Baked Brie Bites – 3 Ways


 Baked Brie Bites are the perfect holiday party appetizer. Flaky puff pastry cups are baked with creamy brie cheese then finished with a variety of toppings. 

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

If the big, fat snowflakes that fell earlier this week, covering the ground in a blanket of white, are any indication, the holidays are definitely on their way. (I tried to be mad, really I did, but the scene was just to pretty to hate on. After begrudgingly saying goodbye to summer just a few short months ago, I am now officially ready for pumpkin pie, and Christmas carols – whee!)


With the holiday season comes holiday parties and, like a little black dress, everyone needs a go-to appetizer to serve. Baked Brie Bites are it! TWO ingredients, not counting the toppings, and you are set. These babies could not be easier, or more addicitingly delicious.

I would know. I wolfed down approximately 18 right out of the oven!

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

The base is pre-made, frozen puff pastry cups topped with cubed brie cheese. As the puff pastry bakes it, well, puffs around the creamy brie which melts and bubbles. When the bites are warm out of the oven, you top them with sweet and fresh toppings, which taste best with brie, in my opinion!

I made three different versions for you to choose from. Pumpkin butter + chopped pecans.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Apple butter + chopped apples. 

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

And blackberry jam (or any flavor of jam) + halved grapes. A classic baked brie wedge covered with puff pastry then baked is a total crowd-pleasing holiday app, but I think these little cups are much more fun. Guests can pick and choose their favorite combos then pop to their heart’s desire!

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Start with a box of the aforementioned frozen puff pastry cups. 

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

These “cups” start out as little discs with a ring in the center. Place them frozen on a baking sheet covered with a silpat or parchment paper.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Next cut 1/4lb brie cheese into 1/2″ cubes. Note: do NOT buy double or triple creme brie cheese, which would melt and spread before the puff pastry cups have a chance to puff up around the cheese.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Brie cheese is very creamy, so if your “cubes” are more like “rectangles” just give ’em a little squish.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Like this! ; )

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Place a cube of cheese into the center of each puff pastry disc then bake for 15-17 minutes at 400 degrees, or until they’re golden brown and bubbly.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

While the bites are baking, get the toppings ready. For the options I showed you’ll need chopped pecans, apples, and grapes. 

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Jam, apple butter, and pumpkin butter!

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Add the toppings right when the bites come out of the oven then enjoy warm, or even cooled down to room temperature.

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Baked Brie Bites

makes 24 bites


Baked Brie Bites are the perfect holiday party appetizer. Flaky puff pastry cups are baked with creamy brie cheese then finished with a variety of toppings.


  • 24-count Pepperidge Farms puff pastry cups
  • 1/4lb brie cheese (NOT double or triple creme,) cut into 1/2" cubes
  • Topping ideas:
    • pumpkin butter + chopped pecans
    • blackberry jam + halved grapes
    • apple butter + chopped apples


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (or degree indicated on package.) Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper then place puff pastry cups at least 2" apart. Place a square of brie cheese into the center then bake for 15-17 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Top bites with toppings immediately after removing from oven then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

I loved each of these flavor combos for different reasons, but I think my favorite was the apple butter + chopped apples. Clearly I am crazy for apples this fall!

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

Ben’s favorite was the jam + grapes, a classic baked brie combo, and the spiced pumpkin butter + chopped pecans was so luxurious too. Hope you enjoy these yummy bites!

Baked Brie Bites - 3 Ways! Perfect for the holidays. |

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  1. Lea 11.13.2013

    I wish we would get snow soon! We left Colorado in April and they had their first snow storms weeks ago, while here in D.C. we are still waiting.

    These puffs look great! I’ll definitely whip these up on Thanksgiving. Thanks!!

  2. Kerry 11.13.2013

    I love baked brie as appetizers. Love the idea of them being bite sized! Perfect!

