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Caramelized Pecan Brie

This Caramelized Pecan Brie is the perfect appetizer and is a sweet alternative to a traditional cheese ball. You won’t be able to stop at just one bite!

A pecan brie appetizer on a small white cake stand.

I served this baby at a party I hosted last weekend, and I’ve already made it again just to snack on while cooking dinner. I wasn’t even sure I liked brie, but after seeing Ashton talk about it so much lately, I decided to give it a try. 

I had the same “oh-my-gosh where has this been all my life” reaction. Ashton mentioned her fav way to eat it is with brown sugar and pecans, and that is exactly what I did. Trust me, even if you’ve never tried brie, be brave and make this — you won’t regret it.

This easy brie recipe is my new go-to for serving at (and taking to) parties. Requires 7 simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make and is a definite crowd pleaser.

A stack of crackers topped with pecan brie cheese.

What’s in This Brie Appetizer? 

This simple brie cheese appetizer requires just 7 ingredients: 

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Unsalted butter
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Chopped pecans
  • Wheel of brie cheese 

How to Make Caramelized Pecan Brie 

  1. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir constantly until the butter is completely melted and mixture begins to softly boil.
  3. Allow to boil gently without stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and immediately stir in salt, baking soda, and pecans. 
  5. Mound the warm mixture on top of the brie.

How to Serve Brie Cheese 

I served this with plain, buttery crackers. I love wheat crackers for cheese balls, but I prefer the lighter flavor of the buttery crackers for this. Seriously, you could forget the crackers all together and just serve this Caramelized Pecan Brie with a spoon and I promise no one will care.  Would also be great served with apple slices. Yum.

This Caramelized Pecan Brie is the perfect appetizer and sweet alternative to a traditional cheeseball. You won't be able to stop at just one bite!

Do You Eat the Outside of Brie Cheese? 

Yes, you can eat the rind of brie cheese. It has a lovely texture and flavor! 

Tips for Making This Brie Cheese Appetizer 

  • I like the pecans more finely chopped for this recipe, but be careful not to make them “powdery.” 
  • If the pecan mixture is too hot and runs off the brie too quickly, just use a spoon to scoop it back on top until it sets. 
  • This recipe also doubles really well.

More Easy Appetizers: 

This Caramelized Pecan Brie is the perfect appetizer and sweet alternative to a traditional cheeseball. You won't be able to stop at just one bite!

Caramelized Pecan Brie

4.08 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Emily Grace

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecans , chopped
  • 1 wheel brie cheese

Instructions

  • Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Stir constantly until the butter is completely melted and mixture begins to soft boil.
  • Allow to boil gently without stirring for one minute.
  • Working quickly, remove from heat and immediately stir in salt and baking soda.
  • Fold in the chopped pecans and mound the warm mixture on top of the brie.

Notes

  • I like the pecans more finely chopped, but be careful not to make them “powdery”.
  • If the mixture is too hot and runs off the brie too quickly, just use a spoon to scoop it back on top until it sets.
  • This recipe also doubles really well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Kathy Arena

Saturday 26th of November 2016

OHMYGOSH, I made this for Thanksgiving AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY DELISH!!!!! The caramel pecan topping did harden fairly quickly and it became difficult to eat. Any suggestions to help prevent this? Great recipe, thanks for sharing K

Susan

Sunday 6th of November 2016

I have made this twice and have loved it both times, but my caramel gets hard very quickly. Any tricks or tips? Am I possibly cooking the sugar/syrup mixture too long? Should I add a dash of heavy cream or more butter to keep it from setting up? Any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks!

The Hungry Mum

Monday 4th of July 2016

OMGOSH! I am nuts for cheese - see what I did there?! - so this is making my mouth water.

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Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

This looks amazing!

Cat

Sunday 20th of December 2015

This looks delicious! My husband loves brie. His favorite is when it is wrapped in pastry with a raspberry jam kind of thing on top but I think he would love this even more. Thank you for sharing!

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