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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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Ingredients

Cranberry Sauce

Brie

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. Hey Tabitha,
      Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      A big hit for Thanksgiving! Easy to follow and delicious. I was able to prep it the night before and cook it just before the guests arrived. Thanks for the recipe!

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe will be on repeat this winter season. First off, the cranberry sauce is the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had! This recipe is simple, the sauce can be made ahead of time so that when it’s time to make all you have to do is throw everything together and toss in the oven. I had to make a second for my family because it was gone in minutes. #TrustTieghan she always comes through with great recipes.

    1. Hey Monique,
      Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    1. Hi Danielle,
      Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  2. We seem to have a shortage of fresh cranberries, but I did find frozen. Do you think they will be okay for this receipe? Thanks Tieghan!!

    1. Hi Haley,
      Yes, that is just fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 3 stars
    Very tasty & easy enough to make but I could not get fresh cranberries, I used dried & plumped them up, but my Brie didn’t melt, what did I do wrong ?

    1. Hey Ian,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, it sounds like it was not baked long enough. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? xTieghan

        1. Hi Gail,
          Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Festive and tasty recipe! I cooked mine in a mini cast iron dish and put the whole thing on my cheese board. It was the most amazing and beautiful centerpiece. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Sherry,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  5. Made this for thanksgiving pre-meal appetizers. WOW. So delicious and easy. Definately a keeper. FYI- I could not find the right size wheel of Brie, so I put 2 Brie triangles side by side and had a rectangle of Brie, which worked just fine. I used a combo of walnut and pecans, and used apple cider instead of orange juice. A Very forgiving recipe.

    1. Hi there,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This was the star of my dinner! Subbed candied pecans for walnuts and added candied ginger for zing. Despite forgetting to thaw my puff pastry (whoops!), I had extra homemade pie dough on hand and turned it into a more hearty galette, which worked really well for such substantial filling. Definitely a repeat!

    1. Hi Alana,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Perfect holiday app. I made the cranberry sauce and toasted the pecans the night before so it was easy to throw together and bake on Thanksgiving. I served with crustini, fig/rosemary crisps, thinly sliced red and green apples, grapes and a bowl of sliced nuts on the platter.

    1. Hi Colleen,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

        1. Hi Marcy,
          I would say about 1 week. I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Krista,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this today for the first time on Thanksgiving. Followed the recipe exactly. It’s so delicious, beautiful, turned out perfect. Easy to make.

    1. Hi Tracey,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hi Mikaela,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  9. This recipe is delicious! Made it today and a real hit for appetizer on Thanksgiving. I used a different recipe for the cranberry sauce that I like.

    1. Hey Jane,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  10. Hi! I’m making this today, thanks for your recipe! Can I make the cranberry sauce this morning and let it cool and then bake it all together tonight?

    1. Hi Heather,
      Yes, that will work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. Hi,
    Could I bake this at home and reheat an hour later when I arrive to the party or would that be overkill?
    Thanks,
    Casey

    1. Hi Casey,
      That might be a bit much, I would just bake once. I hope you love the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Barb,
      You bet, that will work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  12. I removed all the ring and the cheese all melted out!!
    Does keeping the side and bottom rind intact prevent this??
    thank you

    1. Hey Jay,
      Yes, it does help! Next time, just take a thin layer off of the top:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Karen,
      Those will be in the cranberry sauce. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  13. Hi Tieghan,

    Do you think this can be made in the air fryer? Trying to save oven space for other Thanksgiving sides 🙂

    1. Hey Eliza,
      So sorry I’ve never made something like this in an air fryer so I honestly don’t know. Let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Dannette,
      Totally fine to make the cranberry sauce ahead of time and keep in the fridge. I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  14. Any way I can bake this longer at 325 to have in while my oven is cooking, or will that affect the dish in a big way?

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      That would be totally fine! I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

        1. Hi Heidi,
          You could totally use this as a side! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kayla,
      Sorry, you will want to use fresh cranberries for this recipe. Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  15. What brand of brie do you recommend? Every time I buy brie I must not know what I am doing, because they taste awful! Help!!!

    1. Hey Michelle,
      I really use a variety of brands typically from Whole Foods. Some great options are Le Petit, Brie de Paris, Marin French Cheese. I hope this helps! xTieghan

      1. Hey Courtney,
        Sure, you could prep through step 3 and then bake when ready to serve. I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  16. Hi Taigan,
    How much of the rind do you scrape off the top of the brie? And is it off the entire top surface or just the centre? In your pic it doesn’t look like much but difficult to tell!

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Karen,
      I just did some of the center, not too much, I think he rind adds a lot of flavor. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      You can certainly remove the rind if that is your preference. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  17. Is it possible to make this ahead of time and if so… at what step can this be refrigerated? As always, this looks wonderful!

    1. Hey Carla,
      Totally, just pop in the fridge after step 3 and then follow the baking instructions when you are ready to serve. I hope you love this recipe! xTieghan

      1. Hi! Making this for my Friendsgiving tomorrow & I’m so excited! What are your favorite crackers to serve this with?

        1. Hey Breckyn,
          I like to use Raincoast Crisps, I get them from Whole Foods. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kitty,
      The crackers are called Raincoast Crisps, I found them at Whole Foods. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. Hi Tieghan,

    I was just about to make an older version of this recipe with fig jam and plums for dinner (which I chave also made before and loved), but this seems like a lovely new twist to that recipe, so definitely trying this tonight. I haven’t managed to find round-shaped brie where I live, so last time i did it with a triangle shaped one (not ideal). This time I thought I would try to do it with Camembert, since it has a nice round shape. Do you think it would work, or is Camembert too gooey for the pastry to be able to hold it in?

    1. Hey Tea,
      I think Camembert would also work well for you here. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Sabine,
      Tut mir leid, ich bin mir nicht sicher, was Sie meinen, wir haben die Rezepte nur auf Englisch verfügbar. xTieghan

  19. I love that it’s not totally encased, looks so pretty.

    I hope your Nonnie saw some of your HBH recipes and posts Before she passed? I bet she would have been thrilled and proud. Xx

    1. Hey Vanessa,
      Whatever you like from your local grocery store, I typically switch it up, Whole Foods has great options. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan