Nov 21, 2012

Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts



Baked brie in mini phyllo cups topped with craisins, walnuts and honey. Delicious bite-sized appetizers, perfect for the Holidays!

Someone gave me this idea last week after posting my mini pecan pies and I just loved it! You see I'm a huge fan of baked brie, so naturally creating baked brie a bit lighter with better portion control sounded very appealing to me.

Trader Joe's sells a light Brie which is what I used here, Presidente also carries one. For the topping, I thought using dried cranberries would be pretty for this time of year and I used honey as my glue to keep everything in place. And the taste? Just as good as the real thing, just be sure you don't eat the whole tray!


A wedge of brie would be enough to make two batches, so if you are serving a crowd, you can easily double this recipe.


Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 1 mini tart • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts 
Calories: 60 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 59 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz light brie, skin removed cut into (15) 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 tbsp craisins
  • 4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 15 Mini Phyllo Shells (Athens)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Combine craisins, chopped nuts and honey in a bowl and mix well.


Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with cheese (each piece of cheese weighs about 0.2 oz). Top with sticky craisin/nut mixture and bake 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

Serve immediately.

55 comments :

  1. I love these ingredients, can't wait to try this for an upcoming holiday party!

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  2. WOW! These look amazing, I am so trying this recipe!

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  3. I absolutely love this idea!!! Such a creative way to make it possible to enjoy a decadent dish with some moderation :)

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  4. Where can I find the mini phyllo cups?

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    1. They sell them in the supermarket in the freezer section.

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  5. So pretty! I found mini phyllo cups in the frozen pie section of our grocery store. They are great!

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  6. These are gorgeous! Phyllo dough is delicious too :)

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  7. These look like a delicious sweet + savory combo and perfect for the holidays!

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  8. Thanks for posting about the lite brie- always learning new stuff and LOVE BRIE!!

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  9. These look so yummey! I'm definitely trying this holiday season!

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  10. Looks wonderful! I love the little phyllo cups, they are so easy and adorable!! May you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  11. I will be making these for a dinner party Saturday. Great timing yesterday for posting this.
    Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family from a Canadian across the border. I am so grateful for all the hard work you put into this site and the wonderful recipes I have been able to make and share with others.

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  12. Can these be made ahead of time and served a few hours later, or should they be served immediately? I'd love to make these for our Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow!

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    1. I'm wondering the same. I'd like to bring them to a potluck, but if they're best served out of the oven then it's a no-go.

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    2. Nevermind, it says serve immediately!

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  13. Yummo! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. I made these for thanksgiving app today and they were my favorite thing I ate! I ate two more instead of desert! Even the non-Brie lovers approved!

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  15. FinderzKeepa11/23/12, 6:09 AM

    Wow....brie, cranberries, honey and nuts... all of my favourite foods in the same cup!
    This is going to be sooo good.

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  16. Lovely! I might trying using a little leftover cranberry sauce instead of the Craisins. And maybe a little laughing cow cheese for those who aren't brie fans. Have bookmarked to try soon.

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  17. I made this for Thanksgiving this year as an appetizer and passed it out to my family as we were cooking. It was a hit!!!

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  18. Mmm. I made these this afternoon. My husband and I loved them. I had brie for the first time just a few months ago. I loved it and couldn't believe I hadn't tried it sooner. This was my first time preparing a dish with it. This was super easy and turned out wonderful!

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    1. If you love Brie then you can google recipes for brie cheese! I did a brie/carmelized onion with apples over the thanksgiving holiday and it wa a hit. i used the pastry sheet instead of the cups, but jus recently did the cups with turkey bacon, scrambled eggs/brie cheese! G.L.& enjoy :)

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  19. These look amazing! One of my favorite things my mother used to make for me growing up was brie & raspberries in phyllo cups :) I can't wait to try this version for a holiday party

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  20. I have some goat cheese at home...I think I'll try that with this!

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  21. These were amazing. I made them flow a small dinner party and they were all gone in no time. My only recommendation would be to get the Brie close to room temperature before putting in the oven. No one could believe this was "light"! Thanks Gina.

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  22. LOVED the mini pecan pies recipe last week-took to thanksgiving dinner. They were delish even tho I forgot the vanilla! These look even easier to make - pretty holiday appetizers.

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  23. A great recipe, I have traveled all round the world but I have never seen something like this before. This can make the table attractive.

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  24. Hi Gina! Do you think I could make these and then transport them to a party, or are they best served straight out of the oven ? Thanks! -Jennifer

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  25. Ok, when I plan my holiday party - I'm coming here for food!

    What a great hand held taster!

    Monica
    http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com/

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  26. I have used tart cramberry sauce made with splenda on this and also a chopped spinach great at the holidays

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  27. Oh that looks so yummy, great, thanks for sharing this, i will surely try this.

