Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

Party season is finally here! I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit by having hot chocolate after dinner every night and singing along to Christmas carols in the car (I was in chorus in high school and know all the words!). But tomorrow things will get into full force with our first work holiday party! I’m a huge fan of appetizer-only spreads because you get to try so many yummy treats and these little cranberry pecan brie bites are one of my favorites.

These little guys are very tasty and super fast to throw together.  I just lined mini muffin cups with pie crusts (I usually use the refrigerated Pillsbury ones), stuffed them with chunks of brie, and then topped them off with a cranberry pear spread and chopped pecans.  So easy and they are always a hit!

Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 box (15 oz) refrigerated pie crusts, softened according to package directions
1 large Bartlett pear, peeled, cored, and chopped (8 ounces)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces brie, cut into 24 3/4×3/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Heat oven to 375˚F. Unroll pie crusts and place on a flat work surface. Use a 2 1/2-inch round cutter to cut 12 rounds from each crust. Press each round in the bottom of 24 cups of an ungreased mini-muffin cup pan and press dough up the sides to form cups.

Meanwhile, place chopped pear, cranberries, and salt in a food processor, and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until well mixed.

Place one chunk of brie into each mini-muffin cup and top evenly cranberry mixture. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly on top. Bake at 375˚F for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from mini-muffin cups. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition: 231 calories, 14.6g fat, 1.7g fiber, 4.4g protein per serving
Cost: $0.63 per serving

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45 Responses to Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

  1. Meghan says:

    These look fantastic! I LOVE appetizers of all kinds, especially mini-ones like these :)

  2. Lauren says:

    The bites look phenomenal, Kerstin! I adore cranberries, pecans, and of course brie, so I’m sure I would absolutely love these.

    Have fun at the holiday party!

  3. Natashya says:

    Mmm, wonderful! Simple and delicious, what a great holiday nibbly.

  4. CaSaundra says:

    Ooo those look fancy and good! I have actually
    never tried brie–so many cheeses, so little time!

  5. grace says:

    if i can summon the motivation to press pie crust into a bunch of little molds, this would be a fantastic addition to any dessert selection. great twist on the classic appetizer, kerstin!

  6. megan says:

    I know what I’m making for the holiday party! :)

  7. What an excellent combination of flavors with the brie and pears and pecans for these cute little bites!

  8. Sues says:

    Ahhh! It’s the perfect flavor combination!! Delicious and maybe what I’ll be making for a holiday party tomorrow night…

  9. Bob says:

    Those look wicked good. I can’t help it, I love stuff baked into little cups. I’m confident enough in my manliness to admit it. :D

  10. pecans… the worlds most versatile nut!

  11. Liesl says:

    These would be great at a party. I love Brie!

  12. Elina says:

    Brilliant! I’m saving this recipe for my next party.
    Oh and tomorrow is officially my first work holiday party this year :) I love them!

  13. Lisa says:

    This looks amazing. Do they need to be served hot out of the oven, or can they be made in advance?

  14. Reeni says:

    What delicious little appetizers! I love the combo of sweet and savory flavors and the different textures. Just divine!

  15. Karine says:

    They look fantastic! Great job :)

  16. Emily says:

    Oh man, I love brie! These bites look so good.

  17. Love the combo! brie is always nice with something sweet…great idea!

  18. Joanne says:

    Oooh I love this recipe! What if I made it into one HUGE pie and ate it all to myself for dinner? Brie and cranberries are one of my favorite combinations. I could eat it constantly.

  19. Erica says:

    I bet the awesome combo of cranberry and pear really makes these! What a wonderful party treat. I have been enjoying a lot of hot chocolate too- SO good. Happy Weekend

  20. yasmeen says:

    Lovely little morsels of fruity nutty goodness,perfect for the holidays :D

  21. elra says:

    These look really lovely Kerstin. I especially feel like I can afford having tons of people coming for dinner if only cost $0.63 per serving.

  22. Esi says:

    I love that balance of sweet and savory in such a cute little package!

  23. Pam says:

    These little bites would make me so happy! Great balance of flavors and textures.

  24. sophia says:

    These are amazing, Kerstin! wow! I love that sweet and savory combo…and such cute little bites so you don’t feel as guilty eating a gazillion of these!

  25. Monica H says:

    Ooh my mom and I would devour these. We are the only two who like brie, but that’s okay because more for us!

    I was in chorus too so I know all the words from our Christmas shows- ah, good times!

  26. Megan says:

    I love appetizer-only spreads too! And these are definitely getting added to my list.

  27. deeba says:

    Precious little bites…these are lovely. I see endless possibilities! WOW!!

  28. Nicole says:

    What a fabulous idea! So easy and so yummy! Appetizer-only parties are the best and so much more conducive for socializing. Enjoy your holiday party season :)

  29. Erin says:

    Party perfect! YUM! Can’t resist brie.

  30. Wendy says:

    omg. Pecan and Brie? And then cranberry? Wow. I want one!

  31. Shannon says:

    oh my, that little bit of brie under all those toppings, fabulous!!

  32. Biz says:

    I got my chocolate from your giveaway in the mail today – thank you!!!

    And anything with Brie, I am in! :D

  33. Blond Duck says:

    Everything you make is darling!

  34. Mona says:

    I love anything bite size!!! I love your blog! YUM

  35. Kerstin says:

    Thanks to all! There’s just something about little mini bites that makes me smile :)

    Lisa – I prefer them warm but may or may not have also eaten them cold right out of the fridge… :) They warm up again nicely in the oven if you want to make them the day before.

    Joanne – I will come over and we can split a big pie!

  36. The brie, cranberry, pecan flavor mix sounds fantastic!

  37. I LOVE this kind of combo. I recently did the open gallette with garlic & herb cheese, apples and pecans. But I love these mini individuals!!!!!!

  38. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful idea! I love this combination and that they are small little bites.

  39. L' Chicken says:

    Ok, this is BRILLIANT. I’m totally adopting the recipe.

  40. [...] by them, a light bulb finally went off in my head!  I remembered Kerstin’s recipe for Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites and how amazing they looked, not to mention how simple they were to prepare.  And within a few [...]

  41. Looks fancy and very appetizing. Overall the mix sounds lovely.

    happy cooking

    chris…

  42. cpmots says:

    Can you bake the little crusts ahead of tme and then just fill and serve when yu need them

  43. Hi cpmots – I think you could do that and then just stick them under the broiler before you serve them for a few minutes to melt the brie and warm them up. Let me know if you try it!

  44. Kimberly says:

    I tried this recipe for my birthday this weekend. everybody loved it! It was the first thing gone Thank you very much for the recipe! O and two weeks ago i made the brownie cheesecake also a big hit at my cousins party

  45. Hi Kimberly – I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let me know :)

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