Take your after-dinner sweet treat to the next level with these soft and flaky puff pastry desserts!
If you’re looking for a showstopping dessert, look no further than puff pastry. This light and flaky dough can be transformed into all sorts of easy sweet treats, from tarts and pies to turnover cookies and cream puffs.
Whether you are in the mood for chocolate, fruit or cream, with recipes like cream horns, cinnamon sugar puff pastry pinwheels, strawberry turnovers, Nutella puff pastry twists and so many more, there is something here for whatever you are craving.
And the best part is that puff pastry is relatively easy to work with, even if you’ve never baked with it before. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, you’ll find plenty of recipes to try in this collection of the best puff pastry desserts.
So preheat your oven and get ready to impress your friends and family with these delicious creations.
Puff Pastry Desserts With Cream
In this delicious cream horns recipe, store-bought puff pastry dough strips are gently wrapped and baked to golden brown perfection, then filled with a sweet buttercream filling. The gorgeous pastry horns are then topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
The traditional creamy tiramisu filling is layered between puff pastry and coffee-dipped ladyfingers. The perfect holiday dessert.
Tempting strawberry meets puff pastry. Spoil your loved ones and yourself with these small strawberry cream eclairs.
With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy Lemon Cream Puffs will be a hit at your next gathering!
Galette des Rois, also known as King Cake, is a traditional flaky puff pastry treat filled with almond cream and covered in elaborate designs. This recipe is made completely from scratch and is the BEST type of pastry to enjoy.
Puff Pastry Desserts With Fruit and Berries
Strawberry turnovers are very easy to make, they are made with a flakey and buttery puff pastry dough and filled with homemade strawberry filling, topped with a simple glaze, and served with vanilla ice cream.
These sweet and tangy Lemon Curd Puff Pastry Tarts are an impressive dessert that is quite simple to make! All you need is lemons, eggs, butter, sugar, a touch of salt and pre-made puff pastry to create this incredibly delicious treat.
These tropical pineapple and mango puff pastry squares are incredibly easy to make with just 4 ingredients and are so tasty! Flaky puff pastry goes so well with juicy baked pineapple and mango.
This Puff Pastry Apple Pie is a great short-cut pie that’s quick & easy to make with frozen puff pastry and a no-cook filling. Try it for yourself! It’s so easy, you’ve got the time.
Individual puff pastry apple pies with soft cinnamon apples smothered in sticky caramel sauce.
Bright and zesty lemon paired with sweet ripe blueberries all bundled inside a soft and flaky dough in these lemon blueberry hand pies.
These Easy Lemon Puff Pastry Sticks are flaky and delicious with a light sweet lemon filling and a nice lemon icing drizzle.
Take a roll of puff pastry and make a gorgeous apple tart with a caramel apple compote and sliced apples!
Puff Pastry Desserts With Strawberry Jam
Perfect for special occasions. Easy to make. Stunning presentation. These Apple Roses are always a hit.
This baked brie is topped with raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and candied pecans, then is wrapped in puff pastry and baked to golden brown perfection.
Quick Puff Pastry Desserts
When you want something quick and easy for dessert, or to accompany tea or coffee, these Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Pinwheels are ideal. The crisp, flaky, gently spiced pastries contain just 3 ingredients that you may already have on hand.
A flaky buttery puff pastry with delicious cinnamon sugar drizzled with some icing gets you the perfect Cinnamon Puff Pastry Twists in just a few minutes!
These Puff Pastry Cronuts with Buttermilk Glaze are delicious, so easy to make, and they just melt in your mouth! This recipe will become your go-to for cronuts.
20. Apple Strudel
This mouthwatering good Apple Strudel is made with frozen ready-made puff pastry, fresh apples, golden raisins, and an easy four-ingredient cinnamon glaze.
Learn how to make Easy Cinnamon Rolls with puff pastry and you will have a new favorite breakfast idea. With just a handful of ingredients and under 20 minutes you will have quick cinnamon rolls with homemade cinnamon roll glaze.
Orejas are crispy and buttery palmiers or elephant ears. It’s an easy dessert with simple ingredients to make any day of the week.
