A delicious appetizer using leftover cranberry sauce, today’s Cranberry Brie Bites combine the richness of crescent dough and brie cheese with the tart sweetness of cranberry sauce for an irresistible appetizer perfect for all of your holiday gatherings.
Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
I typically make any brie appetizers with strawberry jam, but for a festive twist I thought I would use some extra cranberry sauce that I had on hand.
The cranberry sauce adds a bit of tang that complements the sweetness of the buttery crescent dough and the creaminess of the brie cheese perfectly. I also love the contrast in textures between the crunchy crescent dough and the soft, melted brie and jam.
For even more texture contrast and to add a different flavor into the mix, you can top these cranberry brie bites with roasted nuts like walnuts, pecans or pistachios. You can also add some fresh rosemary for an earthy flavor but I personally am not a huge fan of that addition. (I’d rather add some fresh lime zest if you think these appetizers need some extra garnish.)
You can add the cranberry sauce after baking for a prettier appearance, but I personally prefer the texture and warmth of adding it prior to baking.
Brie tastes amazing with just about any preserve or jam – my daughter loves it with raspberry (like in our Baked Brie in Sourdough Bread with Raspberries and Toasted Almonds) but it is also delicious with blueberry jam, orange marmalade, lemon preserves, etc. If you’d like, you can make some of these brie bites with cranberry sauce and then switch things up with another flavor to provide your family or guests with different options.
You can use phyllo or puff pastry in place of the crescent dough for a slightly different texture, but don’t feel like using crescent dough will result in a less gourmet or delicious appetizer.
Can you freeze Cranberry Brie Bites? Surprisingly, YES! You can prep these appetizers ahead of time and freeze in an airtight freezer container for up to three months (this set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain). When ready to serve, simply reheat from frozen at 350ºF for a few minutes.
Appetizers using Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Crostini
- Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs
- Leftover Turkey Dinner Tacos from The Soccer Mom Blog
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip from Budget Bytes
- Crockpot Cranberry Hot Wings from The Spruce Eats
Cranberry Brie Crescent Bites Ingredients
- Crescent Roll Dough
- Brie Cheese, or other cheese of choice
- Cranberry Sauce <– grab our recipe for homemade cranberry sauce here
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: swap out the cranberry sauce for any favorite jam or preserve for a new twist on this classic appetizer.
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How to Make Cranberry Brie Bites
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Spray two mini muffin trays with baking spray and set aside. (Ensure they are well-greased or the bottoms of the crescent cups may stick.)
Roll the crescent roll dough out on a clean surface or cutting board. Pinch together the pre-cut creases, then use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough into 24 equal squares. (I did 6 columns from the top and 4 rows from the side – they don’t need to be perfect, but if you’re ridiculous like me, feel free to break out a ruler.)
Place each cut crescent dough square in the prepared mini muffin trays. Press down to form a small muffin cup.
Cut up the brie into 24 pieces and divide among all muffin cups.
Top with a teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our cranberry brie bites recipe:
- 1 package Crescent Roll Dough
- 250g Brie Cheese, or other cheese of choice
- 1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Spray two mini muffin trays with baking spray and set aside. (Ensure they are well-greased or the bottoms of the crescent cups may stick.)
- Roll the crescent roll dough out on a clean surface or cutting board. Pinch together the pre-cut creases, then use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough into 24 equal squares. (I did 6 columns from the top and 4 rows from the side - they don't need to be perfect, but if you're ridiculous like me, feel free to break out a ruler.)
- Place each cut crescent dough square in the prepared mini muffin trays. Press down to form a small muffin cup.
- Cut up the brie into 24 pieces and divide among all muffin cups.
- Top with a teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family or guests love this cranberry brie recipe as much as mine did – and don’t forget, you can swap out that cranberry sauce for any favorite jam or preserve to customize this to your personal preferences.
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