Mummy Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Serve this adorable mummy baked brie with dippers for a fun Halloween party appetizer! Flaky, cheesy, & comforting like classic baked brie in puff pastry, but with a festive Halloween twist. To make your own mummy brie appetizer, simply wrap a wheel of brie in strips of puff pastry—using black olives as eyes—then bake until golden brown. Spooky, satisfying, & simple enough to prep in 1 hour (or less)!
For another spooky party dip idea, try my easy Halloween 7-Layer Bean Dip with a spider web on top!
The Basics of Baked Brie
- What is brie & how does it taste? Brie is a soft cheese surrounded by a white rind, with a creamy texture and a rich, buttery, earthy flavor. The flavor of brie is often compared to the nutty, earthiness of sauteed mushrooms, but in a soft, silky cheese.
- Which type of brie is best for baking? Although there are many different types of brie, the best brie for baking is a younger variety that’s labeled “double cream.” Older “triple cream” brie cheeses tend to turn out runnier when baked and are more difficult to eat. For this mummy baked brie with puff pastry, I recommend choosing one of the cheaper options at your grocery store—it will honestly turn out just as delicious as a super-expensive wheel of brie!
- Should you cut the rind off of brie before baking? You don’t need to cut the rind off when making baked brie in puff pastry, and you can also leave it on when serving. The rind encases the cheese as it bakes and it’s totally edible, although you can hardly taste it after the brie is baked.
- How many people does a wheel of brie serve? Generally, an 8oz wheel of brie can serve 6-8 people or more, depending on how hungry they are and how much they like brie. Wrapped in flaky puff pastry and served with plenty of dippers, you could stretch this Halloween brie mummy to serve 10-12 or more!
Halloween Baked Brie Mummy Ingredients
- Frozen Puff Pastry. Using frozen puff pastry keeps this easy Halloween appetizer ultra-simple & convenient! And, this is a great recipe to use up any leftover puff pastry sheets, since they’re sold in packages of 2.
- Flour. All-purpose flour or otherwise, you’ll just need a floured surface for working with the puff pastry dough.
- Brie. You can make this mummy wrapped brie with any affordable wheel of brie from the grocery store. I recommend sticking with a smaller 8oz wheel for this brie mummy recipe, leaving the rind on it. (You can try baking a larger 16oz wheel of brie—you’ll likely just need more puff pastry & a longer bake time.)
- Mini Pepperoni. For my mummy’s eyes, I like to place 2 mini pepperonis down first, then add black olives on top, because I think it gives my mummy brie an extra spooky look! But the pepperonis are totally optional—so if you don’t have them at home, don’t worry about it.
- Olive Slices. With or without the mini pepperonis, you’ll need 2 black olive slices for your mummy’s eyes. (If you don’t want to use olives, you can substitute with something else like capers or mini tomato slices.)
- Ketchup or Hot Sauce. You’ll need just a few dots of a condiment to help ‘glue’ your mummy’s eyes onto the brie wheel.
- Egg Wash. Before baking your mummy brie in puff pastry, make sure to brush the pastry strips with egg wash so it will turn deliciously golden-brown in the oven! I just whisk an egg with a dash of milk, then brush it onto the pastry dough.
How long do I need to thaw frozen puff pastry before using it?
To make your mummy baked brie in puff pastry, you’ll need to let the sheet of frozen puff pastry thaw for 20-40 minutes. It needs to be soft enough to work with and cut into strips, but not so soft that it’s overly stretchy or falling apart. To avoid the puff pastry sticking or tearing, be sure to flour the surface you’re working on.
How to Make a Mummy Baked Brie Wrapped in Puff Pastry
- Thaw puff pastry. First, remove 1 frozen puff pastry sheet from the package and let it thaw on the counter for up to 20-40 minutes. (Don’t unroll the fully-frozen sheet—it may crack or break.)
- Cut pastry into strips. Once thawed, unroll the puff pastry sheet on a floured surface. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the puff pastry sheet crosswise into strips, ~¾-inch thick.
