35 Easy Pastry Recipes You Can Make at Home

Forget overnight oats and smoothie bowls and make your morning a little brighter with these easy breakfast pastries!

Sweet or savory, chocolate or cheese, I know you’ll love them all.

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My morning coffee is always better when there’s a flaky pastry beside it.

Sure, it’s not the most nutritious breakfast option, but you deserve a sinful treat from time to time.

And from buttery cinnamon rolls to savory ham and egg croissants, these breakfast pastries are wonderfully decadent.

So, bookmark this list for when you’re in the mood to indulge!

Waking up to a warm, rich cup of coffee is a great way to start the day. Even better? When there’s an equally delicious pastry to accompany it, like a cinnamon-sugar churro, flaky croissant, or a buttery cinnamon roll. Read on for all of those recipes and even more breakfast pastries to enjoy with your coffee.

Cinnamon-Sugar Churros with Cajeta

Churros require a relatively stiff batter to help them hold their ridged shape, leaving plenty of nooks for cinnamon sugar. To prevent blowouts while piping the batter, be sure to double-line the pastry bags, which will also give you more control.

Croissant is French for “crescent,” but the pastry’s shape doesn’t always match its name. Croissants au beurre, or butter croissants, are often rolled straight, since croissants ordinaire, made with margarine, are required by French law to be turned in like a crescent moon. Use a ruler when cutting the dough to ensure evenly sized croissants.

Almond and Plum Snack Cake

This snack cake catches the eye with its ripe red plums, toasted almonds, and glistening sugary crust, but the tender cake hidden underneath is the real star. The moist cake has a tight crumb, but a trio of butter, sour cream, and chunks of thick, sweet almond paste make it exceptionally tender.

Cherry and Cream Cheese Kolaches

These kolaches are filled with homemade cherry filling, but you can also use any jam you have on hand.

The secret to making doughnuts at home is in the dough: Retarding the shaped donuts allows a more complex, yeasty flavor to develop. The meringue filling is marshmallowy in texture; use an intense, robust, high-quality maple syrup to ensure lots of maple flavor.

Miso Caramel-Apple Danish

This riff on the classic Danish stars a sweet and savory tango of buttery miso-enriched caramel brushed over wafer-thin slices of apple. See our full step-by-step guide to making Miso Caramel-Apple Danish here.

New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets

Chef David Kinch playfully combines two New Orleans classics: chicory coffee and beignets.

Fluffy, Buttery Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe yields 48 mini cinnamon rolls, drizzled with a simple glaze made of powdered sugar, half-and-half, and cinnamon.

Double Lemon Scones

Lemon–poppy seed cake meets scones in this delightful recipe from F&W Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple.

Let’s be real: French pastries are equally sinfully delicious and impossible to make. Or not? We have some baking recipes that will make your inner David Lebovitz shine. In most cases, you will need a little patience, a little bit of handiwork and a whole lot of butter. Get your pastry chef gear ready and let’s get this French party started, maintenant.

We Love These French Pastries

Easy Palmier Cookie

We love that these French pastries are basically like extra fancy cinnamon rolls. You only need a few ingredients (cinnamon, sugar, puff pastry, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to be precise) and you’re good as gold. (via Brit + Co)

Dominique Ansel’s Mini Madeleines

You’ll want to plan ahead for these tasty bites since the dough needs to rest overnight. But once you’re ready to bake, they only take four minutes in the oven, which happens to be the perfect amount of time to change into your pajamas for a Netflix sesh. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. (via Brit + Co)


Meet your new secret weapon for dinner parties. Vol-au-vents are heavenly pastry pockets that take in just about any filling, sweet or savory. We love the look (probably the taste, too!) of a deconstructed asparagus scramble. (via Cannelle et Vanille)

Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast

We’re pretty sure croissants are one of the best things France ever gave us. This take on the French pastry turns your go-to croissants into French toast — with plenty of strawberries, cream, and jam on top. (via Brit + Co)

Pain Aux Raisins

The cinnamon roll’s French cousin is, like all things French, a little more sophisticated and not afraid of butter. (via Tish Boyle)

French Pastries We Can’t Wait To Make This Weekend

Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie

We love puff pastry and brie cheese on their own, but put them together and you have a sweet and rich snack that will not disappoint. A handful of hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey round out the flavors. (via Brit + Co)

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Once you master the delicate art of working the egg whites just right, you’ll be ready to wow your friends with a sleek rainbow batch. (via Erecipe)

