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Easy Cranberry Brie Appetizers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Author The Seasoned Mom


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 loaf 1 lb. French bread, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 ounces Brie cheese thinly sliced


  • To Prepare the Cranberry Sauce:
  • Bring sugar, water, orange zest, and salt to a boil in a large frying pan over high heat. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves.
  • Add cranberries to pan and return to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until a thick sauce forms and most of the berries have popped open (about 7-9 minutes). You want the sauce thick like a jam so that it doesn’t slide off of the toast.
  • Remove sauce from heat and allow to cool completely before using.*
  • To Assemble the Appetizers:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brush melted butter over each slice of bread. Place bread in a single layer on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add a slice of Brie to the top of each toast. Bake for about 5-7 more minutes, or until cheese melts. Top with about 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce.


*The sauce can be prepared up to a week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to use, allow the sauce to sit on the counter for about 30-60 minutes, or until it comes to room temperature.**The toasts can be prepared a day or two in advance as well. When ready to serve, just pick up at Step 8 by adding the brie and cranberry sauce.