Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

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When I saw these delicious treats posted on Pinterest, I could not resist the temptation to bake them. I had four more days of summer before the hectic fall semester of nursing school began, so I had to spend some of that time in the kitchen.

The recipe was created by Kelly Senyei and her original post can be found on her blog Just a Taste: http://www.justataste.com/2014/07/raspberry-cream-cheese-pinwheel-pastries-recipe/

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 large egg
Sanding sugar (optional)

Yields: 8 Pinwheels

Directions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream cheese filling: using the paddle attachment for the stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Once the puff pastry has thawed, roll each sheet into a 10 x 10 inch square. Then, cut each sheet into four smaller squares.

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  • With a fork, poke holes into each square of puff pastry.
  • Spoon about 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp of the lemon cream cheese mixture into the center of each square.
    • If you have extra in the end, you will want to eat it plain or use it as a topping for another dessert… it’s divine!
  • Put a spoonful of raspberry preserves on top of the cream cheese and finish it off with 3-4 fresh raspberries.

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  • Cut each pastry square from the four corners to the center. Stop cutting before you reach the filling. Then, fold each cut in toward the center to form the pinwheels.

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  • Whisk up the egg with 1 tbsp of water. Using a pastry brush, spread the egg wash all over the top of the pastries. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  • Bake on 400 F for 15-20 minutes. Monitor closely and remove the puff pastries when they are golden brown.

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 I added extra lemon cream filling, which tried to escape. A little messy, but all very tasty.

I recommend serving these fresh out of the oven or reheated. The warm pastry dough melts in your mouth. These tasted like a combination of Toaster Strudels and the authentic fruit kolaches from West, TX. What a fun, easy recipe to throw together for a party. They are cute, too!

Thanks Kelly from Just a Taste for this delicious treat. View more of her recipes here:  http://www.justataste.com/

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Kerry

 

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