Easy Baked Brie with Apples

$4.52 recipe / $0.75 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 5 votes
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Okay, I’ve got one more delicious drop for you before I take a few days off for Christmas. If there is one special thing you make for yourself this holiday season, let it be baked brie. There’s no appetizer or delicious treat that is easier than baked brie. It’s basically pure heaven. I topped my baked brie with caramelized apples and pecans, but I’ve got some other topping ideas for you below!

Baked brie surrounded by crackers and apples

What is Brie?

Brie is a soft, ultra-creamy cow’s milk cheese that has a pillowy white outer rind and a soft and creamy beige-colored center. The cheese is soft and spreadable when room temperature, and it gets ultra melty and creamy when briefly baked. Brie is so ultra rich and creamy, that I definitely consider it a treat and perfect for special occasions, like Christmas.

You’ll usually find brie sold in small wheels or in wedge-shaped portions. For this recipe, you’ll want a whole 8oz. wheel so the melty cheese can stay contained in the rind as it melts into a near-liquid state.

Can You Eat the Rind?

Yes, the soft white rind on the wheel of brie is 100% edible. Some people don’t like the slightly musky flavor, but I love the contrast between the earthy outer layer and the creamy interior. If you don’t like the flavor of the rind or you’re just not sure yet, go ahead and slice the rind off the top of the wheel before topping and baking. That will allow you to scoop the cheese out of the center without getting any rind in your bite. Leave the sides and bottom rind intact to hold the melted cheese inside.

Buying Brie on a Budget

Brie can range in price quite a bit, but honestly, even lower level brie is just so creamy and delicious that I wouldn’t worry about buying a less expensive cheese. I was able to find one at Aldi for $2.99, and another on sale at Kroger for $3.49 (other brands can easily be 2-3 times this much). I usually see the more expensive brie cheese at the specialty cheese counter, while less expensive wheels are near the other pre-packaged refrigerated cheeses.

A good way to shop around without having to drive around from store to store is to check your local grocery stores’ websites. Search for “brie” on each one to see what their selection and prices look like before heading out the door.

What Kind of Baking Dish to Use

For baked brie, you’ll want to use an oven-safe dish that is close in size to your wheel of brie. If you’re adding something like the caramelized apples that I added below, you’ll want the dish to be slightly larger (maybe 1-inch wider in diameter) to allow room for the toppings to overflow.

Topping Ideas for Baked Brie

I topped my baked brie with caramelized apples and pecans (instructions included in the recipe below), but there are so many other options, some of which require nothing more than opening up a jar. Here are some other ways you can top your baked brie:

Side view of baked brie with apples surrounded by crackers and apples
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Easy Baked Brie with Apples

5 from 5 votes
Baked Brie is an easy appetizer that is deliciously decadent and perfect for a holiday party or a special night in at home.
Author: Beth – Budget Bytes
close up of a cracker dipping into the baked brie with cheese pull
Servings 6
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 apple ($0.70)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.20)
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.09)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 8 oz. wheel of brie ($2.99)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans ($0.52)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Peel and chop the apple into ½-inch pieces.
  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the chopped apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sauté the apples in the butter and brown sugar until they're softened and the brown sugar has reduced into a sticky caramel (about 10 minutes).
  • Score the top of the wheel of brie in a hatch pattern (you can also remove the top layer of rind, or leave it whole). Place the brie in a small baking dish, then pour the caramelized apples over top. Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.
  • Bake the brie in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy the brie hot with crackers, bread, or apple slices.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSodium: 273mgFiber: 1g
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A hand dipping a cracker into the baked brie

How to Make Baked Brie with Apples – Step by Step Photos

Chopped Apple on a cutting board

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Peel and chop one apple.

Chopped apples in a skillet with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted add the chopped apples, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Caramelized apples in the skillet

Cook the apples in the butter and brown sugar over medium heat until the apples are softened and the brown sugar has turned into a thick caramel sauce (about 10 minutes). You can stir in the chopped pecans now (¼ cup) if you want them more like candied pecans, or add them later if you want them to have a more toasty flavor.

Scored wheel of cheese

Place your wheel of brie in an oven-safe dish that is close in size to the wheel of cheese. If you don’t like the flavor of the rind, slice the rind off the top of the wheel. I like to simply score the top in a hatch pattern, which makes it easier to dip the crackers in without breaking. You can also leave the rind intact if you prefer.

Caramelized apples poured over brie, topped with nuts

Pour the caramelized apples over the wheel of brie and top with 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Bake in the preheated 350ºF oven for 15 minutes.

close up of a cracker dipping into the baked brie with cheese pull

Dig in while it’s still hot! 🤤

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  1. Brought this to a Christmas Eve dinner. It went over really well even with the people that would think Brie was “adventurous”.
    Next time I would put more apples. Or add some later on in the process. They can get mushed/lost amongst the cheese. 

  2. Where do you get a wheel of Brie for $2.99? And that price for pecans? This looks like a wonderful recipe but I would have a cover charge at the door, or by cracker, toppings weighed out by ounces. Except Aunt Edna eats free, she’s the vip.

    1. Check the section in the blog post titled “Buying Brie on a Budget” for more information. The pecans were from ALDI.

  3. This was so wonderful, thank you so much for the recipe (and the inspiration to eat a wheel of brie…oopsie!). I did toast the nuts ahead of time and they were still great :) 

  4. Happy New Year and many, many grateful thanks for your wonderful blog! A Canadian fan sends warm wishes!

  5. Lovely arrangement for recipe!
    I made the holiday brie to accomply a fruit and wine basket for my neighbors. It was a wonderful surprise tucked away in the basket and ready to serve.
    Thanks much!

  6. This looks amazing! I have a very small little electric crock pot. Do you think that would work well, and keep the brie warm and soft for a longer period of time??

    1. Hmm, I’ve never tried that but it’s a great idea! As long as people can reach in easily to scoop, I don’t see why not. :)

    2. I did the “baby crockpot” thing for New Years. It worked like a dream. I stacked two Brie Wheels on top of each other and then turned it on low about 3 hours before my party started. I added the apples and pecans 20 minutes before guests were due to arrive and everyone thought I was a rock star! Thank you to Beth for the recipe and Angela for the crockpot idea. Just wonderful!

      1. Thank you for sharing how you did it! That will be very helpful to other people. :)

  7. Ok I saw this yesterday and it looked so fancy, yet so easy, so I had to make it right away. This was pretty much my dinner. It was so delicious! I had only tried brie cold and did not like it, but I gave it another chance. So glad I did. I had some cinnamon roasted pecans on hand and used those for extra sweetness. Thank you for this!

  8. Yum! We can’t wait for Christmas and will make this tonight for those baking Holiday goodies in the Night Kitchen. But wanted to share how your Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip has become a staple in our household from Thanksgiving through the New Year. We make it up multiple times for big dinners and keep it in a Mason jar to garnish everything from brie in the evening to sweet potato kale frittata in the morning. Thank you for all these amazing recipes, Happy Holidays!

  9. Love the idea of cross-hatching the top! Not only does it make the cheese easier to scoop out, but allows some of the glaze to penetrate. The caramel looks scrumptious. I’ve used a dribble of honey with some toasted nuts, sliced almonds in my case–one of your several yummy suggestions above. I think fig preserves are calling my name today. I agree that firm inexpensive brie wheels are perfect for baking.