Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie

If the name of this recipe alone doesn't make you want to jump up and get it in the oven, I don't know what else could convince you. 

I was lucky enough to get this recipe from my friend
, who got it from her friend...you got that?  I knew when I heard about it at Thanksgiving, I absolutely had to have it.  However, I do not know the true origin of this recipe.

I cannot begin to tell you how good this is.  It's almost borderline dessert.  The creamy, warm Brie with the sweet sauce is really, really unbelievable.  I don't think you can celebrate the holidays without it.  I'm not kidding.

You will want to use a large wheel of Brie to accompany all the sauce, not to mention there will not be enough for everyone if you make a small one.

This also only takes 15 minutes to throw together, it's the perfect appetizer for this busy time of year.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Start by carefully slicing the rind off the top of the Brie wheel, but do not remove completely.  Bake for 15 minutes.

When the Brie is done baking, the top can be easily removed to expose the creamy cheese.

While the Brie is baking, in a medium saucepan, bring Kahlua and brown sugar to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until a syrupy consistency is made.  Throw the pecans in for 2 minutes at the end to warm them through and completely cover with the sauce.

Remove the Brie from the oven (removing top rind) and pour Kahlua sauce over the Brie. 

Serve with your favorite crackers.  People will be begging you for the recipe.

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Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie

Recipe from: Cathy Pollak | Serves: 6-8


  • 1 whole wheel of Brie (19 ounces) Costco sells one, President Brie is the best for this recipe
  • 1 cup Kahlua
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (I do leave mine mostly whole for looks)
  • Serve with Keebler Club crackers


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by carefully slicing the rind off the top of the Brie wheel, but do not remove completely. Bake for 15 minutes. When the Brie is done baking, the top can be easily removed to expose the creamy cheese.
  • While the Brie is baking, in a medium saucepan, bring Kahlua and brown sugar to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until a syrupy consistency is made. Throw the pecans in for 2 minutes at the end to warm them through and completely cover with the sauce.
  • Remove the Brie from the oven (removing top rind) and pour Kahlua sauce over the Brie.
  • Serve warm with crackers.
  • *Update...some readers have experienced that their Kahlua mixture was too runny. My thoughts are it was too hot for whatever reason. You could make the sauce 15 minutes before you place Brie in the oven and remove from heat, letting it cool a bit and thicken up. If it thickens too much, place it on the heat again slightly. You want a nice pourable consistency.

Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie the perfect appetizer for your next gathering
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131 Comments and 36 Replies

  1. This makes my mouth water!!! Almost sinful.

  2. Paula 2

    ok you had me at Khalua…and then I really fell in love…brown sugar and pecans too! OMG that brie looks amazing. I’d like to dive in head first!

  3. deeba 3

    Sorry I’ve been busy & away…now I’m jumping with joy to see what I’ve been missing. Oh yes, this is wonderful stuff Cathy!

  4. I haven’t had brie enough ever to appreciate it, but it sure does always look good and this seems heavenly with the pecans!

  5. dawn 5

    Oh my gooodness, this is incredible, I mean literally incredible. I am serving tis for the holidays for sure…wow, wow, wow.

  6. Barbie with a T 6

    I just had brie with raspberry and orange sauce today, and it was very good. But this one with the beautiful shiny glazed pecans makes me want more! Call me a pig….but I can usually eat a few desserts at one sitting. lol

  7. I don’t think I have ever had Brie, but have a holiday party that I thought I would make something new for-and with the Kahlua, pecans and brown sugar, well, I think I could love it!

  8. *speechless*

    We both can’t even believe how good this looks! It’s totally sinful, but this is the kind of bad one should look forward to.

  9. Oh, you got me with the title and the photos and the description. All made my eye open wide and my mouth water. Beam me some now, please.

    I’ll definitely add this to my baking plans! Thanks to you, Jody, and Jody! ;-)


  10. Oh gosh, those drippy sticky pictures are very convincing.

  11. laura 12

    my sister made something a lot like this for thanksgiving, only with a caramel sauce instead of the kahlua / brown sugar concoction. it was so good!

  12. Lena in VT 13

    This is going to a party next week, so fabulous!!

  13. I’m having trouble typing what with all the drool that is flowing from my mouth and all…

  14. annbb 15

    that looks just delectable!

  15. Dale Gilreath 16

    Great! I’ve fried my computer from drooling on the keyboard! This looks A-MAZING! I can’t wait to try it!

