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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

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

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

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

  4. 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

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

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

  7. Love your presentation.

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. Spoonful of goodness come to me =D
    You have outdone yourself again this week Liz. Just stunning flavor combination!

  12. These are so fun and so pretty Liz! I never think of sweet tapas but it’s a wonderful idea!

  13. Delicious and gorgeous as always!!

  14. Lovely recipe, pretty photos. Need I say more? 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

  15. What a beautiful dish!

  16. I just want to grab one of those beautiful spoons right out of the screen! Looks to good and the pictures are gorgeous !

  17. I’m a big fan of tapas. Your raspberry variation looks marvellous, and I’ll be checking out some of the other posts too!

  18. Dear Lizzy, This sounds real good to me Lizzy. Blessings for a beautiful Sunday. Catherine xo

  19. These look great! When I had gallbladder issues a few months ago I was craving vinegar so bad. I would have very happily have eaten these!

  20. Love this recipe Liz! And your presentation is immaculate! Thanks for sharing

  21. I do have some leftover mascarpone cheese! I’ll have to make this dessert.

  22. What a beautiful recipe, with a twist, Liz. I love balsamic with strawberries, but had not thought to team it with raspberries!

  23. With or without the sauce, I’d be sneaking back to the snack table several times to slurp your sublime raspberry-mascarpone treats, Liz! Yum! I am glad, too, to have a recipe for the reduced balsamic sweet syrup which is oh, so en vogue…And I have yet to try =) Sigh. One of these days I’ll make all the recipes recommended on your site =)

  24. Oh my goodness this looks amazing and it’s so pretty!

  25. Wow Liz! These little bad boys look insane. I have tasting spoons and may have to pull them out of the cabinets to try this out. HI by the way!!!!! I feel so disconnected from everyone with my 3 month SundaySupper hiatus. Miss you all!!

  26. FanTAStic idea! Love it’s simplicity and wonderful presentation. And I love mascarpone!! Hope you’re having a lovely vacation 🙂

  27. Liz, you’re brilliant with the simplicity of these delicious treats! I keep mascarpone and balsamico aceto in my pantry and frig at all times, so I know the flavor combo very well and it’s fantastic! Glad to be able to participate in Sunday Supper again, my brain nearly forgot how to do it! I love this tapas theme!

  28. “Spoons of deliciousness.” Enough said.

  29. Oh my goodness this little plate is out of this world!

  30. I think I’d go through the line twice for these, Liz. Love it!

  31. Wow! This is a classy tapa Lizzy! I can only imagine how good it tastes! I also love the spoons and tray and the way you served the dish! Very elegant! Thanks for helping out! 😉

  32. Tapas are so much fun, and these one bite raspberry treats look incredible! Love the combination of flavors here 🙂

  33. This cream makes these fresh raspberries look even more red and delicious 😀


  34. Liz, I love all your recipes with fresh raspberries. These mascarpone cream desserts look spectacular!

  35. I like that you used raspberries. Adding balsamic to berries is a brilliant idea, and a quick dessert is always a plus when having a party! Gorgeous bites Liz!

  36. I love how you served these on little spoons. I really should make these as I bought some very good balsamic vinegar that a friend was able to get me at wholesale prices so I felt the extravagance was justified. Raspberries are currently in season and so I really have no excuse xx

  37. Oh this looks so elegant and would complete a Tapas party for me 🙂 Love the balsamic and the mascarpone cream sounds so good!

  38. gorgeously presented upon those white spoons.


    I want some!!!!!!!!!!! Love the spoons, too. Xxx

  39. What elegant bites, these would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  40. Oh my! These sound amazing I love every ingredient in this recipe so all together I can only imagine how amazing they taste. I can’t wait to try them 😀

  41. I’m thinking one before dinner and one after!

  42. Wow. What a beautiful and easy recipe! Amazing presentation, bravo Liz!

  43. Mmm I love mascarpone, this sounds like a delicious dessert tapas!

  44. Yum! These little bites look amazing! Love the touch of balsamic on them!

  45. Talk about a burst of deliciousness in one bite! WOW!

  46. You are the queen of sweets, Liz. I would’ve never dreamed of putting together these amazing, delicious ingredients! I can just imagine how incredible these different flavours and textures must taste together.

  47. A very classy small bite!

  48. Looks like a perfect bite of food. YUM!

  49. It’s so delicious and tasty! I enjoy this more and more every time I make this! My hubby loves it too!

  50. I love the flavor of the berries with the balsamic! It pair so well with the tangy sweet cream!

  51. My family absolutely loved these…they are amazing and I look forward to making them again.

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