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Holiday Cheesecake Bites

These quick-and-super-easy Holiday Cheesecake Bites are both impressive and delicious!

Holiday Cheesecake Bites

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today.  I am a HUGE fan of cheesecake.  HUGE.  So huge that I begged my husband to have cheesecake-only for our wedding “cake” 18 1/2 years ago.  I backed off on that idea and opted for Spice Cake instead, but I’ve regretted that decision ever since!  Cheesecake is the best thing ever!!  Who’s with me on that one?  This dessert couldn’t be any easier to make.  Just pop the Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Cups. into the oven for 20 minutes, then fill with a very easy-to-make no-bake cheesecake filling.  Top with POM arils and mint and that’s it!

I’m partnering with Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry the next few months to create recipes for my readers, and I also have some very exciting news to share on how you can win a trip to the Pepperidge Farm® Innovation Center in Norwalk, CT by sharing your own idea of creating something delicious with Puff Pastry! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more info.

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These are the cups to look for at the store.  They’re made by Pepperidge Farm®, and you’ll find them in the frozen section near the pastries- like pie crust.  These are mini dessert bites.  If you’d prefer to make a more individual, larger-sized fancy dessert then pick up the Puff Pastry SHELLS instead.

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After they come out the oven, you just use the rounded end of a wooden spoon to poke down the middles.

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Whip up the cheesecake filling and then scrape it into a baggie.  Snip the end and squeeze the filling into each Puff Pastry Cup…

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…just like that.

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Time for the garnish:  top with a few pomegranate arils (seeds).  You can buy them in little packages at places like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other specialty markets.  Or you can open your own pomegranate and remove the arils yourself!

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To complete the holiday look, finish with a small mint leaf.  They’re perfectly safe to eat.

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And there they are- all festive and pretty and Christmassy and stuff.  Easy, right?  I think they’re a pretty impressive dessert for the holidays, and they will look gorgeous on a platter.

Holiday Cheesecake Puffs

If you prefer to make a larger-sized dessert for a dinner party, buy the Puff Pastry Shells instead (there are 6 in a package).  When they come out of the oven, use a fork to gently remove the centers, then fill with the cheesecake filling and garnish.

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Yield: 24 bite-sized desserts

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Holiday Cheesecake Bites


One 9.5-ounce box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups (24 count)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
pomegranate arils
24 small mint leaves


1. Bake the Puff Pastry Cups according to package directions. Use the rounded end of a wooden spoon to poke down the hole in the middle of each pastry immediately after baking. Let cool.

2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cream cheese. Then mix in the sugar and vanilla. Add the whipping cream and mix until thick. Transfer the mixture to a plastic baggie. Snip off the corner of the baggie and squeeze the filling into each of the Puff Pastry Cups. Garnish with POM arils and a mint leaf. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

TIPS: Bake the cups up to 24 hours ahead. Assemble the desserts up to several hours ahead of serving time. They'll keep just fine in the refrigerator.


*If you prefer, you can make these in larger- one serving- dessert form. Use a box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells (6-count) instead.
*This recipe can be easily doubled- just double all of the ingredients listed.


Disclosure:  I am working with Pepperidge Farm over the next few months to create recipes using their Puff Pastry products as part of their “Puff is the Spark” panel.  This is a product that I use in my kitchen regularly.  All opinions shared are my own.

26 Responses to “Holiday Cheesecake Bites”

  1. postedDec 18, 2013 9:38 AM
    Laura in Texas

    Those little puffs would be so good with some chopped up, sautéed mushrooms!

  2. postedDec 18, 2013 9:52 AM

    These are so cute! I love the idea of using the pre made pastry cups! These look super easy and fancy. Plus anything with cheesecake is always a winner…especially when paired with buttery, flaky dough!

  3. postedDec 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    I would fill my cups with goat cheese and pistachios and then top with a pomegranate balsamic reduction and pomegranate arils. Nutty, creamy, sweet and sour!

  4. postedDec 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    These look like little bites of heaven! Yum!

