25 Delicious Festive Pastries: Sweet & Savoury


Why not feed the family with sweet or savoury pastries this Christmas? Enjoy this list of 25 delicious festive pastry recipes.

1. Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry

This spectacular pastry Christmas tree is easier to make than you might think, just follow this step by step recipe with photos! Indulgent Nutella® chocolate hazelnut spread is sandwiched between two layers of puff pasty, scored in all the right places then twisted to form tree branches. Ideal for Christmas parties and delicious washed down with some festive mulled wine.

2. Cheesy Puff Pastry

Cheesy Puff Pastry Stars

These Cheesy Puff Pastry Stars make a super easy appetizer for Christmas parties and a great festive snack for kids too!

3. Starry Mince Pies with Zesty Orange Pastry


To give my mince pies a bit of an extra festive touch I flavoured the gluten free pastry with some orange zest. This gave the pastry a nice golden hue and a little extra zesty freshness. I liked how I could see the orange strands speckled throughout the pastry too. I love the combination of fresh orange with the heady spices used in the sweet boozy mincemeat.

4. Pesto Christmas Tree

Recipes Made Easy Party Pesto christmas tree and lemon cranberry fizz

This savoury pastry in the shape of a Christmas tree adds some extra fun this party season. It’s  a really easy to make  centre piece ideal when having friends around for festive drinks. Served with a champagne cocktail, your party is sure to go with a swing.

5. Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries

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When tangy, vanilla-flavored cream cheese, juicy raspberries and puff pastry join forces, my self-control goes out the window. Breakfast, snack or dessert, these quick-fix pastries are worthy of a second serving (and then some). Thirty minutes start to finish? Sweet success indeed.

6. Almond Rolls Recipe

Almond rolls with red ribbon

If you love almond flavours then give these sweet almond rolls a try.   Flaky puff pastry on the outside wrapped around a log of homemade almond paste, these are a perfect easy recipe for pastry lovers!

7. Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

It’s impossible to escape them at this time of year but if there’s one person who will never turn them down it’s Papa! He’ll eat mince pies of any description but his most favourite kind are puff pastry mince pies. And because I’m the most amazing daughter in the world (& the most modest too!) I’m more than happy to indulge him with a batch or two.

8. Almond Puff Pastry

Easy Almond Puff Pastry Recipe

It’s impossible to escape them at this time of year but if there’s one person who will never turn them down it’s Papa! He’ll eat mince pies of any description but his most favourite kind are puff pastry mince pies. And because I’m the most amazing daughter in the world (& the most modest too!) I’m more than happy to indulge him with a batch or two.

9. Pesto & Cheese Twists

Supermarket copycat pesto and cheese twists on a white plate with a blue tea towel in the background

How can you resist a freshly baked super cheesy (not to mention super easy to make) pastry?

10. Dutch Christmas Roll

Banketstaaf (Sweet Puff Pastry Dessert With Almond Paste

Banketstaaf is an amazingly simple Dutch pastry recipe that takes only 10 minutes to assemble. Oven will do the rest of the work.

11. Cranberry Orange Brioche Star


For a large chunk of this year, I’ve had the sweet pleasure of living under the same roof as a spritely little miss who is completely obsessed with brioche, or as she says it “baweeyoche!” Always with an exclamation mark. And since there are few things quite as enchanting as a warm festive sweet bread on Christmas morning, I decided this would be my pièce de résistance this year. It does not disappoint.

12. Cinnamon Chocolate Hazelnut Puff Pastry

Simply & Easy.. seriously delightful!

Creating a fun and festive dessert for Christmas doesn’t have to take forever! All you need is store-bought puff pastry and a jar of chocolate hazelnut spread and you have a show-stopping treat that everyone will love!

13. Fruit & Cream Cheese Pastries

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Up your brunch game with this fast and fresh recipe for Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries topped with your choice of fruit.

14. Ham & Cheese Roll Ups

ham & cheese roll ups

Delicious Ham & Cheese Roll Ups made with puff pastry. They make a lovely treat tea for the family or can even be eaten cold for lunch!

15. Filo Pastry Mince Pies

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At just 1.5 syns each (actually under but I’m rounding up to be safe!) these mince pies are the perfect thing to help you stay on plan this Christmas! Made using Filo Pastry and traditional mincemeat they are totally melt in the mouth and will please everyone this Christmas!

16. Pear, Feta, & Walnut Puff Pastry Tart

Pear, feta and walnut tart

If you’ve got ready-rolled puff pastry in your freezer, and a few tasty odds and ends in the fridge, you’ll never be short of something to impress last-minute guests with!

17. Cheesy Marmite Sausage Rolls

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Feel free to adjust the amount of marmite used in the sausage mix to suit your taste, as I appreciate it’s quite a strong flavour. The 2 tsp in the recipe does give quite a strong taste, so if you want it a little subtler then I’d recommend perhaps only 1 to 1.5.

18. Berry Cheesecake Puff Pastry Tart

A cut into puff pastry tart with berries.

This Berries Cheesecake Puff Pastry Tart is the easiest dessert you can serve your family or guests. It’s the perfect dessert when you are short on time but still want a WOW factor.

19. Lentil Puff Pastry Pockets

Lentil Puff Pastry Pockets

These Lentil Puff Pastry Pockets are perfect for a holiday or any special occasion! Filled with lentils, carrots, and fresh herbs, they can be the meatless centerpiece to any meal!

20. Cardamom & Clementine Cruffins

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These cardamom and clementine cruffins aren’t as complicated to make as you might imagine, you can whip up a batch in no time. That’s thanks to store bought croissant dough, because we aren’t all blessed with the amount of free time to make pastry from scratch, and to be honest who wants to when you could be enjoying time with your family. The smell that omits from the kitchen when baking these is so comforting and makes me feel super festive. Serve them straight from the oven in the morning with hot cups of tea or coffee, let people help themselves. Sugar before 9am is totally allowed on Christmas morning, right?

21. Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Lentil Puff Pastry Pockets

These cheesy mushroom pinwheels are the perfect appetizer for a holiday potluck. They can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I love serving these as an appetizer because they can easily be made hours in advance. Anyone who enjoys the combination of garlic, mushrooms, and cheese will definitely love these pinwheels!

22. Chocolate Hazelnut Snowflake Pastry

Chocolate Hazelnut Snowflake Pastry

Rich and delectable Chocolate Hazelnut Snowflake Pastry, inspired by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. It goes perfectly with a cup of Hot Cocoa!

23. Sausage Twist

Sausage Roll Twist Recipe

Create a show-stopping tear and share sausage roll twist with step-by-step help from olive’s test kitchen

24. Albero di pasta sfoglia ripieno – filled puff pastry tree

Albero di pasta sfoglia

Salmon has always been a thing in my family. Cream and salmon farfalle, bruschette with salmon and spring onions, salmon pâté and so on… Every year my cousin and I challenge each other to find a different way to use smoked salmon for NYE canapés for the family meal.

25. Spiced Plum Puffs

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These Low Syn Spiced Plum Puffs are a perfect treat, and are a great addition to any party


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