Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts


This baked brie with cranberries is beautiful. One of the most common mistakes people make when serving cheese is not letting it come to room temperature first so all the flavors can be fully realized. This stuffed brie takes that principle to the next level.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • 1 small wheel of brie (about 6 to 8 inches), chilled

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed, plus extra for design

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Use a sharp paring knife to score the side of brie all the way around, cutting directly on the equator through the rind. Wrap string or dental floss around brie on the scored cut. Loop one end of the string over the other to make a half knot. Pull the ends of the string in opposite directions to cut brie in half.

  2. Lay brie halves, cut-side up, on a flat work surface. Spread cranberries over one half and walnuts on the other, pressing down gently into cheese. Quickly put the 2 sides back together with cranberries on top of walnuts. Press together and stuff back in any cranberries or walnuts that fell out.

  3. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Place brie in the center of pastry. Gently pull up edges to ensure there is enough dough to entirely wrap brie. Trim off the corners if there is too much dough.

  4. Mix together egg and water in a small bowl. Brush egg wash over dough. Fold one edge of dough over brie and then the opposite side. Fold over the remaining edges to completely encase brie. Trim off excess dough as needed. Flip brie over so the seam is at the bottom; gently press in the sides to snug dough against brie. Brush the top and sides of wrapped brie with egg wash.

  5. Cut out decorative pieces from remaining puff pastry and place on brie. Lightly brush decorative pieces with egg wash. Place brie in the freezer for 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  7. Place brie on the prepared baking sheet and bake on the center rack in the preheated oven until it is browned and leaking cheese, 20 to 25 minutes. (Only rarely does brie not leak through.)

    close up view of Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts on a wood cutting board with crackers and a knife
    Chef John

Chef's Notes:

Be sure to complete the freezing step. The crust needs to bake to a golden brown before the brie starts pouring out, so it must be partially frozen when it goes into the oven.

If you assemble the brie ahead of time, bake the frozen brie in a preheated 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) oven until the cheese is runny, 30 to 35 minutes.

Use very cold (almost still frozen) puff pastry dough for the decorations to ensure sharp lines.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
22g Fat
17g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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