Puff Pastry Dough

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Puff pastry dough is very versatile! You can use this recipe as the base for making a variety of dinners and desserts. Homemade puff pastry is much more scrumptious than ready-made dough from your local grocery store. Make a batch of puff pastry dough with just 3 ingredients in 15 minutes!

How to Make Puff Pastry


Last weekend I was craving homemade ham and cheese pockets. So I headed into the kitchen to make a quick batch of puff pastry dough.  Once you make your first batch I’m sure you’ll agree: this easy puff pastry dough is a life-changing recipe! It’s also a real money-saver. Say goodbye to store-bought dough!

How to Make Puff Pastry


Puff pastry dough requires high-quality butter. Here’s the reason: high-quality butter has a higher fat content than its cheaper counterparts. Low-quality butter contains a high quantity of water which is not a prime ingredient for making puff pastry dough.  This water-adding practice helps manufacturer keep their butter prices down. If over the years you’ve consistently been using loss-leader-priced butter in your baked goods, you may have noticed a fairly significant change in the outcome of your recipes. Although it may pinch the pocketbook, whenever you’re purchasing butter for baking reach for high-quality butter from brands you trust.


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How to Make Puff Pastry


This easy-to-make puff pastry dough is a real game-changer. It’s so darn versatile! You can now quickly and easily make homemade hot pockets, ham-and-cheese pinwheels, croissants, apple turnovers, puff pastry twists, gourmet pizza appetizers, empanadas, crust for chicken pot pie, cinnamon roll bites, and so much more!

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Puff Pastry Dough

Puff Pastry Dough


Puff pastry dough is quick and easy to make! With just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes you’ll have delicious, buttery, puff pastry dough that will rival any ready-made dough sold at the market. It’s perfect for making a long list of dinners and desserts, including homemade pop tarts!


  • 1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus a bit extra for rolling out the dough)
  • 10 tablespoons high-quality salted butter, chilled
  • 1/3 cup ice-cold water


  1. Fill a large drinking cup with ice cubes and add water. Set the cup aside.
  2. On a cutting board, chop the butter into very tiny pieces. Add the butter and flour to a medium mixing bowl. Stir to combine. With a pastry blender or fork, cut the butter into the flour until it’s well incorporated.
  3. Measure out 1/3 cup of ice water. Pour it over the mixture. Stir with a fork. With clean hands, blend the mixture into a dough. You will still see tiny specks of butter. Gather the dough together into a ball and transfer it to a lightly-floured pastry board. NOTE: Don’t add in too much extra flour! Just a few touches as needed to prevent stickiness.
  4. Pat the dough down into a basic rough square. Using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 10-inches long. Fold the dough into thirds (just like folding a business letter). Rotate the dough a quarter turn. Roll it out into a rectangle again. Repeat this process 6 times: folding, rotating, rolling.
  5. Place the dough into a quart-sized ziplock and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using. (This puff pastry dough can be refrigerated overnight.) When you’re ready to use the dough, roll it out into a 12 X 8-1/2 inch rectangle. Slice into sections.


SALTED OR UNSALTED BUTTER? You can also use unsalted butter for this puff pastry recipe. Simply add 1/4 teaspoon fine salt to the flour. Gently mix the flour and salt together before adding in the butter.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Dinner
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: puff pastry dough, pastry dough, puff pastry dough recipe, homemade puff pastry

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What recipes would you like to make with your puff pastry dough? Share your favorite ideas puff pastry recipes in the comment section below!

38 thoughts on “Puff Pastry Dough”

    • Hello Geetika! Tightly wrap the puff pastry in plastic wrap. Place it in a zip-top bag with the air pressed out, or in an air-tight container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before rolling out the chilled dough. Do not refreeze. Enjoy!

  1. I made it last night. Came out great. I usually use frozen puff pastry sheets from the grocery store, but this recipe is very easy to make from scratch. And I love rolling out dough. I could do it all day.

    Instead of cutting the cold butter into tiny pieces, I just grated it on the coarse side of a box grater. That makes it even quicker.

    Denay, I’ll be sure to check out your other recipes.

  2. I’m wondering if I could just pulse the butter/flour right quick in my food processor? Your thoughts? Thanks!

  3. Would love to try your recipe but would you please translate the 10 tbs of butter into grams or cups as I tried a similar one before and when I baked it the dough was soaked in butter!

  4. Thank you for this recipe. I am trying to make as much as I can from scratch and this recipe is right up there for me. I need simple easy recipes. Now that I have this is can make the strawberry cream cheese puff pastries I’ve been wanting ?

  5. I have never tried puffed pastry, but you make it look easy enough for me to give it a go!

    • Hello Jessica! I promise that this puff pastry recipe is simple as pie! I think you’ll be completely amazed at how easy and delicious it is. :-)

  6. Great puff pastry dough recipe! I usually make most components of my dishes from scratch but puff pastry is one item I usually allow myself to buy. I forget how easy it can be, and your recipe looks like a great one to try!

  7. I’ve never ever made or attempted my own puff pastry. I always felt like would TOTALLY screw it up. I’m not great with breads, doughs, or pie crusts, but this recipe looks easy enough to try! You are giving me some confidence over here Denay!

    • Woo-hoo! Chrissa, I promise this will become one of your favorite little recipes! There’s so much you can do with puff pastry, especially when it takes such little time to prepare. :-)

  8. I love cooking and baking, but have always been intimidated by the idea of making my own puff pastry… this post has really inspired me to give it a go! Looking forward to this!

    • Candy, I hope you try this recipe soon! Thank you so much for popping by for a visit and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.


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