The 35 BEST Puff Pastry Recipes

An easy recipe for a cream cheese-filled puff pastry dessert. This sweet treat will amaze you with its crispy but fluffy texture!

The best part? Puff pastry is so easy to work with! If you find it in the freezer section, just be sure to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and you’ll be able to whip up flaky recipes, like pop tarts, spinach puffs, or melty baked brie in no time. You can even use the handy ingredient for quick family dinners like pot pie topped with puff pastry. Ree likes the way the dough stays light and airy in her puff pastry pizza. “They’re so incredibly easy to make with really impressive results,” she says. So what are you waiting for? Head to the store to pick up a package of puff pastry today!

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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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I don’t know about you guys, but just reading the words ‘savory puff pastry recipes’ makes my mouth water.

Puff pastry dough is one of my favorite ingredients. I love cooking with it.

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It doesn’t matter if I’m making something sweet or savory, puff pastry dough is a go-to for me.

It just adds such a flaky, buttery wonderfulness that’s hard to beat, no matter what you’re making. For this list, I’ve stuck to 25 of my favorite savory recipes.

But don’t worry, if you’re looking for puff pastry desserts, I have you covered on those, as well.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into some of my favorite savory treats.

Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites

Even though these take less than an hour to make, they look amazing and taste even better.

They look like super high-class appetizers, making them perfect for any occasion.

And they taste like Krystal hamburgers, only so much better. (That mostly comes from the caramelized onions and gruyere.)

Asparagus Tart

I’m not sure what part of this tasty tart is the best – the warm, flaky crust or the tender, perfectly seasoned asparagus.

Oh! And let’s not forget the Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses!

Basically, this tart packs a ton of deliciousness into every single bite, and you won’t even have to be an asparagus fan to appreciate how good it is.

Leek and Onion Puff Pastry Tart

Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Feta and Spinach Puff Pastry Appetizers

Spinach and feta are two of those foods that just fit together.

Whether you put them in a stuffed pretzel, a tart, or a quiche, they’ll taste fantastic.

Now imagine that unique feta and spinach taste inside a warm, buttery puff pastry shell.

Mini-Spinach and Feta Pies

More spinach and feta! More puffed pastry crust! What more do you need to know?

I’m telling you, there’s nothing quite like the combination of those three ingredients. Together, they’re the perfect food.

Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Puff Pastry Parcels

Spinach and artichoke may be one of the few combinations as epic as spinach and feta, so I decided to throw this recipe in after the feta ones for that reason.

These are like the best spinach artichoke dip you’ve ever tasted, only they also contain tender, juicy chicken breasts and are wrapped in perfect puff pastry dough.

What’s not to love?

Tomato Tarts Puff Pastry Appetizer

If you’re looking for something new to do with all your fresh garden tomatoes, you’ll have to try these tomato tarts.

You’ll season each one with pepper, basil, and rosemary and cover them in shredded mozzarella cheese before baking them.

They’re buttery, cheesy, and garden-fresh and take only 30 minutes to make. Perfection!

Goat Cheese Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Bites

These bite-size morsels are some of the most interesting, unexplainable things I’ve ever tasted.

Neither salmon nor goat cheese is my favorite ingredient.

However, somehow, when you put them together, their brash, bold tastes complement each other perfectly for a cohesive flavor that I absolutely adore.

I know that makes no sense whatsoever, but they’re pretty, they taste great, and they’re surprisingly filling. Give them a try. You won’t regret it.

Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Puff Pastry

The cheesy mushroom spinach puff pastry is like nothing so much as an upscale, homemade Hot Pocket, and I mean that in the very best possible way.

It has a gorgeous brown crust that’s delightfully crunchy and a filling of spinach, cheese, mushrooms, and garlic that no one could refuse.

Puff Pastry Squares with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

All you’ll need to make these simple squares is goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and puff pastry.

They’re the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make, but they sacrifice nothing in taste and texture.

Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey, Dried Cherries, Rosemary & Pecans

But if you need more, imagine baked brie with a buttery puff pastry crust, honey, dried cherries, chopped pecans, and rosemary.

This lovely dish smells as good as it tastes, and it tastes as good as it looks.

If you’re looking for something to wow the crowd at your next gathering, this is it.

Beet Wellington

You’re probably acquainted with the famous beef wellington, but you may be less familiar with its vegan cousin, the beet wellington.

It’s gorgeous, and the balsamic vinegar sauce is so good, it’ll make your eyes roll back in your head.

