Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

Dried cranberries, cinnamon and goat cheese combine to create a simple and delicious 3-ingredient gluten-free appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties and entertaining. Serve as part of a larger cheese board or on a smaller plate with gluten-free crackers. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve a crowd!
A goat cheese log with dried cranberries and cinnamon.

If you’re looking for that perfect party appetizer that doesn’t take too much time and uses simple ingredients, then look no further! This cranberry goat cheese log is for you! It only requires 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of preparation time making it ideal for entertaining.

Plus it’s gluten-free if you serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers! The holidays just got a little bit easier with this simple appetizer recipe.

We recently celebrated my 30th birthday by having a few friends over for tacos and cocktails this past weekend. While tacos, chips and guacamole are a great meal, the food wasn’t arriving until about an hour or two into the party and I always think it’s best to have a few appetizers on the table.

I love to put together an easy cheese board of store bought cheeses, dried fruits, cured meat, and gluten-free crackers. While I tend to buy most of the components for the board, I typically like to make just a few of the items for a personal touch.

While I was out shopping for my cheese board ingredients, I kept seeing cranberry goat cheese logs at the grocery store. I remembered back to summer when I had this amazing blueberry goat cheese log at a picnic and instantly knew I needed to make this cranberry goat cheese log myself.

Yes, yes. I could have bought it. But I knew it would only require a few ingredients that I already had on hand and just in case you can’t find it at the store… you can make it! Plus, it ends up being cheaper this way! See, it’s a win win situation here.

Of course, there are many different variations of a cranberry goat cheese log, but I decided to keep mine simple. Just goat cheese, cinnamon and dried cranberries. That’s it.

I fooled around with adding in some other ingredients like nuts and fresh herbs, but I actually liked this simplistic version best. It really lets the goat cheese shine.

A plate with cranberry cinnamon goat cheese log and cinnamon sticks.

All you have to do is chop up some dried cranberries and toss it with ground cinnamon. Then roll your goat cheese log into the dried cranberry mixture. It will take a bit of time to roll and cover completely, but don’t give up! You can do it. If it doesn’t stick to the goat cheese right away, press some of the dried cranberries into the goat cheese log.

I promise you, you’ll have a cranberry goat cheese log so gorgeous, you may not want to eat it. But you should. Because it’s absolutely DELICIOUS!

Serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers and you are in for a treat. Better yet, bring this cranberry goat cheese log along with you to your next holiday party and you’ll be the queen of the appetizer table.

My party guests were so surprised to hear I made this cranberry goat cheese log myself and couldn’t believe how simple it was when I told them how to make it! Of course, I made a double batch just in case we needed to refill the cheese board. I never ended up taking the second one out of the refrigerator because the tacos arrived early. But don’t worry, those leftovers did not go to waste.

Can I let you in on a little secret? This cranberry goat cheese log isn’t only for crackers. Smear some on your toast in the morning. I swear. It’s the BEST thing ever. You’ll thank me later. It’s better than cream cheese – promise!

A plate of gluten-free crackers and cranberry goat cheese log.

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Log Recipe

Whether you’re hosting the holidays or heading out to a party, this cranberry goat cheese log is the perfect 3-ingredient appetizer recipe for you. It’s so simple and it packs in the flavor. Serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers for a gluten-free appetizer that everyone will love.

Plate of gluten-free crackers with cranberry rolled goat cheese log and cinnamon.

A goat cheese log with dried cranberries and cinnamon.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

Dried cranberries, cinnamon and goat cheese combine to create a simple and delicious 3-ingredient gluten-free appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties and entertaining. Serve as part of a larger cheese board or on a smaller plate with gluten-free crackers. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve a crowd!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Megan


  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Let goat cheese soften slightly on the counter while you're preparing the cranberries. 
  • Roughly chop the dried cranberries. Mix together with the ground cinnamon. 
  • Place cranberry cinnamon mixture onto a flat plate.
  • Carefully roll the goat cheese log into the dried cranberries until all sides are covered. You may have to press some of the cranberries into the goat cheese log with your hands to get it to stick. 
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. 


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 52mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this! Back in the day my mum used plastic wrap instead of hands to apply coating ie. she’d put caviar on the wrap, lay a log of liverwurst (poor man’s pate) and wrap around the plastic to cover. I don’t like touching gooey stuff so will use the wrap too!

    1. Such a great idea, Heather! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  2. I am going to try this today. I even make my own goat cheese, so let’s see how it goes.

    1. Oh wow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Especially with your homemade goat cheese 🙂

  3. How long will this save for?

    1. Jacqueline says:

      Hi Audra. I realize I am very late in the game; but did you get an answer to your question?
      I served my cranberry goat cheese roll at Thanksgiving. Since I was only serving to three of us and had a lot food, I have 3/4 left and would love to serve it at Christmas time. I am not sure freezing it is a good idea or will it be safe and fine to serve if wrapped appropriately??

    2. Hi Jacqueline! I know I already sent you a message but wanted to put the answer here too for anyone else who has the same question! I usually would eat it within 5 days if refrigerated but you can also freeze it for up to 2 months. Just wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container in the freezer. Hope this helps!

  4. What GF crackers do you suggest with this? The ones in the picture look yummy!

    1. The ones in the picture are Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed crackers. I also love the Simple Mills Rosemary crackers with this!

  5. I’m so glad I saw this recipe. I had cranberry goat cheese log at Christmas and it was a fabulously delicious combination. I’m now going to the store for some goat cheese, see you later! 😃

    1. So glad you found my recipe, Patsy!

  6. 5 stars
    Perfect blend of flavors and ingredients to make it stick to the goat cheese. Delicious!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Marilyn! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

  7. I’m so excited to try this. Thanks for sharing this recipe. May I ask what is one serving size?? One ounce??

    1. Hi Donna, Each serving is 1/2 ounce. Hope this helps!

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I work in a catering dept at a local university and I need to make cheese displays all the time. I made this over the weekend for a presentation at a university president event and it was a huge hit! So simple but so impressive. I received Many compliments all thanks to you.
    I saw someone ask about GF crackers. I am not gf but need to serve many who are my favorite cracker is Good Thins rice crackers simply sea salt. Very flavorful and they are not all broken in the box!

    1. I’m glad the goat cheese log was well liked at your event! Good Thins are one of my favorites, but also really liking both Milton’s and Simple Mills crackers these days if you need more options for your guests!