The Bubbly Hostess – New from Cooper’s Corner: Cran-Brie Pecan Puffs

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The Bubbly Hostess – New from Cooper’s Corner: Cran-Brie Pecan Puffs

Earlier this year, I was excited to launch Cooper’s Corner on my blog – these are recipes and ideas from my 11-year-old son.  You can always visit my site at to see everything we post.  The rest of this column was written by him…enjoy!

A few weeks ago, I asked my mom to ask on Facebook and Instagram what the readers would like to see me make next and from what I got back, I chose to make a cranberry appetizer from the idea of Denise Serafini.  We used puff pastry sheets, but you can use puff pastry shells to make it easier. 

Cran-Brie Pecan Puffs

Yields 24

For the cranberry sauce:

12-ounce bag of cranberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons of orange juice

For the puffs:
2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
Cranberry sauce
8 ounces of Brie cheese
24 pecan halves, toasted
Orange zest

For the cranberry sauce:
Combine cranberries, orange juice, and sugar in saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently, until the cranberries burst, which is about 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

For the puffs:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out puff pastry sheets on a floured workspace. Cut puff pastry into approximately 3-inch squares. Coat a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Using a mini muffin tin, place each square into mini muffin cup and press down to fill the space. Bake for 10 minutes.

Cut the Brie into small pieces. When the puff pastries are done, the pastries will puff up, push them back down to create a cup. Fill each one with 1-2 pieces of Brie. Put some cranberry sauce on top of the Brie. Bake for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melty.

Meanwhile, toast the pecan halves in a saucepan. Remove puffs from the oven. Top each with a pecan half and garnish with orange zest.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Note:  You should have extra cranberry sauce.

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