New favorite party game: eat all of the Cranberry Brie Bites before the other guests notice. Buttery, flaky, and filled with tangy cranberry and creamy brie cheese, each one of these addictive little nuggets tastes like a mini baked brie.
These brie bites are perfectly sized for popping right into your pie (er, puff pastry) hole and have a dangerous way of disappearing at holiday parties.
Also, between friends, I won’t tell anyone if you start munching on the cranberry brie bites before the guests arrive.
These baked brie bites are the ultimate make-ahead appetizer recipe.
- 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!
Cranberries and brie cheese are a classic combo and taste positively cheery wrapped in flaky puff pastry. In the oven, the puff pastry becomes a golden cloud and the brie warm and creamy, and the sweet cranberry sauce adds a festive pop to every bite.
A dollop of cranberry, a cube of brie. Each of these bite-sized brie appetizers is a puff pastry present, and I say we have been very, very good this year.
5 Star Review
“Oh my. I am ashamed to admit how many of these I’ve eaten. These are wonderful!”— Smash —
Tips for the Best Cranberry Brie Bites
- Yield. Read the directions very carefully. When I use a very small (1 1/2-inch) biscuit cutter, roll each of the two sheets of pastry to a full 11-inch square, and pack the circles so closely together that 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 about the yield and want to ensure you have enough of these popular bites for a crowd, I suggest purchasing an extra sheet or two of puff pastry, just in case.
- Taste That Sauce. The preferred sweetness or tartness of cranberry sauce is unique to each person. Before adding the sauce to the bites, give it a taste to make sure you are happy with it. Don’t be afraid to use salt (the bites need it for flavor, since puff pastry is mild on its own), squeeze in extra orange juice, or give the cranberries an extra squirt of honey to suit your personal preferences.
- Stretch It. To more easily seal the bites, stretch the top rounds of puff pastry with your fingers every so slightly so that they are a bit larger than the bottom round. This will help them fit more easily over the brie.
- Adjust as Needed. If the cranberry sauce keeps squirting out the sides (a little is OK; a lot will make the bites not look as pretty once they are baked), either stretch the top round of puff pastry a bit more (see point above), or use a lesser amount of cranberry or a slightly smaller cube of brie.
How to Make Cranberry Brie Bites
These brie bites are a holiday party rockstar. They’re always a hit and, once the puff pastry is sealed, these brie and cranberry bites can be frozen for weeks.
With these easy bites, you’ll have one less worry when you’re stressing over the holiday meals, and you’ll be fully prepared to feed any hungry relatives who descend upon your house unannounced.
- Cranberries. These tart, beautifully-colored beauties are bursting with holiday flavor. With oodles of fiber and vitamins, cranberries are also a nutritious addition.
- Orange Juice. Orange juice adds sweetness that helps balance any bitterness from the cranberries. The two flavors complement each other wonderfully.
- Honey. Honey naturally sweetens the cranberry filling. Plus, it tastes amazing with the brie.
- Cinnamon. A touch of warmth that’s delicious in the cranberry sauce.
- Puff Pastry. Flaky, buttery puff pastry can’t be beat! It’s one of my favorite ingredients to use for holiday-worthy recipes (see all my puff pastry recipes here).
- Egg. An egg wash helps seal the puff pastry edges and makes it a beautiful golden brown color.
- Brie. Creamy, buttery, and richly-flavored, brie is an absolute crowd-pleaser. It’s dreamy paired with the cranberry sauce.
- Prepare the cranberry sauce, then let it cool.
- Roll the puff pastry dough into a square and cut 48 circles from it.
- Beat the egg, then brush it over each circle. Add cranberry sauce and brie to half the circles.
- Top each puff pastry circle with another circle, pinch the ends, and crimp the edges. Prick each one with a fork. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry sheet.
- Brush each brie bite with egg wash. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes at 375 degrees F on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. ENJOY!
- To Store. Refrigerate leftover bites in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
- To Reheat. You can reheat cranberry brie bites. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 375 degrees F.
- To Freeze. Freeze brie bites in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the oven at 350 degrees F.
Make Ahead Cranberry Brie Bites
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 an 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.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Biscuit/Cookie Cutters. An easy way to cut the puff pastry dough.
- Parchment Paper. Makes cleanup a breeze!
- Baking Sheets. Ideal for baking the puff pastry cranberry brie bites.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make these brie bites gluten free, use gluten free puff pastry dough. Double-check that all your other ingredients are gluten free as well.
No, you do not take the rind off brie before baking it. The rind on brie cheese is safe to eat. It’s considered part of the cheese and has a wonderful earthy flavor.
If you’d prefer to not use orange juice for your brie bites recipe, you can swap it for lemon juice.
Cranberry Brie Bites
For the Cranberry Filling:
For the Puff Pastry Bites:
- 2 sheets puff pastry 10×10 inch, thawed in the refrigerator overnight (I like Pepperidge Farm)
- 1 large egg beaten
- 4 ounces Brie cheese cold and cut into small pieces (about 1/4-inch cubes)
- 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. Taste and add additional salt, honey, or orange as desired. Make sure you are happy with the flavor of the sauce, as it will have a big impact on the final taste of the bites.
- 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 size 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 round. 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 the 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 brie 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!
- TO MAKE AHEAD: 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 an 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.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover bites in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
- TO REHEAT: You can reheat cranberry brie bites. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 375 degrees F.
- TO FREEZE: Freeze brie bites in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the oven at 350 degrees F.
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