Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites


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! 
                                                                  

Cheers to a wonderful holiday!


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. 

linking to Feathered Nest Friday  Inspiration Friday  weekend bloggy reading, 
tater tots and jello, 
homemaker in heels
My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap
The Girl Creative 

127 comments:

  1. yum! that looks really good! thanks for stopping by...i'm now following..

    http://livinthemommylife.blogspot.com

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  2. These are delicious little jewels!
    Now i want those shoes!!

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  3. You think Yummy Hubby can get a 2 for 1 deal? I wear a 6 1/2 ; )

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  4. I want THOSE at my Thanksgiving celebration...how stunning!

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  5. gorgeous blog! I am hopping over from Give a Hoot.
    I was instantly drawn to your bio when I read chickens and bunnies. I just returned from my kid's field trip to a farm yesterday, and my daughter wants a bunny and a chicken. ( secretly, I do too! :)) Hope you have a great day. ( new follower)

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  6. And...that recipe is making me very, VERY hungry. It looks delicious.

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  7. Thanks for following! I'm now following back. Love the recipe, but even more, I'm intrigued as to how you live with chickens and bunnies! I can barely handle my two dogs!! :-)

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  8. And you had time to make these when? You are killing me with all your amazing litle goodies and meals. They are not only delicious but so well thought out and beautiful. The styling/staging is awesome

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  9. That looks amazing! Great blog! I am a new follower from Welcome Wednesday. Looking forward to reading your posts. Please swing by Horseshoes and say Hi:

    http://www.cdnhorseshoes.com/

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  10. Oh my gosh! This looks so good...I'm hosting a baby shower and was actually on the lookout for a brie recipe. This is perfect! Also...Christian Louboutin are my favorite shoes...ever!!! These might have to be my next pair!

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  11. Don't you think Christian Louboutin should send me a pair for this free advertisement? Oh, I wear a size 9.

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  12. they look so delicious! i want some!

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  13. These are so pretty! I also love using sugared fruit as a centerpiece. Your crackers look worthy of Martha herself!

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  14. This looks delicious. Happily following back!

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  15. Love these. So pretty and and perfect for a holiday party. I can't wait to try these.

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  16. Perfect ... I need a holiday quick bite and I love cranberry and brie! PLEASE come do my closets like that!! Amazing :) Stopping in to follow from the hop - hope you can visit soon and return the favor ... and I have a $0.99 promo going for a short time too! www.shaunanosler.blogspot.com

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  17. What a gorgeous idea, and yes I always eat with my eyes first.

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  18. Holy YUM! Those shoes, a glass of champagne and a platter of those delicious brie bites are all I need this Christmas! :D

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  19. I think I'll make myself some sparkling bites and talk hubby, I mean Santa into those shoes!

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  20. These look so beautiful and delicious! What a great idea. I'll have to give them a try.

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  21. wow, do these ever look amazing and gorgeous photography Marina

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  22. These are stunning! They are so pretty and I am sure they taste fantastic!

    Mrs. Claus already picked me up some sparkly shoes like this. She is really so good to me and understands my wants and needs!

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  23. Very pretty hors d oeuvres! I will have to bookmark this page because I will have the perfect party coming right up before the year ends that will require this type of elegant treat.
    I sure hope Santa hubby grants your wish...I bet he will, 'coz you have been nice the whole year...Thanks for the post!

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  24. I only have one word for this... YUMMY!!!

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  25. Marina!!!! these are gorgeous!!!! I can;t wait to try this! love the shoes!!!!

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  26. I love this idea! Visually appealing. Simple to make. Perfect for Thanksgiving. Just added this to my menu.

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  27. Those are beautiful! Your blog is lovely!! xoxo Kristin

    http://kinder-words.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oh yummy and beautiful. My kind of food. However if I tried to wear those shoes while serving them the plate would end up in my guest's lap. Ha!

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  29. Oh my, they have got to be the 'blingiest' little hor d'ouevres ever!! They are gorgeous, and easy too. Thanks for sharing. Thankyou too for your comments. Have a fab weekend, love Linda x

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  30. Such gorgeous little bites, these look so delicious! Love the shoes too! :)

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  31. Thank you!
    I'm following you in GFC already.
    See you around.

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  32. Wow...those look delicious! I think our kids are really close to the same age--mine are 4 1/2 and 18 months--and I want to try every recipe you've posted! I love healthy food and have been wondering about a way to use fresh cranberries for a couple weeks now! I saw you on MBC and am happily following!

