These 14 Easy Pastry Recipes Will Make Your Kitchen Smell Like a Boulangerie

Updated 05/02/19

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. So to celebrate pastries in all their glory, we found 14 recipes you'll actually be able to make at home. We promise they aren't as intimidating as they look, and they will make your kitchen smell like a boulangerie. From sweet to savory, get in on the pastry party with the mouthwatering pastry recipes below. 

Plain Croissants

Easy Pastry Recipes
Half Baked Harvest

Of all the pastries in the world, there's just something about the humble, simple croissant that makes them 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 if you need inspiration). 

Cinnamon Sugar Wheels

Pastry Recipes
Spoon Fork Bacon

These tiny little cinnamon sugar pasty 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 them as a pie topping or dip them into the vanilla frosting and rhubarb-strawberry jam. 

A Classic Apple Pie

Apple Pie Recipes
The Butter Half

It's almost apple season, which means it's time to master and indulge in delicious pie recipes. This one 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 buttery, flaky crust. 

Simple Egg and Cheese Tartlets

Savory Pastry Recipes
Spoon Fork Bacon

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

Danish Pastry Recipe
Half Baked Harvest

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

Lemon Tart Recipes
Stuck in the Kitchen

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 deep, super lemony, perfectly sweet, and soft. And though crust recipes can be tricky to master, this recipe walks you through it each step of the way, making it much less intimidating. 

Beef Empanadas

Pastry Recipes With Pictures
The Modern Proper

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

Apple Turnover Recipes
Chelsea's Messy Apron

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 homemade Pop-Tarts, only better. And the best part about them is that they only take about 30 minutes to make. 

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Tart Recipes
Stuck in the Kitchen

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 a soft cinnamon and vanilla custard inside a flaky bite-size shell, you'll definitely come back for seconds. 

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
The Modern Proper

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

Easy Croissant Recipes
Half Baked Harvest

Okay, 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 it up with the toppings (though she also gives you the instructions to make homemade croissants). Then fill them with mixed berries, coat them with a sweet almond paste, and sprinkle them in powdered sugar.

Baklava Filo Cups

Baklava Recipe
A Couple Cooks

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. 

Cranberry Puff Swirls

Puff Pastry Recipe
Half Baked Harvest

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

Vegetarian Empenadas
Stuck in the Kitchen

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.  

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