These cranberry brie tarts incorporate homemade cranberry sauce for a festive, crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining!
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.
Making Cranberry Brie Tarts
These start with frozen phyllo dough shells which you can find in just about any grocery store. The shells generally seem to come in packages of 12 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. The beauty of this recipe is it’s really easy to scale so make as many as you need for your party.
Next, 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 half of a cup for 24 tarts.
Then it’s just some brie and fresh thyme to finish. For the brie, you can use any type you like. I’d recommend something on the creamier side as it will give you that nice melty cheese that party guests always love!
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. Once you’ve got them assembled you just throw them in the oven for about 10 minutes, top them with a little fresh thyme when you take them out and done!
These tarts are excellent small bite appetizers for a cocktail party or holiday potluck. Quick, easy, and perfect.
things you might want for this recipe
Mini Phyllo Shells – You can use any brand you like but I prefer these from the Fillo Factory as they have flatter bottoms so they sit nicely on the baking sheet.
Cranberry Brie Tarts
- 24 mini phyllo shells
- ½ cup homemade cranberry sauce
- 1 ½ ounces of brie, cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Assemble the tarts. Arrange the phyllo sheels on the baking sheet. Add about a teaspoon of cranberry sauce to each shell. Top each tart with some 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.