Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites (Foodie Friday #17) and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!  Que the fireworks!!!

christmas castle

I hope you are having a fantastic day, enjoyed a leisurely morning and are getting stuffed to the gills with food as we speak.  Speaking of food…I want to share a recipe today that I have been serving as an appetizer at our Christmas celebration for a few years now that I LOVE!!!  Its all things yummy… frosted cranberries, brie, crackers!  Plus is very simple to make which, lets be real, is priority #1 in choosing appetizers.
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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites 

Servings: ~24crackers       Prep Time: 10min          Cook Time: 10min         Chill Time: Overnight            Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 14 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 butter crackers (like Ritz)
  • 8 oz brie with rind
  • cranberry relish or lingonberry jam if relish not available

Instructions

Rinse cranberries and place in a medium bowl. Heat syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm. Pour over cranberries when syrup is warm, not hot, or cranberries may pop. Cool, cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.

Put sugar in a large bowl. Drain cranberries then add to bowl with sugar in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.
Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry relish, and 3 or 4 sugared cranberries.
Notes:  Its very hard for me to find cranberry relish and I didnt want to use the cranberry sauce from the can.  This year I subbed lingonberry jam and it worked just fine.  Availability of both might be hard to find so just stick with something tart.  If you want to try cranberry sauce from the can make sure and get the one with whole berries in it.
*Slightly adapted from here*

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kenza says:

    Hmmmmm that looks lovely !

    I will definitely try it. 🙂

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Angela says:

    These look delicious!! Definitely adding it to my list of recipes to try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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