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Cheesecake Crowns

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling

Makes

1 dozen

These elegant dessert pastries are so easy to make, but no one will believe it! I've served the fruit-filled crowns at brunch as well as after dinner.
Cheesecake Crowns Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons water
  • Optional: fresh berries and apricot jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Unfold pastry; cut each into four squares. Gently press squares into greased jumbo muffin cups, pulling corners up and out of cups; press corners down onto muffin pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon into each muffin cup. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Spoon into pastry cups.
  3. Bake until filling is almost set and pastry is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour or until set.
  4. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve a drizzling consistency. If desired, toss berries with apricot jam to coat; palce on top of pastries. Drizzle with glaze. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 pastry: 699 calories, 44g fat (18g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 5g fiber), 11g protein.

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