Need a delicious appetizer recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Not only is this Easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe super simple and delicious, but looks beautiful on your table! Tart cranberries and cream cheese are layered on freshly toasted baguette bread, to make an unforgettable appetizer recipe. 

Easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe

Easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe

Appetizers for Thanksgiving can be tough. You know that dinner will be the main event, but you also need some snacks to put out for your hungry guests while everything is finishing up. Nothing is worse than hungry guests with no snacks to munch on! I love serving crostini because it is so easy to prepare and everyone loves bread. 

Easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe for Thanksgiving

What is crostini?

In Italian, crostini means little toasts. So typically, a crostini recipe is thin slices of bread, toasted or grilled, and then topped with some sort of spread. Crostini is so versatile and there are so many ways to serve it! Make it hearty and add steak like in my Steak and Arugula Crostini. Or add tons of flavor in my Garlic Cheddar Bacon Crostini. You could keep it simple and just toast the bread and set out a bruschetta mixture, so many options with crostini!

What to do with leftover cranberry sauce?

Another idea for this cranberry crostini is to serve it with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving! If you have a lot leftover, toast up some bread and use your leftovers in this repurposed recipe. I don’t love having a lot of leftovers (I know I know, I’m weird) so reinventing them into a new dish is one of my favorite things to do. Set this out for your family as a light snack or dinner after Thanksgiving and your cranberry sauce won’t go to waste!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe

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What to serve for Thanksgiving? 

Don’t worry, I have it all figured out for you! Here is a rundown of easy recipes for Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Crostini

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon Breadcrumbs

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe Cranberry Crostini

Since this recipe uses so few ingredients, the flavors really get to shine! I absolutely love the honey butter mixture. It adds sweetness to the tart cranberry sauce and the cream cheese adds a delicious texture and creaminess to the dish. I recommend using good bread for this recipe. You want to pick up a good french baguette from the bakery or local grocery store. 

Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu already? Make sure to add this easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe to your list! 

Cranberry Crostini Recipe

This easy Cranberry Crostini Recipe is perfect for any holiday meal!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Crostini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 Baguette, sliced 2″ thick
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce
  • Lime Zest


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. Whisk the butter and honey until smooth and well-combined.
  4. Spread the honey butter on the baguette slices, then place in the oven and toast until tops are lightly golden brown about 5 minutes.
  5. Spread the softened cream cheese on the baguette slices and top with a teaspoon or so of cranberry sauce.
  6. Zest a lime over the crostini to give a hint of green and a hit of zesty flavor.
  7. Serve immediately.

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