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Pastry Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie, the holiday appetizer. It’s quick, easy, and most importantly…incredibly delicious. Store-bought puff pastry wrapped around creamy brie cheese with homemade cranberry sauce and toasted pecans. Then baked until the pastry is golden and the brie warm and melty. A truly mouth-watering appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining. It’s festive, easy to prepare, and always a crowd favorite.

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I can remember so many holiday parties spent at my Nonnie’s house when she served this brie. This was her go-to appetizer. She perfected the Brie appetizer. And let’s be honest, she really perfected the holiday party.

My Nonnie had a way of making every party she held, whether big or small, feel so special. She paid attention to detail and was always the perfect host. She was welcoming, social, and she did her parties up in her own style too.

She could give us all a lot of tips when it comes to throwing a holiday party that people really want to attend. I know that at the top of her list would be two things, keep the wine flowing, and always, always have good appetizers.

She had an assortment of easy appetizers she’d turn to for her parties. But cranberry baked brie was a holiday staple. On Christmas day she’d serve this before dinner and it was always the first dish to go.

I don’t have her exact recipe, so this recipe is more from memory, but it’s totally delicious. She’d very much approve.

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This brie is easy – start with the cranberries

If you happen to have cranberry sauce in the fridge, you can skip this very first step. Otherwise, start with the cranberries!

I made a quick sauce with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup. Nonnie definitely used brown sugar, but maple feels little less sweet to me. I added a splash of vanilla and a tiny pinch of cinnamon for a sweet/savory combination.

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Next, the pastry

Nonnie knew that appetizers needed to be simple, so store-bought puff pastry was a must.

Unwrap the brie, then sit it on top of the pastry. Top the brie with the cranberry sauce, and then a handful of toasted pecans. Then wrap the brie up.

Last step, brush the pastry with a beaten egg and add a sprinkle of course sugar. This step isn’t needed, but it makes the pastry really sparkle. It’s fun for the holidays and adds a nice deliciousness too.

Throw the brie in the oven, and done.

Quick, easy, and perfect!

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When the brie comes out of the oven, serve it immediately with your favorite crackers or toasted bread. It’s hard to describe just how good this really is. But if you love cranberries, and you love brie, you must make this. It’s classic, but turned up a notch, and it really is roll-your-eyes-back GOOD.

Promise, this will be the favorite appetizer of the night!

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Looking for other easy brie recipes?? Here are my favorites: 

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Lastly, if you make this Pastry Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie, 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 tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Pastry Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 281 kcal

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Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 8-12 ounce wheel of brie cheese
  • 2/3 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • coarse sugar, for sprinkling


  • 1. To make the cranberry sauce: in a medium pot, bring the cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Boil 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries burst and the sauce becomes jammy.
    2. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
    3. Lay the puff pastry flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the brie in the center of the pastry and remove a little of the rind from the top of the brie. I leave the rind on the bottom and sides intact. Spread the cranberry sauce over top and then sprinkle over the pecans. Fold the corners of the pastry over the brie. Brush the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
    4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is deep golden brown. 
    5. EAT and enjoy with your favorite bread or crackers...or just with a spoon.
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  1. I wanted a recipe. Not a diatribe on the exisistential crisis facing the authors grandmother and how they gathered nuts for the recipe alongside nowadays farmers visiting from outer Mongolia.

    Bloody ridiculous.

    1. If you don’t enjoy recipes kindly shared by the author for free to all, feel free to look elsewhere. We enjoy the back story, insights and tips from Tiegen. Thank you, bye!

  2. 5 stars
    Sooooo delicious! Made for Christmas and will absolutely make a again! Used an 8oz wheel of Brie, didn’t include all of the cranberry sauce and pecans as I was worried they’d spill out as some of the reviews noted. It was perfect!

    1. Hi Terri,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 xT

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!🎄🎁 xTieghan

      1. Hi there,
        Yes, you could assemble ahead of time and then just bake when you are ready to serve. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Yes, I would assemble everything ahead of time but wait ti bake until you are ready to serve. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    2. New follower here! I am actually making 3 of your recipes for Christmas! I am excited!!

      Stupid question about the cranberry sauce, if I am making it from a can, I can just skip the whole cranberry process, correct? I don’t have to add the maple syrup or anything else, right?

      Jenifer W

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, that will work well for you. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  3. Hi there! May be a silly question, but can I use a 16 Oz Brie round instead of 12? Would it change anything as far as the ratio of ingredients? Thanks!

    1. Hi Heather,
      That would be just fine to use, you can follow the recipe as is. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  4. I am going to bake this for Christmas but my turkey will be in the oven at 350 degrees if baking it at the same time how much would I adjust the baking time?

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made several baked Brie recipes over they years and this one is my new favorite. I’ve made this twice in the last two weeks and will be making it again for Christmas. It is simple to put together, makes a lovely presentation (don’t skip the sugar!), and everyone loves it!

    1. Hey Joanne,
      Awesome! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. Happy Holidays!❄️ xT

    1. Hi Melody,
      Fantastic! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Happy Holidays!🎄 xx

  6. Would this be ok to prepare everything the day before and put in the fridge and bake the next day? The cranberry sauce won’t affect the consistency of the tart? Thank you!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Yes, this should work well for you! I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. I am so excited to try this…I am thinking I will prepare the night before as mentioned above. My question is…I plan to bring this to work Christmas party…I’m going to try and keep it warm til I get there….but do you think I could possibly warm in microwave for a bit? Thank you ❤️

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Yes, those will work for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  7. Hi!
    I am hoping to make this for my in-laws tomorrow and don’t have time to practice so I’ve been studying lots of recipes…yours looks the best! 😍 Do you roll out the dough at all or just leave it as the thickness right out of the package? Thank you!!

    1. Hey Emily,
      No need to roll the dough:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This was a hit at my cookie exchange this year! I wish I took a photo but it was delicious. I had the same issue with the cheese spilling out a bit but I didn’t mind. Definitely a keeper! And that cranberry sauce. Amazing!

    1. Hey Christina,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Happy Holidays! xTieghan