  16. Jen 17

    This looks DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try it!

  17. This recipe looks sensational and sinfully gooey! I have a sweet coffee flavored liqueur from Patron, which I am looking forward to trying in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Liz C. 20

    Mmmrrrrroooowwwww! I love Brie, especially en croute (with whatever topping).

  19. Helsie 21

    Oh Heavens this looks UNBELIEVEABLE!It is definitely one I’m going to try.
    Thanks for sharing

  20. Lara 22

    How did you know I needed a really yummy appetizer? Thank you. I truly enjoy your blog. You do such a great job encouraging me to cook great things. My family thanks you.

  21. Lea Ann 23

    ohmygosh Cathy, this may be the “find of the year” recipe. I’ll be making this for Christmas Day = thanks for the recipe.

  22. If this tastes as good as it looks it’s fantastic. OMG this is a beautiful appetizer!

  23. Lisa Sipple 25

    Now this a true holiday appetizer…wow…none of tose carrot sticks for me, I’m bringing this to a party.

  24. June 26

    Good heavens, this looks incredible and your photos are amazing. Off to Costco, pdq.

  25. That has Christmas Eve written all over it! YUMMY!

  26. elra 28

    Goodness, that really look delicious!

  27. grace 29

    i’ve seen baked brie more often than i can recall, but this is the most decadent, most appealing version yet. it’s just inspired. the main course would become completely useless. :)

  28. LilSis 30

    My sister and I have been discussing various recipes for Baked Brie a lot recently and I think she’s decided to include it in her Christmas Eve appetizers so my mom can try it. This recipe just blows mine out of the water, though! Over the top!! I’m bookmarking on Delicious so we both have this recipe for future parties!

  29. Kari 32

    My first reaction to the title was “OH, LORD!”. Sounds sooooo decadent and delicious, I can’t wait to try it… of course, there are NO calories in this, right?? :-)

  30. christine 33

    OMG, this looks sooooo gooood!!!! I think I may try it with walnuts, as I hate pecans. Also, one question; is this something that would sit well if people didn’t eat all of it right away immediately after it was prepared? Thanks Cathy!

  31. Pam 34

    Holy cow! This is a fantastic holiday appetizer Cathy. Rich, creamy and delicious – I love it.

  32. Bob 35

    Oh. Wow. What else can I say?

  33. That just brought on a screen-licking moment. Wow. I love baked brie. I usually see it made with fruit, but this definitely tops that idea (No pun intended – okay, maybe I intended a little pun).

  34. Barbara 37

    Your photograph almost made me fall out of my chair! WOW. Cheesy, sticky, nutty, sweet and savory all rolled up into one mouthful. GREAT recipe!

  35. My Oh My! I had a feeling it would be dangerous to pop over here today. This looks outstanding! I can’t even imagine how fabulous it tastes!!

  36. DAMN looks amazing – So glad that Kristy is coming over for Christmas Eve I will add this to her appetizer list!! hehehe

  37. can I take this to a church party?

    • Sheila Thomas Hill 42

      This is my concern, too, Karen, even though I know the alcohol is boiled out through cooking. But I have friends and family that are recovering alcoholics and I’m concerned that the flavors might be setting them up again. And there are some dear ones who just would not be comfortable having any alcoholic base within their food. Guess I’ll have to consider using another pure flavor (? coffee) with the brown sugar instead of Kahlua.

  38. This is quite irresistable Cathy.

  39. Baked Brie is a huge favorite at our house. Wow but with Khalua- now that is wonderful. Thanks for another brie recipe to add to my collection!

  40. Pam 48

    OMG!…I can’t type the letters BIG enough…lol!! That is heaven on a plate!

    Bee Happy and Enjoy!

  41. Brie with pecans and kahlua! I’ve got to try this!

  42. This looks amazing! I think I NEED to make this! Yum!

  43. Lisa 51

    Oh wow! That looks truly amazing. I love the combination of flavors.

  44. Amy 52

    Oh my…this looks so yummy! I was looking for a new appetizer recipe for New Years Eve and this might be THE ONE. :)

  45. Darla 53

    Wow…I made this on Christmas between meals and it was soooo delicious and easy! Big hit with everyone!!

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  48. Alex 56

    I’ve just dribbled all over my lap because that looks so good. I’ve got to give that a try. Thank you

  49. Jill 57

    I made this for a group of friends tonight, and it was a big hit. Easy, beautiful, and SO delicious. Thanks! It’s going to be my new standard appetizer to take to parties and serve to guests!

