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Cranberry Brie Bites

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Our love for crescent roll recipes is no secret. Why make dough from scratch when everyone loves the canned stuff?! Each  Thanksgiving, these little guys are a fan favorite. With holiday staples like cranberries, pecans and brie, they’re the perfect bite-size party app that comes together in under an hour. Whether you’re prepping your holiday dinner or need a last-minute Thanksgiving app ASAP, these cranberry brie bites are here to save the day.

Customize them!

Crescent roll dough and brie aside, the best part about this recipe is its balance and versatility. Create your own combos of creamy, sweet, salty, and herby! Here are a few genius pairings to get your creative juices flowing:

*Crumbled goat cheese + apricot preserves + toasted marcona almonds + thyme

*Camembert + cherry preserves + crumbled bacon + black pepper

*Brie + hot pepper jelly + candied pecans + thyme

*Gorgonzola + fig chutney + mint + toasted walnuts

Keep the mess to a minimum.

Nobody wants a messy bite, especially with a stunning app like these. Here are our top tips for keeping things as clean and easy as possible:

Keep the cheese super cold before slicing. Freezing isn’t necessary, but a good chill will make slicing a breeze. Dipping a butter knife in hot water before slicing makes for cleaner slices as well. Tip: Leave the rind on! For cheeses with an edible rind like brie, leaving the rind on will help keep the cheese from spreading too much while baking.

When cutting the crescent roll squares, try to get them as even as possible so that they fit evenly into the mini muffin pan. Centering the dough in each muffin tin will ensure that the dough comes evenly up the sides, creating an even nest for the cheese. Each brie bite needs about 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce or chunky preserve of your choice. We recommend serving the assembled bites warm, but room temp also works!

Pro Tip: Canned cranberries work great, but if you’ve got leftover homemade cranberry sauce, use it!

Make them ahead!

If you’re looking for a make-ahead Thanksgiving recipe, it doesn’t get much easier than these bites. Simply prep them the night before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake the next day.

Made them? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Ingredients

  • 1(8-oz.) tube crescent dough
  • Cooking spray, for pan
  • Flour, for surface
  • 1(8-oz.) wheel of brie
  • 1/2 c.whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 c.chopped pecans
  • 6sprigs of rosemary, cut into 1″ pieces.

Directions

    1. Step 1Preheat oven to 375° and grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll out crescent dough, and pinch together seams. Cut into 24 squares. Place squares into muffin tin slots.
    2. Step 2Cut brie into small pieces and place inside the crescent dough. Top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce, some chopped pecans, and one little sprig of rosemary.
    3. Step 3Bake until the crescent pastry is golden, about 15 minutes.

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