Cranberry Brie Tart Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe
November 5, 2019
Baked Cranberry brie tart appetizer

Cranberry Brie Tart Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe

A good cranberry brie tart recipe is important to have up your sleeve as a hostess during the holidays! This EASY and delicious savory appetizer is a crowd pleaser and makes you look like a genius in the kitchen! It's Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration and we are talking Savory Christmas Recipes. Read on now, or pin it for later….but I promise this is one you'll want to have saved!

Cranberry brie tart appetizer

Simple Cranberry Brie Tart Ingredients

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Simple ingredients for Cranberry brie tart appetizer

It doesn't take a lot to make these pretties. You are welcome to make the dough, but when pressed for time the crescent dough sheets come in really handy!

Step 1: Cut The Dough

Crescent dough squares for Cranberry brie tart appetizer

Roll out the crescent dough sheet onto a cutting board and use the pizza cutter to create 3″ squares. I got 20 pieces from a single sheet.

Step 2: Place Dough and Cheese

Cubed brie cheese in muffin tins

After they are all cut, place a square of dough into each hole. Top with a 1-1/2″ square of thick cut brie cheese.

Step 3: Top With Cranberries

Cranberry sauce for Cranberry brie tart appetizer

We love making our own cranberry sauce but this party appetizer needed to be quick and easy so I turned to a can of whole cranberry sauce. But I've also used Lingonberry jam {from IKEA of course!} and they are equally delicious!

Step 4: Add Rosemary Sprig and Bake

Baked Cranberry brie tart appetizer

Not everyone in my family loves rosemary {they are crazy, I know!} so I left some without a sprig of fresh rosemary but it's such a lovely flavor combination that I warn you against leaving them off altogether. Plus don't you love how festive the red and green look together!?

Bake according approx 14 minutes, until cheese is melted and dough is golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy Your Cranberry Brie Tarts!

Cranberry brie tart appetizer

One these cranberry brie tarts are out of the oven I promise they will move quickly so you might want to make a couple pans. Best when served warm but still delicious at room temperature so you aren't having to worry about them last minute. If you know anyone who loves brie like I do, go ahead and send them the link.

And if YOU end up trying it, I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @partieswithacause

Baked Cranberry brie tart appetizer
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5 from 4 votes

Cranberry Brie Tart

Easy Holiday Appetizer
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French-American
Keyword: brie, cranberry
Servings: 20 tarts


  • muffin tin
  • Pizza Cutter


  • 1 sheet Crescent Dough packaged or homemade
  • 1 wedge Brie cheese medium
  • 1/3 cup Cranberry sauce whole
  • 20 sprigs Rosemary fresh


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Roll crescent dough sheet out onto a cutting board
  • Using pizza cutter divide into 3" squares (5 rows x 4 columns)
  • Press dough into each muffin tin
  • Cut 1/2" slice of Brie cheese, then cut into 1-1/2" squares and place into tins
  • Add 1 TB cranberry sauce into each tin
  • Top with small sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Bake 11-14 minutes until golden brown


This makes an EASY party appetizer recipe when using pre-made dough. 

Keep reading for more great ideas and don't forget to head back tomorrow on Day 5 for some fun Hot Cocoa bar inspiration!

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If you are just joining us, welcome! Here’s what you missed:

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Until tomorrow my friend!


  1. Brittany

    Got to say it, AMAZING!!! Most of my family are picky, extremely picky eaters.. But these everyone wanted more, even my better cook then me mother…. lol.. She had to have the recipe.. When she heard how easy these are, but look pastry shop made instead, she couldn’t believe it.. So I had to make another batch just to prove it and those went faster then the first ones.. So thank you from the Carroll-Walters familys…

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much Brittany and I’m so glad to hear it. It’s the best kept secret ever! So easy but so tasty. I hope they become a regular on the celebration menu. Enjoy!

  2. Susan

    This appetizer sounds so delicious. I must try it.

    • Pam Lochner

      5 stars
      Made them for Christmas morning, had to make more for Christmas dinner couldn’t make themfast enough

      • Brianna Adams

        Ha ha! I’m so happy to hear that! I made them twice during our holiday too! Glad you enjoyed them so much.

  3. Susan

    5 stars
    This appetizer sounds so delicious.

    • Brianna Adams

      It’s easy and everyone loves it. Makes for the perfect last minute party dish.

  4. Beth

    5 stars
    Keep these delicious recipes coming! I made these for NYE and they were a huge hit!

    • Brianna Adams

      yay! I’m so happy to hear that. I’m not a chef or baker of ANY kind. My goal is to find yummy, EASY, and somewhat healthy party food options that anyone can make. I’ll keep ’em coming.

  5. Nathalie

    I’ve had a full Brie melted with the dough but not made little cups. I love the idea. So portable for a party.

    • Brianna Adams

      They are a little TOO easy to eat at a party! Fun little bites that everyone seems to love. Thank you

  6. Natalie Mayhew

    5 stars
    Ohhh we tried these and they were absolutely delicious!

    • Brianna Adams

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed them. They are a favorite appetizer in my family.

  7. Lori

    These look amazing! I love anything with Brie and cranberries!!

    • Brianna Adams

      These are SO good! I need to try making my own dough one of these days but this is such an easy recipe with the prepackaged dough!

  8. Sarina Kinnunen

    Wow! These sound amazing. I love how your pictures turned out! Beautiful!

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much! These are SO DANG GOOD! I use any gathering as an excuse to make them, just so I can eat them!


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