Cranberry Brie Bites

Brie Cranberry and Walnut Bites

 Elaine Lemm

Ratings
  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Chilling Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings

The combination of Brie cheese with cranberry is classic for the holidays, but don't let that stop you making these bite-sized appetizers any time of year. The recipe can be adapted quickly with your favorite cheeses and fillings, making these the perfect party food for Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl, and beyond.

Flaky, creamy, and sweet, these easy-to-prepare cranberry Brie bites will make all your holiday festivities stress-free, while impressing guests with their beautiful flower-like shape. Even better, there's no need to make the dough—store-bought sheets of ready rolled puff pastry is the secret to cutting down on prep time.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces Brie (rind removed and chilled)
  • 1 (14x10-inch) sheet ready rolled puff pastry
  • 4 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (broken into pieces, but not chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, these cranberry brie bites are broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Prepare the Bites

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Lightly grease a 12-hole mini-muffin tin with 1 tablespoon of butter, then pop it into the refrigerator to chill.

  3. Cut the chilled Brie into 1/4-inch cubes, put onto a plate, and return to the refrigerator.

  4. Unroll the pastry onto a sheet of baking paper, mark into 2-inch squares and cut with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Puff pastry goes soft quickly, especially if the kitchen is warm; if this is the case, roll gently onto the baking paper and chill for 5 minutes.

  5. Take the muffin tin and pastry squares out from the refrigerator. Take each square and gently squeeze opposite corners together making sure they do not touch, then plop the square into the muffin tin, one at a time. 

  6. Put a 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce into each pastry cup and top with a square of Brie.

  7. Return the filled muffin tin to the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Make the Glazed Walnuts

  1. Heat a small skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and honey (or agave, if using); once the butter is foaming, raise the heat slightly and add the walnuts. Keep the nuts moving around the pan by shaking gently from time to time for 5 minutes making sure they are covered by the glaze.

  2. Tip the glazed walnuts onto a baking sheet lined with paper and use a fork to separate the nuts. Sprinkle with the salt and leave to cool.

Bake the Bites

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  2. Bake in the center of the oven for 18 minutes until golden brown and the cheese melts. Some of the cheese may ooze out and burn slightly; do not worry this adds a little crunch and taste.

  3. Remove from the oven and press a couple of walnut pieces into the melted cheese of each bite. Leave the bites in the tins for 5 minutes, then remove and leave to cool a little more.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • The bites are best served slightly warm. but not hot. The cheese will go hard if they become too cold, but can be warmed in the oven (not in the microwave) if this happens.
  • If you like things a little sweeter, decorate with another tiny spot of cranberry sauce.