If you aren’t a huge fan of beets, you may still enjoy this dish.

It has so many other flavorful ingredients – walnuts, spinach, shallots, garlic, mushrooms, etc. – that the beets aren’t overpowering.

Plus, its thin, flaky crust is amazingly crispy. I’d almost go so far as to say it’s perfectly crispy.

Salami and Cheese Pinwheels

Pinwheels always make a fun and easy snack, and by using puff pastry dough, they’ll be fun, easy, and exceptionally yummy.

You’ll only need five ingredients to make four dozen of these adorable appetizers, and they take less than an hour (excluding chill time).

Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Bundles Appetizer

If you were to ask my brother, he’d tell you that these are the perfect appetizers because they have the only three food groups that matter – meat, cheese, and a vegetable.

(Yes, he thinks cheese is a food group.)

Truthfully, though, these little bundles of joy are pretty incredible.

The cheese is gooey and delicious; the asparagus is tender (and better with a bit of garlic salt), and the prosciutto is on point.

It’s hard not to eat way too many of these whenever they’re available.

Pigs in a Puff Pastry Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are always a hit, no matter the occasion. However, making them with puff pastry dough instead of crescent rolls is a top-class chef move.

Once you add the egg wash and throw on the poppy and sesame seeds, it’s pretty much game over. These will be the talk of the table.

Savory Vegetable Galette

I’m not sure there’s a better dish on the planet for vegetable lovers than the savory vegetable galette. It has everything a veggie-lover could want.

As much as I love puff pastry, it’s not even the star of the show with this dish.

That honor is reserved for the incredibly diverse vegetable filling.

You can play with the recipe if you like, but as-is, it calls for onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, and more!

You can’t tell me that isn’t going to blow the mind of all your vegetarian friends.

Puff Pastry Vegetable Strudel

I put this one right after the galette because, in terms of savory vegetable recipes, this one might be the only one that has a chance of coming close to it.

It features many of the same delicious vegetables, along with gooey mozzarella cheese and plenty of herbs. In short, it’s equally mouth-wateringly good.

Puff Pastry Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

Requiring only six ingredients and 30 minutes to make, they’re bound to be your new favorite snack.

Cheese and Fig Savory Palmiers

These walk the border between sweet and savory.

But since figs aren’t super sweet and there is plenty of cheddar in each one, I thought I could get away with adding them to the savory list.

The texture is the same one you know and love from palmiers cookies, but these are less sweet and more filling.

Plus, you can make them with only three ingredients, and that’s a WIN!

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Why waste your money on store-bought cheese straws that are full of additives and other weird ingredients when you can make your own at home?

All you’ll need is puff pastry, water, an egg, Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses, cayenne pepper, and paprika.

You can whip up half a dozen in 30 minutes or less, and they are the bomb!

Puff Pastry Pepperoni Pizza

Yep! Even pizza tastes better on puff pastry dough!

This recipe is for pepperoni, but you can easily adjust it to include your favorite pizza toppings on this crispy, flaky crust.

Chicken Pot Pie

There are few things in this world as wonderful, comforting, and as “feels like home” like a chicken pot pie, but they can be a lot of work.

By using puff pastry dough and store-bought rotisserie chicken, though, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and make four of them in just a bit over an hour.

The crust is perfect, the filling is rich and creamy, and all the veggies are tender and tasty. There’s literally no bad here.

Ham and Cheese Puffs

I have nothing against a tasty hot ham and cheese sandwich, but honestly, why stop there and deprive yourself of the even more yummy treat you could have with these ham and cheese puffs?

They have the same great ham and cheese taste you love, but there’s also the buttery, flaky puff pastry crust, spinach, salt, pepper, and Swiss cheese.

And let’s be honest; ham and cheese sandwiches just taste better with Swiss cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Pinwheels

If you have any lingering doubts that you can add buffalo chicken to anything, these puff pastry pinwheels should help you overcome that.

Honestly, though, the zesty flavor of the buffalo sauce pairs perfectly with the buttery goodness of the puff pastry.

The chicken is juicy and succulent, and the hot sauce adds just the right amount of kick. If you’re a fan of buffalo chicken, you’ll love these.

Mini-Apple Cheddar Pies

I may be breaking the rules a little with these pies because they, too, walk that fine line between savory and sweet.

Thanks to the apples, brown sugar, and apple pie spice, they have the same wonderful, sugary apple pie taste you know and love.

