If you’re looking for an appetizer for your holiday party that will impress your guests while at the same time being super easy to make, then these delicious Mini Puff Pastry Cone Appetizers are just the thing.
Even if you’ve never made any kind of pastry before, you can make these mini puff pastry cones. They’re made with puff pastry that you can find in the freezer section of your local grocery store.
Once they’re baked and cooled, fill them with your favorite dip and arrange on a tray with the other appetizers. Your guests are going to think you spent hours in the kitchen when in truth they take less than half an hour to make.
The mini puffed pastry cones can even be made the day before and stored in an airtight container until the night of your party. Then right before your guests arrive, fill them with shrimp, crab or spinach dip.
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It’s Day 5 and we are sharing Holiday Party Food Ideas!
How to Make Mini Puff Pastry Cone Appetizers
To make the Puff Pastry Cones you will need:
- 1 package of frozen puff pastry
- 12 Metal pastry horns
- Rolling pin
- Pastry cloth (optional but makes rolling the puff pastry easier)
- Baking tray
- Silicon baking mat or parchment paper for lining the tray
About an hour before you want to start making the puff pastry cones, take the frozen puff pastry out of the freezer and allow to thaw. It can also be thawed in the fridge overnight.
Preheat your oven to 425ºF. You’ll want it at full temperature when you put the tray of mini puffed pastry cones into the oven.
Prep your work area so that everything is ready.
Have a glass of water and pastry brush ready.
Make sure that the metal pastry horns are clean and dry.
Grease the pastry horns well.
Add a light dusting of flour to the pastry cloth.
Roll the puff pastry into a 16″ X 10″ rectangle.
Use a ruler to make one long edge of the puff pastry straight.
And why yes, for you eagle eyed quilters out there, that is a 24 inch quilting ruler.
For you non-quilting bakers, a plain straight edge ruler can be used but I must say, a quilting ruler made cutting even strips sooo quick and easy.
Cut a half inch strip of puff pastry.
Brush water along the strip.
Lay the tip of the pastry horn on the end of the strip and start rolling.
Continue to roll the strip of puff pastry on to the pastry horn. See how I keep the strip centered as I roll.
Lap the end of the strip over the other strips as shown.
Give the pastry cone a gentle squeeze to meld the layers together.
Continue to cut and roll until you’ve filled all the pastry horns.
I had about a 3 and a half inch strip of puff pastry left, so I cut it into 3″ squares to make puff pastry pinwheels.
To make the pinwheel, make diagonal cuts as shown below without cutting all the way to the center.
Fold in one point of each triangle.
A pastry scraper makes a good lifter for transferring the puff pastry pinwheel to the baking tray.
Here they are ready to go in the oven.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Now you are going to have to babysit them during this time. Start checking at the 10 minute mark. If you’ve made pinwheels, they cook a little faster then the puff pastry cones.
You will need to remove the tray from the oven when the pinwheels turn a light golden brown and then return the tray to the oven for the cones to finish baking.
An easier way would be to have the pinwheels and cones on two different trays but I had used the rest of my trays making other appetizers as you’ll see in a minute.
Once the puff pastry cones are a nice golden brown, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool in the metal cones for 5 minutes.
Then remove the metal cones and transfer the puff pastry cones to a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely.
If you’ve made them the day before your party, store in an air tight container.
Just before the party, fill the puff pastry cones with your favorite filling.
These were filled with my Sweet Chili Shrimp Dip.
Start filling them with a spoon and then use a chopstick to push the filling down into the pastry cone.
Fill them until they are slightly mounded with filling at the end.
Add a sprig of fresh dill weed to make them pretty.
Arrange the filled Mini Puff Pastry Cone Appetizers on a plate and add them to your party table.
In case you were wondering what happened to the puff pastry pinwheels, a small spoonful of cream cheese was added to the center and then smoked salmon roses were placed on top with sprigs of dill for the rose leaves.
Now we’re ready to have a party!!
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