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  51. Sonny 59

    I usually serve brie with cracker, but I’m stuck on this one… maybe something a little saltier? Hmm.. unique suggestions would be great! Kudos for such a beautiful piece.

  52. Janet 60

    I’ve made a version of this with a butter-brown sugar-pecan topping. Will definitely try it with Kahlua or Tia Maria!
    A pretty accompaniment, especially during the holidays, is sliced Granny Smith and Rome or other red apples, leaving the peel on and alternating the colors around the brie. You can spritz a little lemon juice on the apple slices before arranging them, to keep them from browning.

  53. Emily 62

    YUMMMMM this is so delicious! i have made it at my house before using a 9oz wheel. I am considering bringing it to a holiday party this weekend. would it be okay to bake in the oven with the kahlua, pecan, brown sugar mixture on top???

  54. Emily 63

    i assume i can, but should i leave the top rind on the wheel?

  55. Noble Pig 64

    I think you would have quite the mess if you did that.

  56. Laura 65

    This was amazing! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I just have to decide whether to share it or just make sure I get invited to the next party. :) Thanks…what a yummy recipe!

  57. Drool worthy recipe….Yummmm

  58. Pam 67

    I am afraid I would eat this entire thing by myself! It looks so good Cathy!

  59. Scott 68

    Has anyone made this? If so what type of crackers to you serve with it to compliment the flavors?

  60. Kathryn Rowe 70

    Hi there! I have been using this recipe for over twenty years but the original recipe I have calls for it to be served with Granny Smith sliced apples and very thin gourmet ginger snaps. The combo of the tart, cool and crisp apple and the spicy ginger snap brings this dish over the top!

  61. Sherrie 71

    I made this the other day and it was awesome! I did not have Kahlua so I used a cup of heavy whipping cream in its place. I am definitely making this again!

  62. Bunni 72

    I showed this to my son and said “I should make this for Thanksgiving.” He says “YEAH YOU SHOULD!” I wish I could emphasize it so you could actually imagine how emphatic he was!
    Great recipe!

  63. Shawn 73

    I saw this several years ago in Southern Living. They suggested it be served with Ginger Snaps.

  64. Constance L. 74

    Many a generals’ wives have served this. It is amazing to taste and super easy to make.

  65. Gwen 75

    This is to die for! I had a different version over Thanksgiving that had chopped and cooked bacon in the sauce. I wasn’t real excited about the bacon until I tried it! OMG!!! Out of this world wonderful!

  66. Corine Rovers 76

    Wow! This looks great! I’ve GOT to try this; after living in Paris, France for 2 years, brie is part of my life. This is a completely new way of serving it! Thanx for sharing!

  67. Francie 77

    Amazing- but a few guests said it was too sweet. If not using for dessert or cheese course, I suggest cutting the brown sugar to 1/2 or 1/4 cup. I did that the last time I made it and it was even better!

  68. Casey K 78

    I used wedges of brie and put foil around the sides to keep the cheese from “blowing out.” 10-15 minutes wasn’t enough to get the Kahlua and sugar to a syrupy consistency. Next time I would reduce it longer.

  69. Wow…what a perfect appetizer for the holidays – I can hardly wait to make it. Looks absolutely delicious!

  70. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Thanks to pinterest, this is resurrected in all it’s glory – repinned!

    Brie, brown sugar, Kahlua. OMG!!! YES!!!

  71. Erin Sloan 82

    If there are leftovers, are they still good? Can it be reheated?

  72. cody 84

    I prepared this recipe on christmas. The recipe is delicious. The only comment I have is that the recipe makes way too much of the pecan drizzle, or whatever you prefer to call it. You would need a huge chunk of brie for all of that sauce. I also had a hard time properly cutting the rind according to the instructions, but now that I have looked at the photos, I think if I prepared it again it might be easier. I might prepare it again on new years eve, but i have not decided. If I do, I might prepare it with puff pastry.

  73. We had this absolutely wonderful brie yesterday as part of our New Year’s Eve grazing evening!! All of us could not stop nibbling at it – the salty sweetness was just over the top! Thanks for a great idea.

    • Cathy 88

      Thanks for letting me know!

      • And, I had leftovers of the topping, so topped 18-hour bread French Toast – oh my, it was wonderful. As with the salty cheese, the salty of the bacon with the French toast just made it great! I’m now thinking of making a cream cheese ice cream with brie added to the base and transforming the topping for ice cream. So much to do with this topping. Thanks again!