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You’ll see them most often in the dessert menu, but galettes can hold savory ingredients, too. These versatile round flaky pancakes of sorts create a stunning presentation time and time again. (via Snixy Kitchen)


It translates to “thousand layers,” but fear not, you won’t need to work that hard. This modern take features berries and citrusy yuzu cream. (via Oh How Civilized)

Make These French Pastries For All Your Summer Brunches

DIY French Crepes

There are a ton of ways you can customize crepes once you get the hang of them. This recipe uses pancetta, ricotta, and greens, but you can also go with ham and cheese, fruit and chocolate, or jam and sugar. There are so many options that you’ll never get tired of these French pastries! (via A Spicy Perspective)

Red Wine Chocolate Macarons

Usually we like to enjoy a glass of wine with our dessert, but why not just combine the two? The star of the show here is definitely the creamy, red wine + chocolate ganache inside the cookies. We’re pretty sure you’ll want to lick the bowl once you’re done. (via Barley & Sage)

Pain Au Chocolat

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Bring the aromas of your favorite bakery home with our pastry recipes. If you’re a beginner, don’t be intimidated. Pastry dishes always start with a dough consisting of flour, water, and solid fat (which can be shortening, butter, or lard). Some common examples include pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, Danishes, and scones. Here’s a handful of our favorite recipes, including some easy shortcuts, such as frozen puff pastry or refrigerated piecrust.

Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries

Attention blueberry-lovers: These flaky breakfast pastries are full of your favorite bite-size berries. Give them a spread made with cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice for a sweet-tart kickoff to the day.

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

We’re letting you in on the secret ingredient to the most fluffy, delicious cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste—potatoes. That’s right, this top-rated recipe from our Test Kitchen uses mashed potatoes to achieve the ultimate soft, pillowy rolls you know and love.

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Layers of light and flaky puff pastry sheets, spiced apple slices, and cream cheese fill this Danish pastry recipe. Save yourself some prep time and skip a step by substituting canned apple pie filling for the spiced apples.

Almond and Vanilla Bean Scones

These rich, moist scones get their incredible flavor from almond extract and vanilla-bean paste. To ease cutting the pastry dough, cover it with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes before slicing. You can also freeze the dough up to two months for delicious homemade pastries at a moment’s notice.

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Cream Cheese Danishes

The key to creating a flaky pastry, like this classic Danish, is all about the puff pastry. Luckily, the frozen version at your grocery store is delicious, and definitely worth buying as a shortcut. Top this easy breakfast recipe with your favorite fruit preserves.

Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart

This delicious pastry recipe is a showstopping brunch treat or dessert that only looks complicated. It takes a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time to get this sweet and tangy tart together. The candied lemons are also easy to make and are an impressive topper.

Make easy work of these sweet pastries—a plastic bag quickly pipes a homemade chocolate filling into purchased cannoli shells. Look for the shells at Italian grocery stores and larger supermarkets.

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Here our homemade strawberry jam is infused with cardamom for a zesty take. Stuffed inside a flaky pastry and drizzled with powdered sugar icing, this is a breakfast recipe that’s sweet enough for dessert.

Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

Add some nutty flavor to your dough with toasted pecans. Blood oranges make a tangy filling and beautiful presentation. Just remove the white pith from the citrus, as it tends to have a bitter taste.

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Stuffed Churro Puffs

Some flavors were just meant to be paired, such as the dulce de leche that stuffs these churro-inspired cream puffs. If you’ve never made choux pastry, watch our video to show you how easy it is to make from scratch.

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Serve these delicious apple pastry bars to really win over the breakfast guests. You’ll love that the recipe can make 32 bars, and they’ll love the crunch of the hidden layer of cornflakes.

This classic pastry recipe from the 1953 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book is our favorite. We’ve updated the donuts to use butter (and more of it) instead of shortening, but kept its classic cinnamon-nutmeg spice.

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French Market Beignets

Originally developed in New Orleans, these elegant, fried French pastries are dusted with a generous coating of powdered sugar. Fun fact: The word “beignet” is actually French for “fritter.”

Start with purchased crescent roll dough to make these tender, rich pastries in just 35 minutes. A dark filling of almond paste and chocolate makes these treats bakery-worthy.

