Pesto Elephant Ears


These pesto-filled pastries can be made ahead. Just bake early in the day and reheat just before serving. Look for the easy directions in the recipe tip.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 10 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 24
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  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 3 tbsp. prepared basil pesto


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.

  2. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Spread half the pesto on the pastry.  Starting at the short sides, fold the pastry toward the center, leaving 1/4-inch space in the center. Fold one side over the other, making a 4-layer rectangle. Repeat with remaining pastry sheet.

  3. Cut each pastry rectangle into 12 (3/4-inch) slices, making 24 in all.  Place the slices, cut-side down, onto a baking sheet.  Brush the slices with the egg mixture.

  4. Bake 10 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Remove the pastries from the baking sheet and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.

  5. Tip: To reheat the pastries, heat the oven to 400°F.  Place the pastries onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 2 minutes or until the pastries are hot.

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Watch the demo to see how to make this type of recipe, then consult your recipe for specific instructions.


Always preheat your oven for a minimum of 15-20 minutes before baking, because Puff Pastry depends on even heat to rise and puff. Place pastries 1 inch apart.

To add special texture and flavor, sprinkle chopped nuts, seeds, ground spices or grated cheese on top.

Work with one Puff Pastry sheet at a time, keeping the others in the refrigerator.

If you don’t have a pastry brush, you can use the tip of a rolled-up paper towel or your fingertip to apply egg wash.

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Submitted by:
Lydia M.
Date: 1/10/2006

3 star rating

"recipe was confusing, I'm not sure I did it right."

Submitted by:
Karen N.
Date: 2/28/2006

1 star rating

"The recipe directions are in the wrong order--someone needs to edit and put in the right order-then it will make sense!!"

Submitted by:
Karen N.
Date: 2/28/2006

1 star rating

"the directions are not in the right order--hence the confusion by the other person who rated the recipe-someone should edit and reconfigure."

Submitted by:
Yely Z.
Date: 6/18/2008

2 star rating

"I love it, and thanks for all your wonderfull recipes."

Submitted by:
D M.
Date: 1/19/2007

1 star rating

"Delicious and easy! Very pretty. Intructions are clear if you visualize the final shape."

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