  74. Claire 90

    Made this recipe this weekend. My family dived in it was so good! Can’t wait for superbowl when I can fix it again!

  75. Baylee 91

    I tried it, and the Kahlua sauce turned out really hard and stuck to the pan. What did I do wrong?

  76. Baylee, be sure to give it another chance – so worth it!!

  77. T harris 94

    Terrific with apples and other fruit fit for dipping.

  78. Tina-Joy Herrick 95

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I made this last night for part of my appetizer offering for a neighborhood progressive dinner—wow! Nummy! Mine wasn’t as pretty as yours because I couldn’t find the round so I did two triangles but no one cared once they bit into it. Put the left overs out when folks returned for the dessert course (the whole group- not just the appetizer folks) and when I went to clean up it was picked clean. So easy too. Thank you!!

  79. Well, I think it is time to make this one again – and, coincidently, we are meeting the same couple on the road this week who were with us the first time I made this – New Year’s Eve 2012. :)

  80. I made this last night! It rocked the house!!

  81. Jess 98

    This recipe was delicious! I’m getting ready to make it again for thanksgiving. The only changes I am going to make is lowering the heat setting and keeping the brie wheel in for a few minutes longer (last time the outside melted substantially, but the center was only semi-warm), and also will let the sauce cool off a bit and thicken up. Last time I poured it when it was very hot and the cheese just melted everywhere! Noone complained though, they loved it, just my perfectionism ;) Can’t wait to have it again!!!

  82. Melissa 100

    AMAZING!! Made this for thanksgiving and my entire family said it was “unreal” we make brie for every get together and this was by far the best brie ive ever had!! Next time i would only bake for 10 minutes, but YOU MUST MAKE THIS!! soooo good!!!! (even my dog ate some )

  83. Suzan 101

    Could I use almonds or cashews instead of pecans? I like the idea of adding bacon :)

  84. Amy 103

    Thank god for Pineterest! I just found this in time for our christmas party… Can’t wait! Thank you!

  85. Linda 105

    I’m not a Kahlua fan, but I love baked Brie. Has anyone tried Amaretto or Grand Marnier instead?

  86. Carole Resnick 106

    why wait for Christmas

  87. lorraine potter 107

    i like the sound of this but can you make the sauce without the nuts?

  88. Darcie 109

    What kind of crackers do you recommend?

  89. Suzan 112

    Pecans and walnuts are migraine triggers….what other “nuts” could I use?

  90. Myrna 114

    What an awesome combination! I made this for Superbowl Sunday……..amazing!! Tastes great with homemade pita chips. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It’s definitely a keeper ;)

  91. Sharon Laddusaw 115

    This recipe was amazing! I made it for a party and everyone loved it!

  92. Laura 116

    This does make me jump to my oven. What a delicious delight this looks like. I am going to attempt it at our wine and cheese party!! :)

  93. debbie fleming 117

    Going to make this today for a party, but I amusing Pumpkin spiced Kahlua!

  94. Kim 118

    I’m not so familiar with Brie. Is this something you could make and take to a party or would it need to be made at the party site?

  95. Kendra 120

    Could I sub something in for the alcohol?

  96. stacey 123

    Do you slice it ahead before serving it? or does each guest cut their own to put on crackers?

  97. Gwen 125

    I toast the pecans first. They stay crunchier.

  98. Sharon 126

    What about us non-drinkers. This looks fabulous but I and most of my friends don’t drink. Any substitution? Thanks!!!

  99. Norm 128

    I do believe I shall try this in the near future!Thanks

  100. Cody M 129

    I loved this. My family LOVED it for thanksgiving, and it tasted amazing. We’ll be making this every year…. although i may cut down the sauce a bit, maybe by half? Mine sort of looked like a Pinterest fail when i tried to remove the top rind after cooking it, so I’m sure i did something wrong there. Either way, this was amazing. Could you just keep the top of the rind on there the whole time, vs cutting it off? regardless of my misgivings in the kitchen… this was a favorite for sure.

  101. Cody M – I posted a while back what I did with the leftover ‘sauce’ – instead of making less, you might want to try this idea -

    “Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:55 am
    And, I had leftovers of the topping, so topped 18-hour bread French Toast – oh my, it was wonderful. As with the salty cheese, the salty of the bacon with the French toast just made it great! I’m now thinking of making a cream cheese ice cream with brie added to the base and transforming the topping for ice cream. So much to do with this topping. Thanks again!”