  3. My hubby and I went to a wedding back in early October and as one of their apps, they served tiny buttered crostini topped with ooey gooey brie and raspberry jam. I’ve been meaning to recreate at home, but I may have to make a last minute adjustment and sub out the crostini for puff pastry cups. How cute?!

    PS – Yes, my name is Brie. Just like the cheese :)

  4. So simple, so classy, and I love that guests can choose the different flavors. Definitely want to make this for our Christmas party…anndddd maybe just for myself to quietly demolish for dinner. Don’t tell!

  5. these look amazing, and i’m pretty sure i want to make these for thansgiving at my MIL’s house now!

  6. I love these Kristin! This is just the sort of thing we usually have on Christmas Eve (we usually have a load of canapes and appetisers instead of a full meal), but we usually just have our brie and jam on crackers – puff pastry sounds much nicer! Love the toppings too!

  7. I would totally tear right through these things! I love Brie and all of the combos are perfect. Great idea! I still have yet to try TJ’s pumpkin butter. I’ve heard it’s amazing.

    I can’t believe it’s snowing already! It hasn’t dropped below 50-60 degrees in California.

  8. Love these pastry bites! anything consisting of baked brie is perfection in my book :)

  9. Oh my gosh! These are so adorable and look so yummy!!

  10. Snow here in Columbus yesterday! Took my daughter sledding in the yard. Those bites look great, I’m a sucker for a good cheese appetizer.

  11. These look amazing! I used to work at a restaurant that served an appetizer of bread, brie,and green apples all baked together…I’ve been hooked on brie ever since!

  12. Lauren 11.13.2013

    Totally with you on the recent snowfall cultivating holiday spirit! These look delicious – great holiday party app idea. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Brittany 11.13.2013

    Feel free to post about 5 more of these appetizer posts and you will have single handedly planned my Mom’s surprise 50th party for me! :D
    If not…I am still adding this one to my list :)

  14. Wynne 11.13.2013

    I want to make these, but my husband does not eat any kind of cheese. Is there something else I can substitute to make this just as tasty? Thanks.

  15. Maureen Gribble 11.13.2013

    I am LOVE LOVE LOVING everything about this post! I always make baked brie for Thanksgiving, but after about 6 years of doing the same old recipe, I knew this year was time to change it up and as per usual, IGE to the rescue! I have two (yes two) jars of TJ’s pumpkin butter in my pantry, it’s like fate! :)

  16. AbbieD 11.13.2013

    Yummy! I bet some fig preserves of some sort would be delightful as well. Or maybe a date?

    Thanks for the idea! I think I just might have to give them a whirl.

  17. so simple and they look absolutely amazing!

  18. Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow 11.13.2013

    I’ve been craving brie, but it’s on the pregnant lady no-no list…which Is why I’ve been on the lookout for a baked recipe, and this is perfect! It has everything I was looking for – puffed pastry, brie, and fruit. I can’t wait to try it!

  19. Diane 11.13.2013

    These would be good too with topped with some home made apple or cranberry chutney!

  20. I love how simple yet beautiful these are! Better yet they look delicious!

  21. Puff pastry is the best! I am a big cheese lover so these are right up my alley.

  22. Ella 11.13.2013

    These look delicious!!

    Ella | 

  23. Karla 11.13.2013

    Yum. These look so tasty, Kristin! I will have to bring you a batch of my homemade apple butter next time we get together to see how it compares to your usual pick. :)

  24. Wow those look and sound so good!! Loving your photography as always on them too. You always inspire me to want to do better with my food photography too.

  25. Ashley 11.13.2013

    Love these ideas! I’m always such a huge fan of baked brie over the holidays – but these small bites are so much easier! I love all of the different toppings you used. Fabulous idea!! Thanks!

