If you’re a fan of Puerto Rican cuisine, you probably already know exactly what Quesitos are. If you’ve never heard of Quesitos before, then get ready to meet your new favorite pastry!
Quesitos are cigar-shaped Puerto Rican pastries, traditionally filled with a delicious combination of sweet cream cheese and fruit or fruit preserve.
The great thing about Quesitos, though, is that there are so many ways to interpret and build on the traditional recipe to create new and exciting taste experiences.
Today, I’d like to showcase my personal top 25 most amazing Quesitos recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
The 25 Best Quesitos Recipes
This Quesitos recipe by Marta Rivera offers a beginner-friendly and flexible way to recreate the classic Puerto Rican pastry.
The recipe calls for either homemade or store-bought puff pastry, finished with an egg wash and a sugar glaze and filled with a simple but satisfying cream cheese filling.
Marta also provides helpful tips throughout the recipe and recounts her own initial errors to make sure that you get to enjoy the best results.
Kitchen Gidget’s Quesitos recipe comes second on this list.
This is another very simple, traditional Quesito recipe that beginners can make using store-bought pastry sheets.
The filling is cream cheese flavored with vanilla for extra sweetness. If you want, you can even add a drizzle of honey or corn syrup as a glazing agent.
These Puerto Rican Quesitos by The Cookware Geek are very impressive, and the best thing is, they aren’t difficult to make!
The Cookware Geek recipe only calls for a total of 6 ingredients and can be baked from start to finish in just 20 minutes.
Again, this is a recipe that uses vanilla extract to flavor the cream cheese, making it perfect for those who like their pastries on the sweeter side.
Mexican Appetizers and More has outdone itself with this Quesitos recipe!
The recipe only uses 4 main ingredients: puff pastry (either homemade or store-bought), sugar, cream cheese, and egg wash! It really is as simple as that, but you’d never be able to tell from how delicious the results are.
Mexican Appetizers and More also offers additional filling and serving suggestions if you want to take this Quesito recipe to the next level.
The Sofrito Project’s Puerto Rican Quesitos recipe is very similar to those I’ve already discussed, except that this one balances out the sweetness of the Quesito with just a pinch of kosher salt.
This is an interesting yet very subtle adaptation of the traditional Quesito recipe that helps to make the end result palatable for everyone’s tastes.
If you’re plant-based, you might have assumed that there isn’t a Quesitos recipe out there for you. After all, the main filler ingredient is cream cheese!
However, Hungry Dragonfly has put together a vegan Quesito recipe that I recommend all vegans and non-vegans try out.
This recipe uses vegan cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese. Apart from that, all the other elements are the same.
For a burst of tropical flavor in the midst of the creamy sweetness of your Quesitos, try the Pineapple Quesito Recipe by Zoe Francois!
The combination of brown sugar, vanilla, and fresh pineapple works absolutely beautifully with the puff pastry. You can either make yourself following the instructions in the recipe or substitute it for a shop-bought pastry sheet.
This Quesito (or Pastelitos de Queso) recipe by Hispanic Kitchen stands out from the rest of the recipes in my selection by making use of an apricot glaze.
While fruit preserve is commonly used as a Quesito filling, it is not so often used as a glaze, which puts this recipe high up on the list of recommendations for its uniqueness.
Emerald Kitchen’s autumnal-themed Pumpkin Spice Quesitos recipe is very unique and very delicious.
These Quesitos are filled with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice in addition to cream cheese. They can be finished with a corn syrup glaze or enjoyed without any glazing.
Baking Savvy’s Quesito recipe takes just 25 minutes to make in total, but the end result tastes like the product of hours of work!
This recipe recommends using a food processor to combine the ingredients for the cream cheese filling, so if you’re looking for a recipe that requires minimal elbow grease, this is the one for you.
Quesitos taste even better with a honey glaze, and that’s exactly what you’ll get if you follow this recipe by Jeff and Jo’s Puerto Rican Kitchen.
Additionally, this recipe calls for the use of guava paste alongside the cream cheese filling for an extra fruity flavor.
These Puerto Rican Quesitos by EatLove feature an orange glaze that is easy to make and will enhance the flavor of your pastries.
Using orange juice, orange zest, and sugar, you can turn your traditional, creamy Quesitos into a vibrant, citrus taste experience.
Another guava-based Quesito recipe, this recipe by The Domestic Rebel uses guava paste and a corn syrup glaze to create Quesitos suitable for even the biggest of sweet tooths.
These Vanilla Cream Cheese Quesitos with Orange Glaze are easy to make and even easier to eat in one sitting!
The glaze takes just a few minutes to combine from orange juice, zest, and sugar, boiled together in a pan.
Michelle Ezratty Murphy’s Quesito recipe makes the top 15 on my list because it uses a honey sugar syrup glaze.
This glaze takes 20 minutes to make (quick enough to complete while the pastries are baking) and will help your Quesitos to taste as good as any bakery-bought product.
Using just 4 ingredients, this Quesitos recipe proves that less really is more!
Just combine cream cheese with sugar, spread it onto your puff pastry squares, fold, glaze with egg, and you’re ready to bake some phenomenal Quesitos!
These Puerto Rican Quesitos by Chowhound are glazed with egg and corn syrup, flavored with vanilla, and sprinkled with sugar.
I can’t recommend this recipe enough if you’re looking for a traditional Quesito recipe that packs a sugary punch.
Big Oven offers two different dough mixes in this keto-friendly Quesito recipe, so your diet doesn’t have to come between you and your love of pastries.
You can make the dough for these Quesitos using almond flour, sugar, and baking powder, or mozzarella and cream cheese, depending on how strictly you want to limit your carbohydrate intake.
Muy Bueno’s Puerto Rican Quesito recipe is excellent, featuring a vanilla-flavored cream cheese filling and an orange glaze.
The recipe even explains how to make the perfect espresso to accompany these tasty treats!
David Taylor’s Quesitos recipe calls for both egg wash and a honey sugar syrup glaze to ensure that the cream cheese filling doesn’t overshadow the delicate sweetness of the pastry.
This recipe makes 12 Quesitos, so you’ll have plenty of treats to indulge in as a reward for your hard work.
Betty Crocker is a well-known culinary brand, and this Sopaipilla Quesitos recipe showcases that.
Whether you want to top your Quesitos with a sugar-cinnamon coating or orange glaze, this recipe will show you how to execute your ideal topping perfectly.
Another pineapple Quesitos recipe, these instructions by Sandhya Ramakrishnan are masterful, showing you how to make a caramelized pineapple filling and topping to rival professional bakers.
Strawberry Quesitos aren’t very common in a traditional sense, but this recipe by California Strawberries proves that the combination works!
This recipe also happens to use plant-based substitutes for dairy ingredients, so it’s vegan-friendly!
Oh Sweet Disney! replicates the Disney Park Quesitos recipe with amazing results!
Using just 3 ingredients, it’s probably the easiest recipe to execute from my list. You can always add a glaze from one of the previous recipes to enhance the pastry further.
This traditional Puerto Rican Quesito recipe by Recetas de Puerto Rico goes back to basics with 6 ingredients.
The recipe suggests adding a layer of honey to the top of the pastry before baking for a caramelized finish that tastes as good as it looks.