Pretty much anywhere you could travel to will have their own variety of region-specific pastries that they’ve been known for for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. French pastries are some of the most well-known, and we’ve got recipes for all the classics here. Well-laminated dough (meaning it has had butter folded into it several times) is a lengthy, multi-day process, so we’ve admittedly taken some shortcuts to make some of them more achievable at home. Check out our shortcut croissants, macarons, madeleines, beignets, and profiteroles. Looking to expand your pastry knowledge? Try our Middle Eastern ma’amoul cookies, our Italian zeppole, our Jewish sufganiyot, our Mexican concha, our Japanese mochi, or our Chinese mooncakes. Remember—pastry chefs can take years to master these recipes, so if yours don’t turn out perfectly the first time, don’t stress! Pastries are as much about the process as they are about the end result, so enjoy the journey.

And don’t think it’s just sweets. Traditional pastry methods can translate to some very tasty savory options too, like Indian samosas, Turkish borek-inspired scrunch bread, Jewish potato knish, Greek spanakopita, and Chinese baozi (steamed buns). The great thing about these recipes is that once you’ve got their basic concept down, you can get as creative as you like with the fillings.

Want more dessert inspiration? Check out our favorite cookie recipes, our favorite pies, and our top dessert bars too.

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Homemade Samosas

We almost never order Indian food without getting some samosas along with it, and good news: They aren’t hard to make at home! The spiced potato filling is quick and easy, and the dough comes together fast using melted ghee. The crust is sturdy, but still fries up extra crisp and shatter-y. 😍

Get the Homemade Samosas recipe.

A danish is a type of laminated dough—in other words, dough that has had butter folded into it several times—but to help make the process a little more straightforward, we borrow from our croissant recipe, which relies on a “rough” puff pastry. These have warm, buttery, flaky layers and a just-sweet-enough cream cheese filling that make the effort SO worth it.

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Spanakopita Spinach Pies

Spanakopita is a popular savory Greek spinach pie frequently served as cut pieces from a whole slab pie, but we made individual pockets to save you the waiting time between baking, cooling, then slicing. As soon as they pop out of the oven, they’re ready to be plated and devoured by your hungry guests, no knives necessary.

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Walnut and Pistachio Baklava

Sticky and rich, baklava is a Turkish and Greek dessert made of layered sheets of phyllo dough, nuts, spices, sugar, and/or honey. Our version uses walnuts and pistachios, but feel free to use whichever nuts you like the most.

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Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)

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Mochi is a sweet, chewy rice pastry that hails from Japan. Traditionally made from cooked and pounded rice, mochi are also easily made with rice flour. Here, each ball is filled with a sweet red bean paste, but you’re just as likely to see ice cream, a matcha green tea filling, or black sesame paste inside mochi.

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Potato Knishes

Brought to the city by Eastern European (mostly Ashkenazi Jewish) immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, knishes quickly rose in popularity among working class New Yorkers. These hearty pastries—mashed potatoes, studded with bits of caramelized onion, enveloped in a thin crust—accomplished three things very well. They were delicious, they were filling, and they were extremely cheap. Now you can make them at home!

Get the Potato Knishes recipe.

Cheesy Beef Empanadas

This filling is loosely based on a very traditional Mexican (top-secret!) recipe. It’s delicious as is, but if you want to give it even more pizzaz, we highly recommend adding a splash of red wine vinegar, finely chopped capers and green olives, and a good squeeze yellow mustard. Once you’ve got the pastry down, you can pretty much stuff them with anything!

Get the Cheesy Beef Empanadas recipe.

Easy French Macarons

These delicate French pastries are somehow simultaneously crispy, chewy, soft, and light as air. This makes them the perfect blank canvas for creative flavors and colors. Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature to achieve the greatest success.

Get the Easy French Macarons recipe.

Galette De Rois

While king cake is made of a yeasted dough rolled with a cinnamon sugar filling, galette de rois is made of puff pastry sheets filled with almond frangipane and jam. Prior to baking, the puff pastry is scored and egg washed, giving the final pastry a beautiful golden hue.

Get the Galette De Rois recipe.

Tarte Tatin

This classic tart construction relies on fruit being laid over caramel, then topped with puff pastry. The caramel might be a little tricky, but we promise going low and slow and resisting the urge to stir is the way to make sure that you have the perfect caramelized bottom.

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Fruit Tart

The mascarpone filling is light, slightly tart, and just sweet enough to pair well with the apricot preserve-glazed fruit of your choice. Bonus: The shortbread-like crust here gets pressed in rather than rolled out, which makes it no-fuss and stress-free.