    Carla @ Jansen Family Adventures

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  33. Hi, Marina! Thanks for following me and for the comment! Your blog is GORGEOUS! I love how you compared the image of the shoes above to your lovely-looking cranberry hors d'oeurves. Do photograph everything yourself? It looks like you are multi-talented, I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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  34. Jessica, yes, all the photos are mine. Except for the shoe in this post. That's from Barneys :)

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  35. um Marina...I seriously don't even have words for these, they are so gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat..but I would so eat them in a second! ;) I am marking this one to make for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulousness with us at Inspiration Friday! :)

    Heather

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  36. Very pretty and easy enough for the holidays.

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  37. hi Marina! as soon as I saw your blog i was amazed! your pictures are so beautiful and i wish i can cook like you!!! anyway i'm your new follower and can't wait to see more post. take care. greetings from Italy. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  38. I'm so thrilled to have found your blog - it's simply beautiful - love your cranberry brie bites - delicious! Just signed up to follow you and am looking forward to more :)
    Mary

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  39. Marina, These look delicious and perfect for s pre-Thanksgiving gathering we're going to. I am always so amazed with your recipes and your photography--beautiful.

    I LOVE the shoes. They will look even more stunning on you.

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  40. That looks beautiful and delicious!

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  41. I just found your blog and signed up to follow you! What a great idea with the cranberries and your photos are wonderful!

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  42. This looks good, but the shoes look even better! LOL! Thanks for visiting my blog! Following you...

    http://amommyslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  43. omg. i am loving loving this and sooooo going to make these. have you ever had white stilton studded with cranberries? my favorite snack in the world on a pretzel thin cracker.

    come visit anytime you feel like gushing about cheese. i'm all ears.

    thanks so much.

    michele

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  44. Any blogger that pairs Louboutins with food is a blog I will read! Thanks for linking up at Bee Friendly Friday Follow - I am following back!

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  45. Angie5:23 AM

    These look delicious! Quick question... when you say to let the cranberries steep over night, is that out on the counter or in the fridge? Thanks and can't wait to make these!!

    -Angie

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  46. Angie, Cover the bowl and soak in the fridge. Sorry about that!

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  47. I just found your blog and signed up to follow you. I am newbie bloger and your pictures are amazing and inspiring. I have been hinting at my love for a new camera for Christmas. :) I am going to definitely make these over the holiday.

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  48. I'm glad I found your blog:) I will definitely be following you for more yummy recipes! I LOVE the sparkly heels with the sparkly cranberries-perfect for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. GORGEOUS!!! I have it on my 'list' to make sugared cranberries ... so you may have just inspired me to make it happen soon! Love these brie bites.

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  50. This looks just perfect. I can't believe that it can be prepared so easily. This is one of my favorite recipes, from now on. :)

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  51. These are so festive! What a fabulous appetizer.

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  52. great recipe. So fond of Brie and Cranberries.

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  53. This is a perfect holiday recipe!! I'm DEFINITELY saving this for my holiday events :)

    New follower!

    Stephanie
    chocolatecoveredbuttons.blogspot.com

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  54. Oh My! These look to beautiful to eat lol I'm sure they are pretty tasty :)

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  55. Hi! just started folowing from the Sippy Cup Chronicles! Amazing photography...and delicious!

    And Please Santa bring me those shoes!

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  56. So beautiful, as is your blog. These do definitely put me in the holiday spirit.

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  57. Great pictures for great ideas in this blog.
    Please take some time to check out my blog.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  58. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind words, Marina. I truly appreciate it!
    Tracey

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  59. Wow, those look almost as yummy as those lovley Loubos! :)
    Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to "pin" it so I can make them for Thanksgiving. I'm sure they'll make a lovely appetizer.

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  60. These are GORgeous Marina!
    love love love

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  61. I love brie, I love this recipe, I love your pictures, and I love your blog. I know I will be featuring you at my next blog hop on Friday. Beautiful and yummy!

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  62. These are sensational seasonal delights! I want one right now. But I also want the butternut squash pizzette with sage pesto and sausage. Oh, and I want a pair of sparkly Louboutins, too. Too many tempting decisions, Marina!

    Also, congrats about the race!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  63. Love, love your blog! Thank you for following. I follow back :)

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  64. Who else could serve up brie with a side of shoes? Happily following back from the hop, I'll be back for some tips about raising chickens!

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  65. Oh my yummyness!!!

    Glad to be a new follower, here and on Facebook!!

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  66. I know Im always going to be amazed when I come over to your blog Marina. These look and sound absolutely delicious!

