Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

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Baked Brie in Puff Pastry is a classic appetizer that is effortless, yet elegant and oh-so-delicious. It’s made with just three ingredients in five minutes hands on time.

This baked brie recipe is a memorable appetizer for holiday get togethers, celebrations and more.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with a text overlay

Tis the season!  It seems there is never a shortage of holiday parties to attend, often where you are asked to bring an appetizer or side dish.  This Baked Brie in Puff Pastry is one of my favorites because it’s unbelievably delicious and SO simple!

This was one of our go to appetizers when I was a caterer and event planner because it’s always a crowd pleaser. It’s easy, elegant and most importantly, delicious!

It’s an elevated form of Cheese and Crackers. Light and flaky puff pastry covers gooey, melted, buttery brie in this easy appetizer. It’s easy to slice and spread onto crackers or crostini and can be served with nuts, jams and more. It has incredible flavor and texture in every bite!

I love serving this to the middle of the table and cutting into it in front of everyone. The first slice is always the best as you watch buttery brie pour out of the puff pastry shell and it really is as good as it looks! It’s a great start, or end, to your festive dinner!

Why You’ll Love this Baked Brie Recipe

  • This crowd pleaser is one of the easiest appetizers ever
  • It serves 15, great for a crowd
  • Make it ahead! You can wrap the brie in the pastry ahead of time and just keep it covered in the fridge until you are ready to bake it.
  • It makes a great table appetizer as part of your holiday meal and kids and adults all love it equally.
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry topped with jam

Baked Brie Ingredients

You need just a few ingredients to make this baked brie cheese appetizer!

  • Puff Pastry – Homemade or store-bought, thawed to room temperature. You’ll find puff pastry in the freezer section of most grocery stores – follow package directions to bring it to room temperature before baking.
  • Brie – A round of brie works best, but you can use a wedge in a pinch. You can remove the rind if you’d like but it’s not necessary.
  • Egg – To create an egg wash, giving the pastry a golden brown glow.
  • Water – To mix with the egg to make an egg wash.

Variations

  • Optional Toppings – try a variety of preserves, jams and jellies. As you can see in further detail below, you can add nuts and a drizzle of honey for even more flavor.

How to Make Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

It’s always a crowd pleaser. It takes just five minutes hands on time, then bake and allow it to set 15 minutes before serving. It’s effortless, yet elegant!

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and make or thaw puff pastry..
  2. Roll Pastry – Unfold pastry on floured surface and roll to approximately 14″, using flour as needed.
  3. Wrap – Place cheese in the center of the puff pastry and fold it over the cheese to cover it, trimming excess and tucking as needed.
  4. Make Egg Wash – Whisk egg and water in a small dish. Brush onto pastry to coat.
  5. Bake – Bake 25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve – Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving with crackers, crostini, nuts and more.
A baked brie in puffed pastry cheese appetizer on a white plate

What are the Best Jams to Serve with Baked Brie?

Even plain, it’s a beautiful (and delicious), but you can take it up a notch by making Baked Brie with Jam! Use your favorite to make it out of this world.

You can make it sweet or savory. Topping it with preserves adds a little added color, too!

  • Onion jam
  • Bacon jam
  • Apricot
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Or add a drizzle of honey for the ultimate sweet and savory combo!

Add nuts of all kinds (pecans, almonds, and pine nuts are incredible options) for an extra crunch of flavor and texture.

The appetizer ready to serve on a plate

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry Serving Suggestions

It’s the perfect compliment to a variety of options for serving.

  • water crackers
  • apples (granny smith are my favorite)
  • pears
  • crostini
  • Sliced Veggies (If you’re going to savory route with onion or bacon jam this is especially delicious)

If you really want to make it feel festive, you can make a Brie Wreath or serve as part of a bigger cheeseboard with Homemade Boursin Cheese and Chèvre Cheese.

Brie oozing out of puff pastry in a baked brie with puff pastry holiday appetizer.

Tips

  • Let the puff pastry come to room temperature before using it.
  • I leave the rind on the Brie. It helps it hold it’s shape and adds incredible flavor. 
  • Let it stand for 10 minutes before serving to the table.
  • Top with nuts, jam or fruit for a real festive treat!
Do you take the rind off brie before baking?

The short answer is NO! While you are welcome to remove the rind if the look or texture is bothersome to you, you can absolutely leave the rind in this brie baked puff pastry recipe.

What to do with Leftovers

The baked brie on a cracker

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This baked brie recipe can be left out while serving for up to two hours.
  • Refrigerator – You can wrap the brie in the puff pastry up to 48 hours in advance before serving. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to store, and follow directions for baking.

Dietary Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Contains Dairy
  • Contains Gluten

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This post was originally published in December 2010, updated with new photos November 2014, and new information and details December 2020. For the sake of transparency, I’m including this original image from the earliest days of blogging. 🙂

Baked brie on a white plate

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A close up of baked brie in puff pastry on a white plate, topped with jam and brie oozing out from the pastry.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Author: Julie Blanner
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry is a classic appetizer that is effortless yet elegant and delicious. It’s made with just 3 ingredients in 5 minutes hands on time. It’s a memorable appetizer for holiday get togethers, celebrations and more. You can top Baked Brie with Jam and or nuts as well!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 195 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed 20 minutes
  • 16 ounces brie
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Unfold pastry on floured surface & roll to approximately 14″, using flour as needed.
  • Place cheese in the center of the puff pastry & fold it over the cheese to cover it, trimming excess & tucking as needed.
  • Beat egg & water in small dish. Brush pastry with the mixture to coat. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.
  • Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Let the puff pastry come to room temperature before using it.
  • I leave the rind on the Brie. It helps it hold it’s shape and adds incredible flavor. 
  • Let it stand for 10 minutes before serving to the table.
  • Top with nuts, jam or fruit for a real festive treat!

Nutrition

Calories:195kcalCarbohydrates:8gProtein:8gFat:15gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:41mgSodium:235mgPotassium:60mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:195IUCalcium:59mgIron:1mg
5 from 2 votes
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