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16 Perfectly Easy Puff Pastry Recipes

Puff pastry is an ingredient that is found in the freezer aisle of many grocery stores all across the country. It's basically a light and flaky pastry that sort of "puffs up" when it's baked. Puff pastry is also a very versatile ingredient that can be used to make everything from dinner to desserts. In fact, we especially love using it to make puff pastry desserts that are bake-shop quality! If you've never worked with puff pastry before or you've been in search of tasty puff pastry recipe ideas we think it's time you go pick up a package (or two!), and discover a fun new way to make an easy dinner or dessert. 
Below, we've put together a collection of some of our favorite puff pastry recipes that we know you're going to love! 

Puff Pastry Desserts

Almond Bear Claws

With the slits cut on top, these Almond Bear Claw pastries resemble a bear's claw. And you'll need a bear-sized appetite to wolf down these treats because they're made with our signature "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"

Baked Pear Tart

Enjoy sweet baked pears, a gooey cinnamon-sugar topping, and a delightfully flaky puff pastry crust with our recipe for Baked Pear Tart. It's perfect for chilly fall nights, especially when served with your favorite cup of tea.

Fresh Apple Turnovers

This Amish-style dessert is just what you need after a long day, and you won't even mind making them because this easy apple turnover recipe uses shortcut puff pastry. Served by themselves or with a scoop of delicious ice cream, you can't go wrong with our stress-free Fresh Apple Turnover recipe.

Not Traditional Baklava

We've shortened the work, shortened the time, and shortened the cleanup of this traditional Greek dessert. One thing we didn't shorten is the taste!

Mini Elephant Ears

In pastry shops all over Europe you can find these delicate, crisp pastries that are rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Now they're easy to make at home. Hooray!

Double Cherry Turnovers

Every now and then, we like a little something sweet in the morning, and these turnovers are just the ticket! They're just oozing with tasty cherry filling-and just as great served for dessert, too!

Apple Strudel

This Old World classic will make you feel like you're on a cruise along a winding European river! With all the traditional taste of a German-style strudel, our recipe for Apple Strudel uses a few shortcuts, like store-bought puff pastry, so you can get to enjoying in no time!

Overstuffed Napoleons

We're leaving the homemade puff pastry to the pastry chefs and using a shortcut to make these super simple Overstuffed Napoleons. This classic, bakery-style delight is creamy, rich, and an all-time favorite!

Savory Puff Pastry Recipes

Imagine serving a restaurant-fancy main dish on a busy weeknight? Our Chicken Divan Puffs take advantage of lots of store-bought shortcuts, but don't skimp on looks or taste.

Beef Potpies

David Venable's Beef Potpies are inspired by his childhood memories of sitting by the glass oven door, and watching his potpie bubble up and over the sides of the pan. Create new memories or relive old ones by making this hearty and comforting dish. You might be surprised at how easy it is to feel like a kid again!

Salmon Wellington

Instead of going out to dinner and spending a fortune, make a romantic dinner for two right at home with our easy recipe for Salmon Wellington. We cover our seasoned salmon with flaky puff pastry and herb cream cheese to make this dinner look and taste restaurant-fancy!

Chicken Feta Braid

When delicious and convenient ingredients are combined in one tasty dish, you've got a surefire hit on your hands. Greek-inspired Chicken and Feta Braid is sure to become a brunch, lunch or dinner favorite!

Oscar-Worthy Chicken Pot Pie

Our shortcut version of a signature dish served at the Governor's Ball is inspired by the event's official chef, Wolfgang Puck. These individual pot pies are to die for and perfect for any occasion!

Cranberry-Pecan Brie

This savory-sweet snack is a hit at the holidays and all throughout the year. Make easy, tasty Cranberry-Pecan Brie for your next party and enjoy the raves!

Easy Beef Wellington

For our Easy Beef Wellington, beef tenderloin steaks are wrapped in convenient frozen puff pastry dough along with a flavor-packed mushroom mixture then baked up to create a company classic.

Fresh Catch Strudel

Mild and mellow, U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is the start to an easy yet elegant main-dish strudel with its flavorful catfish filling baked in flaky puff pastry crust. Serve fish a whole new way with our Fresh Catch Strudel!

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