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Holiday Brie en Croûte Recipe


In this post I am sharing how to make a Holiday Brie en Croute.

What is Brie en Croute? It’s just a fancy pants way of saying a wheel of brie baked in some type of pastry.  😉 A refrigerated pie crust or puff pastry work well for this. 

This is a super easy and delicious appetizer that can be adapted for any special occasion gathering and it dresses up so well for the holidays with colorful cranberry.

Serve alongside a platter of crostini or crackers and watch the smiles as folks dig into this wonderful appetizer. Personally, I prefer serving with the small toasted crostini bread pieces because they are more sturdy.

Guests are sure to love this easy holiday brie recipe.

Easy and Elegant Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Preparing holiday appetizers does not have to be a complicated process. There are many recipes that are quick, easy and delicious…like this baked Brie en Croute. 

Here are a few more appetizer recipes you might enjoy:

Southern Jezebel Sauce with Cream Cheese Appetizer

Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers, Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

These recipes work well for any special occasion gathering, sporting events or a wine party with friends. 

Baked brie in pie crust with fresh cranberry sauce for Christmas served with crostini bread - Holiday Brie en Croûte Recipe

How to Eat Brie

Brie is a soft cheese that is made from cow’s milk. It is perfectly delicious served just as it is with crackers or part of a charcuterie board with meats and fruits. 

A wheel of brie will come in a rind, which is edible. In fact…you’re supposed to eat the rind too but it is up to you if you’d rather not partake. 

Baked brie is a favorite for my appetizer menu. The warm melted cheese is perfect on cool winter evenings. 

How Do You Make Brie en Croute?

Preparing Brie en Croute is very easy. In fact it is one of the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make. 

Here’s what you’ll need: refrigerated pie crust (or puff pastry dough), a wheel of brie, and egg, a smidgen of water and to top things off…some homemade cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce is completely optional but it adds so much holiday color and works so well with the brie. 

You’ll also want some crostini for serving, which can be store bought or homemade. 

Christmas appetizer

Brie en Croute Cranberry

Prepare the basic cranberry sauce the day before and refrigerate. Although you’ll only need a small amount of the cranberry sauce, the leftovers may be frozen until needed for your holiday dinner. 

Okay, let’s prepare this appetizer!

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 1: Allow the refrigerated pie dough to warm to room temperature, then roll it out on the lined baking sheet. Place the wheel of brie cheese in the center of the pie dough and fold up all of the edges, slightly pinching them together to ensure it stays in place. 

Step 2: Make an egg wash with 1 egg whisked together with a teaspoon of water (or milk) until combined. Use a pastry brush to glaze the pie dough with the egg wash. 

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. 

Transfer to a serving dish and top with the cranberry sauce. Garnish with fresh rosemary and cranberries if desired for a festive holiday look and serve alongside crostini.

Easy and Elegant Holiday appetizer recipes

Baked Brie in Pie Crust

There are many delicious options for serving this baked brie appetizer. Instead of cranberry, try it with candied pecans, fig jam, apple slices, honey…or other favorite nuts and fruits.

Brie en Croute

Let’s make this Holiday Brie en Croûte Recipe!

Yield: 1 Appetizer

Holiday Brie en Croûte

Slate platter with holiday Brie en Croute garnished with cranberry and rosemary served with crustini bread

Baked Brie en Croute with fresh cranberry sauce is an easy and elegant holiday appetizer

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Unroll the pie crust on the baking sheet.
  4. Place the wheel of brie in the center of the pie crust dough.
  5. Fold up all edges around the wheel of brie. Pinch together edges if needed to hold in place.
  6. Prepare an egg wash with an egg and teaspoon of water whisked together.
  7. Brush the egg wash on the outside edges of the pie crust.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Top with fresh cranberry sauce, if desired, and serve with crostini or crackers.

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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Sunday 26th of December 2021

I was so excited to make this for my family for Christmas dinner appetizer. I felt I followed the directions to the letter…made sure edges were sealed…egg washed….but somehow, all the brie seeped out during cooking…quel disaster! Plus, I will never use Pillsbury PIe Crust again…they have changed something, and it tasted BITTER…..I might try this again but with either puff pastry dough or crescent dough, although maybe not - it was an incredible waste of money and most of it went in the trash can…. I don’t know what I did wrong, but it was just awful, and I hated to waste that good brie….

Julia Jordan

Sunday 26th of December 2021

I'm so sorry that happened. A bit of the cheese oozing out may happen but can still be served but it sounds like yours was a bit worse. I prefer the Wewalka refrigerated pie crust and suggest trying that one or their refrigerated puff pastry. Great products.

Rhonda Grahn

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Oh yes Julia I will definitely be making this to snack on

Julia Jordan

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Rhonda, It is so good my friend and I know that you'll love it. ~Julia


Friday 29th of October 2021

Silly question...could I prep this in advance. .minus the egg wash? I know it's a short prep but I have a bunch of people coming to my Home after another function later and was hoping I could just take it out and put it in the oven? Thanks.

Julia Jordan

Friday 29th of October 2021

Hi Shelly! You mean like wrap the brie and keep it refrigerated until ready to bake? If so then yes that would be okay :) The cranberry could certainly be made ahead if you wish to use that as a topping. Enjoy! ~Julia

Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I love brie and this looks amazing!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 24th of November 2019

Julie, Thank you! This is such an easy and pretty appetizer.

Miz Helen

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Our cottage crowd will just love your holiday-brie-en- croute, a very special holiday treat! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Julia Jordan

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Merry Christmas to you too!

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