However, the sharp cheddar gives them an unbeatable richness that’s not at all sweet but just as delectable in a different way.

Best of all, they’re effortless to make, so if you’re looking for the ideal fall treat, give this recipe a try.

These puff pastry recipes turn this frozen dough into dishes that are as flaky as they are delicious. There may be a few crumbs, but there definitely won’t be leftovers!

The rhubarb flavor in this tart balances nicely with the honey and amaretto. The mascarpone cheese makes it rich and creamy. Sometimes I’ll even double the rhubarb for really sumptuous tarts. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Go to Recipe

Nutella Hand Pies

These pint-sized Nutella hand pies made with puff pastry are too good to keep to yourself! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Beef Stew Skillet Pie

Puff pastry makes a pretty topping for this homey skillet potpie. —Josh Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fontina Asparagus Tart

Lamb Pastry Bundles

This recipe was such a hit that my family has now incorporated the Mediterranean flavors into several dishes! —Tess Konter, New York, New York

Blood Orange Caramel Tarte Tatin

I never had blood oranges until I moved to California. The season is short, so I use them in everything while I can get them. That sweet orange flavor with some brown sugar is a perfect combination. Whenever I have something to go to, my friends demand that I bring this dessert. —Pamela Butkowski, Hermosa Beach, California

Brie Cherry Pastry Cups

Golden brown and flaky, these bite-sized puff pastries with creamy Brie and sweet cherry preserves could easily double as a scrumptious dessert. —Marilyn McSween, Mentor, Ohio

Sunny-Side-Up Herbed Tart

Feel free to be creative with this versatile egg tart. Try Canadian bacon or ham as the meat ingredient, and add toppings such as thyme, chopped spinach or goat cheese.—Diana Neves, Lafayette, California

Chicken Marsala en Croute

I love puff pastry and chicken Marsala, so I decided to combine the two. The result is a very special meal perfect for Sunday dinner or any special occasion. Be sure to keep the puff pastry chilled so it is easier to work with. —Lorraine Russo, Mahwah, New Jersey

Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie

When my wife is craving comfort food, I whip up this chicken pot pie with puff pastry. It’s easy to make, sticks to your ribs and delivers soul-satisfying flavor. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

Pumpkin Napoleons

This is an outstanding dessert for special fall gatherings. The smooth pumpkin puree pairs well with the crunchy puff pastry.

Classic Beef Wellingtons

Perfect for holidays, this beef Wellington recipe is also impressively easy. Find ready-made puff pastry sheets in the frozen food section. —Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

Caramelized Fennel Tarts

Fennel is a favorite of mine, no matter how it’s cooked, but I think it is really amazing sauteed until rich and golden, then baked on delicious puff pastry. I’ve served these as a side dish and as an appetizer.—Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

Spinach and Feta Bourekas

Light and soft, with a bit of crunch, these bourekas are one of my favorite appetizers for holidays. They can be filled with almost anything, but spinach and feta is one of my favorite fillings topped everything seasoning, and these little triangles are out of this world. — Alex Stepanov, Matawan, New Jersey

Puff Pastry Danishes

Even though they’re simple to make, these jam-filled pastries are right at home in a holiday brunch spread. They were my dad’s favorite, so the recipe will always be close to my heart. —Chellie Helmke, Jackson Center, Ohio

Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

This puff pastry apple strudel is such a fun recipe. It can be served alone or with a side salad. Different types of cheese, like goat, feta or jack, can be used in this dish. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Blueberry Turnovers

While you can make them a little in advance, these blueberry turnovers are best served the day they’re made. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Peppermint Puff Pastry Sticks

I wanted to impress my husband’s family with something you’d expect to find in a European bakery, and these chocolaty treats are what I came up with. The flaky pastry melts in your mouth. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Provolone Beef Pastry Pockets

My children always make sure they’re home when they find out we’re having these pockets for dinner. They’re a smart way to use leftover pot roast. —Karen Burkett, Reseda, California

Spicy Crab Salad Tapas

I served these at a party and everyone went wild! These delicious morsels have a crispy flaky outside filled with creamy sweet crab that has a little kick. I used scalloped-edge cookie cutters to cut my pastry, but you can use a small biscuit cutter. —Vanessa Mason, Summerdale, Alabama

