Cranberry Walnut Baked Brie is perfect for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, or any time you want an easy recipe that looks impressive!
My name is Anne, and I’m a cheese-a-holic.
When I’m at a get together with friends, there’s a good chance you’ll find me hanging out wherever the cheese is.
There’s also a high probability that whatever I bring to a party or serve at my home will have a lot of cheese in it!
Which is just one thing I love about baked brie.
Talk about ooey gooey cheesy goodness.
Plus it’s something that’s super easy to make but looks extra fancy.
Especially when the brie is topped with decadent things like a cranberry fruit spread, toasted walnuts, toasted pepitas, and fresh rosemary.
Doesn’t that look amazing?!
It tastes as delicious as it looks too.
But the whole thing takes almost no time to whip up.
Thanks to some store-bought ingredients.
I was super excited to find a cranberry fruit spread that doesn’t have any added sugar from Amazon.
I buy chopped walnuts in bulk and then keep them fresh by storing them in the freezer.
No need to pull out a knife to chop a thing when it’s time to whip up this delicious fall appetizer.
And can you believe that each serving of this low carb baked brie is less than 3 net carbs?!
Every bite is a little taste of heaven.
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- 5 Ingredient Baked Brie Appetizer
- How Do You Bake Brie Cheese?
- How to Toast Walnuts and Pepitas
- Tips for Assembling Cranberry Walnut Baked Brie
- Recipes To Serve With Baked Brie
5 Ingredient Baked Brie Appetizer
You only need five ingredients to whip up this delicious cranberry walnut baked brie:
Technically, there are 7 ingredients in this recipe…
I sprinkled the walnuts and pepitas with some salt and ground chipotle powder while they were toasting.
But those are things I always have on hand so I didn’t need to buy them to make the recipe.
Anyway you count, you don’t need a lot to whip up this easy appetizer!
How Do You Bake Brie Cheese?
I love lining my baking dish with unbleached parchment paper when I make baked brie.
It looks pretty, and it makes cleanup a breeze!
Baking brie is super easy.
You literally just put it in a preheated oven.
But you do want to keep an eye on it.
At the 10-minute mark, I take a peek in the oven.
If any cheese is starting to leak out of the rind, I pull it out of the oven immediately.
For a pretty presentation, you don’t want all the cheese to melt out all over the dish.
Don’t get me wrong, it’ll still taste good, so no worries if you accidentally bake it a little too long.
I’ve definitely had it all leak out on me before!
To get the best results, let the brie sit for about 5 minutes before you top it and serve it.
How to Toast Walnuts and Pepitas
While the brie is baking, pull out a saute pan and toast up the walnuts and pepitas.
It’s not necessary, but it really does add some great flavor to this cranberry walnut baked brie.
There’s no need to add any oil to the pan.
Simply set the heat to medium-high, then stir the walnuts and pepitas every so often.
Once they start to get fragrant, keep a close eye on them so they don’t get too browned.
I like to sprinkle them with a little salt and about 1/8 teaspoon of ground chipotle powder.
The chipotle powder adds a little heat to the recipe.
If you like more heat, go ahead and add a little more!
Tips for Assembling Cranberry Walnut Baked Brie
Once the brie has rested for a little bit, it’s time to put it all together!
See how much cheese leaked out of that one tiny little crack?
This is why it’s so important to pull it out of the oven at the first hint of the rind splitting!
Gently spoon the cranberry fruit spread over top of the round of brie.
Next, scoop the toasted walnuts and pepitas on top of that.
It looks extra pretty if you add a little bit of the cranberry spread and the nuts around the base too.
Now, take some kitchen sheers and cut fresh rosemary into tiny little pieces to sprinkle over top.
Serve up the baked brie with assorted crackers, sliced baguettes, or even thin slices of apples or pears.
I’ve even put this delicious appetizer on my plate and eaten it on its own with a fork!
Recipes To Serve With Baked Brie
If you’re hosting a party and want some more easy recipes to serve, you’re going to love these!
Before the printable recipe card, let’s answer some of the most popular questions about making baked brie.
Do You Need to Peel Off the Rind for Baked Brie?
In fact, do not peel the rind off the brie when you bake it.
The rind is what holds the cheese inside.
Plus, the rind is edible and it tastes delicious: exactly like brie.
So if you peel your brie before baking it you’ll end up with a dish of gooey cheese instead of a round that you can top and slice into.
Can You Store Leftover Baked Brie?
If you happen to have any leftover baked brie, no worries, you can absolutely save it.
Simply transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Can Brie Be Served Cold?
Can you serve brie cold?
But do you want to serve it cold?
Cold brie is kind of rubbery.
It’s much better at room temperature, or warm.
How Should Baked Brie Be Reheated?
You can enjoy baked brie at room temperature, or you can heat it up.
I don’t recommend reheating it in the microwave, although if you’re short on time it will work.
Be sure to keep the power level at 50% or below.
For best results, reheat the brie in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Can You Make Baked Brie in Advance?
I don’t recommend making baked brie in advance.
It won’t look or taste as fresh.
If you know you’ll be in a pinch for time, you can always toast the walnuts and pepitas beforehand and store them in an airtight container.
But wait to bake the brie until you’re ready to serve it.
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