Pastelitos With Guava and Cheese

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Guava pastelitos are incredibly delicious and made with just five ingredients. These Cuban puff pastries are typically filled with guava and cheese. The dough is flaky and golden, stuffed with cream cheese and jammy guava paste. They’re sweet, flaky, and fruity. Plus, with store-bought puff pastry dough, they’re super easy to make. You can whip up these delightful treats in less than 30 minutes!


  1. What are Pastelitos?
  • Pastelitos are a type of Cuban pastry made with flaky puff pastry filled with a sweet and savory filling, often guava paste and cream cheese. They’re a popular treat in Cuban cuisine.
  1. Can I use homemade puff pastry dough?
  • Absolutely! While our recipe uses store-bought puff pastry dough for convenience, you can definitely make your own if you prefer.
  1. Do I need to use guava paste in pastelitos?
  • Guava paste is common in Cuban and Latin American cuisines. Its sweet, jammy flavor adds a unique tropical taste to pastelitos. Combined with cream cheese, it creates a delicious contrast between the sweet filling and the flaky pastry.
  1. Can I substitute other fillings for guava paste?
  • Yes! While guava paste is traditional and delicious, you can experiment with different fillings. Try fruit preserves, Nutella, dulce de leche, or even savory fillings like ham and cheese.
  1. How do I prevent my pastelitos from becoming soggy?
  • To keep your pastelitos crisp and flaky, avoid overfilling them with the guava paste and cream cheese mixture. Leaving a bit of space around the edges helps prevent the filling from seeping out during baking.

Pastelitos With Guava and Cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6


  • – 6 oz guava paste
  • – 6 oz cream cheese
  • – 14 oz puff pastry

#### Egg Wash:

  • – 1 egg
  • – 1 tablespoon heavy cream

#### Sugar Topping:

  • – 3 tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cut the guava paste and cream cheese into six 1 oz rectangular pieces each and set aside.
  • To make the egg wash, whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Defrost the puff pastry according to package instructions. Roll out the puff pastry slightly and cut it into 12 even squares or rectangles.
  • Brush the entire border of 6 pieces of puff pastry with the egg wash. Place a piece of cream cheese on each base, and top with a piece of guava paste.
  • Place the remaining 6 squares on top and gently press along the edges where the egg wash is to seal.
  • Brush each sealed pastelito with egg wash and sprinkle with half a tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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