Embrace the Art of Hand-Rolled Crispy Pastries: A Timeless Recipe

Rolled crispy pastries are a beloved treat across many cultures, celebrated for their delightful combination of a crunchy exterior and a variety of flavorful fillings. These versatile pastries can be tailored to suit any occasion, whether you prefer a savory snack, a satisfying appetizer, or a sweet dessert. The magic of rolled crispy pastries lies in their simplicity and adaptability, making them an excellent choice for both novice and experienced bakers.

The foundation of these pastries is a buttery, flaky dough that is rolled out thin, enveloping a rich filling before being baked to golden perfection. The fillings can range from cheese and herbs to vegetables, nuts, or even chocolate, allowing endless possibilities to cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, looking for a quick snack, or craving a sweet indulgence, rolled crispy pastries offer a delicious and impressive solution.

In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make the pastry dough from scratch, choose and prepare your favorite filling, and bake the pastries to achieve that irresistible crispiness. Follow along and discover how easy it is to create these delectable treats at home, sure to delight anyone who takes a bite.


For the Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water (plus more if needed)

For the Filling (Choose one or mix and match):

  1. Savory Cheese and Herb Filling:
    • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or a mix)
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  2. Vegetable Filling:
    • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, spinach)
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  3. Sweet Nut Filling:
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  4. Chocolate Filling:
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Prepare the Pastry Dough:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
    2. Add the chilled butter pieces and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    3. Gradually add the ice water, mixing until the dough begins to come together. Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
    4. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Filling:
    1. Choose your desired filling from the options above.
    2. For the savory fillings, mix the ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
    3. For the sweet fillings, combine the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
  3. Assemble the Pastries:
    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a large rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick.
    3. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
    4. Starting from one long side, carefully roll the dough into a tight log.
    5. Cut the log into 1-inch pieces and place them, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the Pastries:
    1. Brush the tops of the pastries with the beaten egg wash.
    2. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastries are golden brown and crispy.
    3. Allow the pastries to cool slightly before serving.


  • For extra crispiness: Brush the pastries with melted butter before baking.
  • Storage: Store leftover pastries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven to restore crispiness.
  • Variation: You can also sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds on top of the pastries before baking for added texture and flavor.

Enjoy your homemade rolled crispy pastries!

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