Baked Cranberry Brie Appetizer

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Baked Cranberry Brie plated to serve

Baked Cranberry Brie

No matter what time of year, there’s an occasion for cheese! During the holidays, this Baked Cranberry Brie is so gorgeous and so delicious, you’ll get a zillion compliments when you serve it to family and friends! 

Slightly sweetened tart cranberries top a triple cream brie round that’s baked in the oven until it’s hot and gooey. Then, it’s ready for your favorite crackers to dip in and enjoy. 

Cranberry Baked Brie in a cast iron skillet

If you love all kinds of cheese, try this Blue Cheese and Pecan Cheese Ball. It’s absolutely delicious. 

If you need more Christmas Finger Food Recipes, here are several that will work!

Ingredients for Baked Cranberry Brie

  • Brie Cheese
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Orange Zest
  • Cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • Pecans or Walnuts
  • Rosemary (as garnish)
  • Crackers for serving

Do You Take the Rind off Before Baking the Brie

The rind on brie is perfectly edible and delicious. When it’s baked, it becomes soft and is easier to eat. If unbaked, we tend to like the rind off, so we get mostly cheese. It’s really a personal preference on whether or not to cut it off. 

For this recipe, we cut the rind off just the top of the cheese so the cranberries can mix with the cheese, but the cheese stays contained because the rind doesn’t melt, so it’s easy to serve. 

How to Make a Baked Brie Appetizer 

Gather your ingredients and let’s make this easy app!

Ingredients for Baked Cranberry Brie

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400F and line a baking sheet or an oven-safe baking dish with parchment paper; set aside.

Next, cut the top off the rind on the round of brie. Leave as much of the cheese as possible.

Step 2

Mix your homemade cranberry sauce, brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla, and nuts in a small bowl. Reserve a few nuts to garnish after it’s out of the oven.

Top cheese round with mixture.

Ingredients to top brie
Mixture to top a brie round

Step 3

Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until hot. Then, sprinkles a few more nuts on top and rosemary sprigs. Serve with your favorite cracker and enjoy!

If you used parchment paper, you can just lift the brie round out and place it in a serving dish or slide it onto whatever surface you want to serve it on.

We often like to bake it in a small cast-iron skillet and serve it this way.

Baked Cranberry Brie is an easy and impressive 15-minute appetizer for the holidays that everyone loves. With a few simple ingredients and minutes of prep time, you have one of the best tasting Christmas recipes!
Do you see that gooey cheese???

How to Serve Your Baked Brie

The obvious choice is crackers. We love a hearty cracker with a bit of texture to go with the soft cheese; however, buttery Club Crackers are also a delicious choice. 

You can also serve your Brie with bread or crudites.

Cracker around a baked brie

Can You Reheat Baked Brie in the Microwave? 

Yes, reheating a baked brie in the microwave is absolutely okay. It will melt fast, so heat it at small 15-20 second intervals until it’s melted. We think this is perfectly easy to serve it leftover — if there is any!

Alternatively, you can take it out of the refrigerator and let it heat to room temperature and serve it that way. 

Can I Prep this Baked Brie in Advance

You can make the cranberry sauce mixture in advance and cut the top off the brie, but we recommend assembling and baking just before you want to serve it. 

Tips for Making Baked Brie with Cranberries

  • Brie is easiest to cut when it’s cold, so wait to take it out of the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare this appetizer.
  • You’ll need cranberry sauce for this recipe. Our super easy 20-minute cranberry sauce is perfect. However, you can doctor up store-bought with a little cinnamon, vanilla, and orange zest if you don’t have time to make it yourself. 
  • This brie appetizer is best to serve warm. 
Cranberry topped brie cheese melting

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Baked Cranberry Brie plated to serve

Baked Cranberry Brie

Baked Cranberry Brie is an easy and impressive 15-minute appetizer for the holidays that everyone loves.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Erin Henry

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce round brie cheese
  • 1/3 cup homemade cranberry sauce (see notes for store-bought)
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts (unroasted and roughly chopped)
  • Fresh rosemary (to garnish)
  • Crackers for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F and line a baking sheet or an oven-safe baking dish with parchment paper; set aside. Next, cut the top off the rind on the round of brie. Leave as much of the cheese as possible.
  • Mix your homemade cranberry sauce, brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla, and nuts in a small bowl. Reserve a few nuts to garnish after it’s out of the oven. Top cheese round with mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 7-10 minutes or until hot inside and gooey, but hasn’t collapsed. Then, sprinkles a few more nuts on top and a few rosemary sprigs. Serve with your favorite cracker and enjoy!

Notes

  • Brie is easiest to cut when it’s cold, so wait to take it out of the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare this appetizer.
  • You’ll need cranberry sauce for this recipe. Our super easy 20-minute cranberry sauce is perfect. However, you can doctor up store-bought with a little cinnamon, vanilla, and orange zest if you don’t have time to make it yourself. 
  • This brie appetizer is best to serve warm. 

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator. It doesn’t include the crackers for serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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