Sparkling Cranberry and Almond Baked Brie

If you love brie, this sparkling cranberry and almond baked brie is going to be your new favorite holiday appetizer!

Sparkling Cranberry and Almond Baked Brie, fabulous holiday appetizer!

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Sparkling Cranberry & Almond Baked Brie

I’m going to let you in on a little holiday hostess secret. Sparkling cranberries! You can also call them sugared cranberries or your new favorite treat, that works too.

They’re the perfect little tart and sweet treat to jazz up desserts or appetizers, like this sparkling cranberry and almond baked brie.

Baked brie is a fabulous addition to any appetizer display, especially during the holiday season. Look how pretty they are…

How to make easy sparkling cranberries with just two ingredients! Sugared cranberries are a great way to add pizzazz to holiday desserts and appetizers.

So first let’s chat about making the sparkling cranberries and then I’ll show you to pull it together to dress up the baked brie.


1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sanding sugar (optional, can you use more granulated sugar if you prefer)

The idea is to create a simple syrup to soak the cranberries in and allow them to get sticky so they can be rolled in sugar.

  • So combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup water (or equal parts if you’re making a larger batch) in a small saucepan.
  • Stir on medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries.
  • You can let them soak overnight for an extra sweet cranberry or at least an hour (they’ll just be slightly more tart) to be sure they’re ready.
  • Scoop out cranberries and roll in remainder of granulated sugar. I add in 1/2 cup sanding sugar because the granules are larger and add extra sparkle! Now your cranberries are ready!

Sparkling cranberries are a wonderful way to dress up holiday desserts and appetizers from simple cakes and cupcakes to crostinis and of course, baked brie! Check out how they were used in this Red and White Santa Party!

How to make the perfect holiday appetizer, sparkling cranberry baked brie with almonds!

What crackers do I serve with Baked Brie?

Now I serve my baked brie with little mini toasts or crostinis but you could add in pita chips, apple slices, crackers, or bread slices.

If you want your brie to have an extra festive touch, circle the brie wheel in rosemary after it is plated.

To convert this into a passable appetizer, top a crostini with a little square of brie, top with an almond, and bake until cheese is just melting. Remove from oven, top with a sugared cranberry or two and serve!

Sparkling Cranberry and Almond Baked Brie, fabulous holiday appetizer!
baked brie round with almonds and sparkling cranberries

Here’s the easy recipe below! Leave a comment if you have any questions, but what I love about this appetizer is how easy it is while also looking like you pulled out all the fancy elements to wow your guests! Isn’t it a showstopper?!

For more holiday appetizer recipes, check out our appetizer gallery here and more holiday appetizers here! I also can’t wait for you to see my next book as it is full of fabulous appetizer recipes for year-round entertaining! Stay tuned…

baked brie round with almonds and sparkling cranberries

Sparkling Cranberry and Almond Baked Brie

A delicious holiday appetizer full of cranberry and almond flavor! Serve with crostini, toasts, or crackers!
SERVINGS 6 people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1-2 cups sugared cranberries - (see how to make sugared cranberries in blog post)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 brie wheel


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place brie wheel on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with almonds.
  • Return to oven for 3-5 minutes.
  • Top with sugared cranberries and serve with crackers, crostinis, apple slices, or bread rounds.


Love walnuts? Don’t love nuts? Change up the kinds of nuts you use on this baked brie or leave them off! 


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 13gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 233IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 1mg
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Sparkling Cranberry and Almond Baked Brie, fabulous holiday appetizer!

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  1. Ann in Atlanta says:

    Just wondering how long you could store the leftover sugared cranberries? Or did you just use the entire recipe on top of and beside the baked brie?

    1. I don’t believe I used the entire bag (some we just ate) but you could keep sugared cranberries in the refrigerator for at least a few days! Or don’t sugar all of them (depending on your brie wheel size) and use remainder for cocktails, or atop little crostinis for another appetizer idea, etc!

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