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 addictingly delicious.
I would know. I wolfed down approximately 18 right out of the oven!
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.
Apple butter + chopped apples.
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!
Start with a box of the aforementioned frozen puff pastry cups.
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.
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.
Brie cheese is very creamy, so if your “cubes” are more like “rectangles” just give ’em a little squish.
Like this! ; )
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.
While the bites are baking, get the toppings ready. For the options I showed you’ll need chopped pecans, apples, and grapes.
Jam, apple butter, and pumpkin butter!
Add the toppings right when the bites come out of the oven then enjoy warm, or even cooled down to room temperature.
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Baked Brie 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
- 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, http://iowagirleats.com.
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!
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!