Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

Later 2016.

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

I’m keeping things short today and just popping in with a last minute easy appetizer to ring in the New Year. This Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry topped baked brie is easy and has very few ingredients.  You can make the cranberries and bake the brie at home, keep the cheese warm, and assemble at a party or serve at your own New Year’s Eve celebration.

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

Whatever you do this weekend to celebrate the end of 2016 and the promise of a new year, I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.  Cheers!

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie


  • 12 fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 brie cheese wheel


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine cranberries, beer, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer over medium low heat until thick and some of the berries burst - about 10 minutes
  4. Unwrap brie and transfer to a baking sheet or baking dish
  5. Bake at 350 about 15 minutes or until soft and melty
  6. Transfer brie to a serving dish and top with cranberry mixture
  7. Serve with bread, toasted baguette, and/or crackers
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  1. I happened to find a 35.2 ounce/2.2 pound wheel of brie on sale for $14.99, so I went with it.  You can certainly use a smaller one, but you will only need about half of the beer/cranberry mixture.  If you want the same amount, just use two smaller brie wheels.
  2. To make things easier, you can bake the cheese in a baking dish that can also be used as a serving dish.  If you transfer the cheese, just use a large spatula and be careful not to let it fall or separate because it will be soft.
  3. I used Kind of a Big Deal Blood Orange Wit from Triple C brewing, but any orange flavored beer will work.  They cranberries don’t cook very long, but long enough to concentrate flavors, so keep that in mind when choosing a beer.  I wouldn’t recommend anything too hoppy.
  4. Out of all the serving options listed, I prefer a toasted baguette for the crunchy texture.
Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie
Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie
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16 Responses to Blood Orange Ale and Cranberry Baked Brie

  1. Oh man…my mouth is watering thinking about brie and baguettes right now! That’s the perfect NYE snack. And then adding in the cranberries + beer? Yes, please. Also, I’m chuckling at the 2.2 pounds of brie…that would be enough for me, but I’d have to find another one for everyone else. 🙂 Hope you have a great NYE, Rachelle!

  2. That gooey cheese. Drooling. I love cranberries with this- definitely perfect for the holidays or just using up the leftover holiday cranberries.

  3. I SWEAR I commented on this… but obviously I just commented via text message to you. lol. LOVE THIS appetizer! It’s so darn pretty and the flavors are just stellar! I’m not on the “new year, new you” diet, so you bet I’m making this my dinner soon! Cheers, lovely! xoxo

  4. That picture with the melted brie oozing out… be still my heart. Ugh. GIMME!

    (I’m sorry – that was impolite. I’d really enjoy to sit down and have a nice chat and enjoy some of this delicious looking melty brie, please and thank you.)

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