A last-minute Fourth of July dessert: Berries & Cream Pastry Stars

Written by Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity.

Happy Fourth of July! For those of you who may be looking for a last-minute Independence Day dessert or just something fun and summery to make on a whim, this dessert is for you. Puff pastry stars stuffed with a whipped lemon cream cheese filling and summery berries of blue and red.

Puff pastry is my go-to for last-minute desserts because no matter what you do to them, you’re guaranteed the end product is going to be delicious. Plus, you can bake them into any shape and size you want, making them a perfect compliment to any occasion.

Today I chose to roll out the puff pastry, cut out star shapes with a cookie cutter and bake until golden. Once cooled, they get stuffed with a light and fluffy lemon cream cheese filling and slices of summery sweet, fresh fruit.

They make a perfect one- or two-bite dessert for a Fourth of July barbecue, or any summer day that just needs a sweet little pick me up.


Berries & Cream Pastry Stars
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Serves/Yield: 4-6
Ingredients
  • Puff pastry
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • sliced strawberries and blueberries
Instructions
  1. Roll puff pastry out thinly on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Cut out star shapes. Remove excess puff pastry and transfer the parchment paper, with the stars, onto a baking sheet. Bake at 400ΒΊF for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire wracks to cool.
  2. For lemon curd, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Stir in lemon zest, juice and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Whip cream to stiff peaks. Fold into cream cheese mixture in two additions. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
  4. Once ready to serve, split puff pastry stars in half, top bottom half with a spoonful of cream filling and a couple slices strawberries and blueberries. Serve immediately.

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About Cheri

Cheri is a mother of two and a Canadian expat living in Norway. With a passion for quick and simple food, Cheri shares recipes, tips and tricks on her food blog, KitchenSimplicity.com.

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Comments

  1. These are too cute!!! Love the stars! :)
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  2. Kara E. says:

    These look great! I bet if I wanted to be extra lazy, I could even fill them with whipped cream? Anyway, this 4th, we will be having a lemon cake topped with berries and cream cheese frosting and arranged to look like the American flag. :)

  3. Ooo these look easy and fun! My toddler will have fun eating these. I still have leftover berries from my tres leches coconut cake with cream and berries, so I can whip these up. Thanks!
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  4. So cute! Sure, they’d be perfect for the Fourth — or any summer day.
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  5. This is so cute design. This is the perfect to make for the last minute fourth of July.
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