Pastry Dessert Recipes

From caramelized apple to chocolate ganache, to a tart or a puff pastry, we have tips and techniques that will ensure your dessert looks and tastes like you put some serious love into it.

Staff Picks

Classic Cream Puffs

The foundation of the perfect cream puff is light, airy pâte à choux, which is made with eggs, flour, and butter. Once the cream puffs are shaped and baked, they're filled with a rich homemade pastry cream.

Cinnamon-Sugar Ragamuffins

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that's what these special pastries are made of. They start with biscuit dough, which is flattened out and dusted with plenty of sugar and cinnamon. Then it's rolled up, sliced, sprinkled with coarse sugar for extra sparkle and crunch, and baked until flaky and golden brown.

Brown Sugar and Pecan Sticky Buns

Rating: 3.07 stars
Make these delicious treats ahead of time and serve these sticky, sweet buns for breakfast or brunch.

Monkey Bread with Hazelnut-Chocolate Swirl

We made monkey bread even more irresistible. Nutella takes this pull-apart treat to an extra level of deliciousness. The chocolate-hazelnut spread is layered throughout. When serving for breakfast, make the dough the night before and set it in the fridge, then bring to room temperature and bake. Or make it the day of and serve for elevenses.

Easter Babka

Rating: 3.19 stars
This delicious recipe for Easter babka comes from the "Martha Stewart Living" television show.

Apple-Cinnamon Strudel

Rating: 3.26 stars
Busy times call for easy desserts that have a sweet simplicity, like these flaky apple-cinnamon pastries. For our streamlined strudel, we folded convenient store-bought puff pastry around a four-ingredient filling of sauteed fruit.

Spring Shower Almond Petits Fours

Rating: 3 stars
Each of these pink-and-white petits fours has two layers of extra-moist almond cake filled with cherry preserves, a coating of tinted glaze gives them a hand-painted appearance, and faux cherry blossoms make them even more artful.

Honey Buns

Rating: 3.78 stars
There is very little white sugar in these not-just-for-breakfast buns -- but you won't miss it. Honey imparts its smooth, mellow sweetness to every component: the rich, buttery dough, the tangy creme fraiche filling, and the appealingly sticky topping.

Walnut-and-Honey Baklava

The many buttered layers of phyllo dough, walnut filling, and sweet syrup make baklava the ultimate special-occasion dessert in Greece.

French Butterfly Cookies (Papillons)

Known for their caramelized exterior and multitude of flaky layers within, these French treats call for just two ingredients: puff pastry and sugar.


Rating: 3.53 stars
Making this classic French pastry at home is easier than you think.

Inspiration and Ideas

Coffee-Filled Cream Puffs with Chocolate Glaze

Freshly brewed espresso amps up the rich pastry cream that's piped into these delicate puffs. Martha made this recipe on episode 611 of Martha Bakes.

Classic Cannoli

Rating: Unrated
True to its Sicilian roots, our cannoli are filled with fresh ricotta, instead of the custard and cream that define American versions. Cinnamon-infused dough for the shells is rolled with a pasta maker (another nod to the old country) and then lightly fried and dipped in chocolate and pistachios. The result? A dessert that is delizioso.

Honey-Ricotta Turnovers

Rating: 3.9 stars

Recreating your favorite ethnic pastry at home is easy with this easy recipe -- you can even fill, shape, and freeze the turnovers for up to a month, then bake them from frozen.