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If you’re new to cooking with puff pastry, or just need some new recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve compiled this list of easy Puff Pastry Recipes for you to bake, and you’re going to be amazed by the variety of things your can make with it.

You’ll find both sweet treats for breakfast and dessert, as well as savory puff pastry appetizers and mains.

We’re starting this list of Puff Pastry Recipes with this Baked Brie in Puff Pastry. It’s an incredible holiday appetizer with brie topped with cranberry sauce, craisins and pecans, wrapped in a puff pastry and baked.

Beef Wellington is a decadent meal made to impress! Beef tenderloin is covered in finely chopped mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, then roasted.

This is a great centerpiece for a holiday or special occasion.

Here’s another party appetizer your guests will go wild for. Ham, cheese and Dijon mustard are rolled up in puff pastry, then baked. It can’t get much easier than that!

Here’s a super easy dessert that looks really impressive. The puff pastry is filled with a ricotta cream filling and topped with fresh berries. Great summertime puff pastry recipe.

These are cinnamon rolls taken to the next level! They are very easy to make using store bought pastry dough, and end up buttery, flaky and delicious.

These Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Bites are going to be a hit at your next get together. They seem like a really fancy appetizer, but they only require 4 ingredients!

Empanadas are one of the tastiest handheld meals you will ever eat. Picadillo is stuffed inside a pastry shell, which is fried crisp.

They’re great for lunch, or just snacking on any time.

These Pesto Parmesan Cheese Straws are a fun snack or appetizer. They also taste great and are easy to make.

Puff Pastry Baked Eggs are a really unique breakfast or brunch. Eggs, veggies and cheese are baked inside puff pastry cups. These are perfect for holidays.

These Easy Apple Turnovers are classic handheld sweet treat. Skip the store bought ones, you’ll be amazed how good these are fresh out of the oven.

These Artichoke Gouda Tarts are way too good. They’re cheesy and savory, loaded with fresh herbs. This will become one of your favorite lunches.

Everybody loves comfort food, and this beef pot pie is the perfect definition of comfort food. The beef is super tender and deeply flavored, and the meat is sure to melt right in your mouth.

It’s also filled with vegetables that complement the beef flavors wonderfully, to complete the pot pie.

Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Bundles make great appetizers for special occasions. They’re easy and tasty, and they look great!

When you are craving classic comfort food, an easy Skillet Chicken Pot is pure perfection! Using a few shortcuts, including ready made puff pastry, you can have this on the table in about 45 minutes.

A galette is a French dish similar to a pie or tart. This summery version has heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh herbs. It’s one of our favorite puff pastry recipes.

These easy Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries are so tasty and look fun, too! Serve these up at your next get together for some sure wows!

These Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites a great appetizer for the holiday season. Your guests will surely be impressed.

We love this Spinach Ricotta Brunch Bake casserole! It’s loaded with lots of tasty ingredients like bacon, cheddar cheese and red peppers. Perfect way to start your day!

This Mushroom Tart with Puff Pastry is a great lunch or meatless dinner option. It’s kind of like a pizza, but with puff pastry as the crust.

If you love the taste of buffalo wings, wait till you try these pastry puffs! It has all the flavors you expect, including hot sauce and blue cheese, in a fun tart form.

These Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pastries are one of our favorite appetizers. They look so elegant, but are so easy to make.

These tasty little bites are topped with roasted tomatoes and gruyere cheese. It’s a great flavor combination!

When fresh, sweet peaches are in season, you have to try this Peaches and Cream Strudel. It’s an amazing dessert, and is great served hot with vanilla ice cream.

For an easy and filling snack or lunch, this Chicken and Spinach in Puff Pastry recipe is sure to be a hit. They only need six ingredients, and taste great!

This Asparagus Tart is a real treat when asparagus are in season.

The flavors of asparagus, ricotta cheese and buttery puff pastry compliment each other perfectly.

Here’s your new favorite holiday time appetizer. Creamy brie, tart fresh cranberries and a touch of fresh thyme make for delicious handheld treats all your guests will love.

Sometimes you just want to make a recipe without needing to gather a bunch of new ingredients, and not have to cook things you aren’t familiar with. This leftover turkey pot pie uses leftovers and ingredients you’ll already have, so you don’t need to shop.

Give everyone’s top game day food a unique twist with these Buffalo Chicken Salad Pastry Puffs. They taste great and are super easy to make.

This Greek and Turkish dessert just screams decadent. Flaky phyllo layered with a ground mixture of nuts and spices and drenched with plenty of honey and melted butter. This is pure rich deliciousness!

