Cheese Filled Puff Pastries

As you bite into these crispy puff pastries, you encounter a melting cream cheese filling in the midst of hundreds of layers of airy dough. These take only a few minutes to assemble and are in the oven.

You can certainly use all kinds of fillings: fruit, Nutella, a combination of cream cheese and fruit, etc. This is my favorite. So simple, so quick and absolutely mouth-watering. Another variation that I use quite often is half cream cheese and half strawberry or raspberry jam.

Yields: 12 pastries

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top of the pastries

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

2 sheets of prepared puff pastry dough

1 egg, for egg wash, plus 1 Tablespoon of water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare the filling. Cream the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla until smooth in consistency, using a standing mixed with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer. IMG_5727Cut each sheet of dough into 6 (3 inch x 4 inch) pieces. IMG_5725Whisk the whole egg and 1 Tablespoon of water and brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash. Place 1 Tablespoon of filling in the middle of each pastry. I used a 1 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon. IMG_5733Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges with your fingers. Use a fork and press down all around the edges to crimp shut, creating a rectangular shape. With a sharp knife, make some slashes across the top of the pastries.

This will give the steam a way to escape and prevent the pastries from bursting and opening up.

Brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with some sugar. I have an extra salt shaker that I have just for sugar sprinkling purposes. IMG_5737Arrange the pastries on a parchment – lined, rimmed baking sheet. IMG_5735Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.IMG_5852

Cheese Filled Puff Pastries
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 12 pastries
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top of the pastries
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 sheets of prepared puff pastry dough
  • 1 egg, for egg wash, plus 1 Tablespoon of water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla until smooth in consistency.
  3. Cut each sheet of dough into 6 (3 inch x 4 inch) pieces.
  4. Whisk the whole egg and 1 Tablespoon of water and brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash.
  5. Place 1 Tablespoon of filling in the middle of each pastry.
  6. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges with your fingers.
  7. Use a fork and press down all around the edges to crimp shut, creating a rectangular shape.
  8. With a sharp knife, make some slashes across the top of the pastries.
  9. Brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with some sugar.
  10. Arrange the pastries on a parchment - lined, rimmed baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

16 Comments

  • NatashasKitchen.com

    Wow, with cream cheese inside; sounds heavenly! I make something similar but the cheese mix is not fully covered. Thank you for sharing! I enjoy seeing your new posts and am looking forward to trying some new recipes!

    • Olga K.

      Chop the apples into small pieces, melt butter in a skillet, add the apples. Add some sugar, vanilla and a little bit of lemon juice. Cook until the apples are tender. Use the cooked apples as a filling.

  • Alla

    Hi Olga! Just wanted to say… These are delicious! I have made them several times in the past month… husband and kids love them! They go really fast in my house!!!!
    I always make half with just the cream filling, and half with jam mixed in. DELICIOUS!
    Thank you!!!!! =)

  • Mila

    Olga,
    I just saw your recipe and recognized what I made a week ago before I saw it!
    Except, i added a couple of spoons of Ricotta cheese, small packet of vanillas sugar, grated lemon, and 5-6 fresh blueberries in each pastry. I made 12 and they were almost gone in one evening. My husband kept raving about the flavor and couldn’t stop.

    But I have a question. Have you ever used 2 eggs? I used two eggs and the cheese was a little watery and hard to keep in the pastry. I managed to make them looking good but it took patience. Have you ever made it with more eggs? I see that your cheese in the pictures stays in place, it looks like whipped cream sort of. Just wanted to run it by you, if you think eggs would be the reason? Lemon was just grated skin, nothing more. I didn’t want to use lemon juice to make cheese more runny so I used chopped lemon skin to enhance flavor.

    • olgak7

      Hi Mila,
      I think 2 eggs in a cheese filling is too much and will make the filling too runny. Sometimes, I only use one egg yolk and not the whole egg for extra creaminess.
      The combination of blueberries, lemon zest and ricotta cheese sounds delicious!

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