These Valentine Puff Pastry Cookies are super easy to make and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Puff pastry is cut into hearts and topped with creamy Nutella and raspberries then baked until golden brown for a sweet and flaky cookie that is ready in minutes.
These puff pastry cookies are almost embarrassingly easy to make. But sometimes you don’t want a complicated multi-step dessert – you just want a quick and easy sweet treat for your family.
This is a super easy dessert you can make in a hurry with only THREE ingredients – puff pastry, Nutella, and fresh raspberries.
Making the Valentine Puff Pastry Cookies
The key to making this recipe so easy is that it uses puff pastry as cookie dough. You can make homemade organic puff pastry or you can buy a box in the freezer section of your grocery store. I usually just buy a box!
Using frozen dough means there is no mixing batter and measuring flour and sugar, you just need to get puff pastry dough out of the freezer to thaw. The best way to thaw the puff pastry dough is to put it in the refrigerator the night before you plan to use it and let it thaw overnight.
Once the puff pastry is thawed, unfold the pastry sheet and place it on a lightly floured surface. Then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut Valentine shapes into the sheet of dough. Cut the cookies close together so there isn’t much waste because the dough doesn’t really re-roll.
Use a knife to carefully move the hearts to a cookie sheet. Put 1/2 teaspoon of Nutella on each heart shape. Cut a raspberry in half and press each half into the Nutella. I experimented with using whole raspberries but I felt the two halves looked better on the puff pastry cookies.
That is all there is to it, the cookies get baked for 15 minutes until the pastry is crisp and brown. It doesn’t get much easier than that when it comes to baking! The cookies are flaky and delicious, and perfect for an easy Valentine’s Day treat.
Tips for Thawing Puff Pastry
While thawing the box of puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator is easiest, it does require some planning. But what if there is baking emergency – like your son “forgot” to tell you he needs 2 dozen cookies for Cub Scouts?
Well luckily you can quickly thaw the puff pastry at room temperature. Simply take the sheets you plan to use out of the box and put them on the countertop to thaw. Check it after 20 minutes and see if it has unthawed enough to unroll and handle.
The only potential downside to this approach is that you can let the puff pastry sit at room temperature too long. Puff pastry works best when it is cold. If the puff pastry gets too warm it gets soft and sticky.
If that happens you need to return the dough the refrigerator to firm up. Puff pastry that is too soft won’t rise, which means you won’t get the flaky layers that make it so tasty. Generally, 20-40 minutes at room temperature is enough to thaw the dough.
Here are a few things that might seem tempting but don’t work well to thaw puff pastry
- Don’t try to microwave it
- Don’t put it in a bowl of warm water
- Don’t just try to use it while it is still frozen
What is Puff Pastry?
Puff pastry is a dough which is made by mixing a dough and then folding a layers of butter in between layers of dough. The dough is repeatedly rolled and folded again, making many, many layers of dough.
It is a relatively simple concept, but you need to repeat the folding and rolling over and over. In addition, the folding has to be done in a particular pattern. So while making your own puff pastry doesn’t take a lot of ingredients it does take practice and time.
That is why puff pastry dough is such a good ingredient to keep in your freezer. You can use it to easily create a wide variety of dishes, from sweet ones like tarts or these cookies to savory dishes like Beef Wellington or appetizer cups.
There aren’t many things that beat puffed pastry for creating an elegant dessert or dinner without much advance notice.
Easy Valentine’s Day Treat
So if you need to make a quick and easy treat for your sweetheart or family this Valentine’s Day try these Puff Pastry Cookies. With only three simple ingredients they are perfect for making a super easy dessert on a busy day.
- Look for puff pastry made with butter. If it is made with shortening or some other oil it just won’t be as tasty.
- You could substitute blackberries or blueberries for the raspberries. Strawberries would taste good, but they are too large for these puff pastry cookies.
Find more quick & easy Valentine’s Day Treats
- Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crescent Rolls
- Chocolate Raspberry Ho Ho Trifle
- 1/2 box Frozen Puff Pastry
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- 1 pint Raspberries
- Defrost the puff pastry dough by putting it in the refrigerator overnight. Or leave it on the counter at room temperature for 20-40 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
- Unroll the puff pastry and place on a floured surface.
- Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough.
- Use a knife to carefully move the hearts to an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Add 1/2 t. of Nutella to the center of each cookie.
- Cut a raspberry in half and press each half into the Nutella.
- Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.
- Cool on wire racks.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are estimates.