Baked Camembert with Cranberries & Walnuts

Baked Camembert with Cranberry Walnut Crust |

Welcome to Blogsgiving Dinner week (aka the best week for foodies EVER)!!! I am so incredibly excited to finally share with you some delicious and effortless recipes with you for Thanksgiving. I have been dying to share these with you, literally counting down the days until I get to tell you alllllll about them. 

For me, the key to a successful Thanksgiving feast is starting with an appetizer that’s a hit with your guests, but also something you can make with minimal effort (you are tending to an entire Thanksgiving feast after all!). This baked camembert is exactly that and let me tell you, it delivers.

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The best part of this appetizer? The cranberry walnut crust on top. I know you thought I was going to say the ooey, gooey warm cheese (which is still oh-my-goodness good), but this crust is a perfect blend of toasted crunch, tart sweetness, and fresh aromatic herbs. It’s exactly what you want to tease your guests’ tastebuds with before the main event.

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They will be thinking if this is the appetizer, I can’t WAIT to see what he/she is serving for dinner!


Now you might be wondering, what is this Blogsgiving Dinner she mentioned before? It is an entire week of Thanksgiving collaboration between 20 incredibly talented food bloggers from all over the country. Essentially it’s a virtual progressive dinner party to share over 50 recipes with our beloved readers!

Susannah over at Feast + West and I drummed up this idea back in August in Asheville at Food Blog Forum and boy oh boy am I glad we put it in motion! Can you imagine having over 50 recipes to choose from for your Thanksgiving feast?! GAH, it’s like a dream come true!

So get ready for a week’s worth of Thanksgiving to get you inspired! Just like a traditional progressive dinner, today we are starting with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and soups. Keep an eye out for entrees, salads and side dishes on Wednesday and dessert, after-dinner drinks, and leftover inspirations on Friday! Here’s the other fabulous recipes from the rest of the group:


Carolina Apple Sidecar from Think Fruitful

Bourbon Cranberry Lemonade Fizz from bethcakes

Krupnikas Ginger from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.


Cured Meat Platter from Wit Wisdom and Food

Ginger Cran Apple Chutney from Love & Flour

Brandied Grapes with Cheese from Glamour Girl Gourmet

Shrimp Sweet Potato Mousseline from Home at Six

Cranberry Goat Cheese and Butternut Squash Crostini from The Wetherills Say I Do

Maple Pecan Baked Brie from My Cooking Spot

Sassy Salmon Dip from Betty Becca

Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney from The Speckled Palate

Butternut Squash Crostini from Chez CateyLou

Gluten Free Holiday Cheese Board from Twin Stripe


Butternut Squash Soup with Cornbread Croutons from Club Narwhal

Creamy Wild Rice Soup from Hello Little Home

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon Roasted Chickpeas from Feast + West

Be sure to take a peek at them all!

Baked Camembert with Cranberry Walnut Crust

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:20 minutes

Takes minutes to pull together and is the perfect opening to any meal!


  • 1 8oz wheel of camembert cheese
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Stir to combine. Fold in the cranberries, walnuts, thyme, and salt.
  • Flip the camembert so the bottom is on top (where the rind comes together). Using a sharp knife, remove the top rind of the cheese. Place the camembert cut side up in an oven-safe round baking dish (I used one of my larger crème brûlée dishes). Cover the top of the cheese with the cranberry walnut topping.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately with toasted slices of French bread or crackers.

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22 Responses to “Baked Camembert with Cranberries & Walnuts”

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal — November 10, 2014 at 7:04 am (#)

    Good grief, I could gobble up this whole blessed thing! Baked cheese of any kind speaks to me and I love the cranberries and walnuts in this one! Thanks so much for organizing such a fun Thanksgiving blog dinner :)

    • Meghan B. — November 10, 2014 at 8:27 am (#)

      Thank you for joining us Amy! So thrilled to see it all come together today! :)

  2. Susannah — November 10, 2014 at 8:05 am (#)

    When can I come over? I would love to dig into this with you and clink cocktails to a great collaboration! Thanks for going on this road with me, BFF! So much fun.

    • Meghan B. — November 10, 2014 at 8:29 am (#)

      YES come over immediately BFF! This was so much fun, I can hardly wait until the 2nd Annual Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner!! ;)

  3. Cate @ Chez CateyLou — November 10, 2014 at 11:27 am (#)

    Delicious, easy, and beautiful – what a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. This would definitely be a crowd pleaser! Thank you so much for organizing this amazing blogsgiving dinner!!

    • Meghan B. — November 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm (#)

      Thank you for joining us Cate!!

  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchen — November 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm (#)

    This looks off the charts! I want to face plant in to the entire bowl!

    • Meghan B. — November 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm (#)

      Thank you Liz!

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — November 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm (#)

    What a fun event! I always love an excuse to eat more Thanksgiving treats, especially when they involve cranberries and camembert. I want to dive right into all of that cheesy goodness!

    • Meghan B. — November 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm (#)

      Thanks Ashley! Next year we’ll have to recruit you to join!

  6. Ginnie — November 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm (#)

    This looks absolutely delicious! I think I’d be happy skipping the rest of the meal and digging straight into this;) Thanks for hosting this awesome event!

  7. anne — November 11, 2014 at 8:11 am (#)

    That looks so delicious and inviting. I would have a hard time resisting that.

  8. Becca — November 11, 2014 at 9:10 am (#)

    Yuuummmm! This looks amazing. I love me some cheese, and it’s so seasonal with those toppings! Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together. I’m having a blast!

  9. Jennifer Stewart — November 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm (#)

    This is going to be a hit at our Traveling Thanksgiving Reunion this year The guys gather Friday to watch football and this is going to be served for them to shovel in their mouths. Camembert is a great change up from Brie! Thanks for such a great idea and gathering of ideas!

    • Meghan B. — November 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm (#)

      Thank you Jennifer!! :) Next year you should join us!!

    • Jennifer Stewart — November 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm (#)

      I’d be honored to be included! Thanks and jot me down for next year!

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