Cranberry Baked Brie - This easy holiday appetizer is perfect for entertaining! Warm melty brie topped with homemade cranberry sauce is both sweet and savory, made in under 20 minutes!
Warm baked brie is one of the easiest appetizers to make and is particularly popular during the holiday season. This cranberry-baked brie recipe is made with a wheel of brie and topped with my homemade cranberry sauce, super simple. The cranberry sauce is out of this world, consisting of red wine, fresh cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup, that's it! But you can use any leftover cranberry sauce or premade cranberry sauce, just to make it easy.
Baked brie is an elegant appetizer without any fuss and is sure to be a big hit at your next holiday party. It's festive, easy to prepare, and always a crowd favorite.
- Brie: For this recipe, I use an 8-ounce round of brie.
- Cranberry Sauce: Leftover homemade cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to this recipe. I highly recommend my homemade red wine cranberry sauce recipe, but you can also use canned whole-berry cranberry sauce from the grocery store if you are in a pinch.
- Fresh Rosemary: Garnish with fresh rosemary for an ultra-festive look.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place brie in a small cast iron skillet, brie baker, or on a lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
Remove the brie from the oven and allow it to rest on the baking tray for 2 minutes.
Carefully transfer the melted brie to the desired serving platter or cheese board. Spoon cranberry sauce on top of the brie. With a sharp knife, cut into the brie and serve with crackers or baguettes.
Tip: If you do not have a brie baker or small skillet, you can bake the brie in a small ceramic baking dish. Otherwise, leave the brie on parchment paper and transfer it to a serving dish or wooden charcuterie board right out of the oven.
Pairings & Toppings
- Orange Zest - A hint of orange zest on top of the cranberry mixture gives a festive vibrant look
- Fresh Herbs - Use fresh herbs such as fresh rosemary or fresh thyme to sprinkle on top or add as a garnish.
- Nuts - Toasted pecans, walnuts, or pistachios give great texture to this recipe.
- Fruit - Fresh fruit such as apple slices pair well with cranberry.
- Crackers & Baguettes- I love serving baked brie with rosemary crackers, baguette slices, or any crusty bread.
- Wine - Brie is best served with Champagne, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir.
This recipe is best served the same day it is made. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 2 days. The brie will only stay melty for 10-15 minutes and can be reheated one time.
No, the edible rind keeps the warm cheese intact and does not need to be removed. If you remove the top of the rind, this will create a gooey brie similar to cheese fondue.
For best results, it is recommended to prep the brie prior to baking.
Baked brie will only stay melted for about 15 minutes. You can reheat the brie one time in the oven or the microwave.
You can only reheat brie one time. In a preheated oven of 300°F, warm the brie for 10-15 minutes until melty. You can also reheat it in the microwave in 10-20 second increments until warm and gooey.
Cranberry Baked Brie (Easy Holiday Appetizer!)
- 8 ounce round wheel of brie
- ½ cup cranberry sauce
- rosemary, as garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place brie in a small cast iron skillet, brie baker, or on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
- Remove the brie from the oven and allow it to rest on the baking tray for 2 minutes.
- Carefully transfer the melted brie to the desired serving platter or cheese board. Spoon cranberry sauce on top of the brie. With a sharp knife, cut into the brie and serve with crackers or baguettes.