My maid of honor, Jessica, is getting married this coming weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for her! Marriage has been by far the biggest blessing in my life, and I can’t wait for Jess to experience it herself! So, what exactly does that have to do with this recipe? Well, I went to her bachelorette party recently and her cousin Rebecca served a brie that was similar to this. I don’t know exactly what she did or what ratios of what she used, but it was absolutely delicious. This gorgeous brie is my re-creation / take on it!

The result? Well, let’s just say, good luck getting this appetizer to last more than 5 minutes. I made this TWICE this weekend and both times the entire plate was DEVOURED it 5 minutes flat! No, I’m not joking!

I LOVE brie cheese. Well, I actually love all cheeses… but that’s another story. However, there is nothing quite like a good baked brie! I usually make mine topped with jam and wrapped in croissant… it’s a sure-fire winner. So why was I surprised that this baby was a hit as well? Who knows! One thing I’ve learned is that people love a good baked brie! It’s the #1 request I get when people come over or I’m invited to a party… hah If only they knew how EASY they were to throw together! And this one? Even easier… no croissant, no wrapping – quick, easy, and it will blow your mind!

Make this for your next dinner party or if you really want to wow the fella’s, make this for your next game day event! The boys (and ladies) will go CRAZY. I guarantee it.

Note: If you have a Costco in your town, go buy the BIG brie from them and just add a few more nuts, an extra sprinkle of sugar, and dash of Kahlua. I highly recommend using the biggest wheel of brie you can find! Plus, Costco has the best bargain around for cheeses!

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Pecan, Brown Sugar, and Kahlua Baked Brie

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12-18 minutes

Total Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:

13.2 ounce wheel of Brie
2/3 cup pecans (2.5 ounces), toasted and chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons Kahlua
crackers
1-2 sweet apples (like Honeycrisp or Gala)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Using a knife, score a circle around the top edge of the brie (leave 1/4 inch rim). Take a spoon and scrape the white rind off the center circle of the brie (to the inside of the 1/4" rim). Place brie on the center of and oven safe platter.

Mix the pecans, brown sugar, and Kahlua in a small bowl. Carefully place the mixture in then center of the brie and spread to the edges (staying within the 1/4" rim you left). Bake for 8-15 minutes until brown sugar/pecan mixture begins to bubble. Be careful not to overcook (the brie will literally melt and loose its shape if baked too long). You want it nice a warm.

Serve with crackers and apple slices.

(see I told you it’s tough keeping hands outta this!)