Got 15 minutes? Learn how to make this show-stopping baked brie recipe! Serve this warm, gooey baked brie, topped with fig jam, walnuts, and pistachios at your next event and watch it disappear. It’s one of the easiest appetizers you'll make. 

Baked Brie with Jam and Nuts

One of my secret weapons during the holidays is to present my guests with beautiful, sophisticated appetizers that look difficult, but in reality take only a few minutes to assemble. 

This is especially true for cheese, which is always a crowd-pleaser and easy to dress up for any occasion, like my phyllo-wrapped Greek baked feta, fried halloumi, goat cheese stuffed dates, or today’s baked brie recipe.    

The holidays are busy, which means simple-to-prepare appetizers make my life (and soon to be yours) a lot easier!

Table of Contents
  1. What is brie cheese?
  2. Should you remove the rind from brie?
  3. Baked brie toppings
  4. How to bake brie 
  5. Tips for the best baked brie
  6. What to serve with baked brie
  7. How to store and reheat leftovers
  8. More easy appetizer recipes
  9. Baked Brie with Fig Jam Recipe
Toppings being spread on top of brie wheel

What is brie cheese?

Brie cheese hails from Seine-et-Marne, France, and is usually made with cow’s milk but goat’s milk is sometimes used as well. It is a soft, creamy cheese with an edible rind and a mild, somewhat fruity flavor. 

Brie is often confused with camembert cheese — they both come from northern France, and look quite similar as well. In fact, you could use a wheel of camembert in this recipe, but note that camembert has a slightly stronger earthier flavor profile than brie cheese. 

Should you remove the rind from brie?

Brie rind is edible, and it actually adds nuance and complexity of flavor. In this baked brie recipe, I do not remove the rind because I need the surface to spread my jam and to add my beautiful nuts and toppings. 

The rind keeps the wheel of cheese together, and once you take it out of the oven and slice into it, all the gooey deliciousness oozes out like a nice surprise!

But, if you were doing a baked brie wrapped in puff pastry, then removing the top rind will help the crust stick to the melted cheese and stay together for a better presentation.

Baked brie toppings

I love to play with texture and flavor in my baked brie, and I often change things up. For my toppings this time, I used fig jam, shelled pistachios, walnuts, and sliced dry figs. 

Pro tip: Mix the nuts and dried fruit with a bit of the jam (or honey) to coat them before baking. This prevents them from drying out in the oven.

Here are some other topping ideas you could try for this cheese dip:

  • Use honey or orange jam instead of fig jam. 
  • Try different nuts like chopped pecans or hazelnuts. 
  • Change up the dried fruit by using raisins, dates, or apricots. If the dried fruit is big, chop it up into smaller chunks. 

How to bake brie 

This is literally one of the easiest appetizers you'll make — no exaggeration! Here’s how you do it:

  • Place the wheel of brie into a small cast-iron skillet or other oven-safe dish. 
  • Use a knife or the back of a spoon to coat the brie with honey or jam. Don’t be scared to smear some along the sides as well. 
  • Mix more jam or honey with your prepared toppings of choice, then pile the toppings onto the brie wheel.
  • Bake the cheese in an oven heated to 350°F for about 10 minutes. 

Tips for the best baked brie

While I consider this baked brie with jam pretty much foolproof, there are a couple things you can do so it turns out perfect every time:

  • Use a wheel of brie, not a wedge. While a wedge of brie will work here, I think a wheel (or round) gives you more of a grand presentation and allows you to load on more toppings. You don't need to buy a brie wheel from an expensive cheese shop, either. Use what you find at your local grocery store; I often buy mine at places like Whole Foods or Costco.Jam being spread on top of brie
  • Don't overcook brie. Overcooking brie can cause it to re-harden quickly, so I watch my brie wheel carefully as it bakes. Once I see the edges collapsing just enough, perhaps with a little melty cheese starting to peek through, I know it’s done. 
  • Let the baked brie sit for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the cheese to settle and cool just enough so the cheese is still gooey but not scorching hot.

What to serve with baked brie

Baked brie is best served warm right out of the oven. Transfer the cheese wheel to a board and surround it with crackers or a sliced baguette brushed with a little olive oil and toasted. I like to use our Arbequina California olive oil because it has a mild and fruity flavor.  

If you want to take things up to the next level, make this baked brie the centerpiece of a larger cheese board and add sliced pears, grapes, and other healthy finger foods. Really a cheeseboard, something a little sweet like baklava or some small cookies, and a crudité platter is plenty of finger food for a small gathering. Add this super easy to make mulled wine to round out the party. There is no need to overcomplicate things.