Butternut, Kale and Cashew Squares

Butternut squash and kale are two of my favorite fall vegetables. Combined with cashews and feta in a puff pastry, it makes me think this could be a fall version of spanakopita! This could be served for brunch or lunch, or as a dinner entree. You also can make the pieces smaller and serve it as an appetizer. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent

My friends and I have been getting together for “ladies lunches” for years. These vol-au-vents are the perfect no-fuss fancy food; they look complicated, but are actually simple and fun to make. Whenever I think of good friends and good company, I think of these savory pastries. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

Onion Brie Appetizers

Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they’re really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific.
-Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

My friend Mary served these lovely appetizers at a summer gathering several years ago, and I adapted it a bit to my taste. It’s a great August recipe when tomatoes and herbs are at their freshest! —Susan Wilson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Southern Brunch Pastry Puff

My family just about jumps out of bed when the smell of eggs, sausage and buttery pastry hits their noses. This recipe is morning magic. —Misty M. Leddick, Chester, South Carolina

Air-Fryer Ham and Brie Pastries

Fancy appetizers don’t have to be difficult. In fact, this recipe proves it’s easy to make something impressive. You can prep these pastries ahead of time and pop them into the air fryer just as your guests arrive. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

Caramel Apple Strudel

My father, who was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, would tell us stories about how his mother covered all the kitchen counters with dough whenever she made apple strudel. This recipe is a modern, delicious way to carry on part of my family’s heritage. —Sarah Haengel, Bowie, Maryland

Gruyere & Caramelized Onion Tarts

Garlic and onion is a match made in heaven in my opinion, so I love creating new recipes to showcase the pair. Gruyere cheese adds impeccable flavor to the eye-catching starter. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida


After our son grew fond of a fast-food restaurant’s fried burritos, I created this recipe by substituting beef with chicken and skipping the frying. It’s been a hit with our family ever since! —Nancy Coates, Oro Valley, Arizona

Shrimp Puff Pastry Triangles

Shrimp de Jonghe was invented in Chicago. It is usually baked and served in a casserole dish, but my version is handheld. In these shrimp puff pastry triangles, the shrimp filling is perfect with the crunchy pastry dough. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

A honey of a salute to late-summer pear season, this cozy dessert looks both elegant and decadent. Wrapped in puff pastry, the pears resemble little beehives. —Heather Baird, Knoxville, Tennessee

Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs

I was recently at a wedding reception where the menu was all small bites. Here’s my rendition of the pear pastries they served. They’re the perfect combo of savory and sweet. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

Pesto Twists

Use pesto made straight from your garden if you make these in the summer or purchase it prepared from the grocery store to fill these easy appetizers. —Jaye Beeler, Grand Rapids, Michigan

It takes just two ingredients to make these impressive but easy-to-do French pastries, which are often called palm leaves. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Smoked Salmon Bites with Shallot Sauce

Tangy mayonnaise-Dijon sauce adds zip to flaky pastry and layers of crisp arugula, thinly sliced smoked salmon and nutty-flavored Asiago cheese. —Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, California

Mini Party Burgers

We love finger foods in the South. For parties, I make mini burgers in advance and then wrap them in pastry, bake them and serve them with assorted sauces. —Monica Flatford, Knoxville, Tennessee

Aussie Sausage Rolls

Puffed Apple Pastries

For a little extra indulgence, serve these oven-fresh pastries with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Cherry pie filling can be substituted for the apple. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Greek Breadsticks

Get ready for rave reviews with these crisp breadsticks twisted with Greek-inspired goodness. Best served fresh from the oven. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida

(Galaktoboureko is another Greek recipe that uses phyllo dough—it’s a custard-based dessert that goes great with coffee.)

Reuben Rounds

Fans of the classic Reuben sandwich will go crazy for baked pastry spirals of corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut. They’re so easy to make, and bottled Thousand Island dressing makes the perfect dipping sauce. —Cheryl Snavely, Hagerstown, Maryland

Quiche Pastry Cups

My grandmother used to make egg cup surprises for family brunches on special occasions. The added fillings were always a surprise since she never seemed to use the same combination of ingredients twice. As children, we took guesses as to what we’d find in the tender crust—the game always added fun to our meals. —Denalee Standart, Rancho Mureta, California

Sweet Almond Twists

These delicate almond pastries make lovely light-as-air accompaniments for coffee, tea or cocoa. Your guests will never guess the recipe calls for packaged frozen dough. When I give them as a fresh-baked gift, I tuck in a note saying that they’re best served warmed—and right away! —Gloria Devendittis, Waterford, Connecticut

