Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Bites

When entertaining brings you down, reach for these Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Bites to lift you up. These bite-sized appetizers come together in 10 short minutes but taste like it took you all day.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups

I’m not sure about you, but I prefer to enjoy the party I’m hosting rather than fussing over food. I love spending time in the kitchen but not when my house is busting at the seams with family and friends. I prefer to spend my time mingling with a cocktail glass in one hand and snack plate in the other.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups

In order to keep my sanity intact during the holiday season, I always choose recipes that come together easily and require little effort on my part. I like make-ahead recipes that I can pull out the day of the party and throw-together appetizers like these Cranberry, Brie, & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups. This recipe calls for four simple ingredients and 10 short minutes to prepare them.

I hate to admit that I cheated, but I kind of did with this recipe. I snagged a box of prepared phyllo cups from the freezer section and filled them with buttery brie and store-bought cranberry sauce. To add a bit of crunch, I added a sprinkle of toasted pistachios.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups

No cooking, baking, or heavy manual labor required. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.

I like to fake out my guests by serving up simple food on fancy serving piecing. It will impress the pants off your guests and have them feeling extra generous since it will appear as if you put forth an extreme amount of effort to make everything look festive.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups

I used the help from Restaurantware to fancy up my holiday table this year. I’m currently loving the wooden board in the photo above. It’s a classic piece that will never go out of style and perfect for any occasion. Since wine always makes an appearance at my holiday parties, I like to serve it in something a bit more decorative than the wine bottle, so I went with a sturdy glass carafe. For a decorative touch, I couldn’t resist adding a few vibrant handfuls of fresh cranberries to the cute little fry basket. Your guests will be complimenting your table attire the entire length of the party.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Cups

If you’re looking for a few more quick holiday appetizer recipes, try this Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini, Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, and Mini Polenta Pizza Bites.

Cranberry, Brie & Toasted Pistachio Phyllo Bites

Crunchy phyllo cups get filled with ultra buttery Brie, sweet cranberry sauce and toasted pistachios. This appetizer recipe is perfect for entertaining and only takes 10 minutes to put together.

Yield: 15 servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 15 mini phyllo shells
  • 4 ounces Brie
  • 1/3 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce (storebought or homemade)
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pistachios, roughly chopped


  1. Fill each mini shell with a small wedge of Brie. 
  2. Top each piece of Brie with 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce. 
  3. Sprinkle each shell with the toasted pistachios. Serve. 
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