Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites
New favorite party game: eat all of the Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites before the other guests notice. Watch the short recipe video above to see these golden pillows of cheesy heaven in action, then read on below for the details on this dynamo appetizer that’s perfect for holiday parties, or anytime you are feeling classy.
Buttery, flakey, and filled with tangy cranberry + creamy Brie cheese, these addictive little nuggets are perfectly sized to pop right into your pie (er, puff pastry) hole, while the other guests are waiting in line for punch. Be swift and true, and layers of light pastry wrapped around a luscious, fruity filling are sure to be yours.
Also, between friends, I won’t tell anyone if you start munching on the Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites before the guests arrive.
Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites are the ultimate make-ahead appetizer. They can be assembled and frozen, either baked or unbaked, weeks before a party. They reheat beautifully from frozen or thawed. They even taste fabulous served both warm and at room temperature. Holiday appetizer MVP? Absolutely.
Cranberries and Brie cheese are a classic combo and taste positively cheery wrapped in flakey puff pastry. I used a mini biscuit cutter to stamp out the pastry rounds, but if you prefer not to have any pastry scraps, you can cut them into squares instead.
A dollop of cranberry, a cube of Brie. Each of these bites is a little puff pastry present, and I want to munch them all.
Seal the Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites with a bit of egg wash and a fork. Right now, they remind me of cute baby pies.
At this point, the bites can be frozen for months. Stow away a batch this weekend. You’ll have one less worry when you’re stressing over the Thanksgiving turkey, as well as fully prepared to feed any hungry relatives who descend upon your house unannounced.
Once baked, the puff pastry rises like a golden cloud, and the Brie becomes soft and creamy against the sweet cranberry sauce. All that remains is to pop these pretties right into your mouth.
I’ve made these Cranberry Bakes Brie Puff Pastry Bites numerous times for parties. They originally appeared at Ben and my housewarming/first Milwaukee Christmas party two years ago, and have remained a favorite in my recipe archive since. I’ve tried a variety of different twists (these Mushroom Puff Pastry Bites being another frontrunner), but this brie and cranberry combo is the one I come back to the most.
If you are planning to make these Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites for a crowd, please carefully read the directions about the yield. When I use a very small biscuit cutter and pack the circles so tightly on the puff pastry almost no scraps remain, I can squeak out 48 bites. If your biscuit cutter is even a speck larger (or if you use a smaller sheet of puff pastry or don’t pack the circles as tightly), you could end up with a much smaller amount. If you aren’t sure, I suggest purchasing an extra sheet or two of puff pastry, just in case. After all, “Sorry, there are too many of these deliciously flakey, addictive, cheesy Baked Brie Bites,” was said by no one, ever.
Tools I used to make this recipe:
- Two-sided biscuit/cookie cutters
- Parchment paper
- Best-ever all-purpose baking sheets (half sheet size)
Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites
Yield: about 48* (see notes)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
For the Cranberry Filling
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Puff Pastry Bites
- 2 10x10-inch sheets puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 4 ounces Brie cheese, cold
- Prepare the cranberry sauce: Combine the cranberries, orange juice, water, honey, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes, until the cranberries break down and thicken. Let cool.
- Unfold the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. With a rolling pin, gently roll the pastry so that it is an even 11-inch square. With a 1 1/2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut circles out of the pastry leaving as little space as possible between each circle (about 48 rounds total from one sheet. If you use a larger biscuit cutter, leave space between the circles, or have a smaller sized sheet of puff pastry, please note that the recipe yield will be smaller).
- Beat the egg in a small bowl, then lightly brush each pastry. Top half of the pastry rounds with 1/4 teaspoon cranberry sauce and 1 small piece Brie cheese, rind included.
- Carefully place the remaining pastry rounds on top of the Brie and cranberry, brushed egg side down. Pinch the ends closed, then gently crimp the edges with a fork to secure. Prick each pastry with a fork to allow the air to escape. (If making ahead, see notes section below.) Repeat with second pastry sheet.
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pastry on the prepared sheet and brush lightly with egg. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- IMPORTANT NOTE ON YIELD: If you are planning to make these Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites for a crowd, please carefully read the directions about the yield. I got 48 bites when I used a very small biscuit cutter, rolled the pastry quite thin, and packed the circles tightly on the puff pastry so that almost no scraps remained. If your biscuit cutter is even a teeny bit larger (or if you use a smaller sheet of puff pastry or don't pack the circles as tightly), you could end up with a much smaller amount. If you aren't sure, I suggest purchasing a little extra puff pastry and making extra cranberry sauce, just in case. No one will complain about too much baked brie!
- Assembled but unbaked puff pastry bites can be placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet and frozen. If freezing for later, still poke holes in the top but omit the exterior egg wash. Once frozen, remove the bites from the baking sheet and transfer to airtight bag. When ready to bake, apply the exterior egg wash. Puff pastry bites may be baked from frozen or thawed in the refrigerator, then baked chilled. If baking from frozen, keep the oven temperature the same, adding 3 to 5 minutes to the baking time. Pastry puffs may also be fully baked, then frozen and will reheat well in the oven.
Serving Size: 1 Brie bite
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 50
- Total Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Cholesterol: 2mg
- Sodium: 53mg
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Fiber: 0g
- Sugar: 1g
- Protein: 1g