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Quesitos

Bake up a batch of quesitos – sweet cream cheese in flaky Puff Pastry! These Puerto Rican pastries are a tasty addition to your morning coffee and surprisingly easy to make with store-bought dough. Every layer is a light and crisp bite of heaven!

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

Quesitos Recipe

Hello, I’m back! Our trip to Vietnam for our 2nd wedding anniversary was AMAZING. The food is so fresh and full of herbs. I’ll be dreaming of all the delicious noodles we ate for quite a while.

It’s great to be back home, but also disheartening to face the realities of the world. My heart goes out to everyone in Puerto Rico and everyone else in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

When Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry asked me to create a “wow-worthy” recipe, I knew it had to be these Puerto Rican quesitos. Quesito means “little cheese” which is fitting for these little pastries filled with cream cheese.

They’re popular for breakfast or a snack and are the perfect accompaniment for all the coffee we brought back from Vietnam!

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

Bake these up for your family on a cool fall morning, or make them for holiday guests this year. They may seem impressive or intimidating to make, but with Puff Pastry Sheets, they are really easy.

One Sheet will make 9 pastries. Thaw the dough according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese filling which is sweetened with sugar and vanilla.

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

When the dough has thawed, roll it out a little bit until you get a 13×13 square. Place a dollop of cheese mixture onto each square and fold over two corners so that it looks like its hugging itself.

Before baking, brush the quesitos with an egg wash. This will give them a beautiful golden color when they bake. You can also add a sprinkle of sugar for some extra crunch if you like.

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

That’s it! The magic happens in the oven where the Puff Pastry bakes up light and oh-so-flaky. If you want them to be shiny, brush with corn syrup or honey. Then, try to wait until they’re cool enough to eat!

I’ve been using Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry for years and can’t recommend them enough. Check out my recipes for guava pastelillos, baked brie cheese and tons more recipes here.

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A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Sweet cream cheese breakfast pastries in layers of light, crisp puff pastry!

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Cream cheese pastries for breakfast!

Quesitos

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A quesitos recipe just like you find in Puerto Rican bakeries. Sweet cream cheese breakfast pastries in layers of light, crisp Puff Pastry!

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 brick (8 oz) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • Coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out sheet of Puff Pastry. Cut into 9 equal pieces.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Add a spoonful to middle of each Puff Pastry square. Fold 1 corner towards middle, then fold over the opposite corner so the pastry looks like it's hugging itself. If the corners do not stick together, brush with a little egg white.
  • Repeat with remaining pastries. Transfer to baking sheet and brush with egg white. If desired, sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden.
  • Remove from oven and brush with corn syrup if you would like a shiny crust. Cool and eat.
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    Armando

    Saturday 2nd of February 2019

    Easy to do, delicious and versatile, you can fill with so many things, my favorite is a combination of strawberries and guava.

    Rebekah

    Saturday 2nd of February 2019

    Mmm I've never tried it with strawberries, just the guava! Sounds so yummy

    Diane

    Wednesday 25th of April 2018

    Added guava and they were so good!

    kelly smith

    Monday 9th of October 2017

    It is an easy way to make it. it takes less time. it looks good and delicious.

    neg

    Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

    wow, this bring so many memories ... and they look super delish!!

    Rebekah

    Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

    Thank you!