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Maple Bacon Baked Brie Appetizer

This Baked Maple Bacon Brie recipe is the appetizer your guests will be talking about for months to come! The combination of melting, creamy brie cheese with salty, sweet, savory bacon topping is incredible.

It’s not only easy to make, but you can prepare it in advance and heat it just before the party. I love to make this for brunch, too, or add it to a charcuterie board. If you love the flavor of maple bacon, you are going to love this easy, cheesy spread!

A hand holding a cracker topped with bacon and Brie cheese appetizer.

If you love combining the sweet flavor of maple syrup with savory, smoky bacon, be sure to check out these other tasty recipes:

Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Recipe

Easy to make: Bacon topped Brie is quick and easy to make. In less than an hour, you can whip up a fantastic party dish that will outshine all others.

Showstopping appetizer: People will sometimes gasp when you place this gorgeous dish on the table. Try it and see for yourself!

Feeds a crowd: This appetizer feeds up to 16 people and is perfect for parties and potlucks.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Brown sugar, Brie Cheese, red and black pepper, maple syrup and bacon.

Shown from the top, here’s what you’ll need to make this easy appetizer:

Brown Sugar – Light or dark brown sugar works equally well.

Brie Cheese – You’ll need a one-pound wheel for this recipe.

Cayenne Pepper – Adds a little kick to the bacon topping.

Black Pepper – Freshly ground black pepper will add the best flavor.

Maple Syrup – Pure genuine maple syrup is best in this recipe.

Thick-Sliced Bacon – You can use smoked, unsmoked, cured, or uncured bacon for this recipe. It’s totally up to you!

Equipment Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Serving plate

Step by Step Instructions

(Scroll down for the printable recipe card.)

STEP 1 | Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and top with a piece of parchment paper. 

STEP 2 | Arrange the bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

STEP 3 | In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, maple syrup, black pepper and cayenne pepper until smooth.

A foil and parchment lined baking sheet with uncooked bacon strips.
Mixing maple brown sugar glaze in a stainless steel bowl with a blue whisk.

STEP 4 | Remove bacon from the oven, blot excess grease with paper towels, and brush the slices generously with the glaze. Return to the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the strips over and blot with paper towels. 

Apply the rest of the glaze to the bacon strips and return to the oven. Continue cooking until bacon is golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 more minutes. (Your cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon, so watch carefully.)

STEP 5 | Remove the pan and do not turn off the oven. Cool the bacon on the pan for 5 minutes. Blot excess grease with paper towels and transfer to a fresh piece of parchment paper to cool. 

Discard the foil and parchment paper from the pan and line with a fresh piece of parchment.

Brushing glaze on partially cooked bacon using a red silicone pastry brush.

STEP 6 | Using a sharp knife, cut off the top rind of Brie cheese. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to remove most of the upper rind so the bacon topping can soak in.)

A 1 pound wheel of Brie Cheese on a wooden cutting board.
A one-pound wheel of Brie Cheese with the top layer of rind trimmed off.

STEP 7 | Place the brie cheese on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is soft and just starting to melt, about 10 minutes.

STEP 8 | Tear the candied bacon in small pieces. Remove the cheese from the oven, cool for 3 minutes, and use a large spatula to carefully transfer the cheese to a serving platter. Top with the bacon mixture.

A bowl of candied maple bacon topping.
Bacon topping spooned on a warm wheel of Brie cheese.

STEP 9 | Drizzle with maple syrup.

A small white pitcher pouring maple syrup over a bacon topped Brie Cheese.

STEP 10 | Surround with crackers (see suggestions below) and serve warm. 

Bacon topped Brie Cheese surrounded by crackers on a serving plate.

Serving Suggestions

You can accompany the Maple Bacon Brie Appetizer with your favorite sturdy crackers and dippers, such as:

  • Pita chips (shown in photo)
  • Bagel chips
  • Carrot chips (blot any excess moisture before serving)
  • Wheat Thins
  • Triscuits
  • Crostini
  • Graham crackers
  • Club crackers

Recipe Variation

Bacon Brie and Cranberry: Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries to the bacon mixture and stir until combined before topping the warm Brie.

