This Caramel Nut and Cranberry Brie Appetizer is the perfect combination of oozing, creamy cheese, sweet fruit, and crunchy pecan topping. Best of all, the crowd-pleasing dish is ready after just 1 minute in your microwave!
That’s right, friends. One minute in your microwave and this beautiful, festive cheese spread is ready to serve! Sound too good to be true? Almost.
I first served this appetizer at our family Thanksgiving dinner back in 2008. That’s before I had any kids, definitely before blogging was even an idea in my little brain, and long before I considered myself comfortable in the kitchen. I had seen a similar recipe in a Taste of Home holiday magazine, and I decided that the salty-sweet combination of the cheese with the caramel sauce would probably taste pretty darn good.
I also have a special association with Brie cheese, since it’s the appetizer that my grandmother always served when she hosted a meal. Holidays or otherwise, we could count on a round of Brie and those classic Carr’s Table Water Crackers, which my mom still buys! It just seems appropriate to serve Brie rounds in honor of my grandmother — especially during the holidays.
Since I’ve been making a version of this particular recipe for the past 8 years, I figured that probably means that it’s good enough to share with all of you! And it doesn’t hurt that there is absolutely ZERO “cooking” involved. Throw together a handful of store-bought ingredients, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, and you’re suddenly The Hostess with the Mostest.
Feel free to serve your cheese with Carr’s Table Water Crackers a la my grandmother. I, however, prefer a fresh baguette!
Cheers to the holidays, simple recipes, fond memories of our family members, and very little stress in the kitchen!
- 1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese
- ⅓ cup caramel ice cream topping
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Crackers or sliced French bread baguette, for serving
- Place Brie in a microwave-safe dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine caramel sauce, cranberries, and pecans. Spread over Brie.
- Microwave, uncovered, on high for 60-90 seconds or until cheese is heated through and slightly melted.
- Serve with crackers and baguette.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
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