A super easy appetizer that is a crowd pleaser!

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty!

An easy holiday appetizer, baked Brie with roasted cranberries

Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve for guests.  I think that’s because it’s so easy it feels a little bit like cheating.  But all it took was one bite of that melted cheese to remind me that this is a classic for a reason.  I took my version in a different direction from what you usually see these days.  I think Brie is rich enough, and doesn’t need a sweet, caramelized topping.  Instead, I went with tart, maple roasted cranberries, they work really well with the buttery cheese.  Serve it with crackers or a thinly sliced, grilled baguette.  The only problem is it tends to disappear quickly.  Like, instantaneously.  So don’t leave the room or you might not get a bite.

Roasted Cranberry Baked Brie appetizer recipe

This is so simple — I rinse the cranberries and spread them in a single layer in a baking dish, toss them with a little maple syrup, and roast for about 15 minutes, until they pop and get juicy.

An easy holiday appetizer --- Baked Brie topped with maple roasted cranberries

The roasted berries go on top of a wheel of Brie and it all bakes up in a small skillet or an ovenproof dish….it only takes a few minutes for the cheese to get runny.  Then I serve it as fast as I can get it to the table.

Sweet, tangy, and buttery Baked Brie with Roasted Maple Cranberries makes a perfect holiday appetizer

I love to experiment with cranberries because there’s nothing halfway about them, from that gorgeous color to the zingy flavor, they don’t take a backseat to anything.  The fact that you can only get them this time of year makes me crave them all the more.

Baked Brie with maple Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with maple Roasted Cranberries


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 wheel of Brie cheese
  • garnish
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh cranberries


  1. Set oven to 375F
  2. Spread the cranberries out in a single layer in a baking dish. Toss with the maple syrup, coating all the berries.
  3. Roast for about 15-20 minutes until the cranberries are starting to burst and get juicy.
  4. Put a round of Brie in a small skillet or small baking dish. Top with the roasted cranberries and bake for another 7 minutes or so, just until the cheese is runny.
  5. Garnish with some rosemary sprigs and a few raw cranberries, and then serve right away with crackers or a sliced baguette.


  • Wheels of Brie keep for a long time in the fridge, and so do cranberries.  Keep both around and you’ll have the makings of a really festive appetizer on a moment’s notice.

A beautiful Roasted Cranberry Baked Brie holiday appetizer

Bon appétit!

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries will become an instant favorite!


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28 Responses to Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries

  1. Oh, wow, this is just lovely. I don’t think you need to worry about feeling like it is cheating, I think some of the best appetizers are the ones that are easy and delicious! Pinning!

  2. Heather says:

    I made your recipe for Thanksgiving. Oh my goodness! It was the best thing I have eaten all year. I loved it soooo much! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  3. rebecca says:

    this is great for the holidays

  4. grace says:

    this is one of my favorite appetizers, but i like that this is a little bit different with the mapley cranberries! lovely!

  5. Your photographs are superb! Truly reels me in and makes me want to try this classic of a favorite in a new way.

  6. Karen Harris says:

    This is the perfect holiday appetizer.I can’t wait to give this a try. My favmily will love it.

  7. Dom says:

    that large clunk is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor in lust over this dish… pass me the baguette!

  8. Susan says:

    Yup! very pretty! You’ve nailed this Brie appetizer … good thing the cranberries are stacked up at the grocer’s these days! I have a feeling this recipe is going to make the rounds of the holiday tables!

  9. Nancie says:

    Love Brie! Your presentation is perfect for holiday entertaining!

  10. I adore baked brie, this is beyond perfect for the holidays!

  11. Monique says:

    Never tried w/ cranberries..love the pre-roasting w/ MS:)
    Looks like Christmas to moi!

  12. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, what a wonderful appetizer, love how your cranberries look, just in time for the holidays!

  13. Aahhh Sue you’ve got me again! Baked brie is one of my favorites, and I especially love it paired with cranberry. The sweet and tart is such a great pairing. I’m also much more a fan of just a simple topping instead of wrapping the whole thing in pastry…delicious but not usually necessary. This is so going on my holiday party list :)

  14. Don says:

    I’ve made a variation on this with phyllo that used to use a cranberry raspberry jam from Loblaws President’s Choice. They no longer make it, but some cooked cranberries can be added to a very good raspberry jam to produce an excellent sweet brie in phyllo. When I use a large brie from Costco, I cut it in half and the other half contains caramelized onions, apricot jam and walnuts. It also gets wrapped in phyllo. The end result is a sweet and more savory version side by side. Here is the recipe.

    Brie wrapped in Phyllo filled with Raspberry/Cranberry Preserve

    800 grams brie — from Costco
    1/4 cup Raspberry/Cranberry jam — P.C. brand, over 50% fruit, a good quality raspberry jam with cooked cranberries and sugar added to it
    4 sheets phyllo dough
    1/4 cup melted butter

    Uncovered phyllo sheets, take one out at a time and brush with melted butter. Add another sheet on top and do the same, until you have done this to four sheets.

    Cut brie in half and put half of the raspberry/cranberry jam on the bottom half. Centre onto phyllo sheet, and then add the top layer of brie. Brush with jam and then cover with phyllo to seal. Brush whole brie with melted butter. Cover in plastic wrap if it is not going into the oven immediately and place in fridge. When ready to cook remove from fridge for thirty minutes, unwrap and then place in a 375° F oven for fifteen minutes.

    Remove Brie with a large hamburger(s) flippers onto a platter with edges. Drain melted Brie from the baking sheet with a rim into a bowl and cool and then add to brie.

    Serving Ideas : Serve with St. Urbain Bagel chips (everything bagels sliced into very thin strips, available from Costco in Canada).

    • Sue says:

      Oh my — when should I be over, Dom ;) I love your half sweet half savory idea! I’ve made mini Brie bites with puff pastry, but never tried phyllo — it’s now on my list.

  15. Susan says:

    I love cranberries and have been baking with them recently. They remind me of the holidays and this would be a perfect holiday appetizer! I love the green sprigs of rosemary with the green and white – so festive and beautiful!

    • Sue says:

      I have to remember to stockpile them in the freezer this year, I’d love to continue playing with them throughout the winter.

  16. I bet that smooth creamy brie is fantastic with the sweet and tart cranberries – what a fantastic combination! Going on my holiday list of must make recipes for sure!

  17. I love visiting your blog and make your recipes often! Baked brie with cranberries is one of my favorite appetizers, I also serve it with nuts, etc. You are so right you can never go wrong with brie!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Elizabeth — what I love about it is that you don’t even have to have a super special expensive Brie, that little bit of gentle baking makes any Brie luscious :)

  18. This is a wonderful (as in WONDERFUL) idea. I love having some simple tricks like this up my sleeve, especially around the holidays. And it doesn’t hurt that it sounds incredibly delicious and gorgeous, to boot!

  19. I am speechless at the thought of that oozing cheese and zingy cranberry goodness on a warm piece of bread. Yummmmm…

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