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Sweet Treats to Make with Frozen Puff Pastry!

With the holidays fast approaching, busy days seem to ramp up to even-busier-days, am I right? And yet we want more than ever to make from-scratch, extra-special meals and goodies.

As a serious home baker I particularly pride myself on the from-scratch part. But there are times when I rely on – and am ever grateful for – ingredients that I call “shortcuts”.

Pre-melted packets of unsweetened chocolate.

Frozen pie crusts.

And packaged puff pastry.

Puff pastry is probably my very favorite “shortcut” ingredient. It is infinitely adaptable, and can go sweet as easily as it can go savory. With puff pastry at the ready you’ll never be at a loss for quick, easy and often do-ahead breakfast, appetizer and dessert ideas that everyone will love.

There are two kinds of packaged puff pastry. And while I highly recommend the kind that uses real butter, it is often difficult (and expensive) to source. I’ve worked with both, and can honestly say that the more commonly available variety is JUST FINE.

Here are some of my favorite  puff pastry treats and desserts, and a tip for what to do with the “scraps” that you are going to love!

  • Sweet Treats to Make with Frozen Puff Pastry! 1 of 23
    sweet treats to make with frozen puff pastry

    Frozen puff pastry is one of my "secret weapons" in the kitchen - allowing me to whip up a delectable array of treats and desserts with minimal time, effort and ingredients. What more could you ask for?

  • PB & J Pinwheels 2 of 23
    buns in my oven pb&j puff pastry pinwheels

    If there is no "wrong" way to work peanut butter and jelly into a recipe, then I would say this is one of the best ways I've ever seen!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Buns in My Oven

  • Apple Pie in the Apple 3 of 23
    babble apple pie in the apple

    How utterly charming are these individual apple pies - baked IN the apple? Honey, spices and fresh citrus bring all the familiar flavors of traditional apple pie right into these adorable desserts. 

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Strawberry Twists 4 of 23
    spoonful strawberry twists

    You can use either fresh strawberries or strawberry jam to make these pretty and tasty twists!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

  • Elephant Ears 5 of 23
    spoonful puff pastry elephant ears

    Elephant ears are one of my favorite treats. Cinnamon sugar is rolled up in a sheet of puff pastry, then cut into slices to create that signature shape. Kids will love helping with this!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

  • Blueberry Galettes 6 of 23
    babble blueberry galettes

    Rustic and charming, these individual galettes are less fussy than a pie yet no less delicious. These would be a perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea.

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Peach "Blossom" Tarts 7 of 23
    spoonful Peach Blossom Tarts

    Cream cheese mixed with apricot jam is layered with puff pastry circles, and topped with fresh peach slices arranged in a flower pattern - so pretty! I love the puff pastry "leaves" used to garnish this lovely summer dessert!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

  • Nutella Napoleons 8 of 23
    babble nutella napoleans

    Shortcut ingredients like frozen puff pastry and ready-made whipped cream mean you can get these impressive looking napoleons on the table in under 20 minutes!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Raspberry Turnovers 9 of 23
    donuts dresses and dirt raspberry turnovers

    All you need are four simple ingredients - puff pastry, raspberries, raspberry jam and a little sugar - to make these delectable turnovers. Even better? You can freeze them, unbaked, which means you are dessert-ready any time!

    Get the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Honey Apple Tarts 10 of 23
    spoonful honey apple tarts

    These cute individual tarts are also a perfect Thanksgiving dessert for the kids to help with - from cutting out the pastry circles, to arranging the apple slices and sprinkling the cinnamon-sugar.

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

  • Cranberry Orange Tarts 11 of 23
    spoonful Cranberry Orange Tarts

    Puff pastry shells are another favorite "shortcut" ingredient. These are filled with a cranberry-orange mixture, for a nice alternative to the apple/pumpkin/pecan tarts on the holiday table!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

  • Pain Au Chocolat 12 of 23
    babble pan au chocolat

    What's YOUR favorite pain au chocolat filling? Dark chocolate? Nutella? Raisinets? Using easy, ready-made puff pastry means you can get right to the fun part, and experiment with a variety of fillings. I'm thinking Milk Duds....

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Neapolitan Napoleons 13 of 23
    spiced blog neapolitan napoleons

    This impressive dessert couldn't be any easier - puff pastry, ice cream and chocolate syrup are all it takes. And since it needs time to freeze prior to serving, this is a great "make-ahead" for a dinner party - guaranteed to wow your guests!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Spiced Blog

  • Cinnamon-Sugar "Wreaths" 14 of 23
    Little Accidents in the Kitchen twisted cinnamon wreaths'

    These pretty wreaths are a cinch to make, and another great example of the versatility of puff pastry!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Little Accidents in the Kitchen

  • Chocolate Croissants 15 of 23
    fuss free cooking chocolate croissants

    No need to tell your guests that these stunning croissants were created with a package of puff pastry and a bag of chocolate chips. It can be our little secret...

    Image and recipe courtesy of Fuss Free Cooking

  • Mango Tartlets with Coconut Cream 16 of 23
    crumb mango tartlets

    Puff pastry goes "tropical" thanks to mango, lime and a rum-coconut puff pastry cream in these pretty and inventive tartlets!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Crumb Blog

  • White Chocolate Berry Napoleons 17 of 23
    babble white chocolate berry napoleans

    One of the things I love most about puff pastry is how professional it makes even the novice baker look. Take these napoleons, for instance. Some colorful berries and white chocolate whipped cream are layered between puff pastry rectangles for a fancy presentation that is actually quite easy to execute!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Pumpkin Pie Pops 18 of 23
    babble pumpkin pie pops

    Though I'm planning to make these for the kids' table this Thanksgiving, I'm picturing a few "big kids" I know who will be swiping these adorable pops for themselves.

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • S’mores Turnovers 19 of 23
    babble S'mores Turnovers

    You will not believe how fast and easy it is to make these flaky, mouthwatering twist on traditional s'mores. The secret? Ready-made ingredients like marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs and - of course - frozen puff pastry!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Apple Tart 20 of 23
    babble apple tart

    This beautiful - and simple - apple tart highlights every part of our favorite fall fruit. Thinly sliced apples are baked into this gorgeous spiral pattern. And the peels and core are cooked down with some sugar, orange zest and fruit, then strained, to create the shiny glaze.

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts 21 of 23
    babble Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts

    These rustic tarts are super easy, made in a muffin tin. The flaky, buttery puff pastry is a delectable foil for the sweet-tart combo of strawberries and rhubarb. All that's missing? A scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Nutella Pie Pops 22 of 23
    babble nutella pie pops

    Why is everything cuter on a stick? I love the simplicity of these pie pops (so much easier than cake pops!).  A dollop of Nutella, straight from the jar - is the filling, and a quick brush with beaten egg and a sprinkle of coarse sugar finishes them off. Perfect for a party or dessert buffet; no plates or forks are needed!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Cinnamon-Sugar Puff Pastry "Scraps" 23 of 23
    donuts dresses and dirt cinnamon sugar puff pastry scraps

    When working with puff pastry you'll often find that you are left with some trimmings, or scraps. Don't toss 'em! Instead, cut into strips, brush with some melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. This irresistible snack will be gone in a flash, I guarantee it!

    Get the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

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