These mini cranberry brie bites are great finger snacks and appetizers for get-togethers, holidays, and potluck. They are super yummy with buttery, flakey puff pastry crust, gooey baked brie, and sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For a savory alternative, our jalapeño popper wonton cups and crab rangoon dip are also guaranteed crowd pleasers!
If you love baked brie, you'll love these mini cranberry brie bites. They are so easy and quick to make (less than 30 minutes!) and tastes amazing. Honestly, they are dangerous to keep around, which makes them great for gatherings, holidays, and potluck because they will be all gone!
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- Puff pastry sheet - These are usually available in the freezer aisle where the pre-made pie crust is. Puff pastry will give these brie bites super flakey, buttery layers.
- Brie cheese - This is a soft cheese with an earthy rind. Grocery stores usually sell brie cheese in 8 ounces wheels or smaller, cut wedges.
- Cranberry sauce - We highly recommend the can cranberry sauce with whole cranberries for some additional texture. Also, whole berry cranberry sauce tends to hold together a little better.
- Walnut - This is an optional topping that adds texture to the cranberry brie bites. Feel free to use walnut halves or pieces.
How to make mini brie bites with cranberry
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1. Prepare puff pastry sheet. Roll the thawed puff pastry sheet to a 9 by 14 inch rectangle. Then, cut it into 24 equal pieces.
2. Assemble the mini brie bites. Press a puff pastry sheet into each mini cupcake cups. Then, top with a piece of brie, cranberry sauce, and walnut.
3. Bake. Place the pan of brie bites into a 400°F oven and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden.
4. Serve. Let the cranberry brie bites cool until comfortable to handle, then enjoy! Also feel free to garnish each brie bite with some chopped or a tiny sprig of rosemary.
- Don't let the puff pastry dough become too warm. This will melt the butter in the dough, which will make the puff pastry lose its iconic flakey layers. So if needed, pop the pastry dough back into the fridge or freezer for 5 to 15 minutes.
- Drain the cranberry sauce if needed. After opening canned cranberry sauce, it tends to release juices. Drain the juice when needed so that it doesn't make the puff pastry soggy,
- Bake the mini brie bites until the puff pastry is golden. If the puff pastry is not golden brown, then most likely, the layers won't be as flakey as could be.
- Roll out the puff pastry. Don't skip the step to roll the puff pastry larger and thinner! Having the the pastry dough rolled out larger helps to keep all the brie cheese and toppings in the pastry. While, having the pastry thinner, prevents the pastry from puffing up too much, which will push all the filling out. Plus, too much puff pastry will take away the flavors of the fillings.
Storage and reheating
Leftover cranberry brie bites should be cooled completely before storing in an airtight container. Keep the mini brie bites refrigerated and they will be good for 3 to 4 days.
To reheat the brie bites, bake on a sheet pan at 350°F for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also airfry at 325°F. Do note that the puff pastry may not be as crisp and flakey as when fresh.
We do not recommend making the brie bites ahead of time. Puff pastry tastes the best and has the best texture when freshly baked. Although, if you want, you could have the puff pastry already pressed into the cupcake pan. Then, keep it covered and refrigerated until ready to bake. Then, assemble the brie bites before baking. If doing so, you may need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.
If you're not a big fan of cranberries, fig preserve or apricot jam is a great alternative!
Puff pastry will give the brie bites the flakiest and buttery crust. However, you could use crescent dough if you can't find puff pastry.
Mini Cranberry Brie Bites
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and prepare a mini nonstick cupcake pan. Lightly grease the cupcake pan if desired.
- On a clean work surface, unfold the puff pastry. Roll the puff pastry sheet to 9 by 14 inches, about ⅕ inch thick. If needed, lightly dust on some flour to prevent sticking.
- Cut the puff pastry into 24 smaller, equal sheets. Press a sheet of puff pastry into each mini cupcake cups.
- Top each puff pastry with a piece of brie, about 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce, and a piece of walnut half or some walnut pieces.
- Bake the pan of brie bites for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden and flakey. Remove from oven and let the brie bites cool. *Sometimes the cranberry sauce may slide off the brie from the puff pastry puffing up and the cheese bubbling. So spoon the cranberry sauce back into their puff pastry cups if needed.*
- Once comfortable to handle, slightly twist each brie bite to remove them from the pan. If desired, garnish each pastry cup with a tiny sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!
- Puff pastry dough - These are available in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores. If you cannot fine them, you can also use pre-made crescent dough.