Easy Cranberry Brie Bites: The Perfect Holiday Appetizer

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This holiday season, I have a delightful appetizer recipe that will impress your guests and leave them craving for more.

These Easy Cranberry Brie Bites combine the creamy richness of brie cheese with the tangy sweetness of cranberry sauce, all wrapped in a flaky puff pastry.

They are the perfect bite-sized treat for festive gatherings, and they’re incredibly simple to make.

Let’s dive into this mouthwatering recipe that will elevate your holiday entertaining to the next level.

Image of Cranberry Brie Bites on a Serving Platter:Delicious Cranberry Brie Bites arranged on a festive serving platter, featuring flaky puff pastry, tangy cranberry sauce, and creamy brie cheese.

Indulge in Irresistible Cranberry Brie Bites

These Easy Cranberry Brie Bites are a show-stopping appetizer that will make your holiday gatherings unforgettable.

Best of all, they require minimal effort and ingredients, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the festivities with your loved ones.

Take the stress out of holiday entertaining with these quick and delicious appetizers that require minimal effort but deliver maximum taste.

So, go ahead and add this recipe to your holiday menu, and get ready to impress your guests with these delightful bites of flavor.

Happy holidays!

Image of Garnished Cranberry Brie Bites: Beautifully garnished Cranberry Brie Bites with fresh rosemary leaves, adding a festive touch to these delightful bite-sized appetizers.

Ingredients you’ll need

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions.)

  • Puff pastry or crescent roll
  • Brie cheese
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Fresh rosemary

How to make Cranberry Brie Bites

Prepare these make-ahead Cranberry Brie Bites for stress-free holiday entertaining.

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Preparing the Puff Pastry:

  1. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
Image of Preparing the Puff Pastry: Step-by-step guide to preparing the puff pastry for Cranberry Brie Bites: rolling out the thawed pastry sheet on a floured surface.
  1. Cut the puff pastry into squares or rectangles, approximately 2×2 inches in size.
Image of Cutting the Puff Pastry: Step-by-step guide to cutting the puff pastry for Cranberry Brie Bites: using a knife to create squares or rectangles approximately 2x2 inches in size.

Assembling the Bites:

  1. In a muffin tin place the puff pastry squares.
  2. Slice the brie cheese into small pieces that will fit nicely onto the puff pastry squares.
  3. Place a slice of brie cheese on each puff pastry square.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of cranberry sauce on top of the brie cheese.
Image of Spooning Cranberry Sauce: Step-by-step guide to spooning cranberry sauce onto Cranberry Brie Bites: adding a generous amount of tangy cranberry sauce on top of the brie cheese.

Baking the Bites:

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the puff pastry turns golden brown and flaky.

Garnishing and Serving:

  1. Once done, remove from the oven and allow the bites to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Garnish with fresh rosemary leaves for a festive touch.
  3. Serve warm and watch them disappear within minutes!
Image of Cranberry Brie Bites on a Serving Platter:Delicious Cranberry Brie Bites arranged on a festive serving platter, featuring flaky puff pastry, tangy cranberry sauce, and creamy brie cheese.

Tips for Variation:

For a quick and easy alternative, use crescent roll dough instead of puff pastry.

For an extra touch of sweetness, you can sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar over the cranberry sauce before baking the puff pastry.

Add a little crunch by topping each bite with a sprinkle of chopped pecans or walnuts before baking.

Experiment with different flavors by using different types of cheese, such as camembert or goat cheese, instead of brie.

Photo top view of Cranberry brie bites in a white rectangular serving platter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make these bites ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can assemble the bites ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them.

Simply follow the instructions up to the baking step, and then cover the prepared bites with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

When you’re ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator, bake as directed, and enjoy!

Can I use store-bought cranberry sauce?

Yes, store-bought cranberry sauce works well for this recipe. However, if you prefer a homemade cranberry sauce, feel free to make your own using fresh or frozen cranberries and your preferred sweetener.

Can I freeze these bites?

Yes, these bites can be frozen before baking. After assembling the bites, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag.

When ready to bake, simply remove from the freezer, place on a baking sheet, and bake as directed.

Adjust the baking time as needed, as frozen bites may require a few extra minutes in the oven.

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Yield: 12-15 servings

Cranberry Brie Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delight your guests with the irresistible flavors of Cranberry Brie Bites: a festive holiday appetizer featuring tangy cranberry sauce, creamy brie cheese, and flaky puff pastry. Perfect for entertaining!

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 wheel of brie cheese
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • Fresh rosemary leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, and cut it into squares or rectangles, approximately 2x2 inches in size. Image of Preparing the Puff Pastry: Step-by-step guide to preparing the puff pastry for Cranberry Brie Bites: rolling out the thawed pastry sheet on a floured surface. Image of Cutting the Puff Pastry: Step-by-step guide to cutting the puff pastry for Cranberry Brie Bites: using a knife to create squares or rectangles approximately 2x2 inches in size.
  3. Place the puff pastry squares in a muffin tin and top each one with a slice of brie cheese, followed by a spoonful of cranberry sauce. Image of Spooning Cranberry Sauce: Step-by-step guide to spooning cranberry sauce onto Cranberry Brie Bites: adding a generous amount of tangy cranberry sauce on top of the brie cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the puff pastry turns golden brown and flaky.
  5. Once done, remove from the oven and allow the bites to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Garnish with fresh rosemary leaves for a festive touch.
  7. Serve warm and watch them disappear within minutes! Image of Garnished Cranberry Brie Bites: Beautifully garnished Cranberry Brie Bites with fresh rosemary leaves, adding a festive touch to these delightful bite-sized appetizers.

Notes

Tips for Variation:

  • For a quick and easy alternative, use crescent roll dough instead of puff pastry.
  • For an extra touch of sweetness, you can sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar over the cranberry sauce before folding the puff pastry.
  • Add a little crunch by topping each bite with a sprinkle of chopped pecans or walnuts before baking.
  • Experiment with different flavors by using different types of cheese, such as camembert or goat cheese, instead of brie.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 58Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 2mgSodium 22mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g

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