Sparkling Cranberry & Brie Bites: Easy Holiday Appetizer

These adorable sparkling cranberry brie bites are the perfect holiday appetizer. They’re easy, elegant, and delicious and work for either Thanksgiving or Christmas!

These little cranberry brie bites are one of my absolute favorite holiday appetizers, and could they be any more festive?!

I first made these a couple of years ago at Thanksgiving and they’re perfect for so many reasons. First of all, they feature cranberries, the quintessential fruit of the holiday. And even better, they taste great without being overly filling!

Because I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is such a big meal that we don’t want super heavy snacks. However, it is nice to have a little something to whet your appetite while you’re waiting for dinner to be served. And they keep people busy, satisfied, and out of the kitchen until you’re ready! 😉

And of course, sparkling cranberry brie bites would be perfect for Christmas, too, because well, red and green!


sparkling cranberry and brie bites with mint sprigs on white plate


These little cranberry brie bites have just a few ingredients, and they take only minutes to make. A win/win when it comes to holiday appetizers in my book!


cranberries sugar and mint ingredients for holiday appetizer


The most involved thing you need to do is sugar the cranberries, and it’s actually pretty quick and easy. And you do it a day in advance so you’re ahead of the game! Then all you need to do is grab some cranberry chutney, crackers and brie, and you’re ready to go!


sugared cranberries on baking tray holiday appetizer

sugared cranberries in bowl with mint


Once the cranberries have been sugared, they are sweet, but not overly so. I’d say they are the perfect mix of sweet and tart. 

In fact, I couldn’t stop popping them in my mouth when I was making these, haha!


sparkling cranberry and brie bites adorable holiday appetizer

gorgeous and easy holiday appetizer sparkling cranberry and brie bites


The combination of the sweet sugar, tart cranberries, along with the richness of the cheese creates a perfect mix. I’m telling you, these are a crowd pleaser – they always go quickly whenever I’ve served them!


Yield: 18-20 servings

Sparkling Cranberry & Brie Bites

Sparkling Cranberry & Brie Bites

These sparkling cranberry brie bites are easy, elegant and delicious - they're the perfect holiday appetizer!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup good maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 box water crackers (such as Carr's)
  • 8 ounces Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup cranberry chutney or relish (homemade or purchased - I use Stonewall Kitchen)
  • Fresh mint, for garnishing


1. Rinse cranberries and place in a medium bowl. Heat the maple syrup in a small saucepan until just warm. Pour over cranberries. (Make sure the syrup is just warm, not hot, or the cranberries may pop). Gently stir with a spoon to coat. Cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.

2. The next day drain the cranberries in a colander (do not rinse). Place the sugar in a large bowl or baking dish. Add half the cranberries and roll them around until they're lightly coated in sugar. Repeat with the other half. Place on a baking sheet and let dry, about 1 hour.

3. To assemble, top the crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and about 3 cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.


These are best assembled close to when you'll be serving them, otherwise the sugar starts to "melt" on the cranberries and they aren't as pretty.

I usually buy my cranberry chutney (recommended: Stonewall Kitchen) but you could also make your own.


These are beautiful, festive and delicious – the perfect holiday appetizer!


sparkling cranberry bites easy holiday appetizer on gorgeous white platter


I’m also sharing a few of my favorite serving platters in case you’re in need of a new one for the season!


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Happy Thanksgiving!



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Easy Puff Pastry Appetizer – Modern Glam

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*adapted from Epicurious

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    1. Thanks Ashley! They really are – and so tasty, too!

      Happy Holidays to you!


  1. Jackie Ryan says:

    I like it when you post recipes!! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Haha yay!! I’m glad to hear that – I’m trying to do more of them!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


  2. They’re so festive, Sheila! I love the way they sparkle. I pinned them to my recipe board. Thanks!!

    1. Thanks Jen! They’re so good – hopefully you’ll get a chance to try them!