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The Best Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
One of the best parts of the holiday season is bringing together all of your friends and loved ones to celebrate together and enjoy delicious food. The food possibilities are endless, but I always like to have some fun and easy appetizers that I know everyone will love.
That is where these cranberry brie bites come in! They are super easy to make, and so festive and yummy! The flaky crescent roll crust combined with creamy brie cheese, fruity cranberry sauce, and crunch pecans is the absolute best combination of flavors and textures.
If you use all pre-made items, these brie cranberry pastries can be made with very minimal effort and served in less than 30 minutes!
- Crescent Roll Dough: For ease you can use the store-bought cans of crescent roll dough! If you are feeling ambitious then try my homemade crescent roll dough!
- Brie Cheese: One wheel of brie cheese will do.
- Cranberry Sauce: Homemade cranberry sauce or your favorite brand of canned sauce will both do the trick! This is a great recipe to use up leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner!
- Chopped Pecans: For added crunch and a delicious nutty flavor!
- Fresh Rosemary: Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired.
How to Make These Brie Bites
- Preheat & Prep: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut the Dough: Roll out the crescent dough and pinch the seams. Cut into 24 squares.
- Place into Tin: Place each square in the prepared mini muffin pan.
- Cut the Brie: Cut the brie into squares. Then top each crescent dough with a square of cheese and 1 tsp of cranberry sauce.
- Sprinkle Pecans: Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.
- Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crescent roll dough is golden brown. If the cheese overflows, use a butter knife to scoop it back in while it is still warm.
- Serve: Serve with a sprig of rosemary on each and enjoy!
Tips for Success
- This cranberry brie bites recipe is most easily made with store-bought crescent rolls. However, you can also make homemade crescent dough if you would like!
- I recommend serving your cranberry brie crescent roll bites warm! You can also serve them at room temperature, but they are best when the brie is nice and melty.
- If you want, you can use puff pastry dough instead of crescent roll dough!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to take the rind off of the brie?
It is not necessary to remove the rind when it comes to brie! Brie has an edible rind, and it keeps the brie from spreading too much. If you don’t want to eat the rind, you can remove some of it but the cheese will spread more.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Definitely! You can prep your cranberry brie bites the night before and place them in the muffin tin covered with plastic wrap in the fridge until you are ready to bake them the next day.
How should I store leftover cranberry brie bites?
To store, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven, toaster oven or air fryer to get them a little crispy again! To freeze, place them in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Let them thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven, toaster oven or air fryer when ready to enjoy!
- Cheese: You can choose to make these cranberry brie pastry cups with a different kind of cheese like goat cheese, cheddar, or manchego!
- Fruit: Cranberry sauce is super festive for the holidays but you can make these year round with apricot preserves, cherry preserves, or hot pepper jelly!
- Topping: It is always nice to have a crunchy topping on top. The chopped pecans can be replaced with slivered almonds, crumbled bacon, pistachios, or candied pecans!
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Cranberry Brie Bites
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Roll out crescent dough and pinch seams. Cut into 24 squares.
- Place each square in the prepared mini muffin pan.
- Top each crescent dough with a square of brie cheese and 1 tsp of cranberry sauce.Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crescent roll dough is golden brown. (If the cheese overflows use a butter knife to scoop it back in while it is still warm)Serve with a sprig of rosemary on each and enjoy!