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  28. I'm in the process of making these for a party I'm going to tonight. Yum...I'm excited about them! Just wanted to share that it's really easy to make your own phyllo cups...I just made some using this recipe and they turned out great: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/homemade-phyllo-cups/ (you don't need as much butter as she uses - just a light brushing).

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  29. If I wanted to bring these to a party, could I assemble them ahead of time and pop them in the oven at the party, or would the phyllo dough get soggy? Liz

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  30. Do you serve this warm, at room temp or cold???

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  31. These are deeeeeee-licious. We quadrupled the recipe for our Christmas cocktail party of 20 people, and all 60 were gone in no time. I prepared the nut topping early in the day and let it sit out, cut the brie into cubes and refrigerated. Just had to assemble and pop in the oven right before our party started! Tasted great when they cooled to room temp as well as hot out of the oven. These will become a staple for our parties of all sizes!

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  32. I made these for an appetizer for Christmas Eve and they were a huge hit. Making them again for an appetizer party. So good....

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  33. Another twist on this is use pepper jelly and toasted pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds on top. Yummo

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  34. Hi gina! Love the idea of this but I'm allergic to walnuts. What are your feelings on replacing the walnuts with sunflower seeds so it still has a crunch?

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  35. I've made these a few times now...a hit every time!! Bringing them to a wine tasting party tonight! I've been doing the pre-bake as mentioned on the box of mini shells suggests for extra crunch...I highly recommend! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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  36. These are AMAZING!! I made them for a family get together so I doubled the recipe and there was a coin flip to see who got the last one! Gina, you have made eating healthy and staying on plan easy. My family and I thank you so much for all the hard work you put into providing these tasty recipes.

    PS: I am married to a Puerto Rican and he loves the Carribean recipes. Thanks so much!

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  37. I really want to make these but can't get mini Phyllo cups here in Spain...I was thinking I could use puff pastry but am not sure about the form; should I try and make one big one and cut it into pieces? Or? I have a dinner party coming up and would love to use this as an appetizer. Love your website, btw!!

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  38. These were SO easy! I made these as a last minute appetizer and they were a huge hit. I'm not exactly sure the difference, but I used the Laughing Cow Light Brie and 3 ounces of their cheese is 3 triangle pieces. I used just 2 triangles and divided them amongst the 15 cups and it was plenty, so I'm thinking the ones I made might have had a slightly lower calorie count. I will definitely be making these again. What a great idea, thank you Gina! :)

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  39. The first time I comment and I screwed up.

    I made these (well, kinda) today. I made the cups myself with 4 layers of phyllo each and butter in between them. I baked them for about 5 minutes. In the meantime I combined craisins, sliced almonds and since honey is too sweet for me I added a dash of pomegranate-cranberry juice. I took out the shells from the oven, added a tiny cube of brie and a spoonful of the almond mixture and baked for 10 more minutes and I turned the oven off. They were a hit! Thanks for the recipe Gina, you make me look like I actually know how to cook.

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  40. Thank you so much for THIS recipe along with all the recipes you compiled under "Appetizers" - I have been searching for healthy hors d'oeuvres for my graduation party next week and I plan on recreating SO many of these recipes, including the guacamole deviled eggs and buffalo cauliflower... brilliant! Thanks again, huge fan of Skinny Taste - my go-to food blog.

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  41. Amazing recipe for Sunday Funday!!! Thank you so much for sharing this gem. I am making mine tomorrow with dried cherries.

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  42. I typically make these but top them with either red pepper jelly or peach preserves. Love this twist on it. Will be making this tonight for my girlfriends!

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  43. This is my new favorite food blog! Thanks for the recipe... can't wait to try it this week.

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  44. Gina, finally was able to print yay!!!!!!!!! Trying this recipe for Christmas! or sooner. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

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  45. Oh stop it! These are absolutely DELICIOUS. Thank you for another great recipe!

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  46. I made these with lite cream cheese that someone else had suggested instead of the brie. They were awesome! They have helped me stay on track while cooking for Thanksgiving. The BEST two points I have had in a while. And much healthier than any of those snacks in a bag you can buy at the store. So easy to make and I will make this recipe again and again, as I do almost all of the recipes I use from your website. Thank you, once again, Gina!

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  47. Made these for Thanksgiving and they were a hit! So much so that I had to brave the grocery today just to get more cups so I could serve them again tonight! Best part....no one knows they're "skinny"...Lol!

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  48. Make these for a Christmas Eve get together and they were a huge hit!! Thanks for another delish recipe Gina!!

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  49. To answer the question I read several times in the comments and that I also had, these do not need to be eaten immediately, in fact they are delicious the next day! I took them to a party yesterday and they were cold by the time we started to have appetizers. Several people commented on how good they were, they didn't know who had made them. A real hit! I've also made the pecan filling and they are just as delicious.

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  50. So the Phyllo cup does not get soggy if I prepare it ahead of time? I am just concerned because I am hosting a party saturday night and wanted to prepare them tonight.

    Thanks!

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