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Mini Baked Brie en Croute




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Mini Baked Brie en Croute is an elegant but surprisingly simple appetizer made with mini wheels of cheese and frozen puff pastry.  It’s the ultimate holiday finger food!

Brie Cheese wrapped in pastry with dipping sauce

You’ve probably seen these cute individual Brie cheese rounds, they’re adorable, and I always pick them up and then put them back on the shelf when I realize I haven’t a clue what I’d do with them.  Well, good news, I figured out what we can do, and it’s really easy and perfect for guests.  Trader Joe’s sells them in packages of 5 for a reasonable price.  The rind on these minis is very mild, so there’s no sharpness to them, and they’re very creamy.  Of course you can eat them as is, but this is so much more fun and more impressive.

Individual Brie cheese wheels

These are miniature whole rounds of Brie cheese, complete with their rind.  They come in their own little containers so they stay fresh for a long time.

Mini wheels of Brie cheese

The little mini cheese gets encased in puff pastry and baked until golden.  These are two-bite appetizers that will please everyone.

Mini Brie en Croute

I know you have a box of frozen puff pastry in your freezer.  Everybody does.  Take a sheet out and thaw it, either overnight, or on the counter for about an hour until it’s pliable.  One of the perks of buying pre-made dough like this is that it’s very user friendly.

A mini wheel of Brie on pastry dough

I just rolled out the sheet a little bit, into a 12×12 square, and then cut that into sixteen 3″ squares, and then set the little Brie, which are about 1 1/2″ diameter, in the center of each.

Brie cheese wrapped in puff pastry ready to bake

Bring the corners up around the Brie, stretching a bit, and twist them to secure.  The cheese is fully encased in its rind, so no worries about it melting out.

Mini wheels of Brie wrapped in pastry dough

Brushing with an egg and water mixture helps them get golden brown in the oven.

Brushing Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with an egg wash

The crust gets crispy and the cheese melts inside the rind, so when you bite into one it oozes out.  They’re great.  

Baking mini Brie wheels in puff pastry

Serve these mini baked Brie with a spicy or sweet and spicy condiment, I’ve got lots on the blog to choose from, here are a few of my favorites ~

Baked Brie in puff pastry shells

I love to bake full sized wheels of Brie, too.  My BAKED BRIE WITH FIGS AND HONEY is amazing when you can find fresh figs.  And  my BAKED BRIE WITH APPLES, PECANS, AND MAPLE SYRUP is a must for apple season.

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Mini Brie en Croute

Mini Baked Brie en Croute is an elegant but surprisingly simple appetizer made with mini wheels of cheese and frozen puff pastry.Β  It's the ultimate holiday finger food!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet thawed puff pastry
  • 16 mini Brie rounds
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water for brushing

Instructions

  • set oven to 400F
  • When the pastry has thawed, lay it out on a floured surface. Roll it out gently into a 12x12 square. You can use your hands at the end to get it just right. Cut the sheet into sixteen 3" squares.
  • Lay a Brie round in the center of each square, and bring up the corners to meet in the middle. You can do a little stretching--- it won't tear the dough. Twist the ends together to secure.
  • Set the pastries on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and lightly brush with the egg mixture.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the pastries are golden browned.
  • Serve hot with your favorite jam.

Notes:

  • You can make these ahead, without baking, and keep in the refrigerator.  Bake when needed.

 

 

Don’t forget to pin these Mini Baked Brie en Croute!

Mini Baked Brie en Croute pin

 

 

 

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  • Reply
    Mary
    January 16, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Can I slice the mini brie in half, put jam in, then encase seal in pastry? Or by cutting up rind will that lead to Brie oozing out?
    If I make ahead in am, will pastry dough get soggy or can it rest in fridge all day until ready to bake

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      Sue
      January 16, 2020 at 7:14 am

      If you encase it completely that should be fine, Mary. I’ve made them an hour or two ahead, and that works.

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    Anne
    December 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Is room temp ok for serving? I have to bake these in the morning for a lunchtime event.

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      Sue
      December 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

      It’s not ideal, Anne, because the cheese will have solidified, but you can certainly serve them room temp.

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        Anne
        December 15, 2019 at 9:23 am

        Hmmm. I know even a few seconds in the microwave is bad for the puff. Well see how it goes at room temp. Thank you!

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          Sue
          December 15, 2019 at 9:25 am

          You might be able to heat in a low oven if you have one available where you’re serving.

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      Mary
      January 17, 2020 at 3:34 am

      Thanks, did a test tonight, cut in haOf out fig jam in middle, delicious

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        Sue
        January 17, 2020 at 7:55 am

        Great, love the fig jam πŸ™‚

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    Fran Bellantoni
    November 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I made the minis yesterday to bring as a Thanksgiving appetizer, only I cut chunks from a whole brie and topped them with apricot jam and toasted almond. In rhe past I’ve wrapped the whole brie. Minis are so much easier. No cutting needed. The mini bries were a huge hit with all.

