Mille Feuille (Napoleon Pastry Sheets)


This Napoleon dessert is made with frozen puff pastry sheets, so there's no need to make your own dough. The key is keeping the dough flat when baking, which we do by docking it or pricking it all over with the tines of a fork. These crispy, buttery sheets are the first step in making Napoleons.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry dough, thawed

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar, or as needed for dusting

  • 3 sheets aluminum foil

  • 1 sheet parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat.

  2. Separate dough at the seams into 4 squares and place on the prepared baking sheet. Prick dough all over with the tines of a fork. Lightly sprinkle with sugar.

  3. Cover with 1 sheet parchment paper, then 3 sheets aluminum foil. Nest another baking sheet on top to apply pressure to dough while it bakes.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the top baking sheet and foil; gently peel off parchment paper. Continue baking until pastry is browned, 10 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, you can bake about 7 minutes after uncovering, flip sheets over, and bake until brown on the other side, about 7 more minutes.)

  5. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before cutting.

  6. Use a sharp serrated knife with a light sawing motion to square sheets by trimming uneven edges. Cut each rectangle crosswise into 3 equal rectangles. Use 3 rectangles per pastry.

    close up view of cake made with Mille Feuille with cream on a white plate
    Chef John

Chef's Notes:

Chef John's Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream is delicious piped between layers of Napoleon pastry.

To make white icing, add water or milk to powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. To make chocolate icing, start with one part unsweetened cocoa to four parts powdered sugar, then stir in water or milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

683 Calories
47g Fat
57g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 683
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 75mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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