Baked Brie Bites with Sugared Cranberries

Socks optional because they will be blown off.

Directions:

Sugared Cranberries:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water over low heat. Simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add cranberries and remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Drain cranberries. Roll in remaining ¾ cup of sugar to coat. Air dry on a wire rack for 1 hour.

Baked Brie Bites:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add orange juice, bacon bits, walnuts, apple, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and apples begin to brown, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in orange zest.
  3. Unroll crescent rolls and pinch together seams to create 1 large sheet with each package of dough. Cut each rectangle into 12 squares.
  4. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and place a square of dough in each cup.
  5. Cut brie into 24 pieces and place in the center of the dough square. Top with apple walnut mixture and a pinch of brown sugar. Bring edges of the dough square to the center and pinch to create a seal.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Garnish each bite with a sugared cranberry for an unexpected burst of flavor.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Alyssa,
ALDI Test Kitchen

Ingredients:

Sugared Cranberries:

1 ¾ cups Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar, divided

½ cup water

1 cup fresh cranberries

Baked Brie:

2 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter

1 orange, zested and juice reserved

2.5 ounces Tuscan Garden Real Bacon Bits

½ cup Southern Grove Walnuts, chopped

½ cup diced Granny Smith apple

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Cinnamon

4 tablespoons Baker's Corner Brown Sugar, divided

2  8-ounce packages Bake House creations Crescent Rolls

Carlini Cooking Spray

8 ounces Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round


Prep Time:
10 minutes

Cook Time:
20 minutes (plus overnight to chill)

Total Time:
30 minutes (plus overnight to chill)


Yields:
24 brie bites