  5. postedDec 18, 2013 11:57 AM
    Amy @ The Blond Cook

    I’ve made Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups with bacon and pimento cheese… planning to make them with a chocolate mint mousse next! They are an outstanding base for cute, dainty appetizers. Love your idea with the cheesecake filling!

  6. postedDec 18, 2013 12:57 PM

    So festive, Lori! I love working with puff pastry – so versatile. And I don’t know why I’m drawn to that wooden spoon pic. The hollowing out. Maybe to make room for all that gorgeous filling 🙂

  7. postedDec 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    Such a nifty appe-teaser idea for the holidays Lori! Love it!!

  8. postedDec 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    Huge fan of cheesecake here!! These little bites are super adorable!

  9. postedDec 18, 2013 2:59 PM

    Cheese cake puffs. Oh! you are such a bad girl. Just what I need… Gotta run out through the blistering cold of a Vermont winter and to the supermarket and get the puff pastry and the cheese cake ingredients.

    I am salivating as I type.


  10. postedDec 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    I think these would be great with chocolate ganache topped with whipped cream and a raspberry! Yum!

  11. postedDec 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    These little puff pastry cheesecake bites are perfect for Christmas dessert buffets or cookie trays! Cheesecake is where it is at and I wish you had your tiered cheesecake wedding cake! I made them for weddings and bridal showers. People were always amazed cheesecakes could be tiered and frosted. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  12. postedDec 18, 2013 3:58 PM
    Terri A.

    I’ve made an appetizer using these mini puff pastries and filling them with a roasted red pepper dip. Easy, delicious and a big hit.

  13. postedDec 18, 2013 5:39 PM

    I made little palmiers (read little hearts) with cinnamon and puff pastry

  14. postedDec 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    Puff Pastry is the bomb. I would make a candy apple cream cheese cup. I would fill the cup with a cream cheese dip that I make and garnish with a slice of apple. Delish.

  15. postedDec 19, 2013 5:11 AM

    I just used the puff pastry cups this last weekend! I mixed vegetable flavored cheese spread with light mayo, sour cream, chives, finely chopped red pepper, and shredded parmesan cheese and piped that into the cups. I wanted festive for our family potluck and the cups with their green chives and red peppers were a perfect compliment to the holiday season! Love these for easy appetizer options!!!

  16. postedDec 19, 2013 5:48 AM
    Kim Phillips

    Looks delicious! I’m going to make a savory bite by filling those with a whipped salmon mousse. Then sprinkle with some chopped fresh dill. Can’t wait!

  17. postedDec 19, 2013 7:42 AM

    I’m always looking for an easy appetizer, and I’d fill the pastry cups with carmelized onions, topped with goat cheese and arugula. yum!

  18. postedDec 19, 2013 8:27 AM

    I think the pastry shells would go great with holiday leftovers. Fill them up with leftover chopped up turkey, veggies, maybe even a little stuffing and add some gravy and it would be similar to a pot-pie.

  19. postedDec 19, 2013 9:27 AM

    These are SO pretty, Lori! I love how easy they are, too!

  20. postedDec 19, 2013 10:56 AM

    The words cheese cake and puff pastry make me happy! 🙂

  21. postedDec 19, 2013 11:03 AM

    What fun little desserts for Christmas parties!

  22. postedDec 20, 2013 9:05 PM

    These are so cute, Lori!

  23. postedDec 23, 2013 2:32 PM

    So easy! Looking forward to making these with my 14 year-old niece! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  24. postedDec 23, 2013 8:50 PM

    I am so bummed my grocery store didn’t have the cups. So I will be using the shells but still super excited to make these Christmas day!! Thanks for sharing!

  25. postedJan 21, 2014 10:14 AM
    Charna Abeles

    When will the little, 24 count, puff pastry cups be available? I have asked the frozen foods dept. manager at my store, Kings, Verona, NJ, but he says he can’t get them.

    • postedJan 23, 2014 6:41 PM

      I’m not sure… they tend to carry them at holiday times of year. You can check around at a few different stores to see.

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