Mushroom Palmiers

I found this recipe while working at a small-town museum in West Texas. It was the appetizer for a fundraiser a long, long time ago, and it’s still a huge hit at parties. Frozen puff pastry helps make it easy and impressive. The palmiers also freeze well. —Judy Lock, Panhandle, Texas

Mini Sausage Pies

The simple ingredients and family-friendly flavor of these little sausage cups make them a go-to dinner favorite. And everyone gets their own pies—which makes them even better! —Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

Peanut Butter Cup Napoleons

Top layers of puff pastry and peanut butter ice cream with a warm, sweet drizzle the whole family will love! It’s a terrific last-minute dessert, or you can freeze the cooled pastry and scooped ice cream separately in an airtight container the day before you serve it. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Cranberry Bacon Galette

Sweet, smoky, tangy, fresh: The flavors in this distinctive appetizer are sure to perk up taste buds for dinner. I sprinkle the warm squares with basil and then add a dollop or two of the mascarpone cheese topping. —Merry Graham, Newhall, California

While puff pastry desserts sometimes look complicated, there are lots of puff pastry dessert recipes out there that are surprisingly easy to make.

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Puff pastry is a flake light pastry that’s made with laminated dough. The laminated dough consists of alternating layers of dough and butter. All you need to make delicious homemade puff pastry are water, salt, flour, and butter. You don’t even need a leavening agent to make homemade puff pastry.

To make these yummy puff pastry dessert recipes, you just have to know how to roll them, twist them, stuff them with good stuff like nuts, fruit, and chocolate.

Before you know it, you will have a gorgeous puff pastry dessert that will wow your friends and family.

How is puff pastry even made? The way the pros make flaky and buttery puff pastry is with layer upon layer of dough and butter that gets folded and rolled repeatedly.

Making puff pastry from scratch can be a challenging task, and it’s not the best baking task to tackle if you’re new to baking.

Fortunately, you can get started on your French dessert journey with store-bought puff pastry that makes it super easy to create beautiful French dessert recipes.

Below, we have listed 22 surprisingly easy puff pastry recipes. Let’s get busy!

Chocolate Filled Pastry

If you’re craving sweet puff pastry recipes, you’ve got to give this recipe for milk chocolate puff pastry rolls a try.

These are easier to make than you would imagine, and they’re absolutely impressive.

These chocolate pastries have just five ingredients and they’re nearly bite-sized.

You can use whatever type of chocolate you like in these puff pastry treats. Consider milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, or even Nutella.

Puff Pastry Sticky Buns

When you’re craving a sweet treat, nothing beats a sticky bun for breakfast or brunch on the weekend.

With store-bought puff pastry, it’s super easy to whip up an impressive batch of sticky buns.

These sticky buns are so delicious with pecans, brown sugar, and butter.

The filling is what makes these sticky buns so special. Think butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. You can also add some raisins if you like.

Also, you can substitute walnuts for pecans. Drizzle these buns with caramel sauce for even more decadence.

Apple Pandowdy

In the fall, when apples are ready to harvest, it’s so much fun to make apple desserts and baking recipes.

We love apple pie, baked apples, and pretty much anything else made with fresh apples.

However, this apple pandowdy is a family favorite that will please a crowd.

With the crunchy sugar-rolled puff pastry and the juicy apple bites, this dish is so satisfying.

Use Granny Smith apples to make this apple pandowdy, or you can use your favorite apples.

Toaster Strudel

Cream cheese, strawberries, and puff pastry seem like they were born to be a trio, don’t they?

You can buy toaster strudel at the grocery store, but it won’t hold a candle to homemade toaster strudel.

Also, these babies are super easy to make.

During certain times of the year, fresh strawberries are super cheap and it’s amazing to find so many great recipes that call for strawberries.

The glaze for this strawberry strudel is made from milk (or heavy cream) and powdered sugar.

Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists

We love anything twisty, and these chocolate puff pastry desserts, also known as torsades, are perfectly delicious.

The flaky pastry is filled with chocolate chips and creamy vanilla custard or vanilla cream. You could also use Nutella.

Chocolate twists make a perfect breakfast, brunch, or afternoon treat.

In fact, you may even find yourself craving these for dessert after dinner.

We love that this recipe has some great visuals for how to make these so gorgeous.

You can use dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or semisweet chocolate chips to make these.

Puff Pastry Thyme and Plum Galette

A French galette is already pretty easy to make, but when you make it with puff pastry, it gets even easier.

A galette is a rough and rustic pie that has the edges of the pie folded over onto the filling so that none of the goodness escapes or leaks out.

This plum and fresh thyme galette is made with delicious plums, honey, granulated white sugar, pure vanilla extract, fresh thyme leaves, eggs, and turbinado sugar.

Serve this galette with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Banana Puffs

Banana puffs are a timeless classic, and it’s fun to make these sweet treats with the kiddos.

With banana puffs, you have a pastry that is easy to make and you won’t even mind the mess your kids make when they make these.

To make banana puffs, you need a banana cream pie filling that you can either make at home or buy.

Other than the banana cream pie filling and puff pastry, the only other ingredients you need are powdered sugar and milk.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

Because Pop Tarts have been so well advertised, and because kids love them, it’s unusual for folks to make homemade hand pies anymore.

Also, Pop Tarts has so many amazing flavors that it can be tough to compete.

However, you will seriously impress your kids when you make these homemade chocolate peanut butter Pop Tarts at home.

They will think you’re a magician!

And there’s no need to make the dough from scratch. Just use frozen puff pastry dough and start baking.

Kouign Amann

Just think how impressed your guests will be when you serve up something with such a fancy name.

Nevertheless, kouign Amann is easy to make with store bought puff pastry and it gives you the perfect pastry experience.

These buttery rolls are sweet and crusty, and the outside is caramel-like in flavor.

This recipe for Kouign Amann is a quick and easy puff pastry recipe, but it tastes just as good as more complex recipes.

Oh, and it has just six ingredients, start to finish.

Fruity Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Danish

We love anything with cream cheese, and this fruity puff pastry danish nade with cream cheese is a winner in our book.

This cream cheese danish recipe is quick and easy to make and they taste a zillion times better than the ones you can buy at the store.

We love that you can use this cream cheese puff pastry recipe in a variety of ways.

You can use either your choice of pie filling to make these puff pastry squares, such as blueberry, strawberry, or cherry, or you can use fresh fruit that is diced.

Cheesecake Puff Pastry Fruit Pizza

More cream cheese! We are so in love with all of these yummy puffed pastry recipes that call for fresh fruit and cream cheese.

This fresh fruit pizza is so incredibly easy. All you have to do is bake your thawed puff pastry sheet, pull it out, and spread it with the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture.

Then you add your fruit.

You can use any type of fresh fruit you like on this fruit pizza. We love it with blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, fresh raspberries, kiwi, and more.

Puff Pastry Almond Croissant

Who knew making croissants at home with flaky puff pastry dough could be so easy?

Seriously, if you’ve never tried it, you must. You won’t regret it.

To make these almond croissants, you need almond paste, and you can find it online if they don’t have it at your grocery store.

The butter and sugar make these crisp puff pastry desserts so perfectly flaky and sweet.

Garnish these homemade croissants with slivers of almonds.

Cream Horns

For many of us, the first time we ever experienced puff pastry was with these decadent cream horns.

These cream horns are also known as trubochki, and cream horns are an impressive cream-filled treat.

You can think of them as being something like waffles, but crispier and creamy.

This is a Russian dessert, and you will need molds to make the horns. Then, you pipe in the creamy cream cheese filling.

When that’s done, dust it all with powdered sugar and dig in!

Blueberry Galette

We love how easy it is to make a galette.

Because the puff pastry is pulled over the sides of the pie filling and onto the top, you don’t have to worry about your pie filling overflowing.

During blueberry season, it’s great to use fresh blueberries to make this galette.

You can also adapt this galette puff pastry recipe to use other fruits and berries.

Serve this blueberry galette with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Puff Pastry Palmiers

Did you know that elegant little French palmiers could be made with frozen puff pastry?

OK, we are officially in love with all of the puff pastry possibilities.

These palmiers are ready in less than half an hour.

To get classic palmiers, dress them up beautifully with sugar.

Also, you can fill palmiers with shredded cheese, chopped dried fruit, and more.

Palmiers are the perfect cookies for freezing and baking later.

What is Tarte Tatin? This unique puff pastry dessert is an upside-down tart that’s made in a French style with a puff pastry crust, sugar, apples, and butter.

Making this unusual and delicate dish with puff pastry makes it super easy.

For this tart, your caramel apples are exposed and absolutely decadent.