We love the flavors and textures in these easy Blueberry Almond Tarts. They’re tasty little treats that are perfect for summer.

Made in about minutes, this super tasty Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish is a great make ahead breakfast. Your whole family is going to love it!

This Apple Galette is an elegant looking French version of apple pie. It tastes amazing, and will get you plenty of wow’s when you present it.

Cronuts are a combination of doughnuts and croissants. This one is topped with a dulche de leche glaze, and tastes amazing!

We’re wrapping up this list of puff pastry recipes with the perfect centerpiece for your holiday appetizer spread. This Pesto Puff Pastry Wreath is as impressive to look at as it is delicious!

So there you go, thirty five great puff pastry recipes. Which one will become your summer favorite?

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Who says you can’t have dessert with breakfast? Not us! These easy pastry recipes take less than 15 minutes to prep and are the perfect excuse to indulge in the morning.

While cinnamon swirl bread is a natural for breakfast, we love it so much we enjoy it all day long. This is a nice twist on traditional cinnamon swirl yeast breads. —Helen Richardson, Shelbyville, Michigan

Go to Recipe

Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits

Because these sweet treats are so easy, I’m almost embarrassed when people ask me for the recipe. They’re a snap to make with refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and your favorite fruit preserves. —Ione Burham, Washington, Iowa

Quick Cherry Turnovers

Refrigerated crescent rolls let you make these fruit-filled pastries in a hurry. My family loves these turnovers for breakfast, but they’re so delicious, they’d be welcome any time of the day. Feel free to experiment with other pie fillings as well. —Elleen Oberrueter, Danbury, Iowa

Chocolate Banana Bundles

Banana with chocolate is such an irresistible combo that I make this quick dessert often. You can also top these tasty bundles with the butter and brown sugar mixture left over from coating the bananas, or sprinkle on a dash of sea salt. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Caramel Bubble Ring

Lots of caramel and ice cream topping make this quick pull-apart bread oh so gooey and delicious. It truly is a finger-lickin’ good baked good.—Laura Clifton, Wenatchee, Washington

Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

I make these lemony muffins for all kinds of occasions. My family always requests them when we have a brunch. They’re so good! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota

Cherry Chip Scones

These buttery scones dotted with dried cherries and vanilla chips are so sweet and flaky that I sometimes serve them for dessert. —Pam Brooks, South Berwick, Maine

Chocolate Toffee Biscuits

These sweet, crunchy biscuits are so quick and easy to mix up, they’re my go-to treat with my morning coffee. —Wendy Weatherall, Cargill, Ontario

Ricotta-Raisin Coffee Cake

These few ingredients go together quickly so I can have a warm coffee cake to serve overnight guests for breakfast. If you don’t have or don’t like cardamom, substitute any sweet spice. I recommend ground nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice. —Carol Gaus, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Raspberry Cheese Danish

After trying a pumpkin scone at a coffee house, I was inspired to look for a recipe to try at home. The glaze nicely complements the pumpkin flavor.

Banana Macadamia Muffins

These muffins taste even better the next day, so to save time, I often make them the night before. They stay moist for days. —Stasha Wampler, Clinchport, Virginia

Banana Beignet Bites

When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they’re pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia

Berry-Filled Doughnuts

Four ingredients are all you’ll need for this sure-bet breakfast treat. Friends and family will never guess that refrigerated buttermilk biscuits are the base for these golden, jelly-filled doughnuts. —Ginny Watson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

I found this recipe in a newspaper and make it often. I like to bake this coffee cake when unexpected company stops in and I need something speedy to go with a cup of coffee. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Ginger Scones

I made these lovely scones one day when looking for a way to use up leftover pumpkin, and I was so excited with the results. I often use my food processor to stir up the dough just until it comes together. It’s so simple to prepare this way. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas

Apricot Cream Biscuits

Melt-in-your-mouth good when warm, these shortcut biscuits with a hint of orange prove that the right mix really can offer homemade taste. —Betty Saint Turner, Attalla, Alabama

Pecan Coffee Cake

My mom serves this nutty coffee cake for Christmas breakfast each year. The simple recipe is a big timesaver on such an event-filled morning. Everyone loves the crunchy topping. —Becky Wax, Tuscola, Illinois

Pumpkin Doughnut Drops

I always have a few special treats handy when the grandchildren visit. These cake doughnuts are one of their favorite snacks. —Beva Staum, Muscoda, Wisconsin

Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake

I make this moist cake for Christmas morning every year. It tastes like banana bread but has a sweet golden topping with a nutty crunch. —Gloria Friesen, Casper, Wyoming

Glazed Doughnut Holes

Here’s a simple recipe to create a colorful and fun breakfast—or snack! For the glaze, use any type of juice you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sour Cream Chip Muffins

Take one bite and you’ll see why I think these rich, tender muffins are the best I’ve ever tasted. Mint chocolate chips make them a big hit with my family and friends. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho

Apple Pear Coffee Cake

A friend gave me this apple pear coffee cake recipe to make for a breakfast I was hosting. The pan was empty before the breakfast was over! It’s one of my most-requested recipes, probably because it’s a bit different. —Joanne Hoschette, Paxton, Massachusetts

Cranberry Nut Muffins

These are delicious, beautiful muffins. I serve them during the holidays or anytime cranberries are available. The leftovers always make good breakfast treats. Through the years I’ve tried many cranberry recipes for bread and muffins, but this remains my family’s all-time favorite! —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Buttercup Squash Coffee Cake

Cappuccino Muffins

These are my favorite muffins to serve with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Not only are they great for breakfast, they make a tasty dessert or midnight snack. I get lots of recipe requests whenever I serve them. The espresso spread is also super on a bagel. —Janice Schulz, Racine, Wisconsin

Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

When I was a teacher, this recipe was recommended by one of my student’s parents. I’ve made it so many times, I can’t imagine hosting a brunch without it. Chocolate chips add sweet bursts of flavor to the rich and tender coffee cake. —Michelle Krzmarzick
Torrance, California

Raspberry Breakfast Braid

We also like using blackberries, Marionberries, a mixture of raspberries and blackberries, or all three in this quick and easy pastry. —Tressa Nicholls, Sandy, Oregon

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

While these are delicious year-round, you could easily turn them into an edible Christmas gift. They look festive on a decorative tray wrapped in red or green cellophane or tucked into a giveaway cookie plate. And don’t forget to include the recipe so your recipient can enjoy this treat over and over again! —Pat Schrand, Enterprise, Alabama

Monkey Bread

Both of my boys really enjoyed helping me make this butterscotch monkey bread when they were young. It seemed to taste twice as good when they helped fix it. It’s one of our favorites for breakfast or as a snack. —Carol Allen, McLeansboro, Illinois

Cherry Almond Streusel Scones

My kids and I love to mix the ingredients together and turn out these delicious scones. The tart cherries and the brown sugar and almond streusel complement the tender scones perfectly. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio

Monkey Bread Biscuits

I came up with an easy, savory—instead of sweet—dinner version of monkey bread featuring garlic and Italian seasoning. —Dana Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

Back when my children were youngsters, they loved these doughnut muffins as after-school treats or with Sunday brunch. —Sharon Pullen, Alvinston, Ontario

Lemon Blueberry Drop Scones

I enjoy serving these fruity scones for baby and bridal showers. They’re a bit lower in fat than most other scones, so you can indulge with little guilt. —Jacqueline Hendershot, Orange, California. Check out this drop scones recipe by Queen Elizabeth.

Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal

This zucchini bread with crunchy oatmeal crust is too good to miss.

It sounds like something the kids would avoid at all costs, but trust me; they won’t.

Just don’t tell them what it’s made of, and they’ll gobble it up with glee.

I promise you, this zucchini bread doesn’t taste vegetal at all. Instead, it adds moisture, like carrots do with carrot cake.

Ham Egg and Cheese Puff Pastry Breakfast

If you believe that breakfasts should always include ham and eggs, these pastries are for you.

Filled with fluffy eggs, ham, and cheddar cheese on a flaky, golden crust, they’re super savory and even more irresistible.

This is the ultimate breakfast of champions.

New Orleans Beignets

New Orleans beignets are simply the best. I can’t visit The Big Easy without spending an afternoon in Café Du Monde.

Just don’t ask me how many beignets I eat in one sitting!

These babies are puffy and crisp on the outside and fluffy and pillowy on the inside. In other words, they’re phenomenal.

Their texture is so flawless that you don’t even need much flavoring to make them addictive – just a simple coating of powdered sugar will do.

Thanks to this recipe, you don’t have to live in or travel to New Orleans to enjoy the goodness of beignets.

White Chocolate Muffins

Next, we have tender, fluffy, and moist vanilla and white chocolate muffins!

