17 Bakery-Quality Pastry Recipes You Can Make at Home

Apple-Cheese Danish
Photo: Blaine Moats

Bring home the sweet smells of flaky pastries from your favorite bakery without leaving the house. If you're a beginner baker, pastry dishes always start with a dough made of flour, water, and solid fat (this can be shortening, butter, or lard). Some common pastry examples include pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, danishes, and scones. Here you'll find a handful of our favorite pastry recipes, including some easy pastry ideas that start with shortcut ingredients such as frozen puff pastry or refrigerated piecrust.

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Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries
Karla Conrad

Attention blueberry-lovers: These flaky breakfast pastries are full of your favorite bite-size berries. Set them atop a spread made with cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice for a sweet-tart kickoff to the day.

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Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Karla Conrad

We're letting you in on the secret ingredient to our most fluffy, delicious cinnamon rolls you'll ever taste: potatoes! That's right, this top-rated pastry recipe from our Test Kitchen uses mashed potatoes to achieve the ultimate soft, pillowy rolls you know and love.

Buy It: OXO Potato Masher ($15, Target)

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Apple-Cheese Danish

Apple-Cheese Danish
Blaine Moats

Layers of light and flaky puff pastry sheets, spiced apple slices, and cream cheese fill this Danish pastry recipe. Save yourself some prep time and skip a step by substituting canned apple pie filling for the spiced apple mixture.

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Almond and Vanilla Bean Scones

Almond Vanilla Bean Scones with jar of lemon curd
Jason Donnelly

These rich, moist scones get their incredible flavor from almond and vanilla bean paste. To cut the pastry dough with ease, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes before slicing. You can also freeze the dough and save it for up to two months for delicious homemade pastries at a moment's notice.

Buy It: Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste ($37, Williams Sonoma)

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Cream Cheese Danishes

Cream Cheese Danishes
Jason Donnelly

The key ingredient to creating a flaky pastry like this classic danish is all about the puff pastry. Luckily, the frozen version at your grocery store is delicious and definitely worth buying as a shortcut ingredient. Top the easy breakfast pastry recipe with your favorite fruit preserves.

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Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart

Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart
Carson Downing

This delicious pastry recipe is a showstopping brunch treat or dessert that only looks complicated. It takes a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time to get this sweet and tangy tart together. The candied lemons are also easy to make and are an impressive topper.

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Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli
Andy Lyons

Make easy work of these sweet pastries—a plastic bag quickly pipes a homemade chocolaty filling into purchased cannoli shells. Look for the shells at Italian grocery stores and larger supermarkets.

Buy It: Wilton Decorating Bags with Tips ($5, Walmart)

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Strawberry-Cardamom Turnovers

Strawberry-Cardamom Turnovers
Carson Downing

Here our homemade strawberry jam is infused with cardamom for a zesty take on the fruit spread. Stuffed inside a flaky pastry and drizzled with powdered sugar icing, this is a breakfast pastry recipe that's sweet enough for dessert.

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Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

Rustic Blood Orange Tart Salted Pecan Crust
Andy Lyons

Add some nutty flavor to your flaky pastry by incorporating toasted pecans in the dough. Blood oranges make a tangy filling and beautiful presentation to the tart recipe. Be sure to remove the white pith from the citrus as it tends to have a bitter taste.

Buy It: Beech Wood Rolling Pin ($9, Target)

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Pear-Brie Strudel Rolls

Pear-Brie Strudel Rolls
Peter Krumhardt

Mild, buttery brie cheese cuts through the sweetness of this flaky pastry recipe. Frozen phyllo dough is the base for the herb- and maple-infused nutty pear filling. Feel free to make this pastry dish ahead and freeze it up to 3 months for an easy appetizer or dessert.

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Stuffed Churro Puffs

Stuffed Churro Puffs
Jason Donnelly

Some flavors were just meant to be paired, such as the dulce de leche that stuffs these churro-inspired cream puffs. And if you've never made choux pastry before, watch our video to show you how easy it is to make from scratch.

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Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Danish Pastry Apple Bars
Andy Lyons

Serve up this delicious apple pastry recipe to really win over the breakfast guests. You'll love that one recipe makes 32 bars; they'll love the hidden layer of cornflakes that adds crunch to the flaky pastry treat.

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Best Donuts

Our Best Donuts
Andy Lyons

This classic pastry recipe from the 1953 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book is our favorite. We've updated the donuts to use butter (and more of it) instead of shortening, but kept its classic cinnamon-nutmeg spice.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer (54, Walmart)

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French Market Beignets

French Market Beignets
Kritsada Panichgul

Originally developed in New Orleans, these elegant, fried French pastries are dusted with a generous coating of powdered sugar. Fun fact: The word "beignet" is actually French for "fritter."

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Apple-Toffee Tartlets

Apple-Toffee Tartlets
Andy Lyons

Get all the goodness of a caramel apple with this delicious blend of apple chunks, toffee bits, and brown sugar. A buttery pastry shell holds it all together for the perfect bite.

Buy It: Wilton Mini Muffin Pan ($15, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Chocolate-Almond Croissants

Chocolate-Almond Croissants
Blaine Moats

Start with purchased crescent roll dough to make these tender, rich chocolate pastries in just 35 minutes. A dark chocolate-and-almond paste fills these bakery-worthy treats.

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Almond-Cherry Pastry Braids

Almond-Cherry Pastry Braids
Blaine Moats

This easy pastry recipe only requires eight ingredients. And while braiding pastry dough might seem intimidating, it's actually pretty easy to achieve. Sweet almond paste and tart cherries combine for an irresistible filling.

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