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Cranberry Orange Baked Brie with Honey and Candied Pecans

This Cranberry Orange Baked Brie with Honey and Candied Pecans is a simple and flavourful appetizer! Made with classic flavours of the holiday season, this appetizer is ready in about 20 minutes. Perfect for your holiday party!

Brie appetizers are always so popular during the holiday season! These crowd pleaser appetizers are perfect for holiday parties and sharing (hello girls night!). So if you’re looking for a flavourful twist to a classic holiday appetizer, this Cranberry Orange Baked Brie with Honey and Candied Pecans is a delicious option!

a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest

About this recipe:

This recipe was inspired by my recipe for Candied Pecans, I thought they would be SO DELICIOUS on a warm, ooey gooey Brie, and I wasn’t wrong. Then I took it up a notch and paired them with the holiday favourite flavour combo of cranberry and orange. And a generous drizzle of honey to top it all of…yum.

a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest

So melty, gooey and delicious.

The melty cheese of this warm appetizer is delicious scooped onto slices of fresh bread or crackers. It’s also great with fruit like pear and apple slices.

appetizers sit on a table in front of a Christmas tree
a scoop of melted brie coming up out of a dish

Putting it all together:

This recipe is so simple, but I thought it might be helpful to give you a visual on how I put it together.

a top down image of a scored brie wheel

#1 Score the white rind of the Brie wheel.

a top down image of a brie wheel topped with chopped cranberries

#2 Add chopped fresh cranberries.

a top down image of a brie wheel topped with orange zest and cranberries

#3 Sprinkle on orange zest and add a squeeze of fresh orange juice.

a top down image of a brie wheel topped with nuts and cranberries

#4 Add the chopped candied pecans, drizzle with honey and bake.

a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest
a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest

Cranberry Orange Baked Brie Recipe Tips

  • CANDIED PECANS: These homemade brown sugar candied pecans are so easy to make and are SO delicious on this baked Brie. I make a batch of these nuts for snacking and keep a few for this Brie appetizer. You can also buy pre-made candied pecans or use regular pecans, but the sweetness of the candied ones really adds to the flavour of this appetizer.
  • BRIE CHEESE: I use a 6 inch creamy Brie cheese like double cream or triple cream, or Camembert. You can use a larger Brie wheel, just add more toppings. Also, use a Brie wheel at room temperature if possible, it melts more evenly in the oven.
  • SCORING THE TOP OF THE BRIE: Scoring the top of the Brie wheel before baking allows the cheese inside the wheel to melt out, making for an ooey gooey delicious appetizer. Refer to the picture above to see what that looks like.
  • HONEY: Honey is so delicious with Brie cheese. You can also use maple syrup.
  • ORANGE: This recipe calls for 2 tsp of fresh orange zest, but you can use as much as you like. I also use the same orange for the squeeze of orange juice. Another delicious option is to add a spoonful of orange marmalade if you have it.
  • CRANBERRIES: I prefer to use fresh cranberries because I like the tartness of them, but you can also use chopped dried cranberries. OR if you have any leftover cranberry sauce, you can use a scoop of that!
  • BAKING DISH: You can use a Brie baking dish or just place the cheese wheel on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, or any oven proof serving dish.
  • DIPPERS: Offer a selection of fresh or toasted baguette slices and/or crackers.  It’s also really delicious scooped onto pear slices or apple slices.
  • GARNISH OPTION: You can garish the finished recipe with some chopped fresh rosemary.
  • LEFTOVERS: Store any leftovers (if you have any!) in an airtight container in the fridge, then just reheat in the microwave.
a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest
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Cranberry Orange Baked Brie with Honey and Candied Pecans

a baked brie wheel topped with cranberries, nuts, honey and orange zest

This Cranberry Orange Baked Brie with Honey and Candied Pecans is a simple and flavourful appetizer! Made with classic flavours of the holiday season, this appetizer is ready in about 20 minutes.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven

Ingredients

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  • 1 wheel of Brie cheese (about 6 inches), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped candied pecans (see tips above)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cranberries
  • 2 tsp orange zest and a squeeze of orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey and more for drizzling after baking
  • sprinkle of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coarsely chop the candied pecans and cranberries. Zest the orange.
  3. Score the top rind of the brie wheel (see images above).
  4. To the top of the brie wheel, sprinkle on the chopped cranberries, then add the orange zest, and top with the chopped candied pecans.
  5. Squeeze on some orange juice, then drizzle with honey.
  6. Sprinkle on some salt (just a tiny bit).
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt.
  8. Remove from the oven and drizzle the top of the cheese with extra honey.
  9. Serve with fresh baguette slices or crackers.

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I hope you enjoy this festive appetizer! Happy Holidays!

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