Melted brie with nuts

How to store and reheat leftovers

Brie will harden as it cools. Once it returns to room temperature, transfer the cheese to an airtight container and refrigerate for a day or two. 

To reheat brie: Place it in an oven-safe dish and pop it in a 350°F oven until it is gooey again. 

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Baked Brie with Fig Jam

Suzy Karadsheh
Baked Brie with Jam and Nuts
Got 15-minutes? Make this show-stopping baked brie recipe with jam and nuts! Serve it with crackers or make it the centerpiece of a larger cheese board!
Prep – 5 minutes
Cook – 10 minutes
Serves – 8


  • 3 tablespoon fig jam, or honey, divided
  • ¼ cup to ⅓ cup dried mission figs sliced
  • ¼ cup to ⅓ cup shelled pistachios roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup to ⅓ cup walnut hearts roughly chopped
  • 13- oz round French brie


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the fig jam in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sliced dried figs with the nuts. Add half of the fig jam and mix well to coat the nut mixture.
  • Place the round of brie in a small cast iron skillet or oven-safe dish. Using a small knife, coat the brie with the remainder of the jam or honey.
  • Top the brie with the fig and nut mixture.
  • Place the dish or skillet on top of a baking sheet (this will make it easier to handle and will also catch any melted cheese). Bake on the middle rack of your heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the brie softens.
  • Remove from the oven and let the brie sit for 3 to 5 minutes or so. Serve warm with your favorite crackers!



  • Pro-Tip: It's best to keep the brie rind (skin) on for this recipe, brie rind is perfectly edible and it holds everything well together. And you do not need an expensive brie wheel from a specialty cheese store. This recipe works just as well as what you'd buy from your local grocery store. 
  • Change up the toppings to your liking. If fig jam is not available to you, you can use honey, apricot jam, or orange marmalade. I like walnut hearts and pistachios here, but you can also change those up using pecans, almonds, or other nuts you like. Same with the dried figs, other dry fruit like apricots, cranberries or raisins will work.
  • Pro-Tip for Safe Handling: Always place the dish holding the brie on top of a sheet pan or baking sheet. This will help you easily remove the baked brie from the warm oven, and it will also catch any falling toppings/nuts or oozing cheese.
  • Important: let baked brie sit for 5 minutes or so, do not serve scorching hot brie.
  • To serve: you can add this baked brie as the centerpiece of a larger cheese board like this one. to settle before slicing or pocking at it.


Calories: 225.6kcalCarbohydrates: 8.4gProtein: 11.1gSaturated Fat: 8.5gPotassium: 157.2mgFiber: 1.2gVitamin A: 288.7IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 99.9mgIron: 0.6mg
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  1. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. I have many 'brie' recipes but I like this with the combo of fig jam and figs, plus TWO of my favorite nuts. You might want to correct your 'Pro Tip' which reads "And you do not need an expensive brie wheel from your local grocery store. This recipe works just as well as what you'd buy at an expensive cheese store." I think you meant to switch your local grocery store and expensive cheese store.

    1. Hi, Cheryl! I'm Summer and I work here at The Mediterranean Dish. You can just leave the nuts off. It will still be delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    I have now made this recipe twice and both times to rave reviews. The last time I served it, they asked for the recipe which I gladly shared. It will be my go-to for Baked Brie going forward.

  3. 5 stars
    I wasn't able to find the figs for this recipe but had the fig jam. Everyone loved it. I will be making it every Christmas!

  4. 5 stars
    Ending 2022 the right way with this beautiful Brie. Celebrated with fresh mint sprigs on top. Very tasty! Thanks Suzy 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving appetizer. Couldn't find fresh figs, I used pears instead. It came out beautiful and delicious. Thanks for the great idea

  6. Hello! I would like to take this to a holiday party and would like to bake this and go directly there (just 4 houses away from ours). It will inevitably cool down as the party goes on, so do you think that I could reheat in her microwave? Not sure if her oven will be on. Thanks!

  7. I used dried figs and wish I had used fresh figs instead. Dried figs have no color and color as the photo proves is part of the secret to the success of this dish. I don't know how this dish was set up for the photo but my version looks nothing like it.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this last year for the holidays. It was my first ever Baked Brie. I was slightly intimidated by this recipe, thinking something so beautiful had to require a level of difficulty beyond my kitchen skills. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was so easy and the end result was a beautiful, oozing showpiece. I was so impressed, that very moment I decided it would be the star of my holiday menu every year. I have shown this recipe to others... complete strangers, with raves. As I type this, I'm advance preparing to obtain some items before the holidays arrive. I cannot wait to make this again. I feel this is versatile enough for any holiday by simply changing up the toppings.