Mini Strawberry Napoleons


Bakery Napoleons are good, but this make-at-home version, with puff pastry, vanilla pudding, fresh strawberries and lots of whipped cream, are so much better!

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 15 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 8
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  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

  • 1 pkg. (about 3 ounces) instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream or thawed frozen whipped topping

  • 1 1/4 cups sliced strawberries

  • 2 tbsp. confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Cut the pastry sheet into 3 strips along the fold marks. Cut each strip into 4 rectangles.  Place the pastries onto the baking sheet.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Split each pastry into 2 layers, making 24 in all.

  4. Prepare the pudding mix according to the package directions except use 1 cup milk.  Fold in the whipped cream.

  5. Reserve 8 top pastry layers.  Spread 2 tablespoons pudding mixture on each of 8 bottom pastry layers.  Top each with 1 tablespoon strawberries and another pastry layer.  Top with the remaining pudding, strawberries and the reserved top pastry layers.  Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar.

  6. Ingredient Note: For 1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream, beat 3/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

  7. Serving Suggestion: The pastries may be drizzled with 1 square (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate, melted, before serving.

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If you want a flaky thin and crispy pastry that’s not very puffy, prick the unbaked Puff Pastry all over with a fork, which lets steam escape while baking.

When using an egg wash, be sure it doesn’t run down the cut sides of the pastry, as that will make edges stick together and stop the pastry from rising.

If bubbles appear on the surface while baking Puff Pastry, prick with a fork to deflate them.

Remove only as many pastry sheets as you need. Wrap unused sheets in plastic wrap or foil and return to the freezer.

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Submitted by:
Cate H.
Date: 4/7/2006

5 star rating

"I first had this at a chruch luncheon and asked for the recipe. Everytime I make it I receive raves! It's easy and elegant!"

Submitted by:
Thelma A.
Date: 4/11/2006

5 star rating

"I'm making these for Easter. They're great and don't last long on the table. Guests gobble them up quickly. Thanks for a great dessert that is quick and easy to make and looks elegant!"

Submitted by:
Zoe R.
Date: 6/3/2006

5 star rating

"yummy, yummy, yummy I got love in my tummy!"

Submitted by:
Debbye T.
Date: 5/7/2008

5 star rating

"This was so easy to make and very delicious. My husband loved it."

Submitted by:
Carrie S.
Date: 7/27/2006

5 star rating

"I made this recipe for a dinner party and eveyone was fighting to get the last one! They were impressed with the look and taste. This is definitely a keeper!"

Submitted by:
Hasmik C.
Date: 2/18/2007

5 star rating

"This is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I made it for the Valentine's day. I used heart-shaped cookie cutters thus making heart-shaped strawberry napoleons. My guests were very impressed. It's an easy way to make a delicious and impressive dessert in such a short time."

Submitted by:
Jennifer G.
Date: 5/13/2008

5 star rating

"This was a very simple and delicious dessert to make. I have made it with various flavors of pudding: cheesecake, white chocolate, vanilla, etc . Each ones makes it taste a little different, and it's delicious every time."

Submitted by:
Kim R.
Date: 3/6/2011

5 star rating

"This is a quick and easy and happily it tastes great. "

Submitted by:
Hilda A.
Date: 4/12/2011

5 star rating

"So delicious...I ate two right when i was folding the rest. I couldn't wait for the next day to eat more. Loved it and recommended it for my friends and family."

Submitted by:
Lisa K.
Date: 8/23/2011

5 star rating

"Very easy to make and tasty. Great recipe for all levels of home cooks. Looked impressive."

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