Puff Pastry Hearts

Puff Pastry Hearts
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  • Total: 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Chill Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 32 pieces (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
121 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32 pieces (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

For a sweet pastry that says I love you with every bite, make these quick and easy puff pastry hearts. Their heart shape is simply formed by slicing and rolling, and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. They can be served as cookies for a dessert or snack, or as part of a brunch pastry spread. They're pretty enough for a special occasion like Valentine's or a party, but simple enough for an easy weekend treat.

Puff pastry is a light, flaky, and buttery dough that's made up of lots and lots of layers. It's used for sweet and savory dishes, including appetizers, main dishes, and desserts like this one. Puff pastry can be purchased in the freezer section of the grocery store and saves lots of time and effort. It's important to follow the package directions and let the pastry warm up slightly before working with it. If you leave it out too long it will get too warm and sticky, so timing is key. If the dough gets to warm, put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes. If you're feeling ambitious, make your own puff pastry.

Store-bought puff pastry can also be used to make other sweets like tarts, strudels, puffs, turnovers, and more. It's a baking shortcut that still produces delicious, flaky pastries that are picture-perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed if frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle your work surface with half of the cinnamon sugar.

  2. Place dough on the cinnamon sugar. Lightly press dough into sugar and roll out slightly with a rolling pin. Brush dough with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, reserving just a small amount for garnish.

  3. Starting with the shortest sides, roll up each side in a jelly roll fashion until the rolls meet in the center. Refrigerate dough 30 to 40 minutes or until chilled and firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  5. With a serrated knife, gently cut the roll into 16 slices. Place slices cut side down, 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Lightly press down until they are 1/4-inch thick.

  6. Pinch the bottom edge of each slice to form a heart shape. Drizzle the hearts with the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.

  7. Bake at 375 F for 8 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.