Balsamic, Maple & Cranberry Goat Cheese Appetizer with Cinnamon Toasted Pecans

This Balsamic, Maple & Cranberry Goat Cheese Appetizer with Cinnamon Toasted Pecans is a simple yet elegant holiday appetizer! Perfect to serve at a Christmas cocktail party! It's ready in 20 minutes and is gluten-free! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cocktail party appetizers, goat cheese appetizer, holiday appetizers, holiday appetizers for a crowd
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 93kcal
Author Laura


Cranberry Balsamic Goat Cheese Appetizer

Toasted pecans:


Toast Pecans:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper, set aside.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Add pecans, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
  • Cook, stirring consistently until the pecans are coated and begin to become darker brown, about 3-4 minutes
  • Remove from heat and spread on wax paper to cool.


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat add 2 Tbsp. maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and heat until combined (about 30 seconds)
  • Add ½ cup of fresh cranberries and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes until you begin to hear them pop, stirring occasionally.
  • Mash the cranberries with a potato masher or fork.
  • Continue cooking until the mixture begins to thicken and resembles jelly.
  • Add the remaining 1 TBS maple syrup and ½ cup cranberries and stir to combine.
  • Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes thick and the cranberries just begin to pop (do not mash them this time).
  • Remove mixture from heat and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or until ready to serve.


  • Place goat cheese on a cheese board or serving plate.
  • Gently stir pecans into the cranberry mixture.
  • Carefully spoon the mixture on top of the goat cheese log, spreading it evenly.
  • Serve with your favorite crackers!


Although I recommend serving immediately, this can be store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days! It won't look as pretty but it still tastes amazing!


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 6.2g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 91.4mg | Potassium: 15.5mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 4.9g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.5mg