Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese

I know this is a departure from the norm.

I’m sorry I don’t have any cookie dough, sprinkles or peanut butter cups to share today…


But shocker, I actually eat other food.  Occasionally.


Is that disappointing to you?


Well, first just listen..just for a second.

This grilled cheese sandwich is pretty amazing.

And I’m not here to steer you in the wrong direction…promise.


Usually when we eat grilled cheese in my house it’s a few slices of American cheese melted between 2 buttery pieces of bread.  Totally regular, nothing fancy and yes, also delicious.

But I saw this idea in the new issue of Food Network Magazine and decided I needed to up my grilled cheese game…at least once.


And I’ll tell you, it was kind of magic.

While Brie may seem fancy, it’s not really.  It’s just a cheese, y’all.  Just like they say actors are regular people… ok, that was a bad analogy.  We all know they aren’t.


Brie is more like a really APPROACHABLE actor…like Drew Barrymore.  Does that even make sense?  I’m also sorry I just compared Drew Barrymore to cheese, that’s totally not what I mean…I love her.  Anyway, this whole thing just got weird.

What I mean is, Brie may sound fancy, but it’s just sitting there at the supermarket…waiting to be eaten.  Not fancy, just fancy sounding…

Gah…what am i SAYING? Just try it.  Geez.


It’s a Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese…it’s sweet and savory and buttery and perfect.  And I think you should drizzle caramel all over it.  Or dunk it…Yeah, dunk it.

Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Drizzle | Cookies and CupsAll you need is a baguette, an apple, some Brie and butter, of course.

And don’t forget caramel sauce.  Or dulce de leche….that would be good.


Slice your baguette on the diagonal, slice you apples fairly thin, and slice your cheese…
 photo IMG_7788_zps0c9be3ce.jpgAnnnd here’s where I prove how very unsophisticated I am…
I had no idea if I should eat the rind of the Brie.

I asked my old pal Google and he said, yes, indeed, you can (and should) eat the rind. That it is actually the best part.  So I tried it. And proving how again how un-fancy I am, I hated it and cut it off. Sorry, cheese people.  Cheese rinds and me don’t jive.


I like to butter my bread before I fry the grilled cheese, rather than melt the butter in the pan. It’s just me being a control freak about how evenly each bread gets buttered.

So I buttered my bread, and then assembled my sandwiches using 2 slices of cheese and 2 slices of apple…
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Top it with your other slice…
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Preheat your skillet to medium and place each sandwich in your skillet…
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Lightly toast each sandwich on each side, gently pressing the sandwich down so the cheese melts everything together.
You can also cover the skillet with a lid to help melt the cheese.

Flip the sandwich and press down lightly until both sides are browned.

That’s it!

And like I said…caramel sauce. And if you’re feeling extra EXTRA, sprinkle a little sea salt on there.
Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Drizzle | Cookies and Cups



Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese


  • Baguette, sliced on the diagonal
  • Brie, sliced thinly
  • Granny Smith Apple, sliced thinly
  • butter
  • *optional ~ caramel sauce for drizzle or dunking
  • *optional ~ sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Butter one side of each of the bread slices.
  2. Heat skillet to medium.
  3. Assemble sandwiches, with 2 slices of cheese and 2 slices of apple on each.
  4. Place them in the skillet for approx 4 minutes on each side, until browned. You can also cover the skillet to help the cheese melt. Press down lightly with spatula to help sandwich stay together.
  5. If you notice the bread browning too fast, lower temperature.
  6. Flip sandwich and cook on both sides.
  7. Serve immediately with caramel sauce.


recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine


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Oh, that pretty much looks perfect to me. Look at that crisp bread!! Yum.


I’m with you on the brie rind. Unless I wrap it up in dough and bake it, I cut the rind off. Looking forward to trying this sandwich out!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

This is making my mouth water! Looks delicious!!


