Author Notes: Quesitos are a sweet Puerto Rican pastry filled with cheese. It’s deliciously simple – sweetened cream cheese, wrapped in a twist of pastry, with a sweet crunchy exterior. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch
ounces cream cheese, softened
cup sugar, divided
pound package frozen puff pastry, thawed (you should have two sheets of pastry)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and 2 Tbsp sugar until well combined.
- Take one puff pastry sheet, and roll out on a well-floured surface until you have a 14” x 10” rectangle. Cut rectangle in half crosswise and lengthwise to form 4 equal 7” x 5” rectangles of dough. Place one eighth of the cream cheese mixture on each rectangle, about 2” in from the lower left-hand corner. Spread cream cheese mixture diagonally towards the upper left-hand corner, leaving a little space near the edges of the dough.
- For each dough rectangle, fold the lower left-hand corner over the cream cheese mixture, then fold in sides and continue to wrap until filling is completely encased in pastry. Place, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining pastry sheet and cheese filling.
- Whisk together the egg and 2 Tbsp sugar until completely combined. Use a pastry brush to brush egg mixture over the tops of the rolled pastries, making sure to cover them completely.
- Bake quesitos at 400 degrees until puffed, dark golden, and shiny, about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.