This simple puff pastry tart has a fun and unique presentation. A great way to show your love. Believe it or not, you just need 3 simple ingredients: puff pastry sheets, pears and pure maple syrup.
Mini Puff Pastry Desserts
You will love these quick to prepare Raspberry Tartlets – they are absolutely delicious! Using store-bought puff pastry, the tarts are topped with a vanilla cream cheese mixture and fresh raspberries. These Mini Raspberry Tarts can be made in advance, and will become your new favorite sweet treat!
These bite-sized puff pastry danishes are filled with a cinnamon, cardamom, and espresso flavored cream cheese filling and topped with a sweet icing drizzle.
These mini chocolate puff pastries only take 30 minutes from start to finish. They’re so delicious you won’t be able to eat just one!
These little peanut butter and jelly cookies are a clever twist on a childhood favorite!
These are the most addictive little puff pastry bites, best served drizzled with a little honey. You’ll finish these in a flash!
Puff Pastry Desserts With Cream Cheese
Sour Cherry Cheesecake Napoleons are a fun take on the traditional layered French puff pastry dessert, filled with no-bake cheesecake and sour cherries.
These mulberry puff pastry danishes are not only gorgeous and delicious with a tasty cream cheese layer, but also easy to make! A great way to use up fresh mulberries.
These cinnamon cream cheese puff pastry desserts are easy to make and delicious. Ready in 30 minutes from oven to table, these puff pastry bundles make an awesome dessert for any get together or party.
Quesitos are a popular Puerto Rican pastry that wraps flaky puff pastry around sweetened cream cheese. They’re so good you’ll find you can’t eat just one.
Puff Pastry Desserts With Nutella and Chocolate
Tasty Nutella puff pastry twists. It’s buttery, flaky and full of Nutella spread. This recipe is very easy to make and it’s quick too.
This Air Fryer Nutella & Strawberry Stuffed Turnover Recipe is super easy, delicious, and perfect for busy mornings. They can be made in under 15 minutes!
Easy and elegant dessert and nobody will suspect you didn’t spend hours creating these scrumptious light and airy puff pastry chocolate croissants.
Chocolate Puff Pastry is a delightful treat that is so super simple to make! With just 3 ingredients and 25 minutes, you’ll have the perfect pastry to accompany your coffee.
This delicious Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Puff Pastry Braid comes together in a pinch thanks to store-bought puff pastry!
FAQs About Puff Pastry Desserts
Q. What can be made from puff pastry?
Puff pastry is a versatile dough that can be used to create sweet or savory dishes. When rolled out thinly and baked, it forms a crispy shell that can be filled with fruit, custard, or cream. It can also be formed into turnovers or used as a topping for pies. In some recipes, you can even use puff pastry as the pie shell.
Thick layers of puff pastry can also be baked on their own to create a rich and flaky pastry. When cut into shapes and fried, puff pastry becomes fluffy and light, making it perfect for use in doughnuts or churros. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a show-stopping dessert, puff pastry is an excellent ingredient to have on hand.
Q. What sweets can you make with puff pastry?
Making sweets with puff pastry is a breeze – and the results are sure to impress. Any of the recipes in our list are a great starting point for sweets and desserts to make with puff pastry. From buttercream filled cream horns and apple turnovers to puff pastry braids and filled danishes, there are so many sweets you can make with puff pastry.
If you’re looking for other ideas, the key is to start with quality ingredients, including a sheet or two of pre-made puff pastry. Then, simply let your imagination run wild.
For example, you could create a decadent chocolate tart by spreading a layer of ganache over the puff pastry, fold in half and bake. Or, for something even simpler, try dusting the pastry with sugar and cinnamon before cutting it into small squares and baking. The possibilities are endless – so get creative and see what delicious pastries you can come up with. Bon appetit!
Q. What can I make with puff pastry squares?
Puff pastry squares are a versatile ingredient that can be used to make a variety of sweet and savory dishes. No matter how you use them, puff pastry squares are sure to add a touch of elegance to your next dish. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Any of the delicious recipes in this post, including cream horns, turnovers, croissants, bite-size pastries and even full-sized pies can be made with puff pastry.
- For a quick and easy appetizer, top puff pastry squares with a dollop of goat cheese and a slice of Prosciutto.