- Glue eyes onto mummy. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and place your wheel of brie onto it. Using ketchup or hot sauce as ‘glue,’ attach mini pepperonis (optional) and black olive slices onto the brie as eyes for your baked brie mummy.
- Wrap brie in puff pastry. With the eyes attached, use strips of puff pastry dough to wrap the brie wheel like a mummy. I recommend layering and crisscrossing the strips like true mummy ‘bandages!’ Wrap and tuck the strips all the way under the brie wheel to finish, trimming any excess from the ends of your puff pastry strips as needed.
- Brush with egg wash. Before baking, whisk an egg with a dash of milk, then brush it onto the puff pastry mummy wrappings.
- Bake brie mummy uncovered at 400°F for 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the brie is warmed through and the puff pastry is golden-brown!
Watch how I made this baked brie mummy in my Halloween Party Appetizers video!
How do you keep baked brie warm for a Halloween party?
When serving this baked brie mummy as part of a Halloween party food spread, it’s best to bake it right before you plan to serve it. If you’re traveling to the party, cover the baked brie loosely with foil to keep it warm—then re-warm if needed in an oven for a few minutes, or microwave for a few seconds. Once it’s on the serving table, your mummy baked brie can sit out for 4 hours or so. (If it’s not devoured long before then!)
Can I prepare baked brie in puff pastry ahead of time?
You can wrap brie in puff pastry around 1-2 days ahead of time, but it’s best to wait to bake the brie until the time of serving. To prep this mummy wrapped brie in advance, add the olive eyes and wrap the brie in puff pastry strips—but don’t add egg wash yet. Then, store the mummified brie wheel in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. When you’re getting ready to serve, brush the pastry strips with egg wash and bake your brie mummy as directed in the recipe.
What to Serve with Halloween Baked Brie
You can serve this mummified baked brie as its own platter with dippers, or as part of a larger charcuterie board for Halloween! Whichever route you choose, there are so many tasty dippers & spreads that pair well with brie:
- Crackers. Water crackers are a popular choice with brie, but I also love simple options like Triscuits and Wheat Thins.
- Breads. Baked brie is also tasty with toasted bread—those with thicker crusts work best, like a baguette or sourdough.
- Vegetables. Celery sticks and baby carrots are classic dippable veggies, or get creative with a whole rainbow of vegetables. You could even serve your baked brie mummy next to an entire Halloween vegetable tray for easy dipping!
- Fruit. Savory brie cheese pairs deliciously with all sorts of sweet fruits—like grapes, berries, apples, pears, apricots, figs, and cherries. Try some of your favorites!
- Jam & Jelly. A tried-and-true pairing with baked brie! Serve a jar (or a few) of whatever flavor of jam or jelly you’d like to enjoy with your puff pastry mummy.
Mummy Brie Wrapped in Puff Pastry
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (8.65oz), thawed 20-40 minutes
- ½ cup all-purpose flour, (enough to flour surface)
- 8 oz wheel of brie
- 2 mini pepperonis, (optional)
- 2 black olive slices
- ketchup or hot sauce, (as glue)
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp milk of choice
- celery sticks
- baby carrots
- whatever you like!
- Remove frozen puff pastry from package and thaw for 20-40 minutes at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- On a floured surface, unroll thawed puff pastry sheet and cut crosswise into strips (~¾-inch thick).
- Place brie wheel on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Add 2 mini pepperonis and black olive slices to create eyes on your mummy, using ketchup or hot sauce as glue.
- Use puff pastry strips to wrap the brie wheel like a mummy—layering and criss-crossing the strips, then wrapping them all the way under the brie wheel. (I trimmed some excess from the ends of my puff pastry strips so they tucked neatly under my brie wheel.)
- Separately, whisk together an egg and milk, then brush over puff pastry strips.
- Bake 20 minutes, until brie is warmed through and the pastry is golden-brown. Serve with dippers!