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  67. Wow! I've never been a fan of brie, but if I had one of these set in front of me I'd definitely eat it, it looks so good!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Feed Me Friday this week. I'm following and subscribing back. I hope you get the chance to come again next week!

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  68. Beautiful appetizer (and shoes!). Thanks for sharing =) I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    Visiting from Serenity Now...

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  69. These are so pretty! And look delish - I'm definitely going to make these for our Thanksgiving this year ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  70. These look amazing!

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  71. Very beautiful presentation and photography, I stopped over from TanyaTreasureTrove blog hop. Look forward to your future posts :0) if you find time stop over and check out my blog. Http://www.livefromleeannesmind.com

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  72. So pretty! Think I will give these a try for Thanksgiving...

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  73. Wow...this looks so so amazing!! Totally pinned on Pinterest! Le sigh...

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  74. Absolutely Stunning!

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  75. This looks awesome! I repinned it!

    I just made something cranberry for the holidays.

    Now I wish my holidays also involved a pair of Louboutins, too :)

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  76. I am definitely making this for the holidays!! thanks so much for sharing!!

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  77. So you already knew how wonderful I think this recipe and the photography is, we just wanted to make sure everyone else did as well. ;) We'll be sharing it this afternoon on Inspiration Friday!

    Heather

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  78. Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!! Looks delicious!

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  79. Wow those are so lovely and I'm sure they are delicious too!

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  80. Oh wow! This look amazing! New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-9.html

    Have a great week!!

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  81. found you via this recipe on Pinterest... giving these a try for Thanksgiving appetizers... beautiful! oh, and I am a new follower, too! :)

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  82. Mmmm! Thanks for sharing. Sounds so good and photo is so lovely I had to pin it and try it!! I just poured the warm syrup over the cranberries and they'll refrigerate overnight for the big day tomorrow--Thanksgiving.

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  83. these are sensational!!!!!! picture perfect! thank you for sharing...your newest follower -- so happy i saw you on the girl creative! hugs and happy Thanksgiving!

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  84. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Yummm, how long to do you think you could make the cranberries ahead of time to keep for a party??

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  85. I would say 2-3 days in advance!

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  86. I love sparkling shoes and food mixed together!! What a great thing!! I think I am going to make my whole entire Christmas from this point on.....Sparkly!!! Thanks!!

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  87. Oh my goodness those look SO delicious!! New follower here from the Tag-Along blog hop :) Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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  88. Mmm. You had me at brie...

    Found you on the blog hop, and glad I did!

    ~Amy at Up Mommy Creek

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  89. This recipe is brilliant. I was looking for something to make with cranberries because you can get them for next to nothing right now. This is perfect.

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  90. This is so beautiful. I would not want to eat it. I'd just want to stare at it. Beautiful!!

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  91. This looks delicious and so so beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in on our Tag-Along Thursday Blog Hop, I am now following your amazing blog! Em

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  92. He incluido esta publicación en Mis Favoritas, si quieres verlo está en:
    http://blocderecetas.blogspot.com/2011/12/mis-favoritas-vestidos-de-navidad.html
    Espero que te guste!

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  93. your pictures really are fabulous! I hope when I make this stuff it looks as good as yours does!

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  94. These look so amazing that I linked my followers to this post today via my blog. It's listed as one of my Friday faves. Something new I am starting on Fridays. I can't wait to make them for my next Holiday party!

    Have a great weekend :)

    Jackie

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  95. Anonymous7:13 PM

    Beautiful! Do you think I could use agave syrup instead of the maple syrup? Thanks!

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  96. Agave syrup would be fine! As would simple syrup.

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  97. Oh my yumminess. You're not kidding we eat with our eyes first! I wanted to eat my screen. (I've been saying that a lot lately with so many holiday food posts out there).

    Your photography is spectacular...and I particularly like how you managed to throw in your love of shoes with your food post. Ha! Clever girl.

    Visiting you from bouffe e bambini. Glad I did. :)

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  98. ...and I'd be a fool not to follow. Can't wait to dig in! ;)

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  99. Wonderful share this will be the star of my Christmas Eve table Thank you

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  100. Fabulous! MMMM...I have a funny feeling I'll be making these very soon...I've got 3 POUNDS of cranberries in the fridge calling my name!

    Now Following!

    Mikey @ www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  101. Anonymous12:45 PM

    just made these for a dinner...was a huge hit and soooooo yummy!!!

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  102. Anonymous12:34 AM

    If I've made up the cranberries ahead... (just sugar coated them and they are drying)... should I put them in the refrigerator??? Or, once dry can they be placed in a ziplock? Will the sugar stick? :) Thanks for the great recipe.

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  103. Anonymous - I left them in a bowl at room temp after they had dried and they were fine for one-two days

    I worry that in the fridge they will become too wet. How long until you will use them? If just a day, leave them out :) Otherwise try placing them on a tray so they're in a single layer.

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  104. Peggy Sue7:22 AM

    Thanks for the quick reply. I made them Friday night to use for Sunday night. I think I'm going to try leaving them out...??? Decisions, decisions. Thanks again. Peggy Sue (aka anonymous) :) Still trying to figure out this blog stuff! :)

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  105. Good luck, Peggy Sue. Merry Christmas! I think they'll be fine. I was munching on them for days :)

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  106. These were fantastic! I made for Christmas Eve and they were a big hit. I made a few modifications based on what I had and blogged about them: http://kendallandkeith.blogspot.com/2011/12/sugared-cranberry-brie-bites.html Thanks for the great recipe!

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  107. I made these for Christmas Day and they were eaten up quick. I couldn't find cranberry chutney or cranberry relish, so I wound up using Whole Foods canned cranberries with whole berries instead. They wasn't as sweet as I expected but they were very tasty.

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  108. Anonymous3:09 PM

    This will be a new Christmas tradition in our family. So beautiful and so delicious! Sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy! Yum!

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  109. Meranda1:28 PM

    Beautiful' what kind of crackers did you use"

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    1. Hi, thanks Meranda!

      I used water crackers - you can find them at most any grocery store. Here's an example: http://www.carrscrackers.com/cgi-bin/brandpages/product.pl?product=735&company=140

      Feel free to use any cracker you like though. Or even sliced baguette bread!

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    2. Meranda5:51 AM

      Marina,
      Thank you do much for replying! I figured it was a long shot since the post was so old. I've had it bookmarked for almost a year now :) I'm pregnant with my second baby and plan on making them for my baby shower this Saturday. Btw, I made your peach amaretto cake two months ago for a BBQ and still receive compliments and requests for recipe. Thanks for sharing and helping me believe you can raise your babies with love and still have time for yummy cooking!

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  110. Gorgeous appetizer! Making for Thanksgiving, though I'm going to use phyllo shells and bake the brie in them for a few minutes and top with the rest - easier to transport I'm hoping - thanks for the idea! :)

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  111. Anonymous5:42 PM

    I just returned from a Thanksgiving dinner where these were served, and they were absolutely amazing. I'm keeping the recipe to make myself.

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  112. I did make these, but decided to use phyllo cups and I used raspberry preserves - OMG - not only did everyone rave over how gorgeous they were, but they taste good too! I'd never eaten raw cranberries before - they were so good sugared and served this way - will make for Xmas too!
    Here is my version: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151286649109587&set=pcb.10151286649314587&type=1&relevant_count=3&ref=nf

    Thanks so much again for the idea :)

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  113. Oh wow, this looks delicious! I'd really like to make these for Christmas Eve. Hope they'll have fresh cranberries in the supermarket, they're hard to get over here in Germany...

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    1. Thanks, I know you'll love them! If you see any in the market between now and Christmas you can get them early and either freeze them or keep them in the fridge.

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    2. Thanks for your advice, Marina. I actually found a supermarket that carries fresh cranberries and will buy a package the next days. Your recipe will be for starters on Christmas Eve.

      As I'm posting our Christmas meal on my blog, I also wrote a short post about your recipe, using one of your pictures, as I haven't got any by now. I linked back to your blog for the recipe.
      Please let me know if you don't want me to use your picture.
      http://fraeuleinmaier.de/unser-weihnachtsmenu-sparkling-cranberrie-brie-bites/

      -Lisa

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  114. Anonymous8:36 AM

    What kind of crackers did you use?

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  115. Caar's water crackers but any will do.

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  116. These cranberry crackers look perfect for parties (or just eating yourself)!

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  117. I just saw these on Pinterest. I love how glamorous these little bites look. I'm repinning this for sure!

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  118. Tried today - they were so yummy and will use the cranberry for many other recipes. Thanks!

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  119. These were amazing! Made them for Christmas Eve tonight, and everyone LOVED them! Happy I still have enough cranberries to make more tomorrow!

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  120. Made for Christmas Eve tonight.....they were AMAZING! I was a bit skeptical about raw cranberries, but they were so tasty! Will definitely make again.

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  121. Anonymous4:07 PM

    I made these to bring to a solstice party and every single one got eaten.
    Definitely going to be my go-to party dish in the winter.
    Thank you!!

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