Sugared Cranberries and brie on a cracker bed. Cranberry Brie Bites are festive and flavorful. Bring these to your next holiday party.
hand holding cracker topped with a slice of brie with cranberry sauce and sugared cranberries. Garnished with fresh mint.

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

I made these cranberry brie bites for my Christmas Eve open house. The recipe is adapted from  Yummy Mummy.  She compared these to sparkly shoes, and being a shoe lover, I couldn’t agree more. Who doesn’t love sparkly shoes? Sugared Cranberries sitting in dollop of cranberry sauce on top of brie resting on a lovely little cracker. Just like sparkly shoes, who doesn’t want this? The cranberries are just the right balance of tart and sweet because they are marinated in maple syrup.

Cranberry Brie bites are not hard to make. They do take a little preparation, but it really doesn’t take long at all to do that. Start the day before to marinate the berries. Warm some maple syrup on the stove and pour them over the berries.

Maple syrup being poured into a bowl of fresh cranberries.

Now, you need to use good maple syrup, as in 100% pure. No Mrs. Butterworth or Aunt Jemima (no offense ladies). And, make sure the syrup is just warm, not hot, otherwise the berries will burst. The cranberry brie bites are not near as beautiful with burst berries. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next day, drain the berries, and roll them in sugar.

Fresh cranberries being rolled in sugar.

Then they’ll need about an hour to dry.

Sugared cranberries on a baking sheet.

After an hour, you’re ready to assemble them.

Ingredients for cranberry brie bites: crackers, brie, cranberry sauce, sugared cranberries, and fresh mint leaves.

I just used a basic table water cracker. The cheese and berries have so much flavor already that something plain with a nice crunch is ideal. Lay a slice of cheese on the cracker, then a dollop of cranberry saucesome sugared cranberries and a mint leaf.

Cranberry brie bites on a tiered tray.

These will be the prettiest food at your table! You won’t need anything else! Okay, if you’re a foodie like me, of course there will be more food. But I love that this is unique. Probably no one else is bringing this type of cheese and crackers to the party.

Cranberry brie bites on a tiered tray.

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

sugared cranberries, nestled in cranberry sauce and brie on top of a cracker
4.25 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time + assembling time: 1 day 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 25 minutes
Servings: 16 crackers
Calories: 171kcal


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 crackers
  • 8 oz Brie cheese
  • cranberry sauce
  • fresh mint for garnish


  • Rinse cranberries and place in a medium bowl.
  • Heat syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm.
  • Pour over cranberries when syrup is warm, not hot, or cranberries may pop.
  • Cool, cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Drain cranberries in a colander.
  • Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish.
  • Add cranberries in batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar.
  • Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.
  • Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries.
  • Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Cant wai to try these – They look lovely! How far in advance of the party can you put them together? Could they be done in the morning for a 5pm party without things going soggy?

  2. Casey, I’m honored that you want to share my recipe! It is always a hit when I serve it too, plus it’s just so pretty!! I read your post and your event looked like so much fun. All the food sounds absolutely delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    hi Chellie!

    I am in completely head over heels love with these cranberry brie bites! You are a talent! I made these for an event a few weeks ago and they were a hit. I hope you don’t mind I included them in a post i wrote about my event!

    I made sure to include your link so my readers can get the recipe from you. I do also have to admit these are my favorite thing I made for the event! So simple and beautiful! Thank you for this recipe I am sure going to be making these again! I am subscribing to your blog now! Can’t wait to see what else you’re cooking up!

  4. Chellie, I’ve seen this image so many times over the last 2 weeks, and I can’t get it out of my mind. I love brie, and the cranberries looks so gorgeous on top with the sugar and cranberry sauce. These would be the star of the show at any holiday get together. I love the recipes that you create, they are always gorgeous and your photography skills are incredible!!! Pinned and stumbled!

  5. Horace, I’m over the moon that you find recipes to love and make from my site! Foodie Friends are my favorite friends. God bless you and your family, Merry Christmas!

  6. Wow Chellie! These look delicious! What a perfect looking treat for this time of year. Yes, I’m sure no one is bring anything like this for their Christmas gathering! I just love getting and trying your recipes on my family ! I’m a “foodie” and we love to eat! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful time with family this Christmas as we honor our Savior’s birth!