Soft, flaky and delicious cream cheese pastries filled with a sweet cream cheese mixture and strawberry jam.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries Diethood Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries

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Oh, HI there! Happy Wednesday!

As you can see, and if you’ve been following, I decided to get all ethnic on ya this week and share a few things from my neck of the woods. I mean, why not! It’s damn good stuff!

Like that Savory Feta Cheese French Toast – hellllooooo delish!

Then we had that Apple Strudel Cake – ummmm… WOW! SO GOOD!

And today I’m showcasing these IN.credible pastries! Insane! They are just to die for!

Okay… nothing is really worth to die for, but you know what I mean.

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To be quite honest, I had no intentions in cranking out all of “grandma’s recipes”, it just happened. It must be a sign. I need a vacay to Macedonia, asap!

And since I’m being so honest… can I tell you that I inhaled about 5 or 6 of these cookies without coming up for air? I’m just an open book. I have to tell you how it is. I can’t ever put these down. After having about 10 or 20, I freeze the rest (the remaining 10) for another one of those, I’m-feeling-skinny-today, let-me-eat-10-pastries-DAY.

This is your new favorite cookie. Right here, right now. For reals. Maybe I should have shared these with you during the Christmas rush, but there were so many cookies being passed around, I decided to wait. I thought they might fit better with the whole Valentine’s Day thingamajig.

Do YOU think these could pass as Valentine’s-ish cookies?! I think they can. After all, they are red, cute, and sweet. That sums up Valentine’s Day, right? You could probably even shape them into hearts! I am too lazy to do that. I just go for the classic look, ya know.

On a different note, I’m always a little hesitant about sharing these from-back-home-recipes with you because some of them require a little bit of kitchen skill. Just a little. For instance, this dough. It’s amazing, but it’s also a diva. If you don’t chill it, it will fall apart. Also!?! Using too much filling will make the cookies soggy, real fast.

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Also, also!? Do not leave these on the kitchen counter. One, because they will disappear in seconds, and two, because, again, you don’t want to deal with sog-fest. Cover them and store them in the fridge. You can also freeze them for like 300 years. Or 3 months. Whichever one comes first.


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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 26 to 30 Cookies

Cream Cheese Pastries Diethood Recipe Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Soft, flaky and delicious cream cheese dough filled with a sweet cream cheese mixture and strawberry jam.


    For the Pastries
  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling
  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, or to taste (if you prefer it sweeter, add more)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • strawberry jam


  • In your mixer's bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, light and fluffy.
  • Add flour and salt and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Lightly dust work area with powdered sugar.
  • Transfer dough to work area and shape into a ball.
  • Divide it into 4 rounds; flatten each round and cover each pastry dough with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in your mixer's bowl.
  • Beat until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  • Dust work area with flour.
  • Remove dough from fridge and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Roll out each ball of dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut into 3x3 squares.
  • Fill the center of each square with 1/2-teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon strawberry jam. For a prettier presentation, using a pastry bag, you can pipe the fillings, one on top of the other.
  • Overlap opposite corners of dough to the center and over the filling. Pinch seams together.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Bake 10 to 11 minutes, or until edges are browned.
  • Cool completely.
  • Serve.


Total Time includes chill time. Store cookies in air tight containers. Freeze for up to 3 months.


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  1. DaphneK April 11, 2014 at 5:42 PM - Reply

    Hi Kate…butter…is it unsalted?? Or salted?? I am going to make this tomorrow or the next day, depending on quickly I hear back from ya!! Thanks!! :)

    • Katerina Petrovska April 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM - Reply

      HI! :) Ooooh I wanna make a batch, too! Use unsalted butter… I should get in the habit of indicating that in my recipes, huh? ;-)

  2. shirley westhafer April 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    These are awesome, been looking for this recipe for a lomng time. tanks for posting, keep up the great work!

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  4. Lily's Lady February 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    These sound very much like the klatchkes from my childhood in an eastern European neighborhood. Lovely!

  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog January 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    These look wonderful. I love the combo of strawberry and cream cheese. Yum!

  6. Kirsten January 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM - Reply

    I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing Macedonian recipes–rock on!

  7. Laura Dembowski January 26, 2014 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    These are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day! They look amazing! I wouldn’t mind ten myself :)

  8. Kim Beaulieu January 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Dude, seriously, I wished you lived next door to me. You’re killing me with all your deliciousness woman. These are beautiful.

  9. Ramona January 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    Wow.. these are really beautiful. : ) I bet they tasted amazing too.

  10. Crystal January 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM - Reply

    These are so pretty and would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. They look so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Trish - Mom On Timeout January 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    These are just beautiful Kate! I am totally going to try making them – I know my boys would go crazy for these! Pinned!

  12. Caroline Hurley January 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM - Reply

    Aren’t our grandma’s recipes the best? As soon as I saw these they reminded me of MY grandma’s! These are beautiful and I agree…they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Pinning now!

  13. Rose January 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    Great pastry Kate!

  14. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM - Reply

    These are incredibly beautiful and I can tell going to be addictive!! And of course they can pass for Valentine’s Day! They are Red!!

  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    These are gorgeous, love the cream cheese in the pastry and the filling. Please send me a dozen! :)

  16. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    These are so cute! They are like little love purses! Love!

  17. cecil sanchez January 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    i will surely do these on week end.. thanks for sharing kate!

  18. Emily @ Life on Food January 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM - Reply

    These are so pretty! I would hate to have one, but then again, they sound delicious I probably would have a nibble or two.

  19. Medeja January 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    I guess I would also end up having 10..100.. of these cookies :)))

  20. Valerie January 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM - Reply

    I love cream cheese-based dough! The last time I used it was in a rugelah recipe years ago.

    This looks irresistible! I can see why it’s dangerous to leave around.

  21. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet January 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM - Reply

    Amazing! These are just fabulous! And pastries never last long in my house!

  22. Angie@Angie's Recipes January 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    These cheese pastries look so beautiful!

  23. Meagan January 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    These pastries from your neck of the woods are GORGEOUS!

  24. Jamie January 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    These are wonderful! Like danish pastries but easier… and I’ll bet they are so good! Gorgeous!

  25. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    These are adorable, Kate!! Pinning these beauties!!

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