Pastelitos de Guayaba con Queso (Guava Pastelitos)

Breakfast, Desserts, Quick and Easy

If you’ve never had a pastelito, I think it’s time!

I was blessed to live half of my childhood in South Florida. And while I will admit that Florida is wild (especially if you just watch the news), it is also a place where some of my favorite, most formative memories occurred. If you’re Latinx, South Florida can also be a really magical place. It’s a place where a lot of us feel like “home.” It’s one of the only places in the entire country where literally everyone looks like you. I really only appreciated it when I finally left. And whenever I go back, it still makes me happy all over again.

Pastelitos de guayaba con queso are super popular in Miami. Give me one of these and a cordadito and it’s feels like heaven.

I actually had never even thought to make them until I went to a Latino market in Pasadena the other day and saw all this guava and was like OHHHH.

This recipe could not be more simple. It leans HEAVILY on store-bought puff pastry, though if you’re in a mood, you could make your own. I used the Pepperidge Farm brand for these and found them to be the best.

The store-bought guava paste makes this so ridiculously simple. I made it a bit different by beating the cream cheese with some sugar, vanilla paste (because I’m fancy) and a pinch of salt. I added it to a piping bag and piped it onto the squares of puff pastry. Small slices of guava on top and that’s it!

It could not be more simple. I know sometimes I post ambitious ass desserts but this isn’t one of them!

Pastelitos de Guayaba con Queso

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5 from 3 votes
A Cuban bakery staple, these pastelitos de guayaba con queso are so flaky sweet and delicious. This quick dessert/breakfast food can be made in under 1 hour. 
CourseBreakfast, Dessert
CuisineAmerican, Cuban, French
KeywordCuban cuisine, Cuban food, Cuban pastelitos, guava, guayaba, Miami pastelitos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: 10
Calories: 290kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 ounces guava paste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour , for flouring work surface
  • 1 package store-bought puff pastry , mostly thawed on the counter
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment or you could alternatively do this in a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer), add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt. Beat until whipped and smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag. This is entirely optional. You could use a spoon to add it to the dough. 
  • Dust your work surface with a small handful of flour. Unfold the first rectangle of dough and using your rolling pin, flatten it out a bit. You don’t want it too thin! Cut the dough into 9 equal rectangles. The rectangles don't have to be a perfect shape! Repeat this process with the other sheet of puff pastry dough. 
  • Transfer half (about 9) of the rectangles to the baking sheet. Pipe about a tablespoon or two of the cream cheese onto the rectangles and top them with a slice of guava paste. Brush the edges of the rectangles with egg wash. And then place the tops of the puff pastry on the rectangles. Press the edges of the pastelitos so seams are sealed together. Transfer the puff pastry to the freezer for about 10 minutes until very chilled. 
  • When the pastelitos are cold, brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle a pinch or two of turbinado sugar (entirely optional). Transfer to the oven to bake for about 18 to 22 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (the guava will be SO hot) for about 10 minutes before serving. 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie J. Schiltz May 31, 2019 at 11:57 am

    These sound wonderful. I definitely must try tShem. Now to find guava paste!

  • Reply Ari May 31, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    There’s a guava tree at my office and once a year I will scrounge for the guavas and then make guava paste (def a labor of love!) and make something similar to these! I love the guava cheese pastries at Porto’s in Downey.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme June 1, 2019 at 2:42 am

      WOW that’s amazing. And yes I bet making guava paste is a true labor of love–I’ve never made it but would love to! 🙂

  • Reply Holly Henderson June 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I grew up in Miami, and I love getting pastelitos and café con leche when I’m in S FL visiting family. It literally is heaven.

  • Reply Dalila G. June 2, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Hi Adrianna!
    OMGoodness!
    These guava pastelitos look so heavenly!
    I really like guava, it’s just so hard to find anything guava flavored in my town.
    I’m now on a mission to hunt it down or just order some in.
    I must make your ‘simple’ version of guava pastelitos.
    Thank you for your recipe…..two thumbs up Arianna!!
    Have a nice day!

  • Reply Celia Becker June 3, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Oh boy, those look really yummy! I’m Spanish and we use something similar to Guava Paste called Membrillo which is a paste made from Quince. It is also very delicious. Your Pastelitos look easy to make and would be delicious with Membrillo. I’m going to give it a try. Thank you for another great recipe!

  • Reply Tess Ramirez June 5, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I’ve only had these at Porto’s in Glendale. We have always called them “refugiados” (“refugees”). I hope that is not offensive, but they are delicious!

  • Reply Brittany June 9, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    This reminds me of my childhood! I’ll definitely try your tip for the cream cheese, thanks for the recipe!

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