Baked Brie Bites in Phyllo Cups (Apple Butter & Bacon)

Easy baked brie phyllo cups are the perfect finger food appetizers. The sweet and salty combination of bacon and apple-butter make these bites a crowd pleaser! This 4-ingredient recipe is quick and simple to make and can be served at room temperature for brunch parties, showers, and cocktail parties. 

party scene with platter of phyllo cups filled with brie, apple butter and bacon overhead view

These baked brie appetizers have so much flavor you’ll want them for every occasion from happy hour to cocktail parties. In fact it’s one of my top appetizers for girls night in.

Best Baked Brie Bites

Why do I think this is the best recipe for brie bites? Because apple butter adds a unique flavorful spin on the classic brie and cranberry pairing, while bacon adds a little indulgence.

Its sweet and salty combo is hard to resist, while the creamy and crunchy texture is so satisfying.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy. They’re simple to prepare, and ready in less than 30 minutes!
  • Crowd favorite. This recipe is versatile enough for a fancy appetizer party or a casual brunch buffet. Serve them for elegant holiday parties, game day parties, or girls night in.
  • Versatile. As written, this recipe makes 15 appetizers, but you can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a larger crowd.
  • Bite size. Small finger foods are ideal on a buffet table, or passed around on a tray during a soiree.
  • Care free. These can be served at room temperature so there’s no need for keeping them cold or hot.
platter of mini phyllo shells appetizers

I served these at my ladies Christmas party and everyone LOVED them. They’re also great for breakfast bar ideas and spring ladies luncheons.

Serve them at baby and bridal showers. They make a terrific starter for almost any dinner party menu.


  • Phyllo cups. Buy phyllo dough pastry cups in the freezer section. They come in packages of 15, and most commonly found under the brand, Athens.
  • Brie. You can buy a cut wedge of brie in the cheese case, which might be the right amount for 15 appetizers. If you’re increasing the number, you can get an 8-ounce round of brie and cut off the rind.
  • Apple Butter. This smooth, rich topping can be found in the jelly aisle.
  • Bacon. Use about 4 slices for 15 bites, and increase as necessary. Oven fry the bacon to save time if you’re cooking more than four slices.


Serve these brie bites all year long, and simply change it up for the occasion or season. Just replace the apple butter with one of these brie topping ideas, and substitute the bacon for toasted nuts.

  • Fig jam
  • Orange marmalade
  • Cranberry sauce – great for Christmas and Thanksgiving entertaining
  • Raspberry jam
  • Strawberry jam
  • Peach jam
  • Apricot jam
  • Honey
  • Pepper jelly
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Lightly toasted almond slivers, rough chopped pecans, walnuts, or pistachios
three phyllo cup appetizers on plate with a bite taken

Expert Tips

  • Cook the bacon a day ahead to save time. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to assemble the appetizers.
  • You can actually cook the brie bites with the bacon on top, OR wait and add the bacon after removing from the oven.
  • When using other fruit toppings it’s best to use jam or preserves. Jelly lacks the consistency and texture for this recipe.


How do you keep phyllo cups from getting soggy?

After baking the cups, place them on a wire rack to cool. The air circulation helps them to set up and stay crisp.

Do you cut the top off brie before baking?

For these brie bites it’s best to remove the rind so you get the full flavor and melted texture of the cheese combined with the other ingredients.

party appetizer table overhead with hand grabbing a phyllo cup

More Recipes with Phyllo Shells

I love using this convenient ingredient for all sorts of appetizers and desserts. Add these recipes to your next party.

I urge you to try these baked brie bites in phyllo cups for your next appetizer party. They’re easy to make and everyone will love them.

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phyllo shells with brie, apple butter and bacon filling

Baked Brie Bites in Phyllo Cups

Yield: 15 appetizers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy baked brie party appetizers with 3 simple ingredients. A delicious combination of bacon, brie, & apple-butter make these popular finger foods for cocktail parties or girls night in.


  • 15 frozen filo cups
  • 1 wedge or round brie
  • 1 small jar apple-butter
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked crisp and crumbled)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Trim rind from brie, and cut a small thin square to fit inside each filo cup.
  3. Add a small dollop (about 1 teaspoon) of apple butter on top.
  4. Bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with crumbled bacon. 
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Cook bacon up to a day ahead, or start cooking it before you preheat the oven and assemble the shells. The bacon should be ready by the time the phyllo cups have heated through.

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