Baked Brie Recipe with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts

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Baked Brie recipe with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts adds a sweet and crunchy element to the creamy melted cheese. It is pure heaven!

Baked Brie

I’ve got a thing for easy holiday appetizers and melty cheese aka Baked Brie. Um, who doesn’t?

After browsing through my recipe index, I couldn’t believe I didn’t have any sort of recipe for baked brie. Do you know how easy it is to make baked brie? You literally unwrap your cheese and bake it. That’s it.

This recipe takes it a step further by pouring a melted brown sugar and hazelnut mixture overtop of the hot cheese making it ooze even more and adding some sweetness and crunch to the creamy cheese.

It’s pure heaven, incase you’re wondering.

If you happen to do this in front of your guests, they will be wowed. It’s kind of show stopping, and takes zero skill. The best kind of recipe.

For my ingredients, I ran over to my local Fred Meyer, picked all three items up and had this ready to eat in a cool 20 minutes. Not too shabby.

Here’s how to make it:


Start by taking an 8-ounce round of brie and unwrapping it. I know, so hard.

I used a Murray’s brand cheese which is available exclusively at Murray’s and Kroger stores. Totally awesome.


Throw that cheese into the oven and start toasting some hazelnuts…

Toasted Hazelnuts

like so! So, you just add them to a dry pan and roll them around until the skins start to shed and they get a little color.

Toasted Hazelnuts

Pour them out onto some paper towels and rub them until their skins come off. {Not all the skins will come off and that’s totally fine.}

Light Brown Sugar

So into the warm pan that you just rolled the hazelnuts out of, add in the water and brown sugar.

Making a brown sugar sauce

Stir this together to combine and then melt the sugar.

Making a brown sugar sauce

As it heats up, the sugar will melt which is what you want!

Hazelnuts and brown sugar sauce

Add in the nuts and continue to heat until the sugar mixture starts to bubble lightly. Then remove immediately from the heat and pour over the warm cheese.

Baked Brie

Like so! Be sure to serve immediately so the sugar stays melted and the cheese is hot and oozy!! It’s so so good, you guys.

Be sure to save this in your back pocket as we get closer to all those Holiday parties! It’s a good one to keep 🙂

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Baked Brie with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts

Baked Brie recipe with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts adds a sweet and crunchy element to the creamy melted cheese. It is pure heaven!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 round of brie cheese about 8 oz.
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • sliced apples water crackers or anything else you'd like to serve along side


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice apples and arrange on platter with crackers. Set aside.
  • Place whole wheel of brie cheese onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake 8 minutes.
  • While cheese is baking, place hazelnuts into a small skillet and toast over medium heat. Remove from pan onto paper towels to rub skins off.
  • Remove cheese from oven and place onto serving platter.
  • Wipe pan out and place back over medium heat. Add in water and brown sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved. Pour in toasted hazelnuts and stir to coat and sugar mixture starts to bubble. Immediately remove from heat and pour over warm brie and serve.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 99mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Brie
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  1. Monica from Best Consumer Reports

    5 stars
    Sounds great, love all photos you posted, easy to follow I’ll try this :)). Five stars for you Lauren.

  2. Valeri

    5 stars
    I made this for thanksgiving and it was so good. As I was peeling the hazelnuts I kept saying “this better be worth it” and it was! No one had had hazelnuts before and we have all found a new love. It went perfectly with the Brie and apples put it over the top. So glad you posted about this over on Instagram to highlight it for Thanksgiving.

  3. Jenn Berks

    Baked brie is one of my favorites – I really want to try this one, think it would be a big hit! We usually like to wrap ours in puff pastry first though – but with the hazelnuts for extra crunch texture it probably doesn’t even need it!

  4. Mary Brook Miller

    Yum! What a great simple yet impressive appetizer for a holiday party. My aunt loves brie, I might have to make this to share at our Christmas brunch!

  5. Lea

    This sounds and looks SO good. I will definitely have to try this or something similar one day. Brown sugar hazelnuts would be a great addition to some other recipe or dessert too.

  6. Kim

    Not sure why I’ve never made baked Brie before because I absolutely love that cheese. Since I’m also crazy about hazelnuts, this is the recipe for me! Sounds so easy and yummy!

  7. Sheila Best

    5 stars
    I’m adding this to my list of “oh, so easy” appetizers. Especially with the apple slices. I think I’ll try both a sweet and a tart apple as well as baguette slices. Yum!

  8. Mary Ann Mestrich

    I have just recently been introduced to the deliciousness of baked Brie so I enjoy seeing new and different ways to serve it.

  9. Dawn Mcquown

    Hi Lauren
    I’m so excited to try this recipe. I was looking for something easy to make but fancy looking for my mom’s Christmas. She is such a great cook, I have to show up with something great and this fits the bill as she loves hazelnuts. Im a full time working mom with two kids in full time sports so I enjoy your quick but delicious recipes! Have a great Christmas.

  10. Brittany Bosarge

    This looks wonderful! My family and I do a simple version with puff pastry and raspberry jam, but this looks incredible. We’ll have to try this!

  11. Mary Beth Elderton

    This looks wonderful! Hubz and I will be snuggling in together for much of the holiday week, so we like to have “treat foods” for just us that we can enjoy while watching movies. We love a baked brie!

  12. Emily North

    5 stars
    Recipe was delicious, took the Brie to a Christmas party and it was the only appetizer that was completely eaten. 3 moms wanted the recipe so I directed them to your website. Enjoy the holidays.

  13. Karla Roy

    I make Brie encrout every year at Christmas. I usually just stick to my same recipe of raspberry Jalapeño. It’s very good, but this year, I’m trying this recipe. It looks amazing!