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Smoky Pecan Puffs

Guests will think you fussed when you set out a tray of these pretty puffs. For a more festive look, cut the pastry with a small star cutter. —Awynne Thurstenson, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    81 appetizers


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion


  • Unfold puff pastry; cut into 1-in. squares. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Whisk egg and water; brush over squares. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sherry and Liquid Smoke if desired; stir in pecans and onion.
  • Split each square horizontally; spread with 3/4 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Replace tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 29 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • silverscribler
    Jan 25, 2013

    Have made these twice now. They are perfect for a function where there are lots of desserts and you want an alternative that isn't sweet.

  • smclarty
    Dec 29, 2012

    I gave this a 4 star since I modified it somewhat. I didn't have sherry, so I used brandy and I did not use the poppy seeds. I did use the liquid smoke. These were excellent and got raves at a party where there were many young (20's) people. Will definitely make again!

  • Summy
    Dec 26, 2011

    These were a nice complement to the smoked salmon I served for brunch on Christmas day. However, if I make them again I would add more liquid smoke, or better yet, I would chop up some smoked lox and stir them into the cream cheese mixture. But, they were fun and easy to make, and looked fancy on our plates.

  • cherisem
    Jan 28, 2011

    Made this at Christmas. It was a hit. They are so addicting! You just pop em in your mouth. Very easy to make. Gonna make em again today for a wine tasting party.

  • linden93
    Dec 27, 2010

    These were very tasty! I used red wine instead of sherry and would say the liquid smoke is a must. They are very time consuming, 81 little tiny puffs take some patience to make. Next time I will try making them bigger

  • Itchyfeet2wander
    Nov 24, 2010

    I have actually eaten pastry puffs made by Awynne Thurstenson....years ago. They were absolutely scrumptious. These puffs are spectacular!