Cranberry Brie Bites are going to be the hit of your next party! They pair buttery crescent dough with creamy brie and cranberry sauce for a decadent one-bite appetizer.
Crescent roll recipes are some of my favorites for holiday appetizers. There’s so much you can do with a tube of store-bought crescent dough and no one can resist how it bakes up into buttery, pillowy goodness. If you make homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, double up the recipe and use some of it to make these Cranberry Brie Bites. (Or if you have leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, freeze it and use it to make these appetizers for Christmas or New Year’s Eve!)
Cranberry Brie Bites – Easy Crescent Roll Recipe!
Sometimes I think I could just throw a holiday party and only serve appetizers! If you’ve ever stood around the kitchen filling up on Cocktail Meatballs, Pigs in a Blanket, and other starters and then not had room for dinner, you can probably relate. There are times when appetizers are the best part of a get-together, and that’s definitely true with these Cranberry Brie Bites!
The brie and crescent dough are both so rich and buttery that the tartness of the cranberry sauce is the perfect complement. I love adding fresh rosemary sprigs too, not just for the herbaceous flavor, but also because the green rosemary looks so festive paired with the deep, red cranberry sauce! When you bite into these, the melty brie oozes out and it’s absolutely heavenly. Trust me when I say, these are going to disappear as soon as you pull them out of the oven.
(If you love this recipe, you’ll also enjoy my Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls!)
- All-purpose flour – Just a bit to dust your work surface.
- Crescent dough – Buy the refrigerated kind that comes in a tube. Get an extra tube and make Pigs in a Blanket too!
- Brie cheese – You’ll need an entire wheel.
- Whole berry cranberry sauce – Not the jellied kind!
- Fresh rosemary sprigs – Sprigs of thyme will work too, or you can omit the fresh herbs.
How to Make Cranberry Brie Bites
Preheat your oven to 375ºF and spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Cut the Dough
Lightly flour your work surface and unroll the crescent dough, pinching the seams together. Cut the dough into 24 squares—you can use a large chef’s knife or a pizza cutter.
Place each of the squares into the muffin tin cups, then nestle pieces of brie into the dough and top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce, followed by rosemary.
Place the Cranberry Brie Bites in the oven and bake until the crescent dough is golden brown, which takes about 15 minutes. Serve warm, while the cheese is melty and the dough is flaky and crisp!
Is crescent dough sheet the same as puff pastry?
No, puff pastry is much flakier than crescent dough. That said, you could use puff pastry in this recipe for Cranberry Brie Bites instead of crescent dough, but the results won’t be quite the same—instead of pillowy dough, you’ll have flaky layers.
What is good on top of brie?
If you want to mix things up with this recipe, you can try a caramelized onion jam, fig jam, or apricot preserves. You can also add some chopped pecans to the cranberry sauce for a bit of crunch!
Can this recipe be made ahead?
The best thing about these Cranberry Brie Bites is the oozing, gooey cheese in each bite, so they can’t be baked ahead of time, but they can be assembled up to a day in advance. Once you’ve assembled them in the muffin tins, pop them in the refrigerator for up to a day.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Cranberry Brie Bites are best eaten fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can refrigerate them for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven at 350ºF until the crescent roll dough is crisp on the edges and the cheesy is melty and warm.
More Holiday Appetizer Ideas
- Cheese Ball Recipe
- Million Dollar Dip
- Veggie Pizza
- The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Easy 7-Layer Greek Dip
Cranberry Brie Bites
- all-purpose flour for dusting the dough and cutting board
- 8 oz crescent dough 1 tube
- 8 oz brie cheese 1 wheel
- 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce not jellied
- fresh rosemary sprigs
- Preheat oven to 375°f degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Spread a little flour out onto your counter. Then roll out crescent roll dough and pinch seams together. Cut crescent roll dough into 24 equal-sized squares. Place squares into muffin tin slots.
- Cut brie into small pieces and place inside the crescent dough squares. Top with a generous spoonful of cranberry sauce, and a little sprig of rosemary.
- Bake until the crescent dough is a light golden brown (about 15 minutes). Then serve warm!