Pastelillos (also known as pastelitos) de guayaba are Puerto Rican pastries made with guava paste, cream cheese, and puff pastry. They are super easy to make and only take about 30 minutes!

guava pastelillos on a plate

If you enjoy classic Puerto Rican recipes like Quesitos and these guava cheese empanadas, you will love Pastelillos de Guayaba.

They are the perfect combination of flaky puff pastry dough, fruity guava paste, melted cream cheese, and that signature powdered sugar topping.

ingredients to make pastelillos de guayaba

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make the pastelillos de guayaba:

  • cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • puff pastry, thawed for 15 minutes
  • block guava paste (you can also use homemade guava paste if you have lots of ripe guavas)
  • egg, for the egg wash
  • granulated sugar
  • water
  • confectioners sugar to garnish (optional)

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

Tip: Make sure to poke your puff pastry with a fork to help it achieve that perfectly light and fluffy texture.

Variations

Here are some easy modifications you can make to give these pastelillos your signature touch:

  • Skip the Cheese – keep this recipe simple and skip the cream cheese for a more fruit forward pastry.
  • Skip the Powdered Sugar – enjoy the natural sugars from the guava and skip the dusting of powdered sugar.
  • Skip Granulated Sugar – skip the sprinkle a bit of granulated sugar on top of the egg wash before baking for a less sweet dessert.
a guava pastelillo on a baking sheet with egg wash

Equipment

There are a few basic tools you will need to make this recipe:

guava pastelillos on a plate

Storage

Like most pastries, these pastelillos de guayaba are best enjoyed fresh.

They should keep when kept at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

They can also be frozen for up to 1 month. Pop them in the freezer just after baking and can be thawed and microwaved or toasted to reheat.

Buen provecho,

Salima written in cursive
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guava pastelillos on a plate

Pastelillos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 9 pastries 1x
  • Category: dessert, breakfast, snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Caribbean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Pastelillos (also known as pastelitos) de guayaba are Puerto Rican pastries made with guava paste, cream cheese, and puff pastry. They are super easy to make and only take about 30 minutes! 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8oz (1 block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed for 15 minutes
  • 1 egg, for the egg wash
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 block guava paste (can also be homemade guava paste)
  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar to garnish (optional)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep your egg wash by beating your egg in a small bowl with a tablespoon of water plus the granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. Prep the puff pastry. Lay out both sheets of puff pastry, roll out lightly and poke gently with a fork all around. Using a pastry or pizza cutter, cut each sheet into 9 (3×3) equal sized rectangles.
  3. Prep the filling & assemble. Cut the cream cheese block and guava paste block into 9 slices. Lay one slice of each in the center of half of the puff pastry rectangles.
  4. Egg wash & bake. Top the guava and cheese with the leftover puff pastry rectangles and brush with egg wash. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy!