If you have a sweet tooth, you probably don't like to choose favorites when it comes to dessert. Cupcakes, cakes, ice cream, gelato, cookies, you name it—they all deserve a special place at the table. But if there's one type that satisfies a sugar lover and also hits the salty craving sweet spot, it's a pastry. Just think of pies, turnovers, croissants, and all their buttery, flaky goodness.
And while pastry dough is notoriously difficult to master, it's definitely worth trying, especially when you have simple, easy-to-follow pastry recipes leading the way. From sweet to savory, get in on the pastry party with these mouthwatering recipes. We promise they aren't as intimidating as they look, and they will make your kitchen smell like a boulangerie.
To celebrate pastries in all their glory, we found 20 recipes you'll actually be able to make at home.
Of all the pastries in the world, there's just something about the humble, simple croissant that makes it a forever favorite. If you want to try making some from scratch at home, follow this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Keep them plain and simple, or add your own desired fillings; the recipe includes a few suggestions for inspiration.
Cinnamon Sugar Wheels
These tiny little cinnamon sugar pastry wheels from Spoon Fork Bacon are as delicious as they are cute. Though they look just like a cinnamon roll, they're actually made with pie dough for a balanced, buttery flavor.
You can use these cinnamon wheels as a pie topping or dip them into vanilla frosting and rhubarb-strawberry jam.
Classic Apple Pie
This apple pie from The Butter Half is classic, simple, and delicious. The key is to cut the apple slices up thinly enough for the gooey cinnamon filling to really shine through. Just add a buttery, flaky crust.
Simple Egg and Cheese Tartlets
Rich, indulgent, and surprisingly easy to replicate at home, these egg and cheese tartlets from Spoon Fork Bacon are about to be your Sunday brunch go-to. With a runny yolk and cheesy goodness, they give a nice twist to the classic egg and toast breakfast.
Pumpkin Spiced Danish
Since it's never too early to enjoy pumpkin-spiced everything, try making this danish recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Complete with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and pumpkin puree, these pastries only take 30 minutes to make.
Lemon Custard Tart
If you love citrus-centric desserts, you'll love this lemon custard tart recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen. The crust is light and crispy while the filling is super lemony and perfectly sweet and soft. And though crust recipes can be tricky to master, this one walks you through it each step of the way, making it much less intimidating.
These small, flaky beef empanadas from The Modern Proper make for an unforgettable party snack or side dish. Whether you're looking to spice up your weeknight dinner lineup, or you simply want to make something people can easily enjoy with their hands at a dinner party, they won't let you down. They're packed with spices, ground beef, and veggies.
Easy Apple Turnovers
Speaking of apple season, these easy turnovers from Chelsea's Messy Apron are perfect for a personal-size treat. Drizzled in a sweet glaze to balance out the pastry, they're like Pop-Tarts, only better. And the best part about them is that they only take about 30 minutes to make.
Flatbread with Burrata Cheese
This mouthwatering recipe from The Modern Proper is so quick and easy, it almost seems too good to be true. In about 20 minutes, you can have an impressive vegetarian dish that consists of premade pizza dough rolled out and grilled to perfection, topped with the creamieast burrata cheese, and juicy grilled cherry tomatoes that pop in your mouth just so. Perfection.
Portuguese Custard Tarts
If you've never tried traditional Portuguese custard tarts, you're in for a serious treat. This recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen gets it right. With soft cinnamon and vanilla custard inside a flaky bite-size shell, you'll definitely come back for seconds.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and this recipe from The Modern Proper shows you how to make it all in one skillet. Packed with a creamy chicken and veggie filling, it's the perfect combination of hardy and wholesome.
Mixed Berry Almond Croissants
Now here is a pastry recipe from Half Baked Harvest that is impossible to mess up, as it actually calls for plain croissants so all you have to do is dress them up with the toppings (though she also gives you the instructions to make homemade croissants). Simply fill them with mixed berries, coat them with a sweet almond paste, and sprinkle them in powdered sugar.
Baklava Filo Cups
These little honey and pistachio filled pastries from A Couple Cooks are like happiness in a bite. The filo dough is pretty delicate, so you may want to get some pastry dough sheets at the grocery store if you think arranging them into cups will be too tricky.
Mini Blueberry Galettes
The Minimalist Baker describes these vegan galettes as "simple, fresh, perfectly sweet, flaky, versatile, and so delicious." With only six ingredients, it's a fuss-free dessert that's all pleasure and no pain to bake.
Cranberry Puff Swirls
With just five ingredients, these puff swirls from Half Baked Harvest are super easy to make at home, whether you're a seasoned pastry chef or a first-timer. There's also a video you can watch that sets up you up for success. All you need is puff pastry dough, butter, brie cheese, dry cranberries, cinnamon sugar, and 20 minutes.
Spinach and Feta Hand Pies
For a vegetarian hand pie option, try this recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen. These hand pies are filled with spinach, feta, rosemary, lemon, and pine nuts for the perfect balance of flavor. Dip them into the tomato chutney for even more satisfaction in every bite.
Chocolate Cream Puffs
Melanie Makes insists that if you can stir a pot with a wooden spoon, you can make cream puffs. This 15-minute recipe features soft, chocolatey puffs bursting with a unique honey rum whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top it with rich chocolate ganache sprinkled with powdered sugar, and you're in heaven.
Vegan Spiced Apple Bread
Hello Glow introduces us to a delicious apple quick bread that Stephanie says "is like a warm, spicy version of banana bread, loaded with cinnamon and clove and perfect for slathering in whipped coconut butter and topping with nuts." She really won us over with making a vegan version by using almond milk and maple syrup. It's guaranteed to satisfy your pastry craving.
Baked Puff Pastry Havarti Cheese Bites
Baked brie is so expected; surprise guests with these baked puff pastry cheese bites from Darling Down South that still feature the sweet jam, nuts, and melting cheese everyone loves, but with a rich and creamy Havarti cheese. Wrap them in a warm, fluffy pastry, drizzle some honey, and crack a little fresh pepper on top. In just 45 minutes, you'll have your guests swooning.
Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Scones
The flakiest, butteriest scones with the perfect lemon zest sounds like the right way to start your day. Joyful Healthy Eats shares this recipe that's fast, easy, and incredibly gratifying. The best news is even a second helping won't crash your gluten-free diet.