Looks amazing and, hey, with the caramel on top it’s practically business as usual for you! 😉 Maybe I will have to try brie.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

I mean, I love cookies, but I LOOOOOOOVE cheese. So, yeah, I’m a happy guy right now.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

YUM!! This sounds freaking awesome!


Amazing! I have always thought of Brie as a fancy cheese too. Maybe I will give it a chance!


Looks perfectly amazing! 🙂

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Girl! Brie and apple grilled cheese is the only kind I want! If you ever trek to Northwest Arkansas, there’s a grilled cheese shop there (Hammontrees) and my FAV on the menu is a grilled cheese with brie, grilled apples, and fig compote. Its AHmazing! Love you for reminding me how much I love it!

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Im so glad to hear Brie is like Drew Barrymore. I cant wait to try this now 😉 I love that you used little slices of baguettes! So awesome!


I agree with the rind…yuck. 🙂 This looks absolutely fantastic!!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

I butter the bread for grilled cheese too. I used to think Brie was too fancy for me too – and I totally don’t like the rind. But I love the rest of it! The restaurant next to our house makes a “Thanksgiving” sandwich with turkey, brie, and cranberry relish. I can only imagine that this is at least as good, if not a thousand times better than that!

Diane {Created by Diane}

This is YELLING at me to make it, all my favorites! LOVE it 🙂


This looks delicious! Please feel free to depart from cookie dough and sprinkles any time it strikes your fancy.


No apology necessary! I have everything to make these, but never would have thought to! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

Shiloh Barkley

You left the rind on. Why not cut it off? I have yet to enjoy brie because I don’t understand how I’m supposed to eat it.


Brie may be fancy (or not) but it’s one of my favorite cheeses! Especially when paired with sweetness in grilled cheese. Yum,

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

This looks amazing! I love all things cheesy, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried brie. I guess it just seems so classy and I don’t feel like I am good enough to eat it…

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I have a recipe in my cookbook for an apple and brie grilled cheese with PB! Glad to hear that Food Network did it…now it may not seem as goofy when the book comes out in June! 🙂


Looks delicious! I love apples on grilled cheese. Oh, and I am TOTALLY with you about the rind of Brie. I shudder even thinking of it…it’s like styrofoam. But I am not generally opposed to styrofoam food (I actually like rice cakes)…but that is CRUNCHY styrofoam, not sort of rubbery memory-foam nonsense. Ugh.

Deb Hathaway

Yum… The caramel drizzle is the ‘icing on the cake’.

Gloria @ Simply Gloria

This looks absolutely divine! What a treat this is … thank you for sharing! Anything you do is just amazing!


So, I have to say you’ve made 3/4s of the my favorite breakfast treat (I go with an omelet instead of a grilled cheese, but yum either way!). Might I suggest you get fancy and add some grilled leeks and/or some ham slices. Delish!
Thanks for stepping outside of the cookie dough, peanut butter cup box. Just don’t abandon it 🙂

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

You haven’t convinced me. It still looks fancy 🙂 When I make grilled cheese, I butter the pan and the bread. This is not a fault of mine…


I think is is awesome that you posted this! One it looks and sound freaking delicious! And it is fun to see what you do eat when your not eating cookies!


Um, I’m dying over this. Meaning…I would love a plateful right now!


Loving this grilled cheese! Especially with the saucy drizzle 🙂


Saw these on foodgawker….whoooooa, Nelly! Or should I say, Whooooa, Shelly! 🙂


Leave it to you to drizzle caramel on grilled cheese… LOVE IT!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

looks great!

I hate brie rind too! Ick! It’s the texture – it’s all hard and destroys the creamy texture of the brie, in my opinion. For all the posters who says brie is “too fancy” or they’re “not sure how to eat it”, try this: top a wheel of brie with sliced apples, a bit of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake it in the oven until it’s nice and melty and then DIG IN. Put some on a cracker, a slice of baguette, or however.. just get it in your mouth. You’ll never go back!

oh wow! I’ve never thought of doing this like a grilled cheese!! love this Shelly!