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Pesto & Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry

This pull-apart Pesto and Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry is a beautiful, festive appetizer for the holiday season! With just 6 ingredients, you can make this fast and easy appetizer for your Christmas or winter-themed party! One sheet of puff pastry makes 3 snowflakes!

pesto and goat cheese snowflake pastry on parchment next to white and gold snowflake ornaments

Pesto & Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry

‘Tis the season for all things wintery and festive! You won’t believe how easy it is to make these pull-apart snowflake pastries. My daughter inspired me to make something in the shape of a snowflake. She’s so into Elsa and the Frozen movies, so it’s her dream come true that the second movie came out just before her December birthday. We’ll be making these savoury snowflake pastries as an appetizer for her birthday party, but these are also perfect for Christmas or other holiday events!

Ingredients in Pesto & Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry

  • Frozen puff pastry – one large sheet (15oz/425g), partially unthawed
  • Goat cheese
  • Basil pesto – store-bought or homemade
  • Roasted red pepper – I use jarred to save time
  • Parmesan cheese – finely grated, used in the filling and sprinkled on top
  • Egg – for brushing on the pastry before baking

How to make a snowflake pastry

Step one: Prepare baking sheets and make the filling

Preheat your oven to 375 °F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Only two snowflakes fit on one pan.

In a medium bowl, mix the goat cheese, pesto, chopped red pepper and grated parmesan. Mix until well combined.

Goat cheese, pesto, roasted red pepper and parmesan being mixed in a glass bowl

Step two: Cut the pastry into squares

Cut the puff pastry into squares. I like to use a pizza cutter to make it easier. You’ll need 18 squares for 3 snowflakes, so cut the pastry into 20 squares (4 rows by 5 columns) and you’ll have a couple spare pieces. Don’t worry too much if your squares aren’t exactly the same size – every snowflake is different, so yours can be, too! ????

squares of puff pastry on parchment next to a bowl of goat cheese filling and festive greenery

Step three: Fill the squares with Goat Cheese and Assemble into Snowflakes

Scoop about a teaspoon of goat cheese mixture in a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite. Then, roll the other corners toward and over the goat cheese, pinching the rolled sides together in the middle.

Process collage showing how to stuff and roll the snowflake pastry

Step four: Assemble the snowflake and brush with whisked egg

Put six squares together in a snowflake shape with points touching in the middle. Press the middle together so the pieces stick together better. Repeat for the next two snowflakes. You’ll be able to fit two snowflakes on one baking sheet. Then, brush the pastry with the whisked egg. The egg wash gives the pastry a nice colour and helps the cheese stick to the pastry. Sprinkle the snowflakes with the remaining parmesan and bake for 20 minutes or until the snowflakes are turning a nice golden-brown colour.

collage of two photos showing egg wash and final assembly of snowflake pastry

Tips for success

  1. Roll the pastry over the filling. I tried both folding and rolling. The rolling results in a nicer texture when cooked and lets the snowflake “bloom” while it’s baking.
  2. Don’t overfill the squares. If you use much more than a teaspoon of filling, you’ll have a hard time rolling the squares.
  3. Do your best to cut even squares, but don’t stress if they’re not perfect. I found it a bit tricky to get the squares evenly shaped, given the folds in the pastry when you take it out of the package. But honestly, I like how different each snowflake looked after baking! Symmetry isn’t necessary for a tasty result!
pesto and goat cheese snowflake pastry on a parchment lined baking pan next to festive greenery

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Pesto & Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry

Laura Lawless, BASc
This pull-apart Pesto & Goat Cheese Snowflake Pastry is a beautiful, festive appetizer for the holiday season. With just 6 ingredients, you can make this fast, easy and impressive appetizer for your Christmas party! One sheet of puff pastry makes 3 snowflakes!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 18
Calories 106
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, partially thawed (15oz/425g size)
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (56g)
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (plus 2 tablespoons for topping)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1 egg, whisked

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the goat cheese, pesto, roasted red pepper and parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined.
  • Cut the pastry into 20 evenly shaped squares (4 rows by 5 columns). You can use a pizza cutter to make this easier.
  • Scoop about a teaspoon of goat cheese mixture into each square in a diagonal line. Roll the corners that don't have goat cheese toward the middle and over the goat cheese mixture. Pinch the rolled edges together over the goat cheese.
    Process collage showing how to stuff and roll the snowflake pastry
  • Assemble 6 rolled squares into a snowflake shape. You'll have enough squares to make 3 snowflakes. Press the middle of the snowflake so the squares are connected together. Brush the whisked egg over the snowflake and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is turning golden brown. Cool for a couple minutes so they're safe to touch and serve while warm.
    uncooked pastry snowflakes on a parchment lined baking pan

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Equipment

Sheet Pan
Dry Measure Cups
Pizza Cutter
Mixing Bowls

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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I love food and cooking, but hate doing the dishes. I use my nutrition degree to create easy, approachable recipes that will help you find your happy place in the kitchen.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were amazing! Could not stop eating them and so easy to make. Definitely going to be a new go to app for company!