Cranberry Brie Bites

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Cranberry Brie Bites are a delicious handheld, bite-sized appetizer that is just perfect for the holidays. Sweet and tart cranberry and orange flavors on top of creamy brie cheese all piled into a buttery, flaky crescent dough cup. 

Cranberry is my favorite holiday flavor. I love combining it with orange like in these Cranberry Orange Scones and Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce. But it really takes these brie bites over the top!

an overhead image of cranberry brie bites on a wooden platter with fresh rosemary

Cranberry Brie Bites Appetizer

Appetizers are my favorite thing to make pretty much any time of the year, but especially around the holidays. There’s just something so fun about little bite sized miniature snacks like Bruschetta on Crostini, Stuffed Mushrooms, Sausage Rolls or Fried Ravioli.

These little beauties are the perfect handheld bite. They’ve got everything a good finger food should have – sweetness from the cranberry and orange sauce, creamy cheesy brie and a crunchy vessel made from bread dough to hold it all in!

All About Brie

Brie cheese is one of my favorite cheeses. It is a very mild cheese that pairs really well with both sweet and spicy flavors. The flavor is very earthy and subtle, and the texture is very creamy and buttery. Brie melts very nicely but holds it shape, making it perfect for holiday snack recipes like these Baked Brie with Jam and Cranberry Brie Bites.

How To Eat It

There are several delicious ways to enjoy your Brie.

  • Baked. Of course the first option on my list is to bake the brie surrounded by crescent dough and topped with cranberry orange sauce. But Cranberry Brie Bites are just one way to bake up your brie. Another way is to bake entire wheel of cheese, in the rind (because you can totally eat the rind!), then use crackers for scooping up the melted goodness.
  • With bread and toppings. Crostini topped with brie and an apple or pear slice is delicious, especially with a drizzle of honey. Add some nuts for crunch.
  • Pair with wine. I prefer something in the white category like Pinot Grigio but Merlot and Pinot Noir also make great pairings.
  • Charcuterie. Add some cubes of brie to your Cheese Platter or Charcuterie Board with cured meats and fruits for the holidays. Perfect for a dinner party!
  • By the slice. The simplest way to enjoy this creamy, smooth deliciousness is to grab a slice and just enjoy!
cranberry brie bites arranged on a wooden platter

How To Make Cranberry Brie Bites

This is a visual overview of the steps to make this recipe. Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.

  1. To start, you’ll need a mini muffin pan, the one with 24 cups. Spray them really well with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat your oven – it will be ready to bake once you finish prepping the ingredients.
  2. Cut up 6 ounces of brie into small squares that will fit into the mini muffin tin cups. Mine were about 3/4-inch to 1-inch in size. You can find a wheel of brie in 6 ounce wheels at my grocery store, but If you need to buy a larger one, just eat the rest! Feel free to leave the rind on because it’s edible. Keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble the bites.
  3. Combine cranberry sauce and orange marmalade and set that aside as well.
  4. Roll out crescent roll dough and cut it into 24 squares. Use flour on your cutting board to keep it from sticking. Press the cracks in the dough together and stretch the dough out into a square shape so you can cut evenly. Press those squares into each muffin cup.
  5. Grab the brie squares and set one into each muffin cup. Drizzle a little of the cranberry sauce mixture on top and around the cheese square. Top cranberries with a small sprig of rosemary or some candied orange peels and some chopped pistachios or pecans.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Oven temperatures can vary so watch closely after 10 minutes so your cranberry brie bites don’t burn.
3 images in a collage showing the steps to make cranberry brie bites

Serving Suggestions

Let the bites cool slightly then serve immediately; it’s best to eat them warm. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven to melt the cheese. I don’t recommend freezing them.

Storage and Freezing

Can cranberry brie bites be made in advance? Because we’re using Pillsbury crescent dough to keep it super simple, these are best baked and served immediately. If you want to make them in advance, I’d recommend using puff pastry dough instead.

How do you reheat cranberry brie bites? Place the bites on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes or until heated through.

How do you store leftovers? Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months and reheat from frozen in a 350 degree oven.

close up of a pastry cup with melted brie and cranberry sauce, topped with rosemary

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Cranberry Brie Bites

4.75 from 48 votes
Cranberry Brie Bites are a sweet and tangy bite-sized appetizer. Creamy baked brie in a flaky crescent roll cup topped with sweet cranberry orange sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 229.65kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounce tube crescent roll dough
  • flour for rolling out the dough
  • 6 ounces Brie cheese
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup whole cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios, pecans or walnuts
  • fresh rosemary or candied orange pieces for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 24-count mini-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cut the brie into small, about 1-inch (or a little less) squares and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • In a small bowl, mix together orange marmalade and cranberry sauce. Set aside.
  • Lightly flour a flat surface, like a large wooden cutting board, and roll out the tub of crescent dough. Stretch slightly to form an evenly sided rectangle and pinch seams together. Cut into 24 even sized squares.
  • Place the squares into the prepared muffin cups. Top with brie cheese square and a teaspoon (or a little less) of the orange-cranberry mixture. Top with a few of the chopped nuts and a small sprig of rosemary.
  • Slide the muffin pan into the oven and bake for about 10-13 minutes, or until golden brown and dough is cooked through.
  • Let cool 5-10 minutes and serve warm.

Notes

Can cranberry brie bites be made in advance? Because we’re using Pillsbury crescent dough to keep it super simple, these are best baked and served immediately. If you want to make them in advance, I’d recommend using puff pastry dough instead.
How do you reheat cranberry brie bites? Place the bites on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes or until heated through.
How to you store leftovers? Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months and reheat from frozen in a 350 degree oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 3bitesCalories: 229.65kcalCarbohydrates: 22.53gProtein: 6.23gFat: 13.74gSaturated Fat: 6.47gCholesterol: 21.26mgSodium: 364.46mgPotassium: 71.72mgFiber: 0.55gSugar: 12.54gVitamin A: 141.82IUVitamin C: 0.87mgCalcium: 46.96mgIron: 0.61mg

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Had to use cranberry jelly, since we couldn’t find whole this year at Thanksgiving. Didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture, but we’re gone in a flash! Will try again at Christmas

    1. All of the details are in the recipe card near the end of the post, including the temperature, which is 375℉.

  2. Made these as an appetizer for Christmas dinner. They were sensational. Everyone from 4 years old to 70 years old loved them! Thank you for the pretty, tasty, festive idea!

  3. My daughter was the first one to make these. Sooo yummy. i make them often. i could eat tase asa meal. love all the recipes i have tried from you.

  4. Hi! I’m baking the Brie appetisers now since we’re not eating at my house. How is the best way to reheat them?

    1. Can you assemble bites say around 10:-11:00 A. M. Then bake around 4:00 P. M. Without pastry becoming soggy in order to serve warm at cocktail
      Hour? 5-6:00 P M?

  5. Hi Kristen!
    I’m looking so forward to making these appetisers for Thanksgiving. I was just wondering what you used to cut the 24 squares?

    Thank you!

  6. Can you put everything in the pan and then wait 30 minutes to put in the oven? We want to make this for thanksgiving but we are going to a friends house. Would like to assemble at our house first and then bake when we get there.

        1. They probably won’t take time to reheat. Just keep in mind that fresh is best, so they will lose some quality in reheating.