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Baked Brie with Cranberries & Spiced Pecans Recipe

“A friend once told me that great hosts always have cheese, nuts, and berries to share, just in case company happens to stop by. Around the holidays, I make sure to follow that advice.” – Joseph Carr, Founder, Josh Cellars

Impress your guests next time you’re hosting by serving tasty appetizers, snacks, and wine. Our experts curated our Baked Brie with Cranberries & Spiced Pecans recipe to pair deliciously with our Josh Cellars wines, especially our Chardonnay.


  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (frozen if fresh is unavailable)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 (8-ounce) wheels of Brie, room temperature
  • Pomegranate seeds as garnish (optional)
  • Fresh mint (optional)
  • Crackers for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar, kosher salt, cayenne pepper and mix well.
  • Add pecans and water to the sugar mixture. Stir gently to coat. Transfer pecans to baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from oven and cool.
  • While pecans are cooling, bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Add cranberries to the boiling mixture and lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes or until half the cranberries have burst. Add lemon juice, remove from heat and cool.
  • For the Brie, preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Trim rind from tops of both Brie wheels while keeping the sides intact. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until melted through.
  • Top each Brie wheel with cranberry sauce and spicy, candied pecans. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint. Serve immediately with crackers.

Wine Pairing


Our Chardonnay is a great balance of bright citrus and honey with a touch of oak character and hints of juicy peach. Crafted with care so that no single flavor overpowers another, this wine is simply delicious and easy-to-drink.

Pairs beautifully with shrimp, steamed mussels, creamy pastas, roasted chicken, and grilled vegetables.

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