I guess it isn’t so out-of-place during the holiday season, but the other day, I started thinking about friendships.

Since the age of 17, I have been living in separations from all my best friends.  Some, separated by lands, but most, by oceans.  And even if when old ones came, or when new ones were made, soon after, was another almost destined departure.  After a certain number of years, I got used to the danger of not having any, and the jealousy for those who do.

So this year, when the question of “edible gift” came, I started thinking about what I’d wish I could give.  If you are one of those lucky humans who enjoys close proximity of friendships, I think you should tell them, “I’m so glad I’m not too far away to give you this”.  Whole mini brie and jam wrapped in flaky, buttery pie-pastry.  Just like and therefore perfect for those whom this is made for, it doesn’t travel far.  It’s time and temperature-sensitive.  It’s warm, sweet, gooey and most importantly, immediate.

To close friends, in heart, and in distance.  Happy holidays.




Yield: 4


  • 2 cups (290 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 14 tbsp (200 grams) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (119 grams) ice-cold water
  • 4 whole mini brie
  • 12 tbsp raspberry jam, or other jams you prefer


  1. Cut unsalted butter into small chunks. In a large bowl or food-processor bowl, combine flour, unsalted butter, light brown sugar and salt. Cut with a pastry-cutter or pulse the food-processor until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of peas. Then slowly add in the ice-cold water, 1/8 cup at a time, and mix with your hands or pulse (*as little as possible*) the food-processor until the mixture comes together as a dough. Adjust with 1 more tbsp of ice-cold water if needed.
  2. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equal portions. Plastic-wrap and set aside in the fridge. Meanwhile, remove the top and bottom rind of the mini brie (*this would be much easier if the brie is very cold*). Roll 1 portion of the dough out on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4" (0.5 cm) thick. Add 3 tbsp of jam in the middle, then place a mini brie on top. Fold the dough over to enclose, removing excess dough if needed and pinch the opening tightly together. Turn it over with the seam-side down then plastic-wrap, and set aside in fridge. Repeat with the other 3. Keep the pies chilled.
  3. To bake, preheat the oven on 400F/200C. Brush all surface of the pie with egg-wash (including the bottom), then bake for 25 min until golden browned. The pie may warp a little because there's no support but no big deal. If the bottom of your pie doesn't brown sufficiently, place the pan directly on the bottom of the oven for the last 5 min. Serve immediately
  4. Wrap the mini brie + jam pie in parchment paper with a nice note, with simple baking directions. Your friends will love you.


Update 2014/12/25: The pie can be chilled in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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  • ihath

    December 21, 2014 at 7:28 AM Reply


  • Summer

    December 21, 2014 at 7:28 AM Reply

    This is a great idea. You could do so many different variations! And I love that you removed the rind from the brie.

  • Monique

    December 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM Reply

    It’s a lovely post.
    I like to give baked goods to one particular lady who is in her 80’s and does not bake or cook as much as she used to.
    Just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your great posts..the photos..the recipes..
    A treat..always.
    Happy Holidays to you.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    December 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM Reply

    This is definitely the kind of edible gift I would want! Yum!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    December 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM Reply

    Merry Christmas and many home wrapped cookie boxes to you Mandy! This is such a touching passage on the meaning of friendship to the once lonely. This looks so delicious!

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

    December 21, 2014 at 6:39 PM Reply

    This is wonderful! I’m a sucker for anything brie. Happy holidays to you, Mandy! xx

  • Karishma

    December 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM Reply

    These are so cute, this is absolutely my favorite way to eat baked brie :)

    I loved your story about your friendships; the fact that you’re still friends with them over oceans is a true testament to how strong they are!

  • cynthia

    December 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM Reply

    So much love for you and these beautiful little gifts — so unique and creative! Such a touching post, Mandy <3 Happy holidays to you!

  • Millie | Add A Little

    December 22, 2014 at 3:42 AM Reply

    What a wonderful gift! I’m sure these would be a great party appetiser too!

  • Jill

    December 22, 2014 at 3:59 AM Reply

    Lovely post! I’m somewhere in the middle of where you are, some friends close, others not so much. My experience is nothing goes quicker as an appie than some gooey Brie, crisp crackers, and an assortment of jams and jellies. This looks divine!

  • kiki

    December 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM Reply

    Ingenius! So festive, will give it a try! x

  • Jeff

    December 25, 2014 at 1:47 AM Reply

    Do you bake the brie before wrapping it?

  • Jeff

    December 25, 2014 at 2:32 AM Reply

    Oh, I mean, did you baked the pastry wrapped brie before you wrap it in parchment paper?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM Reply

      Jeff: Nope. Just keep it chilled and baked it right before serving.

  • ellie | fit for the soul

    December 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM Reply

    I think I am officially feeling gluttonous right now…..I’m not hungry but man do I NEED this pie now..! How beautiful and clever, seriously!!!!! ^_^

  • Rebekka

    January 2, 2015 at 10:48 PM Reply

    Oh, how I wish I had found this before Christmas…what an amazing gift idea!!!

  • Lori

    January 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM Reply

    Goodness, I’m in love!

  • Ginna

    December 18, 2016 at 3:59 AM Reply

    What size or weight brie did you use?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 18, 2016 at 8:27 PM Reply

      Ginna, sorry I’m not sure I remember… but it was the smallest, almost mini size from the supermarket

  • betty

    December 25, 2017 at 4:30 AM Reply

    Hi, Did you bake it wrapped in parchment with the twine?

  • Lucy

    October 26, 2018 at 8:09 PM Reply

    Hi Mandy, once made up can these be freezed?

  • Natalie

    November 24, 2018 at 4:06 AM Reply

    Can you use honey instead of jam?

  • Kristen metzger

    January 23, 2020 at 11:24 AM Reply

    This is delightful! Do you gift it baked or unbaked? Also, have you tried honey instead of jam?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 23, 2020 at 12:52 PM Reply

      Kristen, you give it unbaked and COLD, and they have to keep it in the fridge. Hone is fine too.

  • Angie Ryan

    November 21, 2021 at 10:35 PM Reply

    Just stumbled upon this recipe and immediately made it. I devoured the entire thing! It is amazing.

    I would like to gift these to my besties this Holiday. How long can they hold it in their fridge after I gift it?

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