Caramelized Pecan & Cranberry Encrusted Brie

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Joyce Newman
from Pollock Pines, CA

This is my husband's all-time favorite request when I have to make an appetizer to take to a party or get together. It's so festive and artsy looking too!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A beautiful and fancy way to serve Brie! Pie crust holds in the creamy Brie. When you cut into it, the cheese just oozes out. What makes this a little different is the caramel-like glaze. It's sweet and thick, crunchy from the pecans and a bit tart from the cranberries. Paired with the savory creamy Brie, it's so delicious. We loved this with apple slices and buttery crackers. This Brie recipe is easy to throw together but seems very fancy.

serves 8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake


  •   8 oz
    Brie cheese round
  •   1
    Pillsbury pie crust roll (in box) refridgerated or make from scratch
  •   1/2 c
    pecans, chopped
  •   1/4 c
    dried cranberries
  •   3/4 c
    brown sugar, divided into 1/4 c & 1/2 c
  •   3/4 stick
  •   2 Tbsp
    heavy cream or half & half

How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375. Bring crust to room temp before trying to unroll (about 20 minutes).
  • 2
    Meanwhile, do your prep work. Chop pecans. Measure cranberries. Get out the brown sugar and measure. If you have miniature cookie cutters for leaves or another shape you like, get those out too.
  • 3
    Unroll pie crust and cut a circle inside the crust, leaving about an inch to inch and a half remaining along at least one side. Cut out leaves with cookie cutter and discard excess dough.
  • 4
    Place Brie cheese in center of crust. Place 1 tbsp butter on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. of brown sugar.
  • 5
    Fold up sides of dough to cover the cheese. Squeeze and stick together with a dab of water, then add leaves to it in the same manner. Draw the veins on the leaves with a toothpick (If desired).
  • 6
    Brush with beaten egg.
  • 7
    Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 8
    Wait until the brie is almost done to start cooking the glaze.
  • 9
    For the glaze, melt butter in small saucepan. Add 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 c cranberries and 1/2 c chopped pecans. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • 10
    Add 2 tbsp cream. Stir and cook for several more minutes until you have a nice caramel glaze. Pour on top of encrusted brie.
  • 11
    Serve with crackers or crisp apple slices. It seems to be easier to eat if cut up into small pieces.