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15 Minute Puff Pastry Recipe

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All you need is 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make puff pastry from scratch. Sure, you can buy puff pastry, but you can also make it in no time. This puff pastry recipe is so simple and way better than store-bought.

This pastry dough can be made with sweet or savory puff pastry ideas. Whatever the recipe is, this basic easy puff pastry dough works for both!

puff pastry on wooden cutting board

Homemade puff pastry is really easy to make. You might think why waste your time, if you can buy it. But, I personally love the flavor of this flaky pastry dough.

These puff pastry pigs in a blanket are so delicious, and they make a wonderful appetizer or dinner. Or whip up these easy puff pastry cinnamon rolls!

Why Make This Easy Puff Pastry Recipes…

  • 4 ingredients
  • Just 15 minutes to make
  • Makes flaky puff pastry appetizers, desserts, etc.
  • Freezer friendly
  • Incredible flavor

Ingredients Needed

  • Cold Butter
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Ice Water

How to Make

Step 1: In a bowl you are going to add your flour and salt into the bowl. Mix well to incorporate.

grated butter on a wooden cutting board

Step 2: Grate or chop your cold butter into very small pieces, and with a pastry cutter work the cold butter into the flour.

Step 3: Next, you will add in your water, and mix until combined. You want the water to be very cold, when you are mixing dough.

rolled out dough on cutting board

Step 4: Knead your pastry dough, and then roll it out into a rectangle and fold 3 times.

Freeze right away, or use the puff pastry dough right away.


The puff pastry needs to be used right after it is made, or it will begin to dry out. Or, freeze it by wrapping in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag.

Freeze for 3-4 months, then thaw on the counter and then use in any pastry recipe.

puff pastry sheets on cutting board

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you dice up the butter into really small pieces. Otherwise, it will not combine with the flour.
  • Don’t overmix the dough, or you can make the dough tough.
  • Work quickly with this dough, as you want it to stay cold. Otherwise, it will lose the proper texture.
  • Thaw puff pastry on the counter at room temperature.

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Puff Pastry Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Puff Pastry is very easy to make yourself. This puff pastry recipe tastes even better than store bought dough. It takes just 15 minutes to make and 4 simple pantry essentials.



Ingredients for Puff Pastry

  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ice water


  1. In a bowl add your flour and salt. Mix well to incorporate.
  2. Then you will use a grater to shred the cold butter, or dice it very thinly. This is important.
  3. With a pastry cutter fold the cold butter into the flour mixture working it in.
  4. Add the ice water, and mix until combined.
  5. Place the dough on a floured surface, and work the dough quickly to incorporate it.
  6. Fold the puff pastry dough into 3-4 times, and then use right away or freeze until you are ready to use.


Make sure to use butter and not margarine in this recipe.

You need to work quickly with this dough. The dough needs to stay cold, if it warms up, it messes up the texture of the pastry dough.

Don't overwork the dough or it will make it tough.

Wrap well in plastic wrap, and then place in a freezer bag. You can freeze the dough for 3-4 months.

Thaw dough for just a short bit on the counter then use for any recipe you would like.

Use unsalted butter for this recipe. If you use salted butter, omit the salt in the recipe.

Ensure you don't add too much flour or it will dry out the pastry dough and give you the wrong texture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

puff pastry folded up on table
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