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Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream

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Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream are elegant, delectable, bite-sized desserts and make a wonderful addition to any party menu!! You will leave everyone wanting more!

Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream in white soup spoons

Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream

I made these individual desserts for a bloggers’ tapas challenge. My Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream may not be customary, but I’m certain you’ll agree that they are delectable.

The definition of tapas varies…but the term originated in Spain. Tapas are traditionally savory but the term tapas has morphed to encompass any snacks, canapés or finger foods and placing this concoction of sweet ingredients in a spoon does loosely make for “finger food.” No matter what you call these sweet bites, they’d be a fantastic addition to any cocktail party or even a Super Bowl gathering.

Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream in Chinese Soup Spoons on a red and white tray

Simple and Elegant Tapas Recipe

These spoons of Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream were a snap to make. Just beat the mascarpone with some heavy cream, sugar and a splash of vanilla. Balsamic vinegar and sugar are reduced to a syrupy consistency and drizzled over each spoonful of raspberries and cream. Easy, right? Tasty? You bet! I hope you’ll find an excuse to make these balsamic raspberries with mascarpone cream.

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PRO-Tip: Use your cookie dough disher to make nice mounds of mascarpone cream in each spoon. Most cooking tools have multiple uses.

PRO-Tip: Use a good quality, aged balsamic vinegar. It should be sweet and syrupy for the best flavor combination with the ripe berries.

If you love raspberries as much as I do, you may like these Raspberry Streusel Bars, this Baked Brie with Raspberries or Dorie Greenspan’s Vanilla Financiers with Raspberries. And these Endive Cups with Blue Cheese and Raspberries are another easy, elegant appetizer!

Plus check out more of my Best Appetizer Recipes and Best Dessert Recipes!

Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream

The Recipe: Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream

An easy elegant sweet nibble!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24, varies depending on whether you use spoons or shot glasses


  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (splurge on the best you can afford)
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For cream:

  • 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 cups fresh raspberries


  1. Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium till sugar dissolves, then bring to boil and reduce to about 1/4 cup. Cool completely.
  2. Combine Mascarpone, cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat till soft peaks form. Refrigerate up to 4 hours.
  3. Put a scoop of Mascarpone cream into a flat bottom spoon (like a Chinese soup spoon) or shot glass. Top with 1-3 raspberries and drizzle with balsamic syrup.

Total time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g


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54 comments on “Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream”

  1. I just happen to have raspberries and mascarpone in my fridge at this very moment…it’s serendipity! Have a great day, Lizzy!

  2. Wow such a simple treat yet it looks very elegant. I love balsamic and every time it’s on the table I drench cheese with it.

  3. This is so created Liz! I love balsamic and raspberries together and with balsamic, it’s just perfect! What a great little treat!!

  4. Love your presentation.

  5. Beautiful and elegant arrangement. Have a nice Sunday and week ahead, Liz. 🙂

  6. Oh. My. Goodness. You’ve taken all of my favorite things and put them in a single bite. I love you.

  7. Lovely ending to a perfect meal. Love the one perfect bite concept. After the holidays this is a great way to enjoy a little sweet without overindulgence. Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

  8. I nearly lick the screen , Lizzy 😀 Your appetizer looks fab and I’m sure tastes really good !

  9. Excellent! We have raspberry bushes in the back yard so this recipe will be great!

  10. This would make a Superbowl gathering far more elegant. As in: you could just forget that the Superbowl was even happening.

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