Today we’re making a popular Puerto Rican dessert called Quesitos that are made with puff pastry and cream cheese. Quesitos come together in under 30 minutes and are perfect served hot with a cup of café con leche or tea as a treat for breakfast or dessert.

a plate of quesitos

If you’ve ever had a Danish pastry, chances are you are going to love quesitos. This popular Puerto Rican dessert is the best combination of perfectly cooked puff pastry and creamy, decadent cream cheese.

There are many different recipes for quesitos floating around the internet, with all kinds of delicious variations on how to make these sweet treats.

It’s not uncommon to see people mix sugar or a sweetener of some kind into the cream cheese filling, so that’s an option for you if you like your quesitos on the sweeter side of the spectrum. I opt to keep mine a little less sweet and instead sprinkle some sugar on top to balance out the cheese and buttery pastry.

However you like to prepare them, make sure to try your quesitos with a cup of café con leche and thank me later! And be sure to also try Pan de Mallorca if you enjoy Puerto Rican baking.

a cup of coffee with a pastry

Ingredients

This recipe is truly one of the easiest you can make, especially if you’re using store-bought puff pastry like my family does.

All you’ll need is 5 ingredients and 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • store bought puff pastry (if you like to make your own, feel free!)
  • egg, for the egg wash
  • white granulated sugar
  • confectioners sugar (optional)

See recipe card for exact quantities.

ingredients to make quesitos

Directions

  1. Fold in the corners on each side of the cheese and brush the pastry with egg wash. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy!

Tip: puff pastry cooking temperature and time can vary depending on your oven. Make sure to keep a close eye on your quesitos to make sure they don’t burn!

Variations in Fillings & Toppings

Because this recipe is so simple in nature, the options are pretty endless when it comes to creating variations. That said, most of the variations I’m providing are nowhere near ‘traditional’ so be warned!

Here are some fun (but not really traditional) ways to mix up your quesitos:

  • Guava – this is likely the closest we will be getting to a traditional variation. Guava paste is a commonly used ingredient in Latin cuisine (especially Cuban cuisine) and pairs beautifully when you add a bit of guava paste to the flaky dough and cream cheese.
  • Savory – cream cheese and puff pastry can be pretty magical together in the sense that they can excel at most things both sweet and savory. I’ve always wanted to try swapping in some caramelized onions, bacon or even mushrooms for the sugar in this recipe and see where we end up. Let me know if you try this one!
  • Honey – while this recipe is pretty perfect as it is, I think leaving the sugar out entirely and using honey as a drizzle over top when they’re fresh out of the oven could be pretty epic.

Truly, the options are endless here! Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously.

quesitos on a plate

Equipment

While this pastry can feel really fancy and special to serve to guests, it’s a super easy one to make.

The only piece of equipment required to make quesitos is a good quality baking sheet.

Storage

As is true for most pastries, this recipe is best enjoyed fresh, the day you make them!

That said, quesitos will keep in your fridge for up to a week. I heat up my leftovers in the toaster oven to bring the puff pastry back to life and warm up the cream cheese.

powdered sugar dusting over quesitos

Buen provecho!

Salima written in cursive
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a plate of quesitos

Authentic Puerto Rican Quesitos (in 30 minutes!)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 quesitos 1x
  • Category: dessert, breakfast, snack
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Today we’re making a popular Puerto Rican dessert called Quesitos that are made with puff pastry and cream cheese. Quesitos come together in under 30 minutes and are perfect served hot with a cup of café con leche or tea as a treat for breakfast or dessert.


Ingredients

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  • 4oz (½ block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 sheet (½ package) puff pastry, thawed for 10 minutes
  • 1 egg, for the egg wash
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 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. Lay out the first sheet of puff pastry and roll out lightly and poke it gently with a fork all around. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheet into 8 equal sized rectangles.
  3. Next cut the cream cheese into 8 slices. Lay in the center of your puff pastry rectangles. 
  4. Fold in the corners on each side of the cheese and brush the pastry with egg wash. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy!

Notes

See images above for help with cutting and folding your quesitos.