Combine first 8 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; bring mix to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes or until mix is thickened, stirring frequently. Cool mix to room temperature.
Cut circle in top rind of cheese, leaving an 1/4" border of rind. Carefully remove center circle of rind from cheese, leaving border intact.
Place Brie on an ovenproof serving platter. Spread cranberry mix over top.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately with melba rounds or sliced apples and pears.
Yield: 30 appetizer servings.