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Cranberry Brie Cups

These cranberry brie bites are a delightful dance of textures and flavors, where the creamy brie meets the zingy cranberry (homemade cranberry sauce if you’d like!), creating an appetizer that’s like a party in your mouth. They are one of the easiest, tastiest, and most elegant holiday appetizers for those who love a sweet and savory flavor combination.

Cranberry brie bites with a bowl of cranberry sauce.

Aren’t they pretty? And they taste as good as they look!

Ingredients and How to Make

The ingredients are simple: phyllo cups (store-bought or homemade [instructions included in recipe card]), cranberry sauce or homemade cranberry sauce, and brie.

If you can’t find phyllo cups, use four sheets of phyllo dough cut into 24 equal squares and baked in a mini muffin tin. Some people like to cut them into circles instead of squares – this step can be done ahead of time to save time on the day you are entertaining.

A tip I like to share is that I use the Instacart app to locate hard-to-find ingredients near me (that’s not a plug by the way!) – hope this is helpful. And so instead of going to multiple stores to try and find mini phyllo cups you can use the app. And it will be much cheaper to purchase phyllo dough and make your own cups if you have a mini muffin tin at home.

Ingredients for brie bites (phyllo cups, cranberry and brie).
Ingredients: Phyllo cups, cranberry sauce, brie.
Cutting brie into small chunks on cutting board.

Step 1:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut cheese into 15 equal portions
Phyllo cups on baking sheet about to be filled.

Step 2:

  • Place phyllo shells on a baking or cookie sheet
Phyllo cups filled with brie on baking sheet.

Step 3:

  • Top each shell with 1 piece of cheese.
Cranberry bites on baking sheet about to be baked.

Step 4:

  • Spoon a scant 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce on top of cheese
  • Bake cups for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted sufficiently and garnish with nuts or rosemary if desired.
Close up on cranberry brie bites on baking sheet.

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Close up view of cranberry brie bites with rosemary.

Cranberry Brie Cups

Easy, elegant, and quick appetizer
5 from 1 vote
Author: Marie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 30 mini cups
Calories 39 kcal


  • baking sheets
  • cutting board
  • Knife
  • mini muffin tin ONLY if making your own phyllo cups at home (they can be purchased at the grocery store).


To Fill and Bake Cranberry Brie Cups

  • 30 Mini fillo shells See Note 1 if you can't find mini fillo shells. Ingredients and instructions shown below to make your own.
  • 6 ounces Brie Cut into 30 equal squares (no need to peel /cut the rind off) (see Note 2)
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry sauce Jellied or whole berry, up to 3/4 cup (see Note 3)

Garnishes (optional, choose one):

  • orange or lime zest
  • chopped pistachio
  • rosemary sprigs

Making Homemade Phyllo Cups (Mini)

  • Phyllo sheets usually sold in the frozen section of grocery stores
  • Melted butter or cooking spray for brushing


To Fill and Bake the Phyllo Cups

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut cheese into 30 equal portions
  • Place phyllo cups on a baking or cookie sheet (see Note 1 if you can't find mini phyllo cups)
  • Top each shell with 1 piece of cheese
  • Spoon a scant 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce on top of cheese
  • Bake cups for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted sufficiently
  • Serve hot and garnish with orange zest/curls/twists, rosemary sprigs, or pistachios if desired.

To Make Your Own Mini Phyllo Cups

  • Before you start, make sure the phyllo sheets are fully thawed. Follow the instructions on the packaging for thawing. Phyllo dough can be delicate, so handle it gently to avoid tearing.
  • Preheat your oven to the temperature recommended on the packaging of the phyllo sheets. Typically, it's around 350°F (175°C).
  • Lay about four sheets of phyllo dough flat on a clean surface. Cover the remaining sheets with a slightly damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
  • Cut the phyllo sheets into smaller squares or rectangles using a pizza cutter. Generally, 3×3-inch squares work well for mini cups.
  • Place one layer/square of phyllo dough into each muffin well and lightly spray it. Then, add another layer and continue this process until you've incorporated four layers in each opening.
  • Carefully press the layered phyllo squares into the mini muffin or cupcake tin, shaping them into cups.
  • Place the muffin tin with the shaped phyllo cups in the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cups turn golden brown and crispy.


Note 1: If mini phyllo cups are unavailable, you can make them: Cut four sheets of phyllo dough into 24 squares using a pizza cutter and then tuck them into a mini cupcake pan and bake until golden.  
Note 2 and 3: I don’t measure the fillings precisely, so the total amount needed is approximate; fill the cups nearly to the top. You don’t need to peel the brie before cutting it into cubes. 
Please note I almost always double or triple this recipe; they go quickly; plan for at least three brie cups per person. 


Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.05mg
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