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      Sue
      November 29, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      I love the idea of cutting the whole Brie Fran, and apricot and toasted almond sounds amazing.

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    Phil B.
    August 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    How would these go with your Pomegranate Wine (Kofta) Sauce?

    Thank you for all your recipes (I just found your site today)!

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      Sue
      August 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Welcome in Phil! You’ve landed on two of my older recipes, I haven’t made either in a while. As I remember the wine sauce is fairly thin, so I’m not sure it would be an ideal sauce for the Brie, but you could prove me wrong πŸ™‚

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        Phil B.
        August 17, 2019 at 4:52 pm

        Thank you! Maybe I’ll have to try both dishes on the same day so the sauce will have somewhere else to go πŸ™‚

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    Nancy
    November 17, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Would babybel cheese work?

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      Sue
      November 17, 2018 at 5:25 am

      I would think so, especially if it melts when heated.

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    Becca H.
    September 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I love this idea! I don’t have a Trader Joe’s in my area, so I tried using a regular sized brie wheel, but cubed it. It did not work. Instead of the oozy cheese inside of the puff, it seems like a lot of the brie came out of the pastry during the baking process. I guess the rind is necessary for holding in the cheese? Has this happened to anyone who tried using a regular brie wheel?

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      Sue
      September 24, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      The rind keeps the cheese from oozing out, Becca. I have done this successfully with chunks of Brie but I have to make sure the pastry is completely sealed all around. You can also try chilling the cubes first to help keep it from oozing while the pastry is cooking.

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        Becca H.
        September 25, 2018 at 10:19 am

        Ah, I’ll try that next time, thanks Sue!

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    Cindy D.
    December 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Brfore twisting up these little beauties, I topped each of them with finely chopped pecans soaked in Kahlua then twisted them. They were yummo!

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      Sue
      December 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Wow. How did you stop yourself from eating all those pecans first? Sounds great.

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    Diana
    November 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    OMG these are so cute!!! Can I make these Mini Baked Brie ahead and freeze them Or for how long we can keep it in the refrigerator?

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      Sue
      November 13, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Baked puff pastry doesn’t really keep all that well, Diana, so I would recommend assembling them ahead and baking them just before needed.

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    Betsi
    October 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve used packaged croissant dough. It works just as well, I believe.

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      Sue
      October 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for the tip Betsi.

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    Kay
    December 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    You really gave me a good laff about having a pkg of puff pastry in the freezer….. mine has been there for at least 6 mos…….. now I have a reason to use it. Thanks for the great recipe & amazing pics.

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      Sue
      November 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      It’s never a bad idea to have some PP in the freezer πŸ™‚

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    li da dai dai hua
    September 5, 2013 at 2:44 am

    The View from Great Island | It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Mini Brie en Croute

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    RC1956
    June 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    By the way, can’t get the mini bries here in Elkins, West Virginia. How many ounces are in the minis so I can guess how much to use from the wheel?

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      Sue
      November 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Each little wheel is .9 ounces.

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    RC1956
    June 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Made the cream cheese/hot pepper jelly ones last week for a party in phyllo shells. Went over very well. We were actually discussing using other cheese like brie and jam, and a mozzarella ball and marinara. Such a versatile recipe.

    Really love brie. These are so pretty too. Thanks for the idea.

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    February 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    making these again for a Super Bowl party my daughter is going to…along with a little Pepper Jelly from Trader Joe’s. When I gave Madeline some options…this was the one she picked without hesitation!

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    December 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    You know how people say they always have mustard and champagne?…well I always have mini brie from Trader Joe’s and puff pastry at all times…and never once did it occur to me to put them together! I’m making these asap! I love your ideas, your writing and your gorgeous photos! Although I’m super hungry at the moment and this is not helping!
    xo
    annie

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love brie en croute and love your mini versions! I’m going to look for those minis next time I’m at TJs πŸ™‚

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    grace
    December 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    that’s a mouthful of brie, and i like it! dainty, tasty little treats, sue. πŸ™‚ happy holidays!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 23, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I love these. What a cool idea. I am at TJ’S at least twice a week. I will have to look more closely in their cheese section.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    December 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    No! I have not seen these little bries! I’m on a mission to find some. Love your mini’s. I must have them. πŸ™‚

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    Sue/the view from great island
    December 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks, Monique—and I love the cookies you posted today!

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    Claudia
    December 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Just bought some rounds today. Will be doing this Christmas Eve.

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    La Table De Nana
    December 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Love the minis:) Great idea!

    Peace~

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Omg you are reading my mind again! I love brie and yes, those mini’s are so cute but so…impractical. Well, until this recipe! πŸ™‚ I have to have one of these! And I love love love hot pepper jelly. I taught myself to can because I had to start canning & making my own b/c the TJ’s is seasonal and by May I’ve run out of my stockpile. Lol Great recipe, Sue!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      December 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Brie just begs for really spicy sweet jams and jellies. Wish I could have a taste of your hot pepper jelly, I’m always disappointed at how commercial brands lack a really good hot ‘kick’.