Cranberry-Apple Brie en Croute

by Shawnda on December 21, 2010

in Appetizers,Apples,Brie,Christmas,Cranberries,Holiday Favorites,Thanksgiving

Brie is one of my go-to appetizers during the holidays. It’s easily thrown together and since it’s wrapped in the buttery, flaky goodness that is puff pastry, it’s always a huge hit. It’s super versatile – you can use just about anything: fruit preserves, nuts, caramelized onions, cranberry sauce. None of those or all of those. I usually serve it on a platter with grapes, crackers, and prosciutto.

The only thing you have to watch out for is making sure you crimp/pinch the puff pastry together really well so you don’t get leaky cheese running everywhere. Just in case I missed something, I always bake it in a baking dish just slightly larger than the brie wheel – if there are any leaks, it’s contained.

Cranberry-Apple Brie en Croute

My all-time favorite holiday appetizer: creamy brie, flaky puffed pastry, and tangy cranberry sauce.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup orange cran-apple sauce
  • 1 small wheel of brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook onions over low heat until caramelized (15-20 minutes).
  2. ay puff pastry sheet flat on a lightly floured surface. Slice the wheel of brie in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the brie in the center of the dough.
  3. Spoon the cranberry sauce onto the brie and spread it evenly, to the edges.
  4. Top with the other half of brie and spoon the onions on top.
  5. Gather the puff pastry around the brie, pinching the edges to seal against leaks.
  6. Whisk the egg with 1 Tbsp of water and brush over the dough. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.


Yields: ~16 appetizer servings

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Estimated time: 45 minutes


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 natalie December 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

this looks super yummy. Perfect for my book club get together at the end of january!


2 Sharlene December 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

This looks so special!


3 Cornelius the Pig December 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

i’ve always wanted to make a brie en croute… this looks really great!


4 Robin December 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I assume the onions go in with the cranberry sauce?


5 Inna December 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Wow! What a beautiful brie! How festive!


6 Lisa@ButteryBooks December 24, 2010 at 7:11 am

This brie is perfect for the holidays. Thanks for the recipe!


7 Kori December 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

This looks great! The orange cran-apple sauce sounds delicious!


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