17 Dessert Puff Pastry Recipes to help satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. These recipes are decadent, flaky and are all easy to make.
Included in this collection of puff pastry recipes are apple danish, chocolate cream horns, cream puffs and even donuts that require very little effort but produce amazing desserts. Get ready to find your new favorite dessert recipe!
When I need a fast dessert recipe, I reach into my freezer and pull out the box of frozen puff pastry. Why? Because there are so many ways you can use frozen puff pastry to create easy dessert recipes.
Oh...and not only are the recipes easy, but they're elegant. When you serve one of these desserts I'm sharing with you today, your guests will think you slaved all day in the kitchen preparing it.
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What is Puff Pastry?
Puff pastry is made with hundreds of layers of butter and dough that are repeated rolled and folded together producing very delicate layers of pastry. It does not contain yeast or any other leavening ingredients.
It's not difficult to make, but it does take time. A lot of time. Which is why using frozen prepared puff pastry version is so popular. It's just as tasty!
From galettes, pastry pies, tarts, cookies and even cinnamon rolls, you can create delicious desserts people will think you purchased at a bakery.
Is Puff Pastry the Same as Crescent Rolls?
Crescent roll dough has yeast and puff pastry doesn't. They both will produce a flaky recipe, but puff pastry will puff up more.
You can use crescent rolls in place of puff pastry, but remember the end product will not be exactly the same. Crescent rolls do not puff up as much as puff pastry during baking.
How to Cut Puff Pastry into Shapes
Here are a few tips to help you cut shapes with puff pastry for recipes:
- Keep the dough in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. Having the dough cool will prevent it from sticking.
- Always use a sharp knife, pastry cutter or cookie cutter when you are cutting puff pastry into shapes.
- A dull knife will tear the dough making it not puff up correctly while baking.
- The same is true for cookie cutters. Try not to use plastic ones. You want to use stainless steel cookie cutters or biscuit cutters.
- Use a tamper tart tool to help you press dough squares into muffin tins. If you use your finger, you risk your nails accidentally poking a hole in the dough.
If the recipe calls for baking, it's best to put it back into the refrigerator or even freezer to chill the puff pastry one more time before placing it in the hot oven. That will help chill the butter in the layers and give the recipe a better "puff" as it bakes.
Favorite Puff Pastry Desserts
Puff Pastry recipes have always been popular on the blog, but usually around Christmas because of my popular Christmas Tree Puff Pastry recipes.
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