Tangy Baked Brie for the Holidays

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I have to say, my favorite part of the holiday feast is usually the appetizers. I live for dips, as exhibited on Pinterest. A simple relish tray makes me quite happy. And I can eat more pickles than your average housewife. (Dill ONLY. Garlic please.)

Back in college, my best friend Michelle introduced us to this awesome baked brie appetizer. Being college kids, we just sliced the rind off the brie, wrapped it in crescent rolls, and stuck it in the oven. Fifteen minutes later: gooey bits of hot bread and cheese.
My exposure to Brie was pretty limited up until that point; but since then, I’ve been playing around with baked Brie fairly often. It’s generally a crowd-pleaser. The creamy richness of Brie pairs wonderfully with many other ingredients: jams, honey, nuts.

Here, I’ve used tangy molasses and balsamic vinegar with lovely Diamond of California chopped pecans. I could eat pecans with everything, and they’re such a quintessential holiday food, don’t you think? This appetizer would be great on your holiday pre-meal spread!

Tangy Baked Brie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Tangy Baked Brie


  • 1 round Brie cheese, rind removed from the top
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 T molasses or honey
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c. chopped Diamond of California pecans


Preheat oven to 375F.

Remove the rind from the top of the Brie.

Place Brie in an oven-safe dish. (A pie plate works well.) Spread butter over the top of the Brie. Sprinkle pecan pieces evenly over the top. Drizzle with molasses (or honey) and balsamic vinegar.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until Brie is gooey.

Serve with French bread or baguette, fruit, and/or crackers.


 What are your favorite holiday appetizers to serve? This post added to Gluten-Free Parade of Recipes at Musings of a Housewife. Just no French bread with it, OK?

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2 thoughts on “Tangy Baked Brie for the Holidays

  1. What a unique recipe. It sounds perfect for the holidays. This is my first visit to your site. I love your cute header,and I can’t wait to visit more recipes. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

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