Soft, crumbly, and perfectly sweet, these muffins are as delicious as they are beautiful.

Think white chocolate chip cookies, but in muffin form.

Cathead Biscuits

These are tender, fluffy biscuits the size of a cat’s head. Adorable!

The biscuits are fitted into a skillet and then baked, giving them a crisp outer crust.

But that’s not all.

These pastries have melted cheese that’ll ooze out like lava as you take a bite. Just watch your tongue!

Apple Cheese Danish

Apples and cheese unite to make sweet and savory danishes that are impossible to resist.

These flaky and puffy pastries are filled with cinnamon apples and a heavenly mixture of ricotta and cream cheese flavored with lemon and sugar.

It’s like eating a cheese danish and an apple pie all in one bite, and it couldn’t make me happier.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

With this recipe, you can make sensational pastries with just four ingredients.

Crescent rolls, cheese, cream cheese, sausage crumbles, and 15 minutes in the oven are all it takes to make this drool-worthy breakfast treat.

Feel free to swap out the ingredients or even add extra! For example, I like onions with sausage, but you could make it vegetarian and use roasted leeks instead.

Healthy Banana Bread

This banana bread is outrageously moist, tender, and bursting with banana flavor. It’s about as good as banana bread gets.

But, what makes this recipe extra special is the use of wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and maple syrup instead of sugar.

It’s healthy, but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor. And that just means you can add all the chocolate chips you want!

Dirt Bombs

They don’t have the most appetizing name, but these dirt bombs are seriously addictive. Consider yourself warned.

Dirt bombs are baked donuts spiced with nutmeg and cardamom, dipped in melted butter, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Need I say more? I didn’t think so.

Whole Wheat Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

I know that “whole wheat” is usually connected with healthy recipes, but I promise these whole wheat cinnamon rolls are just as sinful as any other recipe.

With the combination of apple pie and cinnamon rolls, these pastries are absolutely decadent.

The fact that they’re nutritious is just a plus.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Date Filling

Move over, Cinnabon. These homemade cinnamon rolls are extra special.

The ridiculously scrumptious date filling is naturally sweet and such a pleasant change from the norm.

This is another recipe that calls for homemade pastry, so you’ll want to allow some extra time for this.

But just to be clear – pastry dough isn’t as complex to make as you think, so don’t be intimidated!

Try it, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

Chaussons aux Pommes

Don’t be intimidated by its fancy name. Chaussons aux Pommes may sound complex, but they’re just a simple pastry.

Meaning “apple flap,” this Dutch recipe is made of puff pastry dough filled with apples and raisins in cinnamon sugar.

The recipe has directions for making pastry dough from scratch, but you can use frozen pastry in a pinch.


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Strawberry Jam Crumb Cookies

These cookies may not have the usual shape and mixins, but they’re just as mouthwatering as any.

They’re shaped like pie slices, giving them intrigue and appeal. But it’s not the unusual shape that’ll make you fall for them.

Tender and crumbly with dollops of strawberry jam scattered throughout, these cookies have exquisite tastes and textures.

And hey, any time I can eat cookies for breakfast, I’m happy!

Apricot Galette

This apricot galette has a rustic look and impeccable tastes and textures.

Fresh ripe apricots get bathed in a syrup of brown sugar and cream and seasoned with nutmeg.

The syrup balances out the tartness of the fruit, making it wonderfully sweet with just a little bit of sourness.

The crust is made from scratch, so you know it’s extra flaky and delicious.

Sugary Cinnamon Twists

These are sweet cinnamon donuts with a twist – literally.

Covered in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar, they’re pretty much everything you can ask for in a cinnamon sugar donut.

But, instead of the usual round shape, they come in a twisted form.

As a bonus, these twists are baked, not deep-fried, making them a healthier but equally delicious alternative to traditional donuts.

Cheese and Jam Turnovers

Filled with your favorite jam and shredded aged sharp cheddar, these turnovers have a lovely mix of sweet, tart, and salty.

You’ll also love the contrast between the crunchy and flaky crust and thick oozy filling.

It’s so good it’ll turn your world upside down!

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Every morning would start with a warm and sweet cinnamon roll in a perfect world.

Well, with this simplified recipe, that dream could become a reality.

These puff pastry cinnamon rolls have the same flavor profile as the iconic sticky treat but are a lot easier to prepare.

Made with frozen puff pastry and simple cinnamon sugar filling with pecans, this is a no-muss, no-fuss recipe anybody can pull off.


