Brie puff pastry bites are a simple, warm appetizer, perfect for New Years Eve! Make this quick appetizer recipe for the perfect party food!
I love hand held appetizers, especially the ones made with puff pastry. They always look fancy and detailed, but they’re seriously easy to make.
Take this cranberry baked brie appetizer for instance. The brie bites look like you spent on a lot of time making them, but they bake up in 20 minutes. Even better, they can easily be baked ahead of time and frozen.
Brie Puff Pastry Bites
You’ll spend less time in the kitchen, which means more with your guests. I like to serve them on an appetizer board with other bite sized snacks and hand held appetizers like smoky spicy walnuts and bacon puff pastry cheese twists.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Brie puff pastry bites are super easy to make using frozen sheets of puff pastry. You can find it in the frozen food section of the grocery store, near the frozen pie crusts.
Of course, if you’re feeling fancy, King Arthur Flour has a recipe for homemade puff pastry.
Other ingredients you’ll need:
- dijon mustard- you could even use whole grain mustard if you’d like. For a sweeter flavor, use honey mustard.
- wheel of Brie cheese- you’ll need an 8 ounce wheel of brie for this recipe.
- whole berry cranberry sauce, or your favorite jam or fruit puree. A raspberry, blackberry or pomegranate jam filling would be delicious!
I made my own cranberry jam for these, but you could easily use any fruit or jam of your choice for a really quick version.
What’s your favorite holiday fruit? Mine is definitely fresh cranberries. I buy about 6 bags of them to freeze, then I can enjoy them year round. They aren’t just for Thanksgiving!
Video: making brie puff pastry bites
You can see how easy the cranberry brie bites are to make by watching the video in the recipe card below.
I prefer a small, handheld appetizer over larger ones that tend to fill everyone up before the actual meal. With the pastry bites you get it all in one or two bites.
I figured individual bites work better than having the entire wheel of Brie cheese wrapped with puff pastry. No fighting at the appetizer table needed.
Set this up on a table and surround it with sprigs of fresh herbs, fruit like pears, pomegranate arils, and seedless grapes.
Other puff pastry appetizers
For a comfort food dinner, you can’t go wrong with turkey pot pie with puff pastry on the top!
This post, first published on Kevin Is Cooking Dec. 12, 2017, was last updated with new content on Nov, 17, 2021.
Brie Puff Pastry Bites + Video
- 1 pkg frozen puff pastry 17.3 oz package, thawed but still cold
- 8 oz Brie cheese wheel cold
- 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce or jam
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 400ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat baking sheets.
- Slice the Brie into 18 wedges. I cut the wheel of cheese in half, then each half into 3 pie slice shapes and each pie slice shape into 3 pieces. Repeat with other brie half. Using an open hand gently press down each piece or cheese to flatten slightly (or the edges of the cheese will poke through pastry). Set aside.
- Unfold each puff pastry sheet on flour dusted work surface. Roll out to create 12″x12″ square. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut each sheet into 9 squares.
- Place each puff pastry square on baking sheet Dip your index finger in small bowl of water to moisten the outside edge of each puff pastry square. Brush the center of each square with mustard, then place a wedge of Brie on top. Follow with a dollop of cranberry sauce or jam on top of the cheese. Repeat for all 18.
- Fold pastry over the cheese so that the two corners of the square come together to form a triangle. Using a fork, crimp together the edges to seal.
- Whisk together the egg and milk, then use a pastry brush to lightly coat the tops of the brie puff pastry triangles.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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