Baked Brie with Bourbon Candied Pecans

Baked Brie with Bourbon Candied Pecans

So, as I mentioned yesterday, and as if there is any way you could have possibly forgotten, Thanksgiving is next week.  I’ve planned a few Thanksgiving recipes to share, and what better place to start than at the very beginning of the meal with a delicious appetizer!

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Ooey, gooey brie topped with candied pecans.  And not just any candied pecans…BOURBON candied pecans.  The combination of sweet and savory in this dish is out of this world.  The hint of bourbon flavor takes it over the top!

Over the weekend, I saw this tweet sent out by Ree, the Pioneer Woman :


to which I replied that I absolutely do not!  I love cheese.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve met a cheese that I haven’t liked.  But I do not like the rind of brie cheese.  The texture is just weird and does no justice to the creamy deliciousness that lies beneath.   

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So I cut off the top!  The rest of the rind holds up in the oven when you bake it and it makes a nice little bowl for the melted cheese to be scooped right out of! 

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Top the melted cheese with your candied pecans and you have the perfect appetizer to start of your Thanksgiving (or any!) meal!

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 Baked Brie with Bourbon Candied Pecans

makes 4-6 servings

Print this recipe!


  • 1 6-8 oz wheel of brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • crackers or apple slices for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If you choose, slice the top of the rind off of the brie.  If you don’t mind eating the rind, you can leave it intact.
  3. Place the cheese, cut side up (if you cut off the top) on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the cheese for 15 minutes.
  5. When there is about 5 minutes left of baking time for the cheese, begin to make the pecan topping.
  6. Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pecans and toast them for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Add brown sugar, maple syrup and bourbon. Stir to combine and continue to cook until sugar has dissolved and pecans are coated evenly with some syrup remaining. 
  8. Remove cheese from oven and transfer to a serving plate.  Pour the pecans evenly over top of the cheese.
  9. Serve with crackers and apple slices for dipping.

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