- Turn them into mini-tarts by adding your favorite fruits or jams.
- Or make a savory tart by topping with sauteed vegetables and shredded cheese.
- Puff pastry squares can also be used to make individual desserts. Top with chocolate ganache, fresh berries, or a scoop of ice cream.
- For a fun twist on Monkey Bread, top puff pastry squares with cinnamon sugar and bake in a Bundt pan. Serve with a caramel or chocolate sauce for dipping.
Q. How do I use extra puff pastry?
If you find yourself with extra puff pastry, there’s no need to waste it. Here are a few easy ways to use up any extra puff pastry you may have:
- Turn it into a delicious breakfast treat by spreading some jam or Nutella on a sheet of puff pastry and rolling it up into a log. Cut the log into 1-inch pieces and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.
- Make mini tarts by cutting puff pastry into small circles and pressing them into mini muffin tins. Fill with your favorite fruits, cheeses, or savory fillings and bake until golden brown.
- For a quick and easy dessert, top a sheet of puff pastry with applesauce, cinnamon, and sugar. Cut into small strips and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
These are just a few of the many ways you can use extra puff pastry. Be creative and experiment with different flavor combinations to find your favorites!
Q. Can I use puff pastry instead of pie crust? Can you use puff pastry for the base of a pie?
If you opt for puff pastry instead of pie crust, you will need to stretch and roll the dough to fill the bottom and sides of the pie pan.
It’s important to note that the two crusts will have different tastes and textures. Puff pastry is lighter and flakier. Pie crust tends to be richer and sometimes crumbly.
Q. How long does puff pastry last in the fridge?
Puff pastry is best when it’s fresh, but it will generally last for up to three days in the fridge. If you’re not planning on using it right away, you can freeze puff pastry for two months or more. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the pastry in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
Q. Can you use puff pastry for pumpkin pie?
Pumpkin pie is a holiday classic, but it can be time-consuming to make from scratch. If you’re short on time, you can use store-bought puff pastry as a shortcut for your pumpkin pie crust. Simply roll out the pastry and fit it into a pie dish.
Or cut smaller pieces of puff pastry and place in cupcake pans for bite-size puff pastry pumpkin pies. Then fill with your favorite pumpkin pie filling and bake according to the recipe. The result is a flaky, flavorful pumpkin pie that will wow your guests.
- Puff Pastry Cream Horns (Lady Locks) With Buttercream Filling
- Easy Puff Pastry Tiramisu
- Strawberry Cream Eclairs
- Lemon Cream Puffs
- Strawberry Puff Pastry
- Galette des Rois (French King Cake) With Rough Puff Pastry
- Strawberry Turnovers
- Lemon Curd Puff Pastry Tarts
- Pineapple and Mango Puff Pastry Squares
- Puff Pastry Apple Pie
- Puff Pastry Apple Pie With Sticky Caramel Sauce
- Lemon Blueberry Hand Pies
- Lemon Puff Pastry Sticks
- Apple Tart Puff Pastry With Caramel Apple Compote
- Apple Rose Puffs With Jam
- Baked Brie With Raspberries and Pecans
- Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Pinwheels
- Cinnamon Puff Pastry Twists
- Puff Pastry Cronuts with Buttermilk Glaze
- Apple Strudel
- Easy Cinnamon Rolls With Puff Pastry
- Orejas (Palmiers)
- Heart-Shaped Puff Pastry Pear Tart
- Raspberry Tartlets
- Cardamom & Cinnamon Cappuccino Cheese Danishes
- Mini Chocolate Puff Pastries
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Bites
- Sour Cherry Cheesecake Napoleons
- Mulberry Puff Pastry Danishes
- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert
- Quesitos (Puerto Rican Cream Cheese-Filled Pastries)
- Nutella Puff Pastry Twists
- Air Fryer Strawberry Stuffed Turnover Recipe
- 30 Minute Puff Pastry Chocolate Croissants (pain au chocolate)
- Chocolate Puff Pastry
- Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Puff Pastry Braid
- Select your favorite puff pastry recipe.
- Assemble the required tools and ingredients.
- Prepare the recipe and enjoy!
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