Baked Cranberry Brie Bites

Flakey puff pastry is stuffed with brie & cranberry sauce then baked until golden & gooey! These cranberry brie bites are so easy & the best holiday appetizer!

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 don’t want to bake an entire wheel of cheese because – 1) It can get messy. 2) I’m usually stuck with leftovers that I have no idea what to do with. 3) If you’re baking it in pie crust…it takes sooo long (like ridiculously long) to bake… (Maybe that’s just me because I’m impatient, but still…😉) I’d much rather have an easy 1-2 bite that’s low maintenance so I can enjoy the rest of the party.

That’s why these easy baked cranberry brie bites are always a hit at our holiday dinner parties! They’re warm and flakey, filled with gooey brie cheese and have just the right amount of sweetness from your cranberry sauce!

Ingredients used 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: Store bought or homemade sauce both work for this recipe. I’d suggest using whole cranberry sauce if using store bought. (It adds more texture to your bites.😉)
  • Brie cheese: Use your favorite type of brie. (I personally love triple cream brie!)
  • Puff pastry: Most puff pastries can be found in the frozen section at your grocery store.
  • Candied pecans: Optional but I love the extra crunch and decadence they add to these bites! (Store bought or homemade candied nuts both work!)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs: Also optional – Just sprinkle a few leaves over the top for some added 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. Then 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.)

4. Bake. Place your pan in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown. (Every oven is different so I’d suggest checking them around the 10 minute mark to determine 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 sharp 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 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 favorites 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! Try using different types of pesto, marinara or even chopped sun dried tomatoes! (You can usually find all types of savory 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

  • 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 do not suggest it. 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 mini 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! Sweet jams, savory spreads, with or without nuts – the possibilities here are endless!
  • Double it! Because this recipe is so simple & straight forward it’s easy to double or triple for a large crowd!

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

Flakey puff pastry is stuffed with brie & cranberry sauce then baked until golden & gooey! These baked cranberry brie bites are so easy & the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas! (Great for holiday parties too!)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, baked brie, baked brie recipes, brie, brie bites, Christmas appetizer, cranberry, Thanksgiving appetizer
Servings: 16 bites
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
  • 4 oz. brie cheese (I use a small cheese wheel)
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • Candied pecans (optional)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a mini muffin tin with 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.
  • Take your brie out of the freezer and cut it into cubes. Then place one cube in the center of each muffin tin and spoon a small amount of cranberry sauce over the top. (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.
  • Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let the bites cool for a few minutes. Then run a sharp 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!

Notes

*Every oven is different so I’d suggest checking your bites around the 10 minute mark to see how much longer they’ll need to bake.
Try replacing the cranberry sauce with your favorite jam or savory spread! Here are a few of our favorites:
  • Raspberry jam
  • Apricot jam
  • Fig jam
  • Pesto
  • Sundried tomato pesto

2 Comments

  1. SO easy and such a hit!! The perfect quick and delicious appetizer or party snack!

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