Puff Pastry Recipes to Add Irresistible Buttery, Flaky Dough to Every Meal

Spinach Feta Tart
Photo: Andy Lyons

Puff pastry is a light and flaky French pastry made from a laminated dough, or many thin layers of dough separated by butter or other solid fat. It's an extremely labor-intensive project to make from scratch. Thankfully, purchased frozen puff pastry dough is a shortcut that makes it easy to create delicious puff pastry recipes at home. Keep puff pastry on hand so you can make puff pastry appetizers (baked Brie in puff pastry, anyone?), puff pastry dessert recipes, and other puff pastry recipes for every meal of the day.

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries
Karla Conrad

These are the classic fruit pastries you find at bakeries. Frozen puff pastry dough makes it easy for you to bake them yourself without a lot of effort. Enjoy with your morning coffee.

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Garden Vegetable Tart

Garden Vegetable Tart
Andy Lyons

Hit the farmers market for the best fresh produce to top puff pastry dough for this colorful tart. The gooey mozzarella pulls all the flavors together. Feel free to change the toppings up with whatever's ripe in the garden or most in-season at the moment.

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Chicken Pot Pies

Chicken Pot Pies
Blaine Moats

Your family will love digging into puff pastry chicken pot pie. Fill individual serving cups with a saucy veggie-filled chicken mixture, and top them with squares of puff pastry dough. Be sure to cut slits in the dough to allow steam to escape.

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Oregano-Manchego Cheese Straws

Oregano-Manchego Cheese Straws
Jason Donnelly

This recipe using puff pastry is perfect to pair with dinner or to serve as an appetizer. Give them your own taste twist by trying different cheese and herb combinations, such as shredded Swiss cheese and dried dill weed. This is definitely an easy puff pastry recipe to keep in your back pocket.

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Spinach and Feta Tart

Spinach Feta Tart
Andy Lyons

Spinach and feta are a classic combo. Paired with lemon and fresh herbs makes it even more magical. All it takes to complete this delicious brunch or lunch favorite is a cup of light soup on the side. Cut the tart into smaller pieces for easy puff pastry appetizers everyone will love.

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Almond Pastry Fingers

Almond Pastry Fingers
Peter Krumhardt

Frozen puff pastry makes brunch an easy task. This 5-ingredient puff pastry recipe stuffs the flaky dough with almond dessert filling, white chocolate pieces, and crunchy almonds. Trust us, the family is going to go wild for these sweet almond treats.

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Baked Brie en Croûte

Baked Brie
Robert Jacobs

Baked Brie en Croûte is a classic puff pastry appetizer. Simply wrap up a wheel of Brie (Camembert works, too), add a dollop of pepper jelly, and nuts in frozen puff pastry before baking to golden perfection. It is best served with crisp apple or pear slices, but toasted baguette slices or hearty crackers add a welcome crunch as well.

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Ginger Pear Galette

Ginger Pear Galette
Andy Lyons

This puff pastry idea is going to be a go-to whenever the fall weather comes in. Choose pears that are ripe but still firm for this puff pastry recipe. Leave the peels on red pears for extra color and nutrition. Can't find any crystallized ginger at the store? It's easy to make your own.

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Petite Beef Wellingtons

Petite Beef Wellingtons
Carson Downing

Beef Wellington is a beef tenderloin dish wrapped in puff pastry with English roots. Here we've turned it into an adorable individual serving that stuffs the pastry with beef, mushrooms, shallots, and herbs for everyone to enjoy. If you prefer the full-size version to feast on, we've got instructions for that as well.

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Ham and Cheese Slab Pies

Ham Cheese Slab Pies
Scott Little

This savory pie is hard to beat. Puff pastry sheets make an easy crust to wrap this family-size take on a hot ham and cheese sandwich. Don't forget to press down well to seal the edges so none of the melty cheese escapes.

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Puff Pastry Tarts

Puff Pastry Tarts
Con Poulos

If you want a baking challenge as you've seen in The Great British Baking Show, this is the puff pastry recipe for you. Instead of using the frozen sheets, make a from-scratch dough for this simplified puff pastry recipe. This pastry is light and flaky and holds its shape when cut into these stars (or whatever shape you like).

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Salmon-Artichoke Puff Pastry Bites

Salmon-Artichoke Puff Pastry Bites
Kritsada Panichgul

Looking for a little help for your next holiday party? Bake the puff pastry squares for these bite-size delights up to 1 month ahead, then assemble the salmon in puff pastry appetizers just before serving.

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Shortcut Sugar Buns

Shortcut Sugar Buns
Carson Downing

If you've jumped on the trend of making brunch boards, this easy puff pastry recipe is an excellent contender for your next spread. Rather than spend time waiting for cinnamon roll dough to rise for hours, simply top frozen puff pastry with a cinnamon-sugar mixture, butter, and bake.

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Easy Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie

Easy Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie
Scott Little

This simple puff pastry dessert is perfect when you want a quick sweet treat. Bonus: this easy puff pastry recipe can be customized with ingredients you have on hand. Substitute pears for apples or use a combo of the two and dust the pie with powdered sugar instead of making icing.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

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Here's a sophisticated way to use hot dogs. Use one sheet of puff pastry from the package to create treats both the kids and adults will devour. It's a 4-ingredient finger food that is easy to pull together for last-minute menu planning.

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Ricotta Puffs

Ricotta Puffs
Scott Little

Use the entire package of frozen puff pastry to make these savory cheese-filled bundles. The inside also includes roasted red pepper and grated Romano for a surprising punch of flavor. Vary the shape by folding some of the pastry squares into rectangles and others into triangles.

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Strawberry-Cardamom Turnovers

Strawberry-Cardamom Turnovers
Carson Downing

When it comes to puff pastry dessert recipes, this can be your go-to. The buttery, flaky dough is filled with a homemade strawberry jam that is elevated by simmering in a blend of lemon, cardamom spice, and vanilla. If strawberries aren't in season, swap with frozen berries.

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Peppercorn Pastries with Beef

Peppercorn Pastries Beef
Blaine Moats

Savory puff pastry pillows are topped with a rich horseradish sour cream sauce and slices of roast beef for a new twist on a classic combo. You can easily bake the puffy dough ahead and fill them when it's time to serve.

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Berry Slab Pie

Berry Slab Pie
Andy Lyons

Our readers know this recipe is what to make with puff pastry. Frozen mixed berries get a punch from crystallized ginger before getting wrapped and baked in the flaky dough. When you make too much dessert (it does happen sometimes), pop this easy fruit pie into the freezer to enjoy later.

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