Baked Cranberry & Brie Bites

Love baked brie? Then you’re going to love these mini baked cranberry and brie bites! They’re so simple to make and always a crowd favorite!

Baked cranberry brie bites made with puff pastry, whole cranberry sauce and brie cheese

Baked brie is one of my favorite holiday appetizers! (Especially around Thanksgiving!) But sometimes I just don’t feel like baking big wheel of cheese. 1) It can get messy. 2) I’m usually stuck with leftovers that I have no idea what to do with. And 3) If you’re baking it in pie crust…how annoying is it that it takes sooo long to bake?! (Maybe that’s just me because I’m impatient, but still…) I’d so much rather have an easy 1-2 bite that’s more low maintenance so I can enjoy the rest of the party. That’s why these easy baked cranberry and brie bites are always a huge hit at our holiday dinners! They’re warm and flakey, filled with gooey brie cheese and have just the right amount of sweetness from your cranberry sauce! (Here’s a little tip – MAKE A DOUBLE BATCH! Because your guests won’t be able to get enough of them!😉)

Ingredients to make baked cranberry brie bites

Ingredients for Baked Cranberry & Brie Bites

Essentially these bites are only 3 ingredients, but I love adding chopped candied pecans or fresh rosemary to really put them over the top!

  • Cranberry sauce: Use store bought or homemade, whichever you prefer. (If using store bought, I would suggest buying whole cranberry sauce and not the jellied kind. Whole cranberries a pop of flavor when you bite into them!)
  • Brie cheese: Feel free to use your favorite type of brie for this recipe. (I personally love triple cream brie!) Buying a wheel of cheese is much easier to cut than a cheese wedge too.
  • Puff pastry: Most puff pastries can be found in the frozen section at your grocery store.
  • Candied pecans: Completely optional but gives your brie bites a fun little crunch and so much decadence too! (These can be store bought or homemade.)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs: Also optional. We love adding rosemary for a subtle hint of freshness!
Puff pastry cut into 16 squares sitting on a black cutting boars
Puff pastry squares in a mini muffin tin filled with brie and cranberry sauce ready for the oven

How to Make Mini Baked Cranberry & Brie Bites

  1. Preheat your oven. Turn your oven on to 375 degrees and spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the pastry cups. Unroll one sheet of puff pastry and cut the sheet into 16 squares. (I did 4 rows by 4 rows.) Then place each square in your prepared muffin tin.
  3. Fill your cups. Next cut your brie into cubes and place one cube in the center of each muffin tin. Spoon a small amount of cranberry sauce over the brie. (Be careful not to add too much sauce. These bites puff up a lot and if they’re overfilled they’ll spew out everywhere.)
  4. Bake. Place your pan in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown. (I’d start checking them at 10 minutes and decide from there how much longer they need to bake.)
  5. Garnish & serve! Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let the bites cool for a few minutes. Then run a knife around the edge of each cup and pop them out of the tin. Garnish with chopped candied pecans & fresh rosemary if desired. Serve immediately!

Want to know a trick to easily slice your brie? Place your wheel of brie in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to help it firm up a bit and then slice away!

Baked brie bites sitting on a pink serving tray at an appetizer party next to fresh whole cranberries

Variations

  • Replace the cranberry sauce with your favorite jam! A few of our favorite combos are raspberry, blackberry, apricot and fig jam.
  • Add some chopped nuts! Not a fan of candied nuts? Try using toasted or roasted & salted nuts instead! Our favorites are pecans, almonds and pistachios.
  • Use a savory spread instead! If sweet isn’t your thing then you have to try this with a savory spread! Try using pesto or store bought sun dried tomato chutney. (You can usually find these different spreads in the cheese/deli aisle at most grocery stores.)
Mini cranberry and brie bites fresh from the oven sprinklned with chopped candied pecans and fresh rosemary

FAQ’s for making Mini Brie Bites

  • Do I need to thaw my puff pastry before using? Yes. I would suggest thawing it overnight in the fridge for the best results.
  • Do I cut the rind off my brie cheese? Nope! The rind on brie is 100% edible!
  • Can I make these brie bites ahead of time? I personally wouldn’t. These bites are best served fresh from the oven. You can have them ready to go in your muffin tin though and pop them in the oven as soon as your guests arrive!

Why you’ll love this tasty baked brie recipe

  • So easy! Only 3 main ingredients & 15 minutes in oven! They’re a hassle free appetizer that everyone will love!
  • Fun to mix & match! Make half with cranberry sauce & half with your favorite jam. Or heck, use 3 different types of jam – the possibilites are endless!
  • Double it! Because this recipe is so simple & straight forward it’s easy to double for a larger crowd!

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Baked Cranberry and Brie Bites

Flakey puff pastry is filled with creamy brie and sweet cranberry sauce! They're so easy to make and a delicious appetizer for the holiday season!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Easy
Keyword: appetizer, baked brie, bites, brie, cranberry
Servings: 16 bites
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 4 oz. brie cheese wheel
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • Candied or toasted pecans (optional, can be store bought or homemade)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. (Place your wheel of brie in the freezer for 10-15 minutes for easy cutting.)
  • Next unroll one sheet of puff pastry and cut the sheet into 16 squares. (I did 4 rows by 4 rows.) Then place each square in your prepared muffin tin.
  • Then cut your brie into cubes and place one cube in the center of each muffin tin. Spoon a small amount of cranberry sauce over the brie. (Be careful not to add too much sauce. These bites puff up a lot and they'll spew out everywhere if they're overfilled.)
  • Next, place your pan in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown. (I'd start checking them at 10 minutes and decide from there how much longer they need to bake.)
  • Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let the bites cool for a few minutes. Then run a knife around the edge of each cup and pop them out of the tin.
  • Garnish with chopped candied pecans & fresh rosemary if desired. Serve immediately!

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