Raspberry or peach would be delicious, too.
  • Crumbled goat cheese. You can buy a log and crumble it yourself, or buy the already crumbled variety. Blue cheese would be delicious here, too!

How to make puff pastry appetizers

Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions.

Cut the puff pastry into 2×2 inch squares. A pizza wheel is the quickest and easiest way to do this. A knife works, too!

Cutting puff pastry with pizza wheel

Next, place the squares in a mini muffin tin. You do not need to grease the tin.

Puff pastry squares in muffin tin

Top each square with jam and goat cheese.

Puff pastry squares in muffin tin topped with goat cheese and jam

Bake at 400°F for 14–18 minutes. The end result are the sweetest little 1–2 bite appetizers that fly off the buffet table!

Puff Pastry Bites with Goat Cheese and Jam in a muffin tin

Use a knife to release the appetizers from the tin immediately after baking. Otherwise, the jam will stick to the tin.

These are perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower, as an appetizer at a dinner party, or a snack for an outdoor picnic or gathering.

bite size puff pastry appetizers with goat cheese and jam next to a jar of jam.

Puff Pastry Appetizers: Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of goat cheese?

Crumbled blue cheese or crumbled feta are good substitutes for goat cheese. You could also make them with small pieces of brie or cream cheese.

What other kinds of jam can I use?

Use any variety of jam that you like. Strawberry, apricot, blackberry, cherry, fig, and orange are all be delicious with goat cheese. I used two varieties of jam (strawberry and apricot) so there would be different colors on the serving board.

Can I make these if I don’t have a mini muffin tin?

You can still make these appetizers if you don’t have a muffin tin. To do so, cut the puff pastry into 3-inch squares. Place the squares on a baking sheet. Top with a dollop of jam and a piece of goat cheese. Roll the corners of each appetizer up slightly, so prevent the cheese and jam from falling out. Bake as directed. They will obviously be more flat in appearance, but they will still be pretty and taste delicious.

Make it ahead

I recommend making these puff pastry appetizers right before you plan to serve them. Unfortunately, they will get soggy if they are kept in an airtight container overnight.

You can, however, cut the puff pastry into squares, and place the squares in the muffin tin. Wrap the muffin tin very tightly with plastic wrap (otherwise the puff pastry will dry out) and refrigerate for several hours or up to overnight. When you’re ready to bake them, add the goat cheese and jam, and bake as directed.

Storing and reheating

To reheat, place the baked appetizers either back in the muffin tin, or on a sheet pan. Bake in a 350°F oven for 3–4 minutes, or until warm throughout.

I recommend eating these the same day that you make them. But, you can store any leftover appetizers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will not be as crispy the next day.

puff pastry appetizers on a wooden board with strawberries for garnish

Serving suggestions

These Puff Pastry Appetizers are best enjoyed the day that they are made for maximum crispiness from the puff pastry.

They can be served either warm from the oven, or at room temperature.

I love using two different varieties of jam for the same batch. The color contrast on the platter looks beautiful. Feel free to use any variety of jam that you like—any fruit jam would work wonderfully with the goat cheese.

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📖 Recipe

puff pastry appetizers with goat cheese and jam on a wooden board

Puff Pastry Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Jam

Published by Kate
Easy to make and just three ingredients, these Puff Pastry Appetizers will be the hit of your next party!
4.38 from 62 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bite-size cups
Calories 69 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 piece (½ of a 17.3 oz box) puff pastry, defrosted according to package directions (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • ¼ cup apricot or strawberry jam (or a mixture of the two)
  • 1 oz crumbled goat cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly flour a countertop or another flat surface. Unroll the defrosted puff pastry on top. Pat the puff pastry gently at the seams to get rid of the creases.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 2×2 inch pieces (I use a pizza cutter for this). Place one square in the cup of a miniature muffin pan and push gently in the middle to form a loose cup. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  • Fill each cup with ½ teaspoon of jam followed by 1 teaspoon of crumbled goat cheese.
  • Bake for 14–18 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown. Let cool for 1 minute in the pan and then remove promptly, using a knife if necessary to wiggle them free. If you let them sit any longer, some of the jam that has oozed out will harden and cause them to stick to the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Use your favorite jam. I like doing two different jams for variety and for color on the serving tray.
You can swap in blue cheese, feta, or even pieces of brie or cream cheese for the goat cheese, if you wish! 
Make it ahead: cut the puff pastry and place the squares in the muffin tin. Tightly wrap the muffin tin with plastic wrap, and refrigerator for up to 1 day. When you’re ready to serve them, add the jam and cheese, and bake as directed. 
I do not recommend making the whole appetizer ahead of time—the puff pastry will get soggy if it’s stored in an airtight container for any amount of time. 
Reheat any leftovers on the same day in a 350°F oven for 3–4 minutes.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword goat cheese, puff pastry bites, puff pastry cups
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13 Comments

  1. I made these lastnight for a holiday party. So easy to make and they were so good, everyone loved them. Thanks for posting an easy & tasty app recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I used green and red pepper jelly with goat cheese and cream cheese. Yummy!

    1. Yes! Cut the dough into 3 or 4 inch squares instead. And use a little more jam and goat cheese per appetizer.

    1. Definitely—you can just cut the puff pastry into 3-inch squares and dollop the jam on top, then top with goat cheese. Roll the corners up a bit so the toppings don’t fall out. Hope that helps!

  3. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe for goat cheese wrapped in puff pastry and this popped up. I decided to give it a try for appetizers for my daughter’s 30th birthday party. This is so easy, tasty, and impressive. I used fig jam (because I love it combined with any cheese) and strawberry habanero for the color variety. I’m wondering how this would be with diced pieces of brie. The advice to get remove them from the tins within a minute or two is excellent! And be sure to rinse or soak the tins immediately afterward for easy clean-up.

    1. That is so great to hear—thanks, Kathy! And thanks for your helpful feedback on rinsing/soaking the tins. 🙂 I love the idea of trying it with brie!

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