3-ingredient cranberry brie bites are an easy holiday appetizer to make during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Stunning red cranberry sauce over a melted bit of brie cheese is wrapped in a buttery pastry bite. YUM.
Easy cranberry brie bites is a perfect holiday appetizer or snack for serving as a tide-us-over snack around lunchtime on Thanksgiving day or for an elegant appetizer on Christmas Eve.
I made a batch for friends recently and they were absolutely shocked to learn it was a roll of refrigerated crescent roll dough and not crispy puff pastry.
The cranberry bites bake up golden brown and look so gorgeous on a festive platter. I'll definitely be making these again for my family visiting from out of town for the holiday!
Why This is the Best Recipe
I am a big fan of delicious appetizers that look like they took a lot of work but were actually super easy to prep. I think this is the best cranberry brie bites recipe because:
- Store Bought Dough: Using crescent roll dough keeps this quick and easy. My friends swore it was the more expensive puff pastry. It wasn't!
- Just 3 Ingredients: You can easily keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute entertaining all holiday season long.
- Festive and Pretty: Those little ruffled bites look amazing on platter. This would make an excellent potluck snack to bring to a party, too.
You are going to LOVE this easy recipe with just 3 ingredients:
- Crescent Roll Dough: I just used refrigerated dough from the grocery.
- Cranberry Sauce: I made homemade sauce because it is so easy but you could also use your favorite canned cranberry sauce.
- Brie Cheese: I had a wheel of brie on hand but a wedge works fine too. You're just cutting it into cubes, so any shape will do.
Optional: Fresh rosemary for garnish
Prep the Cranberry Sauce
I made this dish with my homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier because I love the texture and flavor.
You could use canned cranberry sauce in a pinch, but if you have 10 minutes, this is a very easy recipe you can make in advance and keep in the fridge or freezer:
Assemble the Pastry Bites
Roll the crescent roll dough out and use a pizza wheel to slice it into 24 small squares like this:
Place one pastry square in each well of a mini muffin tin. Gently press the square down into place.
Top each pastry square with a small cube of brie cheese like this:
Then add a small spoonful of cranberry sauce over the top of each cube of cheese like this:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Bake the cranberry brie bites for 15 minutes or until the crescent roll dough is golden brown and the brie has melted.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
I love to garnish the platter of cranberry brie bites with a sprig of fresh rosemary because it looks so pretty and festive.
If you really love fresh rosemary, you could even add a few pieces of the herb directly onto the bites themselves.
I think the bites taste best warm but we enjoyed nibbling them at room temperature throughout the party I served them at.
Cranberry Brie Bites
- 1 (8 oz) refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 8 oz wheel of brie cheese
- 1 cup cranberry sauce homemade or store bought
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Set out a mini muffin tin and spray it with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle some all purpose flour on a baking mat and roll out the crescent roll dough. If using a package of individual rolls, pinch the seams together.
- Using a pizza wheel, cut the crescent dough into 24 squares. Tuck one square into each well of the prepared muffin tin.
- Cut the brie into 24 small pieces and place one cube in each muffin tin well.
- Top each muffin well with a spoonful of cranberry sauce.
- Bake the cranberry brie bites for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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