Miniature Napoleons Recipe
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Miniature Napoleons Recipe

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It can be a challenge to come up with an elegant dessert that works well for a cocktail party. These impressive, bite-size sweets are easy to eat while mingling.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 49 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 0 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 1 minute longer.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter and vanilla. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Unfold puff pastry; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork. Bake according to package directions. Remove to a wire rack to cool
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into custard. Use a fork to split pastry in half horizontally. Spread filling over the bottom half; replace top. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
  5. Cut into 1-1/2-in. x 1-in. rectangles. In a microwave, melt chocolate and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over pastries. Freeze until serving. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Miniature Napoleons in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p35

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aug2295 172884
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"These were fantastic and pretty simple to prepare. I used white chocolate because it's what I had, came out perfect. I don't think the recipe made 54,though. I guess i could have cut them smaller, but I would say this made about 20."

popoaggie 173927
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"Love them. Served them with fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaves. Will make them again."

7833louis 113850
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"OMG!, if the French knew about these they would start consulting American cookbooks!"

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