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Cranberry Brie Bites – Creamy, Tangy, and {Oh-so-Easy}

Cranberry Brie Bites – Creamy, Tangy, and {Oh-so-Easy}

Phyllo cups are a great appetizer for any party, whether large or small.

Everyone can just grab a cup or two, and they look so mouthwatering when arranged nicely on a platter!

The sweet creaminess of the brie works beautifully with the tangy cranberries, so your guests might be fighting over each cup!

We love serving these amazing cranberry brie bites during holiday parties!

Holiday appetizers with cranberry sauce, brie cheese and thyme

Can you freeze brie?

Yes, you can freeze brie. Unopened, brie can last indefinitely see in your freezer. However, if the brie has already been opened and used, the leftover brie will maintain best quality for 6 months.

Wrap the brie in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, and place in an airtight container.

Keep note:  frozen brie can become crumbly and lose some of its flavor. When thawed out, it’s best to use the brie in cooked dishes such as baked goods, soups, and casseroles.

How long do frozen cranberries last?

If you have fresh cranberries, they will last in your freezer for 10-12 months. To freeze cranberries, wash and dry them thoroughly and place on a cookie sheet in a single layer.

Place in your freezer, uncovered. Once frozen, transfer the cranberries to freezer-safe bags or airtight containers.

Freezing the cranberries separately in a single layer will prevent them from becoming a single block of frozen cranberries.

How do you defrost cranberries?

You don’t need to defrost cranberries before using them in a recipe. In fact, it’s better to use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones in baked recipes because the color of frozen cranberries won’t “bleed out” into the pastries and stain them.

How do you keep phyllo cups from getting soggy?

The secret to having crisp phyllo cups is to make sure that the filling has little moisture. For this recipe, if you want to use cranberry juice to make the filling tarter, you can pulse the cranberries and juice quickly in a food processor to make a chunky puree that you can spoon on top of your brie.

Our CookingChew Cooking Tips:

  1. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use a maple syrup substitute such as honey or molasses. However, if you are using a maple syrup substitute that’s more liquid such as corn syrup or pancake syrup, you need to be careful not to overfill the cups because the liquid can soak into the phyllo cups and make them soggy.
  2. Make them ahead of time! You can bake the phyllo cups ahead of time so that you can simply assemble the cups and bake them quickly when it’s time to serve them.

    Alternately, you can also place the brie into the cups ahead of time; just make sure that you store them in your fridge covered with plastic wrap to prevent moisture from making the phyllo cups limp and soft.
  3. Make sure to cut up the brie cubes smaller than the phyllo cups. You don’t want the brie melting and overflowing from the cups; it’s going to be difficult to clean up!
  4. You can also use mini muffin tins to hold the phyllo cups in place during baking.
  5. Room-temperature brie can be difficult to cut into cubes. Place the brie wheel in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up the cheese and make it easier to cut.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer that will wow your guests? Try these delicious cranberry brie bites! They come in neat bite-size parcels that make them the perfect finger food.

Cranberry Brie Bites - Creamy, Tangy, and {Oh-so-Easy}

Cranberry Brie Bites - Creamy, Tangy, and {Oh-so-Easy}

Yield: 30 pieces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer that will wow your guests? Try these delicious cranberry brie bites! They come in neat bite-size parcels that make them the perfect finger food.


  • 8 oz. Brie


  • 6 oz. frozen cranberries

frozen cranberries

  • 3 T. real maple syrup

real maple syrup

  • 30 frozen phyllo cups


  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
  2. Remove rind from brie and cut into 30 small cubes.
  3. Chop up cranberries into small pieces. Set aside.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place phyllo cups on sheet in a single layer.
  5. Add one piece of brie into each cup. Top each cup with cranberries.
  6. Drizzle a little maple syrup over each cup.
  7. Place prepared trays into preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until brie is completely melted. Make sure that the phyllo cups do not burn.
  8. Remove phyllo cups from oven and serve warm.



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Give it a savory twist

If you want to add a bit more complexity and depth of flavor to your bites, you can add some fresh herbs on top of each cup before baking. We recommend thyme or rosemary.

Add some crunch on top!

Another way to kick these babies up a notch? Give them some crunch! Some candied walnuts, pecans, or almonds on top will make them even more delectable.

If you have any leftover bites (although we’re pretty sure you won’t), you can keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat them, preheat your oven to 175-200⁰F and place the bites in for 25 minutes. The phyllo will return to its delicious crispness and the brie cheese will once again be warm and soft. 

A photo of a cranberry brie bites on a white plate.

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