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.
Buttery, flakey, and filled with tangy cranberry + creamy Brie cheese, these addictive little nuggets are perfectly sized to disappear right into your waiting trap. Be swift and true, and layers of light pastry wrapped around a luscious, fruity filling are sure to be yours. Also, cheat. Start ahead!
Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites are the ultimate make-ahead holiday appetizer. They can be assembled and frozen, either baked or unbaked, weeks before a party. They reheat beautifully from both frozen and thawed. They even taste fabulous served warm or at room temperature. Holiday appetizer MVP? Absolutely.
Cranberries and Brie cheese are a classic holiday combo and taste positively cheery wrapped in flakey puff pastry. Think baby baked Bries! I used a mini biscuit cutter to stamp out the pastry rounds, but you can cut them into little squares too.
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 and be 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 remains is to pop these pretties straight into your mouth.
I have a batch of Cranberry Bakes Brie Puff Pastry Bites stashed away in my freezer for Ben and my housewarming/first-annual Milwaukee Christmas party. Our progress on the new house has been slow deliberate, so I decided the proper thing to do was invite a bunch of people over for a night. I can imagine no greater motivator to finally organize our lives than hosting a large social gathering for people we want to dupe into believing we have our acts together.
When party-day arrives, our TV cords may still be a jungle and the pictures unhung, but thanks to Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites, I’m at least feeling confident about the appetizers.
More party-perfect appetizer recipes:
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
An easy and delicious puff pastry appetizer: puff pastry cut into rounds, filled with cranberries and Brie cheese, then baked. This recipe can be prepped weeks in advance, making it perfect for parties and holiday entertaining.
Yield: about 48, small 1.5-inch pastry bites
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.
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.