These 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites are the ultimate easy holiday appetizer. They're creamy, tangy, and just a little bit sweet. They make for a great last minute party appetizer that's perfect for the holiday season.
If you are a fan of Brie cheese, you will love this quick vegetarian appetizer idea. It's totally delicious and pretty enough to serve at all those holiday celebrations!
This 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites recipe is...
- Made with just 3 ingredients
- A great last minute appetizer option
- Quick to make
How to Make 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites
- Preheat the oven and prep your muffin tin.
- Roll out the crescent roll dough and make squares to place in each muffin tin.
- Add a piece of Brie cheese, then top with cranberry sauce.
- Bake until done and serve.
Full directions for how to make 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites are in the printable recipe card below.
Tips & Tricks for 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites
Mini Muffin Tins
I used a mini muffin tin like this one. The shape of the muffin tin helps create little cups with the crescent roll dough when they are baked, making perfectly puffy bite-sized packages.
Grease the Pan
Make sure to grease your pan before you begin! Otherwise, the crescent roll dough may stick to the pan. You can simply spray your muffin pan with a bit of nonstick cooking spray or use vegetable shortening. I don't recommend using a cupcake liner for this particular recipe.
Try Pizza Crust Dough
Instead of crescent roll dough, give pizza dough a try! Your pizza dough bites will have a chewier texture than the crisp and fluffy crescent rolls, so try out both ways to find your favorite.
Mix Up the Cheese
If you are not a huge fan of Brie, you can easily use cream cheese, camembert, or goat cheese as a substitute. Most, if not all, cheeses pair really well with cranberry!
Swap the Cranberry Sauce
For a completely different treat, you can swap the cranberry sauce for other fruity flavors like cherry, blueberry, or raspberry. You can easily use pie fillings (like this cherry pie filling) or jams in place of the cranberry sauce.
Add Some Orange Zest
Sprinkle a little orange zest on the top of these bites for a nice twist of flavor and a pretty garnish. I love orange and cranberry together! Alternatively, you could also use your own homemade Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce for the filling instead.
Can you eat the rind on Brie cheese?
You can eat the rind on Brie. However, you will see in the recipe below that I cut off the rind and discarded it. Eating the rind is pretty standard practice when eating Brie cold, but it's best to remove the rind if you are melting the cheese.
How do you store leftover Brie bites?
Refrigerate any bites that you don't eat right away. Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2–3 days. When you're ready, you can eat your bites cold or warm them up in the oven or toaster oven.
If you love these Cranberry Brie Bites, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
- 9 Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce
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- The Internet's Best Vegetarian Christmas Recipes
- 8 oz crescent roll dough refrigerated in a tube
- 8 oz Brie cheese
- ½ cup cranberry sauce homemade or store bought
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Liberally spray two mini muffin tins with baking spray and set aside.
- Roll the crescent roll dough out on a clean surface. Pinch the pre-cut creases back together, then cut the dough into 24 roughly equal squares. (I cut 6 columns from the top and 4 rows from the side.)
- Place each crescent dough square into the prepared mini muffin tins, pressing down to form a cup.
- Cut the brie into 24 pieces, discarding any rind, and place one piece in each cup.
- Top each bite with a teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
- Bake for 10–12 minutes, until dough is lightly golden and puffy.