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Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas

Puff Pastry is such a fun and easy dough to make simple desserts and appetizers for parties and events. It is a flaky and buttery dough that bakes up puffy with delicate layers. Add sweet or savory toppings or fillings.

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Puff Pastry is such a fun and easy dough to make simple desserts and appetizers for parties and events. It

One of my favorite short cut staples happens to be puff pastry. I love how easy it is to work with and how rewarding the recipe results can be.

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puff pastry package on white table near orange and white striped napkin.

What is it?

Puff Pastry can be either made from scratch or be purchased in the freezer aisle at your local grocer. It retails for around $6 but can be found on sale during the holidays. Each box of frozen pastry typically comes with 2 shells which are coated in flour and tucked between layers of thick wax/parchment paper.

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Raw Puff Pastry shells on a cutting board.

Uses:

You can use puff pastry dough for pies, bars, casseroles, dessert squares, tarts, mini pies, and savory appetizers. The possibilities are almost endless as long as you bake it correctly.

How long to defrost?

Before working with puff pastry it needs to defrost. If you do not defrost it, it will be nearly impossible to unfold or work with. You can thaw puff pastry in the fridge. I typically will put my dough in the night before I need to use it. However, it can be sped up by removing the shells from the box and covering them with plastic wrap on a plate.

You can also thaw it quickly (about 2 hours) by leaving the box on the counter. Just be sure to check on it throughout the day.

To really speed up defrosting you could remove the shells from the box and place them on a microwave-safe plate. However, you should only use your microwaves defrost mode and only defrost in 30-second intervals. You do not want to over microwave or it will start to “cook” the dough and make it super gummy!

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Raw Puff Pastry squares on baking sheet

How to Bake

When baking, I typically follow the manufacturer’s box timing which can vary per recipe. Traditionally, dough is baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes.

Defrosted pastry can be cut into rectangles, squares, or by cookie cutters. You can even bake puff pastry in muffin tins like I do with these apple pies.

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Raw Puff Pastry squares pushed into muffin tin.

They will bake up to a light golden brown color. You will notice they will not expand width size but will expand in height.

Once the shells cool, I carefully slice them in half and fill them with fresh fruit toppings or real whipped cream for desserts.

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Puff Pastry Cream bag tip with whipped cream.

Easy Dessert Recipes

Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite dessert recipes I have made using puff pastry. Check them out below and be sure to let us know if you have tried any of them. Many, like the Snowflake Cream Puffs are viral recipes with lots of positive feedback on Pinterest.

Raspberry Chocolate Cream Puffs A deliciously flaky puff pastry featuring real whipped cream, fresh raspberries and chocolate drizzle. Go to this recipe

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Easy 20 Minute Cream Puff Recipe A very quick and easy mini cream puff with real whipped cream you can make with little baking skills in just 20 minutes. Go to this recipe

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Iced Pumpkin Turnovers Pumpkin Puff Pastry Turnovers are a delicious twist on a classic. Made with puff pastry, cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin puree they are the perfect way to celebrate the season! They’re quick and easy to make, and they have all of the delicious flavors that you love in your favorite pumpkin pie without any of the hassle! Go to this recipe

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Pumpkin Puff Pastries on a white plate with a real pumpkin.

Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry These Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry are the perfect handheld dessert you can easily make at home with only a few ingredients. In this recipe, Puff Pastry Dough and Apple Pie Filling are married in a muffin tin, topped with walnuts (or pecans), and baked to a golden flaky perfection. Go to this recipe

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Cream Puffs with Blackberries & White Chocolate Cream Puffs with Blackberries & White Chocolate are a simple puff pastry dessert that any home cook can recreate. They feature store-bought puff pastry, Torani White Chocolate Sauce, and fresh blackberries with a dusting of powdered sugar. Go to this recipe

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Blackberry Cream Puffs

Strawberry Cream Puffs Flaky & buttery puff pastry filled with fresh whipped cream, sweet strawberries, and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. Go to this recipe

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Chocolate-Filled Real Cream Squares Chocolate-Filled Real Cream Squares feature a Puff Pastry shell stuffed with Real Chocolate & Sweetened Whipped Cream. Such a tasty real cream dessert! Go to this recipe
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Savory Recipes

Caramelized Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Bites Mushrooms and sweet onions are caramelized with balsamic vinegar, and then baked with cheese on buttery, and flaky puff pastry. These bite-sized appetizers are easy to make and such a crowd pleaser! Go to this recipe

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