12 Easy Puff Pastry Desserts Your Holiday Crew Will Love
While a good pie crust is in every baker's repertoire, sometimes you need to make fabulous, flaky desserts in a pinch. That's where puff pastry comes in. Find it in the frozen aisle of your grocery store, and use it to make a variety of pastries for every occasion. We're not saying it's magic, but it will make your holiday dessert wishes come true. And working with frozen puff pastry is easier than you think. Each of these festive desserts will steal the show, and no one will believe you did it all with store-bought dough. Discover 12 easy puff pastry desserts that always impress.
Nutella® Pastry Christmas Tree
This stunning Christmas tree pastry will take center stage on any dessert table. Reviewer Abanans says, "A friend made this the other day for an afternoon tea break and we gobbled it up. It was delicious! So I went and bought puff pastry and Nutella® and just made two trees this afternoon. So quick and easy that I didn't even need to refer to the recipe," says reviewer Abanans.
Apple Puff Pastry Tart
This pastry tart is much easier to make and serve than apple pie. Recipe creator MichelleSchaffer describes this as, "A delicious mix of sweet and tart that will truly amaze your senses. The pastry adds dimension as well. It's like apple pie without the fork!"
Raspberry Pain au Chocolat (Raspberry Chocolate Croissants)
Raspberry and chocolate were made for each other, just like this elegant pastry was made to wow at your holiday gathering. Recipe creator allison125 describes this pastry as, "Flaky puff pastry is filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread and all-fruit raspberry spread in this delectable treat. I concocted this on a whim one afternoon, and after one bite, I knew it was one for the books! Simple, elegant, and delicious."
Nutella® Star Bread with Puff Pastry
This pull-apart bread is perfect for feeding a crowd, and the star pattern gives it the perfect festive touch. Reviewer DolceVita says, "As I was letting it cool down, I had to step away for a minute. When I returned to the kitchen to take a picture of it, I found my husband devouring it. He couldn't stop raving about."
Reviewer Jeri says "Tried these last night. Four people devoured them all in 5 minutes! Delicious! So simple and they look like you picked them up at the bakery... I will buy several boxes of frozen puff pastry and keep it on hand to make this simple dessert anytime I am in a pinch or just feel like giving my family a scrumptious treat!"
Hasselback Pear Tart
Put seasonal pears on display at your next holiday gathering. Recipe creator Nicholio says, "Using the Hasselback method on pears makes them even easier to arrange in this delicious fall tart."
Easy Pumpkin Turnovers
Move over, pumpkin pie. Recipe creator SaraSunshine says, "These turnovers are easy to do, and everyone I've made them for has loved them. I use store-bought puff pastry for the convenience."
Lemon Berry Tartlets
These elegant lemon tarts can be topped with a variety of fruits for a customizable holiday treat. Reviewer Carolyn says, "I made these for Christmas to give to my neighbors. I used a melon ball tool to make the middle cutout. I decorated with a raspberry on each treat and slices of kiwi on the plate for red and green for Christmas."
This fluffy and light pastry puff is filled with decadent chocolate mousse and dusted with powdered sugar. "Simple and delicious! These came together so quickly, but are so elegant," says reviewer Kim's Cooking Now. "You could definitely served these as a dessert for a dinner party, or just a snack for the kids when they get home from school. I love recipes like that!"
The traditional English sweet makes for a beautiful, bite-sized dessert that will feed a crowd. Reviewer DOROTHYMP says, "Eccles Cakes are one of my favorite sweets to buy when I'm in England and these certainly satisfy me here! Using the puff pastry makes this an easy recipe."
Rich Chocolate Tart
"I made it as written and it is delicious and so simple to make. The texture of the chocolate filling is so silky and delicious. I really recommend using the puff pastry as the recipe indicates — it is so flaky," says reviewer Shekneequa. Conquer your pastry fears by using frozen pastry to make this decadent dessert.
With the beautiful presentation of these apple tartlets, no one would guess they only took 25 minutes to make! Recipe creator Rita Spangler says, "This is one of my fall favorite quick recipes to use those lovely little red apples my backyard tree provides! It's beautiful but also tasty — a great treat or dessert to make for company or bring to a party."