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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Sugared cranberries, cheese, and crackers make a delicious and beautiful holiday appetizer.

I'm so happy to share one of my favorite festive holiday recipes with you! It's very easy to make and incredibly impressive looking - and tasting. If you would like to have this recipe in a beautiful glossy hard cover cookbook, be sure to pick up a copy of the Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook. There's a spring/summer version of this recipe in the book too!

 It's available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and anywhere books are sold.  

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!

If these beauties don't get you into the holiday spirit, I don't know what will. Red, sparkling, sweet, tart, and creamy, these Sparkling Cranberry Brie Crackers have everything you could want in a fall or winter hors d'oeuvres.

Yes, the most important element to a recipe is that it tastes good. But that doesn't mean it can't also be glamorous. Don't forget, we eat with our eyes first.

Fresh cranberries are only available this time of year, so grab a bag the next time you're at the market and sugar those babies up. Last year I used sugared cranberries to top a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, but they're also a nice low-guilt treat to satisfy your sweet tooth on their own.
Some sparkling shoes are obviously a must when you're enjoying sparking hors d'oeuvres. Santa, Darling, every gal needs a pair of these Glitter Louboutins for the Holidays. Santa? Yummy Hubby? You listening? 

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites 
makes about 16 

Sugared Cranberries 

2 cups fresh cranberries 
1 cup good maple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
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. 
Drain cranberries in a colander. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish. Add cranberries in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour. 

16 crackers
8 oz Brie cheese
cranberry chutney or cranberry relish
fresh mint for garnish

Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs. 
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