The crust is a flaky, crispy wonder.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart

Who doesn’t love a yummy and flaky strawberry tart? Count us in!

This strawberry tart recipe is easy to make and you can use mascarpone cheese to make it, too.

Want to substitute cream cheese for the mascarpone cheese? Go for it!

To make this strawberry tart, you’re going to take a shortcut with some strawberry jam, so that makes it even easier.

Garnish this tart with some Cool Whip or whipped cream. Feel free to serve your strawberry tart with some vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Pastry Pies

These sweet little puff pastry hand pies are incredible and so much healthier than store-bought versions like Pop Tarts.

You can use these pies for breakfast to go, picnics, brunch, or afternoon snacks.

This recipe calls for cherry, but you can use any kind of pie filling for these little pies, including strawberry, blueberry, or even apple.

Sprinkle these strawberry pies with brown sugar or demara, and be sure to make the sugar glaze with powdered sugar and milk.

Fig Brie Pastry Pops

What do you think of these adorable little fig and brie pastry pops?

Aren’t they cute?

The good news is that they’re just as delicious as they are adorable.

To make these, you don’t need to deal with fresh figs. You can use fig spread or fig jam.

The brie is cut into equal pieces and pressed inside the puff pastry.

Use a flaky salt like Maldon to give these fig brie pops more flavor.

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Everyone loves a homemade puff pastry cinnamon roll, and when you make it with puff pastry, it’s easier than you think.

Homemade cinnamon rolls can be super time-consuming, but using puff pastry takes a lot of the work out of this beloved baking project.

This cinnamon rolls recipe calls for raw pecans, and these cinnamon sugar rolls get tons of flavor from the dark brown sugar that is used.

Make your glaze with pure vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk, or you can use a cream cheese frosting.

Apple Turnovers

We love having homemade apple puff pastry turnovers in the kitchen. They make a great breakfast, brunch, or snack when we want something sweet.

With apple pie filling and frozen puff pastry, these apple turnovers are as easy as pie (ha) to make. Also, you can make your own pie filling with Granny Smith apples.

The icing is made with vanilla extract, milk, and powdered sugar.

You can also make other variations with this recipe, including cherry turnovers, strawberry turnovers, or even chocolate turnovers.

Add some lemon juice to your apples to help them keep their color.

Mini-Peach Puff Pastry Tarts

Anytime we find a recipe that calls for peaches, we know it’s going to be a good day.

Peach pie is divine and when you use peaches and puff pastry to make these cute little tartlets, you will definitely be in heaven.

In the summertime, you can use fresh peaches from an orchard to make these little tarts, or you can take a shortcut and use peach pie filling. Just be sure to drain the canned peaches well.

With almonds, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, these are delicious.

You can also make these with store-bought puff pastry cups.

Do you want a bonus recipe for your collection of sweet puff pastry recipes? Watch the video below to learn how to make a classic strawberry Napoleon homemade puff pastry.

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  • Roll out dough onto a floured surface.
  • Sprinkle the sugar generously over the dough and roll a rolling pin over it.
  • Fold into the center, repeating until dough centers meet.
  • Cut into cookies.
  • Bake for six minutes at 450°F on both sides.

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Carrot Tart

This savory tart is a dinnertime show-stopper. You can use regular orange carrots, but if you can find rainbow carrots at the store or farmer’s market, it’ll look even more colorful on the table.

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Vegetarian Pot Pie

Any pot pie can be topped with puff pastry, even this veggie version that’s loaded with white beans and mushrooms. It’ll form a golden crust that’s totally irresistible.

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Whether it’s football Sunday or a New Year’s Eve party, these sausage rolls will be a hit with your friends and family. Be sure to serve them up with mustard for dipping!

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Puff Pastry Pizza

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Skip the homemade dough in favor of this lighter take on pizza night. It also makes for a pretty appetizer when cut into strips or squares.

Get Ree’s Puff Pastry Pizza recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftover Pot Pies

To make these cute individual pies, the puff pastry is cut out using a 4 1/2-inch round cutter and baked separately so it doesn’t get soggy. Feel free to use leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken during the week.

Get Ree’s Thanksgiving Leftover Pot Pies recipe.

➜ Serving

Let the baked puff pastry cool for a while, then dust it with powdered sugar and cut it into slanting slices about 2 inches (5 cm) thick.

Serve on a dessert plate with a cup of coffee or tea for an afternoon snack or tasty breakfast.


