Cranberry Brie Bites

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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.

A platter filled with cranberry brie bites has a sprig of rosemary in the back.

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!

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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:

  1. 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!
  2. Just 3 Ingredients: You can easily keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute entertaining all holiday season long.
  3. Festive and Pretty: Those little ruffled bites look amazing on platter. This would make an excellent potluck snack to bring to a party, too.


A can of crescent roll dough, a wheel of brie cheese, and a bowl of cranberry sauce.

You are going to LOVE this easy recipe with just 3 ingredients:

  1. Crescent Roll Dough: I just used refrigerated dough from the grocery.
  2. Cranberry Sauce: I made homemade sauce because it is so easy but you could also use your favorite canned cranberry sauce.
  3. 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:

The dough has been rolled out and cut into 24 squares with a pizza cutter.

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:

The squares of dough have been tucked into a mini muffin pan and brie cheese cubes added to each well.

Then add a small spoonful of cranberry sauce over the top of each cube of cheese like this:

A tiny spoonful of cranberry sauce is added to each muffin tin well.

Baking Instructions

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.

Serving Suggestions

A platter filled with cranberry brie bites has a sprig of rosemary in the back.

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.

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A platter filled with cranberry brie bites has a sprig of rosemary in the back.

Cranberry Brie Bites

5 from 45 votes
3-ingredient cranberry brie bites are an easy and festive appetizer recipe to serve through the holiday season. You can use homemade cranberry sauce or a canned cranberry sauce to make these in a pinch!
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
YIELD 24 small 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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