Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie

November 20, 2013 by Ali

This Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie recipe is the perfect holiday appetizer. It only requires 6 ingredients (plus water) and 20 minutes, and then this delicious and easy baked brie is yours to enjoy!

Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie Recipe |

Oh man. It is November 19, and I have already received six invites for Christmas parties this year. Six!!

Granted, I understand why so many friends want to plan in advance during a busy season. But you have to understand — I’m the girl who is adamantly opposed to even thinking about anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving. In mi casa, there is no Christmas tree, no present-shopping, no holiday-music-listening, no carol-singing, no Christmas-anything until November 29.

Now when that day arrives, I will happily deck the halls and crank up my N*Sync Christmas album (err, I mean She & Him) and watch Christmas Vacation and bake Christmas cookies all day long. And Henry might even dress up too. ;)

In the meantime though, I have been thinking about what my go-to holiday appetizer for this year will be — for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, you name it. And this week, I tested out an idea, and it was a total winner. Feel free to join me in adopting this fabulous 20-minute app — Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie.

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For years I have loved the combination of brie and cranberry — whether on paninis, on crackers, in phyllo cups and more. But for a little extra color this year, I decided to add in some green pistachios and sprinkle on some orange zest. And the result was as yummy as it was adorable.

love this cranberry pistachio baked bree!! And all you just need 6 ingredients (plus water) to make it yourself.

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If you happen to have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, this would be the perfect way to put it to use. Or if you don’t have any on hand, whip up a simple batch homemade. Trust me — the homemade version is 10x better than the stuff that comes out of a can. (And it’s cuter too!)

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All you have to do it bring some cranberries, sugar and water to a boil (and I added in some extra orange zest), and then let them simmer for 10 minutes and you’re ready to go.

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Bake up a wheel of brie.

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Then pour that delicious sauce onto some freshly baked brie, sprinkle with pistachios and a little more orange zest, and you’re ready to go.

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This literally can be ready to go in 20 minutes. And in my experience of years entertaining, people tend to get ridiculously excited about baked brie. I don’t know what it is. But it always disappears first at my house.

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So if you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer this holiday season — whenever those invites and parties may come — I can’t recommend this baked brie recipe enough! It’s a keeper. :)

Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie Recipe |

Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • zest of one orange, divided
  • 1 wheel brie
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • (crackers for serving)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add cranberries, sugar, water and about half of the orange zest to a medium saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and place the brie in the center of the sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to ooze out the side.

Transfer baked brie to a serving tray. Then top with the cranberry sauce, and sprinkle with pistachios and remaining orange zest.

Serve immediately with crackers.

Like cranberries? Check out these other great recipes!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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40 thoughts on “Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie

  1. The thought of this is just killing me, I need this in front of me now. I love brie, especially with the flavors you added, perfection.

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  2. When I can eat brie again, I’m seriously going to get insane on this.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  3. Just perfect for pre-thanksgiving dinner sneak to keep the food sneekers at bay!

    - Paula – bell’alimento

  4. I LOVE THIS!!! so pretty!

    - claire (@realnutritioncg)

  5. This is just beautiful!!

    - Clem

  6. Dumb question no. 1. Do you take that rind off of the brie before baking?

    - Josie

  7. You can totally bring this to my house anytime! YUM!

    - Gaby

  8. Well, you’re five invites ahead of me right now!! I think it’s because your friends know it’s possible you might bring a gorgeous app such as this one. :-)

    - Kathy - Panini Happy

  9. Wow, this is a gorgeous app, Ali! I’ve never had baked brie, if you can believe it. I need to remedy that this holiday season!

    - Tracey

  10. what a beautiful shot of that brie! I love this topping because many people use toppings that are way too sweet for me – even, sometimes, honey. Cranberries, slightly sweetened are perfect and so pretty as well. love this!

    - mimi

  11. Doesn’t it feel sometimes like the biggest meal of the year is just an afterthought?! I’m already Christmas daydreaming too! Fortunately, this brie is perfect for either occasion – I love it, Ali!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  12. What a gorgeous appetizer to serve for any holiday! So pretty! I’m with you on waiting until after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas, but I think we might be in the minority with that! Christmas is already everywhere!

    - Cate @ Chez CateyLou

  13. I absolutely love this! Such an awesome app!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  14. This looks magical. I love me some baked brie. Oh, and I will shamelessly play the ‘N SYNC Christmas album over and over all season long! It’s a classic. :)

    - Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

  15. Such a beautiful and festive dish! I love the holiday season, but like waiting until after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas :)

    - Sues

  16. Beautiful, Ali!!!! I can’t wait to make this over the holidays!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  17. Ali, this is STUNNING – seriously, it just screams HOLIDAY!

    - Heather

  18. This is such a gorgeous holiday appetizer, love the cranberries + pistachios!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  19. I’m so excited about this! I love serving baked brie as an appetizer and this festive twist will be perfect for the Holidays! Just added it to a few of our menus! Thanks!

    - Maegan @ The BakerMama

  20. That’s a lot of parties!! And parties always come with tasty food! This would be a perfect treat for each one of them! Sign me up!

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  21. This is BEAUTIFUL!! Love all the bright colors. I haven’t been invited to a single Christmas party this year. I guess it’s because I’m old and wear lots of yoga pants?

    - Cookbook Queen

  22. You are Miss Popular:) Have fun at all of your parties. I think I will just stay home in my pj’s this year and eat this BRIE! YUM!

    - Maria

  23. Great appetizer, Ali! Looks absolutely delicious!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  24. Love this, Ali! It’s so festive and pretty!

    Now I’m a little sad that I haven’t received any party invites, though. *sob*

    - Karly

  25. Ali, I received a Christmas party invite in September! I’m not kidding! And my neighbors have their tree up. I’m trying to soak in all of Thanksgiving right now and I am just LOVING this baked brie! Brie is my favorite cheese and I love serving it as a sweet appetizer.

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  26. Oh man, you would hate it around here. My town already has Christmas lights up and Christmas tree lots!

    This brie is gorgeous!! I love the combo of cranberries, brie and pistachio. So good and so pretty to look at!

    - Tieghan

  27. You had me at melted cheese.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  28. This looks amazing! Reminds me of a thanksgiving version of Sandy’s amazing wheel o’ brie.

    - Lindsay