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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


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.


  • 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)


  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!


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