How to Store and Reheat

To store, cover the serving dish with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate up to 48 hours.

Reheat in a 350 degree F oven until the cheese is warm and starting to melt and the bacon is hot, about 12 to 15 minutes.

How to Make Ahead of Time

You can prepare the components for this appetizer up to 2 days in advance. Here’s how:

Prepare the bacon topping as directed in the recipe, put it in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Trim the top rind off the wheel of Brie, put it on a plate, cover and refrigerate.

To finish the dish, remove the Brie from the refrigerate and let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat it in a 350 degree F oven until it just starts to melt, about 10 minutes.

Heat the bacon topping in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Top the warmed cheese with the bacon topping, drizzle with maple syrup, and serve with crackers.

Using Leftovers

Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese: You can spread any leftover Brie on bread, top with the bacon topping, spread the outer faces of the bread with softened butter, and cook in a hot skillet until the cheese melts. You’ll love the flavor of grilled bacon and brie sandwiches!

Brie and Bacon Panini: Prepare the sandwich as above, and cook in a panini press until bread is golden brown.

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A hand holding a cracker with baked Brie cheese and maple candied bacon topping.

Baked Brie with Maple Bacon

Eliza Cross
Melting Brie cheese is topped with a sweet-savory maple candied bacon for an easy appetizer your guests will LOVE!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Bacon Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 178 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • Serving plate
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 strips thick-sliced bacon
  • 1 wheel (16 ounces) Brie cheese
  • Assorted crackers for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and top with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Arrange the bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While bacon is cooking, whisk together the brown sugar, maple syrup, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Reserve.
  • Remove bacon from the oven, blot excess grease with paper towels, and brush the slices generously with the glaze. Return to the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the strips over and blot with paper towels. Apply the rest of the glaze to the bacon strips and return to the oven. Continue cooking until bacon is golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 more minutes. (Your cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon, so watch carefully.)
  • Remove the pan and do not turn off the oven. Cool the bacon on the pan for 5 minutes. Blot excess grease with paper towels and transfer to a fresh piece of parchment paper to cool. Discard the foil and parchment paper from the pan and line with a fresh piece of parchment.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut off the top rind of brie cheese. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to remove most of the upper rind so the bacon topping can soak in.)
  • Place the Brie cheese on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is soft and just starting to melt, about 10 minutes.
  • Crumble or chop the candied bacon in small pieces. Remove the cheese from the oven, cool for 3 minutes, and use a large spatula to carefully transfer the cheese to a serving platter. Top with the bacon mixture.
  • Surround with crackers and serve warm. 16 servings.

Notes

To store: Cover the serving dish with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate up to 48 hours.
Reheat on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a 350 degree F oven until the cheese is warm and starting to melt and the bacon is hot, about 12 to 15 minutes.
To make in advance: Prepare the bacon topping as directed in the recipe, put it in a bowl, cover and refrigerate. Trim the top rind off the wheel of Brie, put it on a plate, cover and refrigerate.
To finish the dish, remove the Brie from the refrigerate and let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat it in a 350 degree F oven until it just starts to melt, about 10 minutes.
Heat the bacon topping in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Top the warmed cheese with the bacon topping, drizzle with maple syrup, and serve with crackers.

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Nutrition

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 269mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 186IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 0.2mg
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Keyword appetizers, Brie cheese, candied bacon, maple syrup
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8 thoughts on “Maple Bacon Baked Brie Appetizer”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this over the weekend and oh my goodness it was amazing! My guests loved it and asked for the recipe thank you so much for sharing!

    Reply
  2. 5 stars
    This mapley bacon brie has it all: it’s creamy, salty, sweet, savory – OMGoodness!
    Definitely a permanent addition to our holiday appetizer list.

    Reply
  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This is a seriously dangerous, in a good way, appetizer. I can see this being devoured in no time at my Holiday party. Might need to make 2.

    Reply
    • If you make two of these appetizers for your party, let me know what time to show up! Haha! Thanks so much for your great comment.

      Reply
  4. 5 stars
    This was such a unique and unexpected recipe that does not disappoint! Perfect combination of salty and savory; easily, a new favorite recipe!

    Reply

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