These Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs have sweetened flaky puff pastry, with a deliciously zesty cream cheese filling.  One is not enough.

Quick, easy and really tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs
Why does pastry have to be so darn tasty!

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything wrapped in pastry that didn’t taste good.

I just stopped, sat there and thought about that really hard for a couple of minutes, and no, there’s nothing.  Hail to the pastry.

These lemon puffs are no exception.  A flat bottom layer of crunchy sweet pastry, topped with zesty cheesecake flavours, and then finished off with a big, flaky, puffy top layer of more golden, sweetened pastry.

In theory, these should be eaten from the fridge, to allow the lemon cream cheese to firm up, but it’s so much more fun to bite into one of these things as the cream cheese squirts out of the sides.  Thus requiring a serious lick-the-sides-of-the-pastry-as-well-as-your-hands type of operation.

I wanted to call them lemon cream cheese squares, but unfortunately as you can see from the pictures below, I’m completely incapable of cutting anything neatly into a square without a ruler.
I decided to wing it, and so my pastry puffs now come in childrens, adults, and really-hungry-adults sizes.

Quick, easy and really tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs

Personally I think it adds character.
That’s what I say when I cut bread into a fresh loaf of bread too.  You can guarantee that the top of the piece of bread is going to look like a doorstop, whilst the bottom is as thin a tracing paper.

So, if you need neat squares in your life, please use a ruler to help you cut the pastry.
If you like to be dynamic and interesting, then wing it 🙂

I’m making this post short today, as I’m hopping on a train to London in an hour to go to my first blogging conference!

Quick, easy and really tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs

I’m excited and nervous at the prospect of meeting so many other bloggers.

Although I’ve chatted to a few bloggers in the UK, I’ve never actually met a real-life one!

Quick, easy and really tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs

The Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs

Quick, easy and really tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Puffs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 Puffs
Course: Dessert, Treats
Cuisine: American, British



  • 2 x 320g sheets of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp icing/confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp superfine white sugar
  • Filling:


  • 2 x 225g (8oz) packs full-fat cream cheese
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup icing/confectioner's sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons
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  • Preheat the oven to 200c/400f.
  • Place one of the pastry sheets on top of the other and cut into squares.
  • Place the top layer of squares onto one baking sheet and the second layer of squares onto a different baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle one of the trays of pastry with the icing sugar, then cover with baking parchment.
  • Brush the egg yolk on the pastry on the other tray and sprinkle with the white sugar. Place the tray with the pastries that have the egg wash on, on top of the other tray – so the pastries on the bottom tray (with the icing sugar on) will stay flat and a bit squashed.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes - until golden brown. Take the top tray out of the oven, and let the bottom tray cook for a further 5 minutes, then take out of oven and leave to cool. Once cool, use a metal spatula to remove from the trays.
  • Place the cream cheese into a bowl and whisk to loosen it up. Add in the lemon juice and icing sugar and whisk again to combine. Stir through the lemon zest, then spoon the mix into a piping bag with a large plain nozzle.
  • Pipe the lemon mixture onto the flat squares of pastry (the ones that had the icing sugar on). Then top with the squares of the puffed up pastry.
  • Place in the refrigerator for an hour, then serve.


These lemon puffs can be placed in a sealed container and stored in the refrigerator for up to a day.
Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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  1. Kathryn says:

    5 stars
    I made these with gluten free puff pastry, which doesn’t rise as much as normal puff pastry, but they were such a yummy treat for a coeliac.

  2. chilinhtran says:

    This looks absolutely delish! I love lemon cream but rarely see them in cream puffs. Your photos are really pretty 😉
    I work for a foodtech company called Chicory and we would love to have talented cooks like you as our recipe partner, are you interested?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for the compliments on my photos 🙂
      Would love to hear more on Chicory. Drop me a mail:

  3. Amy says:

    Yum! You are totally right – pastry makes everything taste awesome! These zesty lemon puffs look amazing – and I love the sizing options 🙂 My Mum just labels anything that isn’t ‘perfect’ as ‘rustic’ and it instantly makes everything better 🙂 Enjoy your first blogging conference!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Yep, I definately meant for those wonky cuts to be ‘sizing options’ 🙂
      The conference was awesome, thanks for asking Amy 🙂