Quesitos (Puerto Rican Cheese-Stuffed Puff Pastry)


These exquisite pastries are a guilty pleasure in Puerto Rico, where bakeries boast about having 'the best'. The only hard part of these quesitos would be preparing the French puff pastry, but if you get it frozen then it is a very simple process.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 quesitos


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 1 cup white sugar, or as needed

  • 1 (17.3 ounce) package frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm®), thawed

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cut cream cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices; place cut side-down on a board and cut into logs.

  3. Place 1 cup sugar into a small bowl; place cream cheese logs into sugar and roll to coat. Set aside.

  4. Cut each puff pastry sheet evenly into 3 to 4 squares, no bigger than 5 to 6 inches each. Place 1 square in front of you with 1 corner pointing down. Place 1 sugar-covered cheese log about 1/3 up from the bottom corner; proceed to fold pastry around it in the same manner as an egg roll, with the bottom corner over cheese, side corners towards the center, then roll from bottom, up. Brush some water in the last corner to seal roll.

  5. Place quesito on the prepared pan, seam-side down. Repeat with all squares, making sure there is at least 1-inch between them.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Brush tops with corn syrup.

Cook's Notes:

You can use homemade or restaurant-quality frozen puff pastry, if you'd like.

You can add a piece of guava paste to the filling...yummy.

Remember to adjust amount of cheese according to the size of your squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

540 Calories
33g Fat
55g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 540
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 7g
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 71mg 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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