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Strawberry Galette

A galette is a French pie with a flat, free-form crust. It’s like a pizza, but with a sweet fruit or berry topping.

This galette is filled with fresh strawberries in sweet vanilla syrup. It’s a light dessert that’s perfect for summer.

Serve the slices with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for a refreshing treat.

Gluten-Free Coconut Bread

Here’s something for our health-conscious readers out there! This bread is low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and paleo-compliant.

And most importantly, it’s hella delicious.

This loaf of bread is tender, fluffy, and bursting with nutty coconut goodness.

Sprinkled with sesame seeds on top, it’s delicate yet crunchy in every bite.

Puff Pastry Breakfast Tarts with Spinach, Egg, and Cheese

These breakfast tarts look and taste like they came straight out of a bakery!

Seriously, I’m blown away by how gorgeous they are. There’s something so alluring about that golden egg yolk on top.

And that’s not all. These tarts are also filled with bacon, spinach, onions, cheddar cheese, and chives.

Don’t be fooled, though. While it looks complicated and expensive, this breakfast dish is surprisingly easy to make and affordable.

Quinoa Banana Muffins

Let’s take a break from the indulgent pastries for a moment and turn our eyes to these delightful quinoa and banana muffins.

While muffins aren’t really pastries, let’s forego technicalities. I honestly do think these guys deserve the spotlight.

If you’re looking for something satisfying yet wholesome, these moist and flavorful muffins have your name on them.

Made with quinoa, almond flour, and ground flax, they’re rich in fiber and gluten-free.

Flavored with mashed bananas and chocolate chips, they’re so tasty that you won’t even think of them as healthy.

Baked Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches

Croissant sandwiches are such a fun treat. I mean, why settle for white bread when you can have these buttery and flaky pastry treats?

Filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, and cheese, these croissant sandwiches are what breakfast dreams are made of.

They’re scrumptious, a breeze to make, and easy to eat on the go! What’s not to love?

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Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

If you grew up eating pop tarts for an after-school snack, you’ll love these homemade pastries!

These flaky treats are filled with cinnamon sugar and frosted with a cinnamon glaze. Every bite is perfectly sweet and spiced.

You’ll have to make the pastry from scratch for this recipe, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.

Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Filled with sweetened cream cheese and your favorite fresh fruit, these pastries are an excellent combination of sweet, salty, tart, and creamy.

Don’t worry; there’s no need to make pastry from scratch here.

Just open a box of frozen puff pastry, cut it into circles with a cookie cutter, and voila, you have pastry cups ready for filling.

Strawberries and Cream Scones

These scones are filled to the brim with fresh strawberries and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze.

The flavors are sensational, but the textures make these scones a winner.

They’re slightly crisp on the outside and tender and crumbly on the inside.

The strawberries add a bit of crunchiness and juiciness, while the glaze provides extra moisture.

Together, these lovely textures create the perfect bite.

Texas Sausage Kolaches (Klobasnek)

Kolaches are a famous Texas breakfast pastry with a cheesy sausage center. They’re offered in most Texas donut shops but can be easily made at home.

If you’re wondering about the name, kolaches originated from Czech immigrants.

Meaning “cake pie,” a kolache is a sweet pastry filled with some type of fruit jelly.

The Texans adopted the concept and made them savory by stuffing a sausage inside.

Easy Breakfast Cheese Danish

These are flaky pastries filled with sweetened cream cheese and topped with fruit. Yum!

With these Danish squares, it’s like eating mini berry cheesecakes for breakfast! How can anybody say no to that?

While most Danish pastries use berries, why not try apples and pears for a warming fall-themed treat?

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries

These pinwheels are so pretty they’ll take your breath away.

Filled with sweetened cream cheese, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries, they’re also completely scrumptious.

Turning pastry into pinwheels may look complicated, but all you’ll need is frozen pastry, a knife, and four simple cuts.

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

These scones have a wonderfully soft crumb.

Peppered with poppy seeds and covered in a sweet lemon glaze, they’re tremendously delicious inside and out.

Almond Baked Donuts with Maple Syrup Glaze

These baked donuts may not be as pillowy as traditional deep-fried donuts, but they’re just as irresistible.

The donuts themselves are flavored with almonds, so even on their own, they’re pretty tasty.

But covered with a decadent maple syrup glaze and sprinkled with crushed nuts (I highly recommend almonds), these donuts are perfectly moist and sweet with a lovely crunch.

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