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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


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! 


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)


  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!