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Strawberry cheesecake puffs combine the best of cheesecake and pastry puffs. These delicious treats are rich, flaky, buttery, and so good. Quick and easy Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs. Delicate Puff Pastry filled with ripe and juicy strawberries, a rich no-bake cheesecake filling, and a flavorful strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

Puff Pastry is so much fun to bake with! It bakes up so light and crispy, and it’s so buttery. It’s one of my favorite baked goods to make in almost any form. The wonderful thing about puff pastry is that you can use it for almost anything. From savory to sweet, that light, airy, buttery, and flaky crust just works so well.

I made a fantastic Greek Appetizer ( Tiropitas) with one sheet of puff pastry and then with the other sheet, I baked puff pastry shells for these wonderful Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs. They give that satisfying pasty puff flavor and texture plus a filling that is so decadently sweet that no one can say no to it.

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The Major Players in Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

This strawberry cheesecake puff pastry is absolutely delicious, but without both cheesecake and puff pastry, we’d never be able to enjoy this yummy dessert. Both puff pastry and cheesecake have a very long history, with cheesecake and its predecessors going back thousands of years. We’ll start with the new arrival – relatively speaking – puff pastry, and then we’ll move on to cheesecake. So let’s take a quick look at both of these.

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

History of Puff Pastry

Puff pastry has been been used for everything from savory dishes to sweet delights for hundreds of years. It’s been around so long that it’s no wonder people have found all kinds of ways to use it. It’s just so good! It’s one of the best things to cook with, in my opinion. It’s a food we all love, but where does it come from? Let’s find out!

It’s generally agreed that puff pastry is related to Greek phyllo dough. It’s used in the same manner as phyllo to create layered savory or sweet pastry dishes, and it seems to have evolved from thin sheets of dough spread with olive oil.

No one is exactly sure where puff pastry originated. One popular story states that the 17th-century French painter, Claude Lorrain created this flaky dough. Supposedly, Lorrain was making buttery bread for his ailing father. The process of rolling the butter into the bread dough resulted in a final product similar to a croissant.

What most food historians believe is that modern puff pastry is actually from Spain, most likely through Arabian or Moorish influences. In fact, the first modern puff pastry recipe can be found in a Spanish cookbook called Libro del Arte de Cozina, or Book on the Art of Cooking, published in 1607 by Domingo Hernandez de Maceras. In his book Maceras talked about both filled puff pastry recipes and puff pastry tarts, as well as leavened preparation, so puff pastry seems to have been a widespread food in Spain at that time.

Conversely, the first mention of puff pastry in France was published in 1653, decades after Maceras’ book.

Making puff pastry is an extremely time and labor-intensive process, with temperatures having to be monitored constantly to prevent the fat in the dough from melting and ruining the batch. Because of this, faster recipes that are similar, but not quite the same, as puff pastry have been invented over the years. You might recognize the names of these doughs – blitz, rough puff, or flaky pastry.

Luckily, real puff pastry is widely available at supermarkets all across North America, making it easy to create recipes like this strawberry cheesecake puff pastry without having to spend hours and hours making puff pastry from scratch, a process that only the most ardent baker would be interested in.

History of Cheesecake

The part of cheesecake that we’ll be focusing on today is the actual cheese part of the traditional pie. Historically, the cheese mixture has been made of soft cheese like cottage, cheese, cream cheese, or ricotta cheese mixed with eggs and sugar. It’s often flavored in various ways with ingredients like lemon, spices, vanilla, and other additions.

Cheesecake has a long, long history. In its earliest forms, cheesecake is mentioned by Aegimu, a 5th century BC physician. A later, more closely related version called sambocade can be found in Forme of Cury, an English cookbook from 1390.

Because of its similarity to modern cheesecake and its mention in Forme of Cury, many food historians credit England as the birthplace of the modern cheesecake.

However, the precursors to cheesecake weren’t sweet at all. In fact, they were almost prohibitively yeasty. Over hundreds of years, Europeans began removing yeast from cheesecake and adding beaten eggs instead. Around the 18th century, with the overpowering yeast flavor done away with, cheesecake became more of what it is today.

The cheesecake that we all make today is the result of the creation of commercially available American cream cheese. Developed in 1872 by William Lawrence who was looking for a way to recreate Neufchatel, cream cheese is the result of Lawrence creating an “unripened cheese”.

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

These strawberry cheesecake puffs are made up of layers of puff pastry with a creamy, fluffy cheesecake filling. It’s a rich, decadent dessert that is full of a sweet, creamy filling and buttery, flaky pastry that offers both a delicious flavor and a wonderful variety of textures when eating the dessert.

When you bite into these strawberry cheesecake puffs, you’re first greeted with a sweet, light dusting of powdered sugar. Then, you bite into the buttery flaky puff pastry, the rich dough a crunchy counterpoint to the strawberry cheesecake filling that comes next. The result is an explosion of flavor that is a joy to eat. It’s one of the most delicious desserts you’ll ever eat.

If you are a strawberry shortcake lover, then you will love this simple-to-make dessert. This really is a show-stopper that isn’t a lot of work, but it looks like it! I Love those kinds of desserts!

What’s even better is that these puffs are super versatile. They’re so easy that they make a great weeknight dessert or treat. They’re also great for holiday get-togethers, potlucks, or even as snacks at baby showers and similar events. There’s really no wrong time to serve them.

Ingredients

It only takes a few ingredients to make these delicious strawberry cheesecake puffs. You’ll be using purchased puff pastry, a no-bake cheesecake mix, and a strawberry mixture that is super easy to make. The ease of this recipe can be seen immediately when you look at the ingredients.

  • puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • fresh strawberries
  • granulated sugar
  • lemon juice
  • cream cheese
  • heavy whipping cream
  • powdered sugar

See? There aren’t many ingredients at all involved in this recipe, and they’re all readily available at your local grocery store!

Making Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

Making these strawberry cheesecake puffs is almost as simple as the ingredients used to make them. It only takes a few minutes of mixing and cooking in a pot, along with baking the pastry puffs, to create these delicious sweet treats. They’re absolutely the best combination of flavor and ease you’ll ever find in a recipe.

  • First, you will need to bake the puff pastries until golden brown per package directions.
  • Now, make the strawberry filling.
  • Open the puff pastry and then spread the cream cheese mixture on to split the puff pastry.
  • Gently layer the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture.
  • With a spoon, top strawberries with strawberry filling.
  • Cover with the top of puff pastry, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Isn’t that beautiful?
  • Stack them on a plate and serve!

It’s important to know that these strawberry cheesecake puffs can be made ahead of time. The puff pastry can be baked and stored in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them. The no-bake cheesecake mixture and the strawberry sauce can also be made a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator. This makes for a super easy dessert that will come together very quickly.

Serving Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

These strawberry cheesecake puffs are so good they don’t need any accompaniment. Unlike some desserts that you might serve topped with whipped cream or some sort of syrup, these puffs need nothing but a dusting of powdered sugar. That’s it! Anything more actually takes away from the flavors found in this dessert. It’s all about the pastry and the filling. You don’t want to drown it out with extra ingredients or toppings.

Storing the Puffs

Filled pastry puffs are best served the day they’re made. Strictly speaking, they’ll last for about three days in the refrigerator, but they won’t be very good. The pastry will get soggy and “wet” and lose all of that flaky goodness. Don’t freeze already filled pastry puffs, either, be sure to only make enough to enjoy on the day of baking.

On the other hand, you can freeze unfilled puff pastry for about six weeks in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

Try These Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs for Yourself

These strawberry cheesecake puffs are absolutely delicious, and they’re so easy to make. With only a few ingredients and minimal work, you can create a dessert that is amazingly tasty and amazingly easy. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Give this recipe a try and get ready to watch your family and friends go wild for all that delicious cheesecake goodness. It’s a dessert that will have everyone begging for more!

If you are a strawberry shortcake lover, then you will love this simple-to-make dessert. This really is a show-stopper that isn’t a lot of work, but it looks like it! I Love those kinds of desserts!

Can this dessert be made ahead of time?

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs can be made ahead of time.  The puff pastry can be baked and stored in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.  The no-bake cheesecake mixture and the strawberry sauce can also be made a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator.  This makes for a super easy dessert that will come together very quickly.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs
Yield: Serves: 6

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Strawberry cheesecake puffs combine the best of cheesecake and pastry puffs. These delicious treats are rich, flaky, buttery, and so good.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Unfold puff pastry sheet on to a lightly floured cutting board.
  3. Cut pastry sheet into 3 strips along the fold marks. Then, cut each strip in half making 6 rectangles.
  4. Place each pastry rectangle onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until puff pastries are golden brown. directions
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely on baking rack.
  7. Set aside.
  8. STRAWBERRY FILLING:
  9. Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Mash mixture with a masher until the strawberries are softened and the sugar dissolves.filling strawberry
  11. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil about 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  12. Remove pan from heat and cool completely.
  13. CHEESECAKE FILLING:
  14. Beat cream cheese, sugar and cream together until smooth, about 3 minutes with a hand mixer.
  15. Set aside.
  16. ASSEMBLE:
  17. Split each pastry into 2 layers, making 12 in all.
  18. Evenly divide the cream cheese mixture between each of the bottom layers and spread with a knife.puff pastry strawberries and jam
  19. Top cream cheese mixture with a layer of sliced strawberries.
  20. Top strawberries with the strawberry filling.
  21. Top with the top puff pastry layer.
  22. Sprinkle with powdered sugar on top of puffed pastry.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 55mgSodium 227mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 40gProtein 5g

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Strawberry cheesecake puffs combine the best of cheesecake and pastry puffs. These delicious treats are rich, flaky, buttery, and so good. via @Mooreorlesscook

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Kim

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

I have made these a few times and each time they turned out wonderful. They are easy to make and are very good. Everyone likes them. Will continue making them. This recipe is a keeper. I wanted to ask, can you use blueberries with this same recipe instead of the strawberries? I thought maybe sometime I would try the recipe with blueberries. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

Nettie

Friday 23rd of July 2021

I have made this recipe with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, so delicious!

Nettie

Elsie Simpson

Friday 7th of August 2020

What did you use for puff pastry? Did you buy something or did you make it from scratch??

Nettie

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Elsie,

I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry that can be purchased at the market or online.

Nettie

Maricruz

Monday 1st of June 2020

My family and I truly loved this recipe!! It will be made more often!! I plan to explore your site and prepare more of your recipes!!

Jackie

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

I made these the other day. I had an issue with the pie crust not "bubbling" up where I could cut them in half. Do you have any ideas or tricks? I just spread the cheesecake mix, strawberry mix & strawberries on top of a piece of pie crust. They were so delicious!!! I'm literally about to make them again (in 5 mins :-) )

Wendy Pence

Thursday 17th of August 2017

Sound so good! Gotta try them soon. :)

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