If you’re looking for an appetizer to share, cranberry brie an easy go to combo — that’s because it’s insanely delicious! Creamy, melted brie smothered in rich, tart cranberry sauce can turn any holiday event into something special. Bring this cranberry brie bowl to any party and watch it disappear.

To serve the best recipe you possibly can, make sure you scoop up a quality bread bowl. A rustic loaf from a bakery, or at the very least your grocer’s bakery, should do the trick. Also, opt for triple cream brie if you can find it. It melts more consistently and stays creamy without separating. And for the cranberries, only a whole cranberry sauce will really work. Ocean Spray, and a few other brands, carry whole cranberry sauce in a can, so you don’t have to make your own—unless you want to!

If you love this recipe, you’ll also love my Cranberry jalapeño brie costini or my Baked brie with cranberry jalapeño jam.

Cranberry Brie Bowl


  • 1 bread bowl or rustic round loaf
  • 1 wheel of brie (make sure it’s smaller than your bread loaf)
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2-3tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • olive oil (to brush inner loaf)
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Slice off the top quarter of the loaf, then slice off the top sliver of brie rind to expose the soft brie below.
  3. Set brie wheel on top of sliced bread bottom and use a knife to trace circle around the wheel. Scoop out all the bread inside that circle.
  4. Brush inner bread with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme leaves.
  5. Place brie wheel in the cut-out bread center. Sprinkle with more thyme. Spoon cranberry sauce on top of brie. Cut slices around bread bowl (to make tearing easier later.) Replace top of the bread.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with the extra bread you scooped out.

Cranberry baked brie pull-apart bread bowl appetizer

Also see, Cranberry crock pot turkey meatballs.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.