A Last Minute Appetizer: Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts

Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats.

I‘m not really an appetizer person, so when Aimée suggested writing about a quick, last minute Thanksgiving appetizer I was a little stumped. I don’t make a lot of appetizers and I didn’t grow up in a family that served them on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was pretty much always just about the main feast. Luckily, my good friend Shaina came through with the idea to do something with baked brie.

This Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts is so simple and perfect for those who, like me, might be more focused on the side dishes and turkey to really think about pre-meal snack foods.

Chances are, you already have cranberry sauce on hand and ready to serve with your Thanksgiving feast, so there isn’t a whole lot of extra work involved in throwing this delicious sweet and savory treat together.

All photos by Katie

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! If you’re looking for any other last minute ideas for your feast, be sure to check out Aimée’s Vegetarian Holiday Menu.

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts

4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Katie


  • 3/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 16-ounce brie round
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2/3 cup walnut pieces
  • Crackers for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the top of the rind from the cheese using a serrated knife, and discard the rind. Place the cheese, cut side up on an oven safe plate or bowl. Just make sure to use a larger plate or a bowl so your cheese doesn't start oozing off the plate like mine is in the above photo. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and top with the cranberry sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and warm. Sprinkle the top with orange zest and walnuts.
  • Serve immediately with crackers.


For a simple cranberry sauce combine 4 ounces cranberries, 1/3 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer till thickened and cranberries have popped. For extra flavour add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Katie’s lifelong interest in food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. Katie Goodman is the cook, recipe developer, and self-taught photographer behind GoodLife Eats. It is there that she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week.

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  1. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    So simple, so elegant. Beautiful photo, Katie, and an excellent idea.

  2. YUM!

  3. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys says

    Mmmm! Reminds me of an appetizer my MIL always serves at get-togethers, except she uses Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. I love brie-I bet this is so good.

  4. Oh, we are so totally making this tomorrow. Thanks so much!

  5. Brie, cranberry and walnuts – a heavenly combo and I can’t imagine winter holidays without them!
    Happy Thanksgiving Aimee and Katie

  6. What a beautiful dessert. Thank goodness it looks easy to make. I like the idea and I will be sure to serve this, this thanksgiving.

  7. Deena @ stay at home FOODIE says

    I love baked Brie!
    I make one wrapped in puff pasty…. There is just something amazingly delicious about runny, ooey, gooey French cheese. Dare I say sexy?
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Appetizer Ideas says

    What a great combo of flavors, absolutely cannot go wrong with baked brie, cranberries and walnuts. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  9. I’m going to try this for a thanksgiving apptzr…..we have had brie before but only at a restraunt. This looks delicious and seems super easy to make… hoping my family would like it, b/c I know I would.

  10. Ze bobo 4.0 says

    4 stars
    It’s sooooooop good for Christmas

  11. This is a appetizer that I’m confident my kids will love. Thank you for sharing this recipe and I will definitely try this one this weekends. I’ll browse more of your recipes here.

  12. Made this for Christmas dinner and it was so simple and everyone LOVED it! Highly recommend this and I will be making it every thanksgiving and Christmas!

  13. Hi, I have a question about the brie. When you say remove the top of the rind, does that mean you leave the rest of the rind on? How does this work? I’ve never used brie, only eaten it in restaurants, and have no idea how to cook with it. I think this recipe looks delicious and would love to make it. Help!

  14. Great…Thanks for sharing this recpe. I want to share with you a kind of recipe with Crandberry

  15. Can I just use store bought cranberry sauce??

  16. Looks so yummy!!!! Will try it.

  17. Too bad the vitamix advertisement is covering up most of your post so that I can’t read it 🙁

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