These mini cranberry brie tarts are made in phyllo cups and incorporate homemade cranberry sauce for a festive, crowd-pleasing appetizer that's perfect for holiday entertaining!
This post may contain sales affiliate links. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for details.
These Cranberry Brie Tarts are one of my favorite last-minute appetizers for holiday parties. They’re quick and easy to make, only require a few ingredients and most importantly, everyone loves them! Finish each tart off with a little fresh thyme to create a festive appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.
Why you'll love this recipe
- They are quick, easy and perfect! These tarts are excellent two-bite appetizers for a cocktail party or holiday potluck.
- Only four ingredients! So there is no complicated shopping list involved.
Notes from the kitchen
- If you want to scale this recipe and make more tarts, you'll need an additional tablespoon of cranberry sauce for every three tarts you add. You'll need additional brie as well, but you'll likely have to buy more than 2 ounces so just cut additional bite-sized pieces based on the number of tarts you add.
- If you don't already have cranberry sauce made, add an additional 20 minutes or so to the prep time.
The full list of ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
- Homemade cranberry sauce: You'll need some homemade cranberry sauce. I like this version because it has a hint of orange for extra flavor but use your favorite recipe. You'll need about two thirds of a cup for 30 tarts. You can use any cranberry sauce you like, just make sure it's made with fresh, whole cranberries and not the canned, jellied version!
- Phyllo cups: You want to use frozen phyllo dough shells which you can find in just about any grocery store. The shells generally seem to come in packages of 15 so you'll need two. I'm guessing you might be able to buy them in larger packages at Costco and you can also order them from Amazon.
- Brie: Triple cream brie is the best option for this recipe as it melts nicely.
- Fresh thyme: A couple of sprigs of fresh time is all you'll need for a little topping and perhaps some garnish on your serving dish.
Making Cranberry Brie Tarts
The beauty of this recipe is it's effortless to scale so make as many tarts as you need for your party.
Step 1 | Heat the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Step 2 | Assemble the tarts. I add the cranberry sauce to the tarts first so you get the melted brie on the top. Be sure not to fill your tarts to the brim so you have a little room for the brie to melt.
Step 3 | Bake the tarts. Once you've got the tarts assembled you just throw them in the oven for about 6 minutes, until the brie is melted and the phyllo starts to turn slightly golden brown on the edges.
Step 4 | Garnish and serve. Remove the tarts from the oven and transfer them to a serving dish. Sprinkle them with a little fresh thyme and you are ready to serve!
Frequently asked questions
These are so tasty I don't typically have leftovers, but if you do, store them in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I recommend reheating them in a 275°F oven for about 10 minutes.
Tools you'll want for this recipe
Large baking sheet - I always say these rimmed baking sheets are a kitchen must-have. You can use them for just about any baking or roasting needs.
Parchment paper - I typically buy parchment paper by the roll but pre-cut sheets are also a great option.
More holiday recipes
If you are looking for more holiday recipes check out these reader favorites:
Click here to subscribe to Urban Foodie Kitchen's Newsletter for free and fresh recipes right to your inbox!
If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below.
You can also take a photo & tag @urbanfoodiekitchen on Instagram.
Cranberry Brie Tarts
- 30 mini phyllo shells
- ⅔ cup homemade cranberry sauce
- 2 ounces of brie, cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat the oven. Heat the oven to 350°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Assemble the tarts. Arrange the phyllo shells on the baking sheet. Add about a teaspoon of cranberry sauce to each shell. Top each tart with a piece of brie.
- Bake the tarts. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 6 minutes or until the brie is melted. Remove and garnish with fresh thyme.
This post was originally published in November 2017. It was updated in November 2023 with some new information and photos. Some minor modifications were made to the original recipe.