  26. Tieghan 11.13.2013

    Mmm! I love brie and puff pastry! These little bites look so good and they are perfect for the holidays. I am very excited! Let it snow! :)

  27. Shari 11.13.2013

    Thanks for sharing. Love all the baby pictures. Keep them coming

  28. Brie, jam, and fruit is one of my all time favorite combos!

  29. Love baked brie. These are adorable. Definitely will be sharing this one. Thanks!

  30. These are so dainty and look absolutely delish!

  31. These little appetizers are so cute! I could just gobble them up instantly!

  32. RaeAnne 11.18.2013

    Where did you pick up the puff pastry shells? I’ve seen sheets but not shells

  33. Lauren 11.18.2013

    Same here! I’ve seen the Puff Pastry shells and sheets, but not the Cups…

  34. Erin 11.18.2013

    I’m invited to Thanksgiving dinner this year and was asked to bring an appetizer. I was trying to find something simple yet elegant to make. I think I’ve found a winner! Yum!

  35. I want 10 of each, please!

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  37. Gay Judson 11.24.2013

    I loved the idea of these and was having a small gathering so rushed out to get the puff pastries and brie. I used some cranberry sauce I’d made up for Thanksgiving for the topping. They were gobbled up and there was much discussion about how good they were….but I knew they weren’t right yet. My puffs never got really cooked through and the brie ran down onto the parchment (it was yummy toasted!). So I re-made them today. I cooked they blank for 20 minutes as directed on the box. THEN I pressed the centers into the puffs, inserted the cubes of cheese and put back into the oven for 5 minutes. Then removed and added the cranberry sauce. I put pepper jelly into some tonight and we really like those, too. They are great and I thank you for the idea.

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  39. Kristin Cruser 11.26.2013

    I love these – I make them with pepper jelly. Especially nice to use red and green pepper jelly for Christmas parties! (They disappear immediately, so make plenty!)

  40. Michelle 11.26.2013

    I had my boyfriend and his crew be my guinea pigs as I tried new recipes for Thanksgiving. They all loved the Brie bites. I didn’t tell them what they were until they tried them. They liked the raspberry jam with pecans the best. Thank you!

  41. Janis Riccomini 11.27.2013

    These are so savory and wonderful. I also tried with fig and honey on top and those were great as well.

  42. mrssaintnick 11.27.2013

    Wow! These look yummy! Can’t wait to make them.

  43. Sarah B 11.28.2013

    These are so fabulous! However, I’m having trouble finding the pastry cups. Three grocery stores down, and all I can find are pastry shells and pastry sheets :-/

  44. HaleyP 12.04.2013

    I am attending a Christmas dinner party next week, and would love to make these! One question though, you say you can eat them at room temperature as well. Are they still just as good this way, or does the cheese become too stiff?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.05.2013

      They are ok up to an hour or so. After that the puff pastry isn’t as good either. The good news is that they won’t last that long. :)

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  46. Renee 12.18.2013

    where do you find the cups? I’m only finding sheets and shells.

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  48. Lisa 01.04.2014

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I was unable to find brie in our stores that wasn’t double or triple cream, so here is what I did and it worked out beautifully: Following the puff pastry cup box instructions, pre-bake the cups on the baking sheet, but reduce the baking time by about 5 min. Removed them from the oven when they are lightly browned. Using the round end of a wooden or plastic spoon, push the center well down. Then fill with the brie cheese and return to the oven to melt. It only took 3-5 minutes more to melt the cheese. My first batch did not have enough brie, so be sure to fill cup completely with brie. I used fig jam topped with pistachios on one and apple butter for the kids. So many possibilities! Thanks again!

  49. Sebastian Thomas Volpe 03.02.2014

    Hello from the True North.
    The recipe is too good. Unfortunately I ate most of them myself. Being Canadian I tried toasting walnuts in a pan and then placing them on top of the cups with a healthy drizzle of maple syrup. All four variations have become the crowd favourites.

  50. Emily 11.27.2014

    These were SOOO easy and FABULOUS. My double batch couldn’t fill a small platter because they barely hit the plate before they were grabbed. I found the cups at Walmart and found a fantastic caramel apple butter at Fresh Market that I paired with a very crisp apple chopped up very small. Amazing! All wanted the recipe. Thanksgiving HIT! Thank you :)

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