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STEP 1: Make sweet cream cheese mixture: Place the cheese, icing sugar, egg yolk, cornstarch, and dried cranberries in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.

TIP: To make the cream filling taste better, grate some fresh lemon zest and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

STEP 2: Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a rectangle about 10×16 inches (25x40cm). Transfer the sheet of dough to lightly floured baking paper.

From top to bottom, lightly mark half of the rolled-out sheet. I used a skewer stamped on the dough sheet as a center dividing line.

Using a sharp knife, carefully make a few diagonal slashes in the left half of the dough.

Spread the sweetened cream cheese mixture in the middle of the right half, but leave at least 1 inch (3 cm) of empty space on the sides.

Brush all sides with the egg white left over from making the cream filling. A proper pastry brush will make your job easier.

STEP 3: With the help of baking paper, fold the left side of the dough over the right half with the cream filling.

With a fork, press the edges where the folded dough ends meet.

STEP 4: Carefully transfer the finished shape with the parchment paper to the baking sheet. Fold down the edges, previously pressed with a fork. Brush egg white on the pastry surface.

STEP 5: Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C) and bake puff pastry with cream filling for 40 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Cranberry Brie Bites

Not only are these brie and cranberry appetizers adorably fun to serve, but they’re easy to prep ahead for easy holiday entertaining, too. You can even freeze them up to one week in advance.

Get the Cranberry Brie Bites recipe.

➜ Ingredients

To make homemade puff pastry filled with sweet cream cheese, you will need:

  • Cream cheese; at room temperature. Czechs often prepare sweet fillings from fresh cheese called tvaroh (see how to make homemade tvaroh). A suitable alternative in the US is farmer’s cheese. If the cheese is too dry and contains chunks of curds, add a couple of tablespoons of milk or heavy cream. Use full-fat cream cheese if possible. The lighter the version of cheese, the less firm and less tasty the baked filling will be.
  • Egg yolk; to firm up the cheese filling. Reserve the egg white as an egg wash for brushing the dough later.
  • Cornstarch; a very helpful ingredient that improves the texture of the cream filling!
  • Powdered sugar; to sweeten the filling, plus more for dusting the baked treat
  • Dried cranberries; or raisins. Dried berries add a juicy note to the creamy filling. For even more flavor, the Czechs soak the dried fruit in alcohol, usually spiced rum (tuzemak), the day before.

✅ You’ll find the exact amount of ingredients below in the recipe card, which you can also print out.

  • puff pastry
  • fillings

Peach-Melba Tart

This fruit tart is a simple yet impressive summer dessert thanks to the puff pastry and fresh peaches. The fresh raspberry melba sauce is the perfect finishing touch.

Get Ree’s Peach-Melba Tart recipe.

➜ About this puff pastry recipe

We Czechs love home baking. However, not everyone has time to stand in the kitchen for long hours, so we like to use store-bought puff pastry to prepare various baked sweets.

And the Czech name for this recipe? Probably the closest option is “tvarohovy strudl z listoveho testa,” which means puff pastry strudel filled with cream cheese!

Try this easy puff pastry apple strudel too (it tastes so good!)

➜ Useful tips

  • This type of pastry is sometimes called “cream cheese danish” in the USA.
  • As the name suggests, the dough puffs up when baked, resulting in a beautiful buttery pastry that is both soft and crisp. Cut the top of the raw dough, as the recipe says so that air can escape while it’s baking.

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  • puff pastry sheet thawed (10×16 inches/25×40 cm)
  • (340 g) full-fat, at room temperature
  • for egg wash
  • Make sweet cream cheese mixture: Place the cheese, icing sugar, egg yolk, cornstarch, and dried cranberries in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • From top to bottom, lightly mark half of the rolled-out sheet. I used a skewer stamped on the dough sheet as a center dividing line.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully make a few diagonal slashes in the left half of the dough.
  • Spread the sweetened cream cheese mixture in the middle of the right half, but leave at least 1 inch (3 cm) of empty space on the sides.
  • Brush all sides with the egg white left over from making the cream filling.
  • With the help of baking paper, fold the left side of the dough over the right half with the cream filling.
  • With a fork, press the edges where the folded dough ends meet.
  • Carefully transfer the finished shape with the parchment paper to the baking sheet. Fold down the edges, previously pressed with a fork. Brush egg white on the pastry surface.
  • Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C) and bake puff pastry with cream filling for 40 minutes until it turns golden brown.

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