The creaminess of brie cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet flavour of cranberry sauce in these brie cranberry bites in puff pastry. These delightful little bites are perfect for any season or occasion and each one boasts plenty of wonderful flavour. So, if you like the gooey creaminess of brie cheese along with sweet bottled or homemade cranberry sauce, you’re going to want to make these.
Fruity cranberry sauce and orange marmalade pair with brie cheese, crescent roll dough and chopped pecans to make these scrumptious cranberry brie bites.
Why You’ll Love It
Easy: Using crescent dough, or crescent roll dough, makes these cranberry brie bites a breeze to prepare. You just need to divide the cheese and other ingredients between the little crescent dough shapes and bake in the oven.
Tasty: Fans of cheese, and brie in particular, are going to love baked brie bites. Brie is a lovely cheese to use in baked recipes because it melts to ooey gooey perfection, and then the sweetness of the cranberry sauce and marmalade are also great in these, while the pecans add crunch.
Impressive: You don’t have to fiddle around with complicated recipes if you’re entertaining a crowd and you’re all out to impress. This elegant cranberry brie appetizer might look tricky but there’s really nothing difficult about how to make cranberry brie bites or how to get them baked to golden brown perfection every time.
Ingredients for Cranberry Brie Bites
Crescent roll dough, brie cheese and cranberry sauce are the key ingredients in this simple brie bites appetizer. You also need orange marmalade, chopped pecans, and some rosemary sprigs.
How to Make Puff Pastry Cranberry Brie Bites
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Prepare the brie bites ingredients: Mix the cranberry sauce and orange marmalade together in a bowl, and cut the brie in to little squares.
Roll out and divide the puff pastry dough: Roll the brie bites dough out and cut into 24 squares, which you will press into greased mini muffin tins.
Add the brie mixture: Divide the brie cheese, cranberry sauce mixture and chopped pecans between the phyllo cups in the muffin tin slots.
Bake, garnish and serve: Cook until golden, and then serve warm garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Substitutions and Variations
Feel free to make your own puff pastry shells for this holiday season appetizer if you prefer – using readymade dough does make these brie bites easier though. You can swap the orange marmalade for fig jam, apricot preserves or even add a little pepper jelly for a touch of heat, and the pecans for chopped pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts.
If the filling isn’t salty enough to your palate, you can add a small pinch of sea salt to the cranberry brie bites in the muffin pan. Not a fan of brie? Use soft goat cheese instead or even cheddar or another favourite.
How to Serve Cranberry Brie Bites
These puff pastry cranberry brie bites are best served warm from the oven, garnished with some fresh rosemary.
How to Store Cranberry Brie Bites
Store: Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat: Loosely cover the mini muffin tin slots with foil and bake at 350 degrees F until warm, or arrange them on a baking sheet instead. You can also microwave them want to reheat cranberry brie bites.
Freeze: Once completely cooled, you can freeze cranberry brie bites in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid and then transfer them into a freezer safe container for up to 2 months.
Thaw: Reheat the cranberry brie bites from frozen in a 350 degrees F oven for about 12 minutes.
Cranberry Brie Appetizer FAQs
Yes, you can prepare the recipe a few hours in advance and then just pop them in the oven when you’re ready to cook them. Keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to cook them.
If you aren’t keen on crescent rolls, you might prefer to use mushroom caps instead of the dough. Don’t overfill them though, else the cheese will leak over the edges. Using mushroom caps means these are no longer finger food, so should be served on small plates with a little fork.
Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer
- 1 Can crescent roll dough
- 6 Ounces brie cheese
- ¼ Cup whole cranberry sauce
- ¼ Cup orange marmalade
- ¼ Cup pecans chopped
- fresh rosemary sprig optional garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cooking spray onto a mini muffin pan.
- Add the whole cranberry sauce and orange marmalade to a bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
- Slice the brie cheese into small, 1-inch squares using a sharp knife (feel free to leave the rind on). Set aside.
- Roll out the crescent roll dough onto a floured surface.
- Use your fingers to press the perforated lines together so that the dough makes one large rectangle.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the crescent roll dough into 24 equally-sized squares. Gently press each square into the mini muffin pan molds.
- Add 1 cube of brie cheese, 1 tablespoon of cranberry-orange mixture, and a pinch of chopped pecans to each mini muffin.
- Bake the bites for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the dough is golden.
- Allow the bites to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the mini muffin pan.
- Garnish each bite with a small sprig of rosemary.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Cranberry brie bites are easy-to-make pastry squares filled with brie cheese, cranberry sauce and more. This lovely recipe is ideal for any holiday gathering or occasion and the creamy brie and sweet cranberry sauce pair wonderfully.
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