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 Cups

All 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…
Thin slices of bread, Brie, and Granny Smith apple on a cutting boardAnnnd 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…
A slice of bread with sliced Brie and Granny Smith apple on top
Top it with your other slice…Sliced Brie and Granny Smith apple between two pieces of bread

Preheat your skillet to medium and place each sandwich in your skillet…Three Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches cooking in a skillet

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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Mar 22, 2013 4:08 pm

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

Mar 20, 2013 12:48 pm

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!

Mar 20, 2013 9:01 am

looks great!

Mar 20, 2013 7:40 am

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

Mar 20, 2013 7:28 am

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

Mar 20, 2013 7:25 am

Loving this grilled cheese! Especially with the saucy drizzle 🙂

Mar 19, 2013 11:56 pm

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

Mar 19, 2013 10:52 pm

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!

Mar 19, 2013 9:32 pm

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…

Mar 19, 2013 6:45 pm

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 🙂

Mar 19, 2013 6:09 pm

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

Mar 19, 2013 6:05 pm

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

Mar 19, 2013 5:40 pm

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.

Mar 19, 2013 4:24 pm

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! 🙂

Mar 19, 2013 4:08 pm

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…

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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