Festival Cranberry & Pistachio Baked Brie

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(This article was originally published on January 16, 2021 and was last updated on August 4, 2021)

Winter is a time of festive celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a baked brie? This recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie will have you feeling festive in no time. The simple ingredients come together to form an awesome dish that will be the hit of any party!


It recently snowed here, and it was the first snow of the season. With the white stuff on the ground, I’m now officially starting to think about all things festive and holidays.

Which brings me to this recipe. Pistachios and cranberries make a super festive combo, and combined with creamy baked brie? Let’s just say this is a perfect holiday party appetizer.

While it’s not quite Christmas, heading to a good friend’s house or a loved one’s house for a cozy party with good food and good company is just as welcome!

Good friends and good food – what could be better for the soul?

Cranberry Season!

Cranberries are a classic holiday flavor, which makes sense since they’re in season right about now, in autumn and winter when we have some of our biggest celebrations of the year.

When raspberries, blueberries and some of our other favorites are gone for the year, cranberries give us berry goodness throughout the winter.

They also give us tons of vitamin C and fiber, in a super low calorie berry package.

Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 18 mins
Yield: 8-12


  • 2 cups cranberries (use fresh, not frozen)
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar (I use organic if possible)
  • 1/8 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Zest from one orange
  • Juice from half an orange
  • 1 wheel of brie
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • Crackers, homemade crostini, crusty bread, etc for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. As your oven preheats, prepare the cranberry mixture. Combine cranberries, white and brown sugar, water, half the orange zest and all the orange juice to a medium saucepan, and stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Once it’s boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently.
  4. While the mixture simmers, bake the brie. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil, and place the brie on the sheet (you could also use a brie baker). Lightly score the top of the brie, and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melty and just beginning to ooze out of its rind and the score marks.
  5. Transfer the baked brie to a serving tray, and pile the cranberry mixture on top.
  6. Sprinkle with the pistachios and leftover orange zest.
  7. Served immediately, when still warm.

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