When it comes to entertaining, this elegant Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts, and Honey is an easy-fancy appetizer that is perfect on crunchy apples or toasted baguette slices. It's melty, sweet, and savory all in one, delicious bite!

Planning a party? You can't go wrong with our Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno PoppersPhilly Cheesesteak Dip, Asian Lettuce Wraps, or Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends to serve with your baked brie!

a jar of honey and some fresh figs around a whiteplate with baked brie with walnuts, figs and honey

It's no secret I adore baked brie. It's one of my favorite foods in the world and I make this apricot brie en croute (it just means it's wrapped in puff pastry) for holidays, parties, and other gatherings since it's basically one of the best things ever.

Brie is the easiest, most glamorous appetizer that takes almost no effort but will easily impress a crowd. I don't know too many people who don't go weak in the knees over molten cheese paired with something sweet (my husband being one stark exception, although after years of me serving baked brie he has been developing an appreciation for it).

I honestly will skip dessert and choose the baked brie almost every time it's served.

An image of a wheel of brie cheese topped with fresh Mission figs, chopped walnuts, and honey.

This is one of the best baked brie recipes that I have ever tried, and it's hardly even a recipe. We are talking 4 ingredients (the four from the title even) and maybe 5 minutes of prep time cutting figs and chopping walnuts.

But I still wanted to share it as part of my week of California-inspired recipes in my American Eats series since it checks off so many of the boxes of what makes a food "Californian".

An image of one of the best baked brie recipes with gooey honey, toasty walnuts, and sweet figs.

Why Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts, and Honey is so Quintessentially Californian to me

First off, this baked brie with figs, walnuts, and honey makes me think of California's wine region in Napa Valley. If you have never been to this part of the Golden State, it is one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, with scenic hillside vineyards in a Mediterranean climate.

There are quaint towns and upscale restaurants. It's a foodie mecca, with its own culinary traditions largely centered around the many wines that are produced at the hundreds of vineyards in the area.

When I think of Napa, I think of casual elegance, focused on fresh, rich, wonderful flavors. And even though I don't drink wine, everybody knows that wine and cheese are classically paired together.

But the other ingredients in this easy appetizer also represent California well. We had a fig tree in our first house in San Jose and actually learned how to eat figs from a worker who was helping us with our construction remodel and showed us how to eat them raw by biting right into the soft outside skin.

If you haven't tried eating fresh figs this way, they are so delicious!

An image of bake brie with figs, walnuts, and honey on a plate, with melted brie oozing out from inside the white rind.

Black Mission figs are the purple skinned figs with the softest, sweetest flesh with wonderful fig flavor. They were first introduced to this continent in California in 1768 by Franciscan monks who planted them at missions up and down California.

They will ripen on the counter like bananas and are very perishable once ripe. So if you have them, use them right away.

While any figs would work for this baked brie recipe, I think that the dark-skinned Mission figs with their rosy interiors are the most striking and delicious for a baked brie.

An image of brie with figs and walnuts, drenched in honey on a white plate.

And if you cannot find fresh figs because they aren't in season, you could absolutely substitute fig jam instead. It's just as delicious, just maybe not as lovely a presentation as the fresh figs are.

Then there are the California walnuts. Oh how I love walnuts. They have such a fantastic taste and crunch!

And incredibly, 99% of U.S. walnuts are grown in California's Central Valley, and three-quarters of the world walnut supply comes from California as well. So how could I not include a recipe highlighting California walnuts during California week?!

Finally, the honey component of this baked brie with figs, walnuts, and honey has a special connection for us because our close friends are actually bee farmers in the Sacramento area. It's their family business that has been passed down for generations and they have even taken us out to look at the hives in bee suits and everything.

The Millers were some of the first friends we made when we moved to California after graduating law school and even though we don't live close any more, we still make it a point to visit them as often as we can.

An image of a hand holding a slice of toasted baguette scooping up melted baked brie cheese with figs, walnuts, and honey.

Baked Brie Variations

Brie is such a perfect canvas for experimenting with flavor combinations. It's a great thing to have on hand through the holiday season because you can pull a wheel of brie out of the fridge and top it with any of the following items, many of which are pantry staples, and serve it with crackers or fruit and have an effortless, impressive appetizer for guests that is virtually no stress for you.

I like to think about combining textures (melty & crunchy) and flavors (sweet & salty or savory) when deciding on how to top a round of brie. Here are some other delicious baked brie variations to get you thinking:

  • maple syrup & pecans
  • cranberry chutney & pistachios
  • any type of berry jam or compote, like strawberry, blueberry or blackberry
  • apple pie filling & granola
  • sauteed prosciutto cubes & peaches
  • artichokes, pesto & sun-dried tomatoes
  • strawberries & honey
  • bacon jam & sliced pears
  • red pepper jelly & water chestnuts

What is your favorite easy appetizer to serve during the holidays? I would love to hear in the comments below!

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Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts, and Honey

5 from 2 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Uncategorized
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
When it comes to entertaining, this elegant Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts, and Honey is an easy-fancy appetizer that is perfect on crunchy apples or toasted baguette slices.  It's melty, sweet, and savory all in one, delicious bite!  


  • 8 ounce round of Brie cheese
  • 5 black mission figs cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • cup honey
  • Baguette slices for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Unwrap the brie and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or in a shallow baking dish that you could serve the cheese in like a pie plate (affiliate link).
  • Pile the figs and walnuts on top of the Brie and drizzle liberally with honey.
  • Cover loosely would aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is soft to the touch on the side of the rind.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate, then drizzle with additional honey and serve with sliced baguette or crackers.


Alternatively, if figs are not in season, you could just use ½ cup of fig jam in place of the fresh figs and honey.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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Reader questions and reviews

  1. Mary Lyons says:

    Do you cut the top rind off the cheese?

    1. Amy says:

      You can, but you don't have to. I usually do not.

  2. Jamie says:

    Could you use dried figs?  Fresh ones are hard to find where I live.

    1. Amy says:

      You sure could. They definitely have a different texture and I would chop them up first, but they would certainly work.

  3. Tina says:

    Can you warm up the leftovers

    1. Amy says:

      Yes you can reheat the baked brie in the microwave or oven but I would only reheat once. The cheese can start to get rubbery if reheated too many times.