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Cranberry pecan brie bites are such an amazing appetizer! It has layered pecans, soft brie, and a dollop of cranberry sauce, all cupped in a golden brown, flaky crescent roll.

If you love baking and cooking with pecans, then you must check out my recipes for this cake, these cookies, and this delicious pecan wild rice pilaf. They are all made for pecan lovers like myself!

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Cranberry Brie Bites

The perfect combination of sweet and savory appetizers is just what your holiday party needs! With this cranberry pecan brie bites recipe, I knew I needed to add that extra touch with a sweet and savory pecan. It adds just the right amount of texture and pairs so well with the brie and cranberry sauce.

Trust me when I say this is a MUST-make holiday party appetizer! Your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties just got better with this delicious hand-held snack. Every bite is irresistible!

Ingredients to Make Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

Nothing starts a party, special family gathering, or an everyday meal like the satisfying crunch from Fisher Nuts. Enjoy this easy-to-make cranberry pecan brie bites recipe this holiday season. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Crescent dough: This will be rolled out and cut into sections that will fit into a mini muffin pan.
  • Fisher nuts chopped pecans: These are my favorite to use! They are a sweet and savory nut.
  • Wheel of brie: Any brie will work for this. It will be the star of the recipe!
  • Cranberry sauce: Keep it simple and purchase a can of cranberry sauce! Or, if you are feeling up for it, make this homemade Cranberry Sauce instead!
  • Sprigs of Rosemary: You can use these on top for a pop of color for garnish.

How to Make Brie Bites

This cranberry pecan brie bite recipe is simple to make and only has a few ingredients. It’s a tried and true recipe that you will want to make over and over again throughout the holiday season!

  1. Prepare the crescent dough: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a floured surface roll out the crescent dough and pinch the seams. Then, cut the dough into 24 equal squares. In a mini muffin tin add the dough and press into each cup.
  2. Layer ingredients: Add pecans to the bottom and then cut brie into small slices and press on top. Top with a dollop of cranberry.
  3. Bake and add more pecans on top: Bake until they are golden for 15 minutes. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and sprinkled pecans.
4 pictures in ca collage of the process on how to add the ingredients to the crescent roll in the pan.

How to Toast Pecans

I can’t get enough pecans in these cranberry pecan brie bites! Pecans are hidden on the bottom layer, and then there is an extra sprinkle of pecans on top. If you want a more toasted pecan taste, then here is a step-by-step recipe that is simple to use and only takes minutes.

  1. Preheat: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt butter: Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish in your microwave or use a small saucepan on the stovetop.
  3. Coat pecans: Evenly coat the pecans in the melted butter.
  4. Spread on a baking sheet: Spread out the butter-coated pecans in a single layer on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  5. Bake: Put the cookie sheet in the oven and then watch the pecans closely while they toast.
  6. Toss: Toss the pecans once or twice while they are toasting. This allows for even toasting.
  7. Continue baking: Toast the pecans until they are crisp and smell delicious. This will usually take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Baked cranberry pecan brie bites on a serving platter.

Tips for Making Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

  • Using Toasted Pecans: If you like an added flavoring to your pecans, be sure to toast them. Wait for the nuts to cool before chopping. This will prevent them from getting pasty and oily.
  • Nuts: If pecans aren’t your thing, try using almonds or walnuts instead!
  • To Chop: Use a larger knife to chop the nuts. It’s easier to gain control over them than with a smaller knife. If you don’t have a large knife, then you can coarsely chop nuts without a knife by tapping the closed bag with the bottom of a small sauté pan to break the nuts up.
  • Puff Pastry: If you don’t have a crescent dough, you can use a puff pastry for this recipe. 

The top view of cranberry brie bites on a wooden platter.

Storing Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

  • Can you make them ahead of time? Yes! This is great to make ahead of time before your party! Simply make and bake your bites. Then, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you like to serve them warm, place in the oven for 5 minutes to warm them up before serving them.
  • Freeze Them: Bake the bites and let them cool. Add them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 week before serving. When ready to serve, reheat in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until warmed through.

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. On a floured surface roll out the crescent dough and pinch the seams. Cut the dough into 24 equal squares. In a mini muffin tin add the dough and press into each cup.
  • Add pecans to the bottom and cut brie into small slices and press on top. Top with a dollop of cranberry.

  • Bake until they are golden for 15 minutes. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Updated on December 5, 2023
Originally Posted on November 22, 2019

Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 58IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.



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