Puff Pastry Valentine’s Day Hearts are the perfect dessert to make for your family or for someone special. Let me show you how easy it is to bake with puff pastry and make a heart shaped dessert.
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Puff Pastry Hearts
Sheets of puff pastry cut into shapes of hearts filled with chocolate pudding are the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you’ve never worked with puff pastry, you’re in for a real surprise at just how easy it is to create delicious recipes.
These puff hearts are rich in flavor, soft and almost melt in your mouth!
- 2 sheets of Frozen Puff Pastry; thawed
- 1 package JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding; 3.9 ounce size
- Container of Cool Whip; 8 ounce size
- 1 3/4 cups cold milk
How to Prepare the Pudding:
In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and the milk. Gently fold in the container of Cool Whip and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the puff pastry hearts.
How to Use Puff Pastry
Have you ever worked with puff pastry before? If you haven’t, you’re in for a wonderful surprised. Puff pastry is filled with layers of butter that help produce light and airy desserts, appetizers, bread sticks, savory pot pies and so much more!
Not only is it delicious, but it’s very easy to use. You’re in a for a great surprise when you add the dough into the oven and watch it puff up into a most delicious light pastry.
How to Defrost Puff Pastry
Here are a few easy tips for defrosting this delicate pastry:
- Only defrost what you’re going to use. If a recipe only calls for one sheet, wrap unused sheets in plastic wrap, place in a freezer safe plastic bag and return to the freezer.
- Thaw the dough in the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours before you need to use it. If you forget to remove the pastry from the freezer in time for your recipe, you can defrost it at room temperature for about 30 to 40 minutes.
- Keep the puff pastry dough cool and try to work quickly. If you find that the pastry gets too soft while working with it, return it to the refrigerator for it to firm up. Even placing the puff pastry in the freezer for a few minutes will help firm it up again.
- You should use any thawed dough within 24 hours.
How to Cut out the Heart Shapes
I like to use parchment baking sheets, but a lightly floured surface works well too. Unroll the pastry and lay flat.
You may need to use your rolling pin to flatten out the pastry and remove the fold lines, however, you don’t want to press too hard or the pastry won’t puff up as nicely.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. You can see I used two different sized cookie cutters.
Bake in a preheated 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep your eye on them as they bake. Because oven temperatures vary, yours could be ready much quicker and you don’t want them to get too brown.
When the pastry is high and golden brown, it is done. Look how the hearts have puffed up! Let the puff pastry hearts cool completely on a baking rack before filling with the pudding mixture.
How to Put the Dessert Together
Cut each heart in half and lay the bottom half on your plate, add a spoonful of the pudding mixture and cover with the top of the heart. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or powdered cocoa powder before serving.
You can also add whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top if you like.
The smaller heart shaped puff pastry were served on the side as a little treat.
A few other Valentine’s Day Recipes:
- Heart Shaped Treats
- Valentines Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Valentines Day Ice Cream Floats
- Heart Shaped Oreo Truffles
Please note that the amount of puff pastry hearts you get with this recipe depends on the size cookie cutter you use. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
How to Prepare the Pudding:
How to Prepare the Puff Pastry Hearts:
How to Put the Dessert Together:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 146mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Please note that the amount of puff pastry hearts you get with this recipe depends on the size cookie cutter you use.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.