Best Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

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These strawberry cream cheese pastry are perfect for brunch, but they are easy enough for breakfast and for an afternoon treat with friends. I made them with the intent of having them for an Easter brunch so I decided to make them an oval shape, like an Easter egg. You could make them any shape you’d like. They take a little bit of work, but for a pastry, they are pretty easy, especially with using puff pastry.

strawberry cream cheese pastry

Golden, flaky puff pastry embracing a luscious layer of cream cheese filling, topped with sweet, juicy strawberries. It’s a dessert dream come true!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  1. Quick and Easy: With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll have a delightful dessert ready to impress.
  2. Versatile: Serve it as a sweet treat for brunch, dessert, or even as a delightful snack with your afternoon tea.
  3. Customizable: Feel free to get creative with your toppings – raspberries, blueberries, or a drizzle of chocolate would all be heavenly, especially on top of those strawberries!

Ingredients List

  • puff pastry sheets
  • flour
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • almond extract
  • fresh strawberries
  • cornstarch
  • powdered sugar
  • egg
  • water

This strawberry cream cheese puff pastry doesn’t have too many ingredients, just a few steps, but none of them are hard.

What is puff pastry used for?

Puff pastry is a prepared pastry that you can find in the freezer section of your grocery store, typically near the frozen pies. Puff pastry is great and easy to use for both sweet and savory pastry recipes. All the work of the dough is done with all those great layers of butter. Hopefully you will see in this recipe how easy it is to use and your creativity will come into play and you will see all the ways you can use puff pasty.

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Prepare The Pastry

First step is to thaw your puff pastry dough. Follow the directions on your pastry package. Mine called for leaving it out of the freezer at room temperature for 40 minutes. I’ve also pulled my store-bought puff pastry out of the freezer the night before I need it and place it in the refrigerator to thaw, and that has worked for me.

My box came with 2 sheets of puff pastry. I took a piece of parchment paper and gave it a dusting of flour before opening one of the sheets of puff pastry and placing it on top of the flour dusted parchment paper. Then I gave the top of the puff pastry dough a dusting of flour before I rolled it with a rolling pin. The purpose was to smooth the seams. I enlarged the area, but only by maybe an inch.

sheet of puff pastry

Then I took my oval cookie cutter and cut out 5 oval / egg shaped pieces of puff pastry. Then I moved those cut out pieces to a parchment lined baking sheet. After they were on the baking sheet, I used a smaller oval cookie cutter and just gently pressed it on top of the puff pastry pieces on the cookie sheet. I used this smaller cutter to create the outline for the cream cheese filling and strawberry topping to stay in.

egg shaped puff pastry

Then I repeated the process with the second sheet of puff pastry and placed those pieces on a second parchment lined baking sheet.

Filling And Topping

The cream cheese mixture is delicious and a great universal filling to use in various fruit danishes. You just combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, and a little almond extract. If you don’t like almond flavor you could use vanilla instead. I just used a spoon to mix it together in a medium bowl.

cream cheese filling

For the strawberry topping, I used 1/2 pound of fresh strawberries. I clean them and then diced them into bite-sized pieces. Then I added a little sugar and cornstarch and tossed it with the berries to coat. This will help to draw some moisture from the berries and the cornstarch will help the berries to thicken as it bakes. You could do the same with blueberries or raspberries too.

strawberry ready for pastry

Scoop the cream cheese filling into the center of each pastry. I used about a teaspoon of filling on each one and then used the back of the spoon to spread the filling into the smaller oval space. Repeat on the remaining pastries.

cream cheese filling spread on pastry

Then take the slices of strawberries and place them on top of the cream cheese filling. You want to grab just the berries and not the liquid on the bottom of the bowl. I used about 2 teaspoons on each pastry. Repeat for the rest.

adding strawberries to the top of cream cheese

Final step is brushing an egg wash around the edges of the puff pastry (the part that doesn’t have the cream cheese and strawberries).

Finishing Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

Then you will put them into your preheated oven and bake until the edges of the strawberry cream cheese danish are a golden brown.

strawberry cream cheese danish baked

I like to finish mine off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. These make a great breakfast pastry or dessert! I hope you get a chance to make this strawberry danish soon. They look fancy but really are easy to make!

Powder sugar dusted strawberry pastry
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strawberry cream cheese pastry

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

These strawberry cream cheese pastries are perfect for brunch, but they are easy enough for breakfast and for an afternoon treat with friends.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:17 minutes
Total Time:37 minutes

Equipment

  • 2 baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • oval cookie cutters you could use any shape you like or hand cut too

Ingredients

  • 1 package puff pastry 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
  • flour dusting for rolling out puff pastry

Strawberry Layer

  • ½ pound strawberries washed, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract you can substitute vanilla extract

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Prep 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Strawberry Layer

  • Place your clean, diced strawberries into a bowl. Add the sugar and cornstarch and toss to coat. Let them sit while you work.
    strawberry ready for pastry

Puff Pastry

  • Dust your work surface with some flour (I used a parchment paper). Open one of the sheets of puff pastry and place on floured surface. Dust the top of the puff pastry with some more flour. Then roll out the pastry dough gently just to smooth out the folded areas. You really aren't trying to make the area much bigger.
    sheet of puff pastry
  • Then use you cookie cutters to cut out your oval shapes. I used 3" oval cookie cutters. I was able to cut out 5 oval shapes per sheet of puff pastry.
  • Move the cut out pieces to the parchment lined baking sheets. Then use the smaller oval cookie cutter and gently press into the center of each cut out. You are not wanting to press through the dough, only using this to create an outline so you know where to place the fillings.
    egg shaped puff pastry

Cream Cheese Filling

  • In a bowl, place your softened cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract. Mix together with a spoon until smooth and creamy.
    cream cheese filling

Assembling

  • Take a teaspoon of the cream cheese filling and place it in the center of one of the oval pastries. Hold the edge of the pastry dough as you spread the filling into the center section. Repeat with the rest of the pastry pieces.
    cream cheese filling spread on pastry
  • Add 2 teaspoons of strawberries to the top of the cream cheese filling. Make sure to not take the berry juice at the bottom of the bowl. Repeat with the remaining pastries.
    adding strawberries to the top of cream cheese
  • In a small bowl whisk together the egg and water. Brush onto the edge of the pastry (just the puff pastry that's exposed).
  • Bake in your preheated oven for 17-20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. If you use a smaller or larger cookie cutter you will need to adjust your baking time.
    strawberry cream cheese danish baked

Notes

You can store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, cream cheese, strawberries
Servings: 10 pastries
Cost: $10

Tips for Success:

  • Make sure your cream cheese is softened to room temperature for easy mixing and spreading.
  • Don’t overfill your pastries to avoid any leaking during baking.
  • Feel free to get creative with your pastry shapes – try hearts, circles, or even twists for a fun variation!

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