It’s always nice to have a couple of appetizers for holiday guests, but it’s never fun to add a ton of work or expense to do so. This Cranberry Apple Baked Brie is a great appetizer that uses items you will mostly likely have on hand for the holidays anyhow… and solves the age-old question of ‘what to do with these leftover cranberries.’

This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make, but looks like you put a lot of effort into it. All you need to make this recipe is a couple of pans and a good set of knives.

This recipe will feed 10-12 guests as an appetizer.



  • IMG_70681 cup cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium Apple, cubed (use a firmer cooking variety such as pink lady, or honey crisp)
  • ¼ cup Marcona almonds, roughly chopped
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 large wheel of Brie about 12 ounces
  • Loaf of nice French bread


Directions to make sauceIMG_7096

  1. Using your Chef’s knife, chop cranberries in ½, cube one medium apple and roughly chop Marcona almonds
  2. Zest both oranges and save zest for later.
  3. In a saucepan over high-medium heat, add the juice of both oranges and sugar, bring juice to boil
  4. Stir in cranberries and apples and over heat only slightly. Cook until almost all the juice is reduced about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Remove from heat and stir in butter, orange zest and almonds. Add salt and pepper to cranbrie10taste


To make baked Brie

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Using your bread knife, slice 10-15 slices of French bread, butter one side
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon of butter to sauté pan, bring butter to bubbling point and add brie.


  1. Brown brie rind for about 30 seconds on one side, flip and put in preheated oven.
  2. Put brie and French bread into preheated oven and warm in oven for 4-5 minutes. Watch your brie to make sure it does not get too hot and start to melt out of it’s rind.


Serve baked Brie topped with cranberry apple sauce and warm sliced French bread