These delicious and super easy to make caramelized onion and goat cheese bites are made with puff pastry and these perfect appetizer bites are definitely going to make you and your guests happy!

Caramelized onion and goat cheese bites

Caramelized onion and goat cheese tart

I love making these cute little bites and I’ve yet to talk to someone who doesn’t like them! For making them you really don’t need a lot of ingredients. You need a creamy goat cheese (best at room temperature), some sweet caramelized onions and of course some puff pastry to make these bites. For looks I added some arugula and a little bit of fresh thyme. But both of those are optional.

For making these small bites you start by taking a baking sheet and add parchment paper to the baking tray. I use a small ring to cut out small rounds of my puff pastry sheet. You need two rings. The larger one is 7 cm or roughly 2,7 inches. The other one is slightly smaller. You use the larger one to cut out rounds. The second one you use to make a small indent in the first round. That will create a ring of sorts and you keep your filling in the inner circle. 

Brush a little bit of egg wash on the outside of the ring so it will brown nicely.

​Preparing the onions

Now comes the time to prepare the sweet onions. I love using red onions for this but you can also replace the onion with fig jam or even with some cranberry sauce if you want. You can also use a delicious chutney such as this red onion chutney or the apple pear chutney. That makes it even faster as you can buy it in the grocery store. But let’s assume you start from scratch and want to make your own caramelized onion.

caramelized onion and goat cheese bites

You start by taking a skillet and heating it with some olive oil and butter. I like to use a combination of both but only oil is fine too. Slice the onions in rings and add to the pan. Leave it to caramelize slowly. It does require some time so let it slowly simmer away for about 10 to 15 minutes. You can add a little bit of brown sugar to get it going but I also like adding some balsamic vinegar instead. 

Once they are sticky and sweet they are ready.

Now you’re ready to assemble your little tarts. You take the puff pastry dough (already cut into circles) and you add a teaspoon of the red onions in the middle. Now some goat cheese crumbles go on top and you finish with a little bit of thyme.

Bake in the oven until golden brown and cooked. 

​Variations and additions

If you’re not a fan of goat cheese you can make these puff pastry tarts with a bit of cream cheese instead. That would work very well too and these bites with flaky puff pastry, sweet onions and tangy goat cheese will be a crowd pleaser. Now I am a big goat cheese fan so I would definitely use goat cheese but you can use other cheeses, like blue cheese or cream cheese.

You can make it even easier by using baguette slices instead of the puff pastry. Make them into goat cheese crostini instead.

They would also be a good addition to a cheese board for instance and will do well at any holiday party and for the holiday season.

I hope you enjoy these little bites!

caramelized onion and goat cheese bites

Caramelized onion and goat cheese bites

5 from 2 votes

√Perfect for the holiday season √Easy bites √Deliciously sweet caramelized onion √Tangy goat cheese √Christmas recipe
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Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

8 people


  • Cookie cutter round 2,5 inch or 7 cm and a slightly smaller one


  • 1 sheet puff pastry defrosted
  • 3 red onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or balsamic vinegar
  • 100 gr soft goat cheese
  • 1 twig Fresh thyme leaves only
  • 25 gr Arugula optional
  • 1 egg whisked

  • First start by making your caramelized onions. For this you heat a skillet with a bit of olive oil and add the onion slices. Now cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes until they become soft and translucent. Add the sugar or balsamic vinegar and let it caramelize for a few more minutes. Be careful not to burn!
  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C (400˚F)
  • Take a round cutter of about 7 cm and cut little rounds from the puff pasty. Take another cutter that is slightly smaller and press inside of the cut out round,but don't cut it through entirely. Prick a few holes with a fork in the middle of the round. Fill the inside with the red onion chutney. You need about 1 tsp per bite, depending on how big you made them. Place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  • Now crumble some goat cheese over each of the bites. Add a few thyme leaves and
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes till your bites are golden brown and cooked. Serve with a bit of arugula if you want.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist