This easy Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath with Cranberry is a delicious holiday appetizer. It combines buttery pastry, bacon, Brie, and cranberry.
Nothing says “holiday season” like an edible wreath! This delectable Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath is an easy appetizer full of flavor. It’s made with flaky crescent rolls, salty bacon, creamy Brie cheese, and festive cranberry sauce. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is sure to wow your holiday guests.
What Makes This Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath the Perfect Holiday Appetizer?
- Four Simple Ingredients – During the busy holiday season, quick and simple recipes are the best! Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not delicious! This Crescent Wreath appetizer is made with crescent roll dough, crispy bacon, creamy Brie cheese, and sweet cranberry sauce. All of these ingredients are available at your local grocery store for your convenience.
- Ready in Less Than 30 Minutes – Assembling this wreath-shaped appetizer is quick work. Then bake it for 15 – 20 minutes. It’s perfect for a last-minute holiday party or as a snack for an intimate gathering of friends and family.
- Full of Holiday Flavors – This Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath is buttery, sweet, and salty. They have a slight crunch from the bacon and a flakey crust. Cut the wreath into small pieces for easy serving and the ability to eat and mingle.
Ingredients Needed for a Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath
- Crescent Roll Dough – In our house, Crescent Rolls are a holiday staple. We serve them at each big meal from Thanksgiving to Friendsgiving to Christmas dinner. This appetizer recipe combines that classic roll with other holiday flavors. Find this dough at your local grocery store, no need to make it from scratch!
- Bacon – Use cooked, crispy bacon to add a salty crunch to this dish. I like to make bacon in the air fryer to keep things quick and simple. But if you’re pressed for time purchase microwavable bacon instead!
- Brie Cheese – Brie is a mild and creamy soft cheese with a firm rind. It has a smooth and buttery flavor, which pairs well with sweet sauces, like jams or honey. A wedge of Brie holds its shape when baked, but does melt into a gooey and delicious texture. It’s perfect for a warm, cheesy appetizer.
- Cranberry Sauce – The flavor of cranberry sauce is a holiday staple, whether it’s Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas party. It’s perfect for this festive snack! Purchase a can of whole berry cranberry sauce or use your favorite homemade cranberry sauce recipe. This recipe is also great for leftover sauce after the big holiday meals.
- Egg White – Apply an egg wash to the outside of this Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath to ensure a golden brown and crisp outer layer.
- Rosemary – The peppery, aromatic flavor of rosemary perfectly complements the Brie and cranberry in this recipe. Sprinkle a few small sprigs of rosemary over the dough before baking.
How to Make a Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath
This simple savory crescent ring appetizer is perfect for the holiday season. It combines sweet, salty, and cheesy inside a flaky roll crust.
Step One – Open a can of Crescent Roll Dough and spread it flat on a cutting board. Separate each perforated triangle.
Step Two – Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the dough triangles into a circle with the thick bases of the triangles on the inside, similar to a sunburst pattern. The corners of the inside triangles should overlap.
Step Three – Cut a wheel of Brie cheese into thin rectangles. These rectangles should be less than 1 inch thick. The rind on a wheel of Brie is edible, so you may leave the rind. Or you can cut it off if you prefer. Place the Brie pieces at the base of each triangle of dough.
Step Four – Sprinkle bits of chopped bacon over the top of the Brie.
Step Five – Top each pile of bacon and Brie with a teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Gently spread the sauce over the other ingredients at the base of the triangles.
Step Six – Fold triangle tips over the bacon, Brie, and cranberry sauce. Tuck the narrow ends of the triangles under the dough so the wider part of the triangles covers the filling.
Step Seven – Use a pastry brush to apply an egg wash to the tops of each triangle of dough. Sprinkle small sprigs of rosemary over each egg-washed piece of dough.
Step Eight – Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 350-degree preheated oven until the edges of the pastry turn golden brown. Remove the Brie and Bacon Pastry Wreath from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a round serving platter.
Step Nine – Cut the wreath into 8 equal sections on the platter. This allows guests to easily serve themselves and pick up sections. You may also divide the wreath into 16 equal sections if you desire smaller portions.
Garnish the edges of the serving platter with large sprigs of rosemary to give it the appearance of a holiday wreath.
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Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Keep in mind the outer crust will get soggy with time from the cranberry sauce.
I don’t recommend freezing this appetizer because the rolls don’t hold up well with freezing and reheating.
Place the leftovers on a baking pan and bake for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees. Be sure the pieces are warmed through and the cheese is slightly melted before serving reheated bits of the wreath.
This Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath tastes best served warm, so I don’t recommend making it in advance.
If you don’t like the flavor of Brie, you could substitute it for a small square of feta cheese or Boursin cheese instead. These both have a bolder and saltier flavor than Brie, but they pair well with the sweet and tart cranberry sauce.
Substitute the Crescent Roll Dough for the puff pastry if you prefer. But you’ll need to cut the triangles from the dough by hand, which is a bit more cumbersome than using the perforated crescent dough.
This delicious appetizer is festive, fun, and flavorful. It’s sure to be a hit with your guests! It is also a great idea for using up leftovers from the holidays!
More Delicious Holiday Appetizer Ideas
Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath with Cranberry
- large baking sheet
- parchment paper
- pastry brush
- 1 can Crescent Roll Dough
- 8 oz Brie cheese
- 1 cup chopped bacon cooked
- 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
- 1 egg whisked
- fresh thyme
- Open a can of Crescent Roll Dough and spread it flat on a cutting board. Separate each perforated triangle.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the dough triangles into a circle with the thick bases of the triangles on the inside.
- Cut Brie cheese into thin rectangles less than 1 inch thick.
- Place the Brie at the base of each triangle of dough.
- Sprinkle chopped bacon over the Brie.
- Top bacon and Brie with 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
- Fold triangle tips over the bacon, Brie, and cranberry sauce. Tuck the narrow ends of the triangles under the dough.
- Apply an egg wash to the tops of each triangle of dough.
- Sprinkle sprigs of rosemary over each egg-washed piece of dough.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 350-degree preheated oven until the edges of the pastry turn golden brown.
- Cut the wreath into 8 equal sections on the platter.
- Garnish the edges of the serving platter with large sprigs of rosemary.