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These Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts are my favorite last-minute appetizer. They’re quick, easy, and most importantly, everyone loves them! Puff pastry, creamy brie, and fresh cranberries all baked together to create the perfect cheese filled mini tarts. Finish each tart off with a little fresh thyme for a festive appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.

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Happy day before Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is just as excited as I am. We have all of the family here…and then some…for tomorrow’s big meal. My parents house is very full, and will continue to be through the weekend.

I know this might sound cheesy, but I’m feeling extra thankful this year. It’s been such a busy year. The last two months have been non-stop, and filled with a lot of work and not enough sleep…and I would not change it for a thing. I’m just so excited for all the growth that HBH has seen this year. And so thankful for all you, who loyally read my rambles day in and day out.

It’s funny, when I’m writing each day’s new blog post I never think about how many people will read it, or what you guys might think. I just write and share my life with you all. I love that this space feels like I’m chatting with friends every single day. It’s truly the best, and I’m very thankful to have SO many of you to talk and share my recipes with daily!

brie tarts before adding cranberries

Since we’re down to the wire, and somehow Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I wanted to share an incredibly easy recipe that’s also incredibly delicious.

Enter these cranberry brie pastry tarts.

These tarts are hands down one of the most delicious appetizers you can serve up. They still have a nice classic holiday flavor combo. But they’re made into cute tarts that are the best little three bite appetizers. They’re perfect for tomorrow, or any other party this holiday season.

tarts before baking

I mentioned the other day that one of my go-to short cut ingredients is puff pastry. I kind of love it. Puff pastry is great for quick dinners, beyond delicious appetizers, and sweet desserts.

That said, if there’s one thing I love to use puff pastry for the most, it’s brie. Brie and puff pastry are like peanut butter and jelly. They’re delicious on their own, but better together (really throwing out all the cheesy lines today…).

As you can imagine, these are simple, but don’t let that fool you, they are so good. I guarantee that if you put these on your appetizer table, every last tart will be gone in minutes.

overhead photo Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts before baking

Start by mixing fresh cranberries with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Since we’re using fresh cranberries it’s necessary to sweeten them with some form of sugar, or they’ll be too tart to eat. I like to use anywhere from 3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar, but use more or less to you taste. The cinnamon adds the perfect warming touch that pairs nicely with the tart cranberries and creamy brie.

Now, cut each sheet of pastry into rectangles and spread with fig preserves. The preserves add another layer of flavor and also help to balance the cranberry’s tartness. You could also use an equal amount of maple syrup or honey.

Top the preserves with slices of brie, add the cranberries, throw them in the oven, and done.

Quick, easy, and perfect.

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When these come out of the oven, some of the brie may have melted over the sides of the pastry. Don’t worry, this is totally fine. You just need to scoop any brie that melted off, back onto the tarts. Brie is a melty cheese, so just be aware that will most likely happen.

In my opinion, the meltier and messier the tarts are, the better.

I finished each tart off with some fresh thyme leaves for a pop of festive green color, and a hint of savory flavor. It’s hard to describe just how good these are, but if you love cranberries, and you love brie, you must make these mini tarts.

Promise, they will be the favorite appetizer of the night! I am very much looking forward to making them tomorrow for my family.

Hoping you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving, full of good food, family, and friends! If you need any last minutes recipe ideas, check out my Thanksgiving menu.

Taking tomorrow off to cook (I’ll be on Instagram though, with fun behind the scenes stories). I’ll be back on Friday with my first ever pot pie recipe!

Happy Thanksgiving!

overhead photo Cranberry Brie Pastry Tart cut in half

If you make these cranberry brie tarts be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Cranberry Brie Tarts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 12 10
Calories Per Serving: 777 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, cranberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  
    3. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 6 rectangles. Spread each rectangle with about 1 teaspoon fig preserves, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Top with 2 slices of brie and then mound the cranberries over the brie, pressing them into the brie to adhere slightly (see above photo). 
    4. Fold the edges of the pastry inward to enclose the brie. Brush the edges of pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. 
    4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the brie melted. Top with fresh thyme. Serve and enjoy! 
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  1. 5 stars
    I just made these babies and though they came out a bit messy, they’re insanely good. The tartness of the cranberries is perfectly balanced by the creamy brie and sweet fig spread. I added some crumbly goat cheese just because I’m feeling a little crazy tonight. These totally come together in a tight 30 minutes, and if it takes you an hour to melt some butter and fold some puff pastry maybe you need to work on your time management.

    I almost passed on these because of the four-star review average and I’m so glad I didn’t! If someone can explain to me why on god’s green earth someone would leave a one-star review on a recipe just because they don’t know how to follow directions I’ll eat my hat. Actually in lieu of a hat, I’ll just keep eating these tarts, because they’re the bomb. Thank you Ms. Half Baked Harvest!

  2. 1 star
    There is no way this recipe takes 30 minutes. It took us way longer than that, very stressful when trying to make it for Christmas dinner. Also a bit of a disaster baking it and didn’t taste good when it cooked down. Wouldn’t recommend.

    1. Hey Babs! I am so sorry this recipe didn’t turn out for you! Thank you for giving the recipe a try and I appreciate the feedback! xT

  3. 4 stars
    I made these for the second time this morning. Both times the taste is phenomenal but the tarts were a complete mess the first and second time. This time I lost more than half the tarts due to being burnt on the bottom and cheese spread all over the pan. I think that this recipe calls for too much cheese and/or maybe my oven runs too hot. Any tips appreciated because even with the issues the taste is sooo good! 😂

    1. Hi Brandi,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback! So sorry to hear you are having some issues. I would use less cheese next time and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. I hope this helps! Happy Thanksgiving! xx

    1. Hi Lea,
      I always recommend that if the nutritional information is important to you, you use your own personal calculator. Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT

    1. Hi Sophia,
      You could prep them in advance, but these are best served warm:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

    1. Hey Amy,
      Yes, go ahead and let them thaw and drain an extra liquids then follow the recipe as written. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xT

    1. Hi MaryAnn,
      The directions for the cranberries are listed in both steps 2 and 3. Please let me know if I can help in any other way! xx

  4. 5 stars
    These were a huge hit at Thanksgiving Making again for NYE holiday gathering tonight… Any advice on using frozen cranberries?
    Should I use them the same or wait till thawed?

    1. Hey Crlyn,
      I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! You could use them frozen, that will work well for you! Happy New Year! 🎊🎈