    I wish I’d had more!! :)

  102. Peggy 132

    I am going to make this Kahlua topping for a homemade cheesecake. Will probably double the recipe.

  103. Mary Ann 133

    OK, hate to admit this I have never had “Brie”. What exactly is this?where can I find it?
    Thank you!

  104. Rose 137

    I bet this would be good with using Irish Cream instead of Kahlua.

  105. Lila Sheehan 138

    I just want to subscribe to your posts thanks

  106. Dianne 139

    This sounds amazing! Does anyone have a suggestion of how to make it non-alcoholic? I know some alcohol cooks off, but not all- and for guests who can’t have any whatsoever- do you know of a good substitute for the kahlua?

  107. I know you don’t want to hear this, but I’d say either don’t make it or make and plus another outstanding dish to serve as an alternative. Be anxious to hear what others suggest.

  108. Maria 142

    Would this be ok with walnuts instead of pecans?

  109. Rosemary 144

    I am making this for my Wine Night group tonight. Is it alright to make the sauce ahead of time and just reheat tonight? Thanks!

  110. Loretta 146

    oh, my, I’m making this for a party I’m going to tonight. If it is half as good as it looks. It will be the hit of the party. I’m taking extra copies of the recipe with me.

  111. Brenda 147

    Will this recipe work with Baileys Irish Cream?

  112. Barbara 148

    don’t mean to sound ignorant but what is a Brie wheel?

    • Cathy 149

      Brie is a soft cheese often sold in a large round. You need a large round for this recipe otherwise the hot sauce on top and the oven would melt the wheel too much. Costco sells the correct size.

  113. Juanita 150

    I would love to take this to a party, but wondering how to make it and then take it and keeping it still warm and gooey? Any suggestions?

  114. Jean Morris 152

    made Kailua Brie for a group of artist friends. One has a new name for this ! ” sex on a cracker” yes it was great , making one tonight for another party.

  115. Colleen 154

    i want to bring this to party can I just reheat the glaze there I. Micro and pour over or should I just make at home before I leave and hope it stays warm till I get there

  116. Sharon S. 156

    Hi Cathy, I made this recipe last night for our family Christmas party (along with your Hot Rueben Dip recipe), and I don’t think I even need to go into detail about the comments. It was simply delicious and a huge hit! It will be made again for our family.

    It was truly coincidence that the two recipes I chose to take were both yours. I got them from Pinterest and didn’t even realize they were both from you until I printed them out. Thank you for your help with my successful additions to our party! :)

  117. Penny 157

    Love this and have been making the last 6-7 years for the Christmas holidays. Instead of crackers, I slice fresh baquettes, spread lightly with salted butter. I place the brie in the center of my “pretty” baking dish and bake for about 10 minutes. Then I pull out the pan and arrange the pieces of buttered bread around, filling up the pan. I bake them together for the last 5-7 minutes and it comes out perfect. I can then simply put the “pretty” baking dish on my holiday table and spoon on the pecan/brown sugar sauce…. so so so yummy!!!!

  118. Jenny 158

    I like the taste and texture of room temperature brie rather than melted. Should I still bake the brie and let it cool, or just take it out of the fridge and bring to room temperature? And is there a way to make the topping so that you don’t have to serve it hot, but it won’t get hard? Maybe add some butter and cut some of the brown sugar? Has anyone tried modifications for serving it other than piping hot out of the oven?

  119. Sylvia 159

    This recipe is amazing! We served it with a baquette instead and everyone was raving!

  120. I know you don’t want to hear this, but I’d say either don’t make it or make and plus another outstanding dish to serve as an alternative. Be anxious to hear what others suggest.

  121. It was truly coincidence that the two recipes I chose to take were both yours. I got them from Pinterest and didn’t even realize they were both from you until I printed them out…

  122. Aurelia 162

    I want to try this sauce with a cheesecake :) YUM

  123. Sounds good. Is it fattening? How are you doing?

  124. Esther 164

    Do you REMOVE the top or leave it on after you cut it?

  125. Daniel Dupont 166

    Tried this récipé and found that 15 minutes at 350 is way too long for the Brie. It melted way too much and did not look at all like your photos, in fact the cheese kinda disappeared. You have to watch it closely otherwise it’s a mess.

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