This delicious, attractive, and (most importantly) super-easy puff pastry recipe can easily be made low-fat by using fat-free whipped topping and skim milk. This recipe should be enjoyed the same day for best results. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Combine pudding mix and cold milk; fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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  • Unfold pastry on a cool, lightly floured surface. Cut into 3 strips along fold marks, then cut each strip into four equal pieces. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet, and cool.

  • Split pastries into 2 layers, setting the 8 best looking tops aside. Spread 8 bottom layers with dollops of the pudding mixture. Top each with a layer of strawberries, a small amount of pudding, and another pastry layer. (A small amount of the pudding mix on top of the berries will help keep the layers together.) Spread with remaining pudding mixture and strawberries, and top with remaining pastry layers (the best looking ones). Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

Nutrition Facts

301 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 37g 12% DV; fat 15.9g 24% DV; cholesterol 2.4mg 1% DV; sodium 268.2mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2005
Good but basic. I like my recipe for strawberry napoleons better because it mixes the fresh strawberries with strawberry preserves and the cream mixture is whipped heavy cream, vanilla and cream cheese. Top with a sprig of mint and a strawberry on top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2011
Agree that this makes an attractive dessert but I'm not a custard/pudding fan. The instant vanilla pudding is quite overpowering. Would be much more delicious with just the whipped topping or fresh whipped cream. Read More
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61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2005
Good but basic. I like my recipe for strawberry napoleons better because it mixes the fresh strawberries with strawberry preserves and the cream mixture is whipped heavy cream, vanilla and cream cheese. Top with a sprig of mint and a strawberry on top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2011
My suggestion is to "dock" the bottom sheets with a fork, this will help the bottom sheets rise more evenly and help keep the whole pastry stable. we did this very thing in the bake shop when we had to make a couple of hundred of them.....good recipe otherwise Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2005
I first saw this recipe on the Puff Pastry box. I made these for Easter dessert and they were a big hit. Very elegant looking but EASY to do. You can prepare everything early in the day then assemble the pieces when you're ready to serve. Could use other fruit like sliced peaches or mixed berries. Great taste great presentation! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
This was a total delish treat hands down...but I may have not understood the last step I ended up splitting each 12 portions in half any way and stacking the way I thought it should be...Only problem was after I'd stack the pastry on top of each pudding and strawberry layer it still start to fall over. So I really had to improvise to keep them stacked...But for my kids I just did the one layer(puff pastry creme mix strawberries a dab of creme mix puff pastry powdered sugar with a touch of whip cream and half a strawberry) If you could see all of my kids' faces while they were eating you would totally understand how HUGE of a hysterical funny mess they made while trying to eat them...however my kids came back for seconds because they enjoyed this light and airy treat. I will sooo make this again. TOTALLY. I have no clue why I've never made anything like this before until now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2009
I've had this recipes for years. I also use real whipped cream and add 1/4 tsp. almond extract to the pudding/cream mixture. Makes a great presentation! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2011
Super easy and very delicious napoleons. I served these at a party and everyone raved and raved. But even after using real whipped cream we still felt the taste of the filling was too artificial. Next time I will make a custard filling from scratch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
This recipe is really easy and really tasty - it doesn't get much better than that. I was asked to bring dessert last minute so I needed something really quick to put together and this was minimal fuss. I used puff pastry shells and broke each one into 3 pieces - 2 layers of strawberries and 2 layers of pudding mix - really impressive looking. The pudding mix is just the right amount for 6 pastry shells. Great when strawberries are in season! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2011
Honestly this has become our absolutely favorite dessert... the entire family went completely nuts over this. It's perfectly wonderful as is but we have also experimented a bit preferring using true whipped cream (from heavy whipping cream) as opposed to the cool whip. We occasionally added a tablespoon of Tang orange drink powder to the pudding mixture or we grated some orange zest into the pudding mixture for added interest. The beauty of this recipe is that it appeals to kids and grownups alike and you can use whatever berries you have on hand. For July 4th blueberries and strawberries make a beautiful combination with the pudding and puff pastry. Amazing recipe! It has truly bumped out my favorite trifle recipe as our family's most treasured dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2005
Very easy; very very tasty!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2011
Agree that this makes an attractive dessert but I'm not a custard/pudding fan. The instant vanilla pudding is quite overpowering. Would be much more delicious with just the whipped topping or fresh whipped cream. Read More
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