22 Best Puff Pastry Desserts

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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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.

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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!

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1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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6. 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.

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7. 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.

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8. 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.

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9. 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.

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10. 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.

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11. 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.

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12. 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.

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13. 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!

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14. 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.

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15. 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.

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16. Tarte Tatin

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.

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17. 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.

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18. 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.

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19. 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.

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20. 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.

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21. 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.

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22. 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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