sweet hot kisses

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Dawn Cordova
Lancaster, CA

I love the combination of spicy and sweet. This appetizer is a perfect combination of my favorite flavors.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is an easy appetizer for your next party and can be whipped up in no time. We really enjoyed these flaky puff pastry bites with a warm jalapeno cream cheese center. The pepper jelly adds a hint of sweetness and spice.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves Makes 2 1/2 dozen
prep time 25 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sweet hot kisses

  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, softened (8 oz)
  • 1 md
    jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 pkg
    puff pastry sheet, thawed (2 sheets)
  • 1/3 c
    green or red pepper jelly

How To Make sweet hot kisses

  • Balls of cream cheese and chopped jalapenos on a wax paper-lined plate.
    Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix cream cheese and chopped jalapenos in a small bowl. Drop 1/2 inch balls onto a wax paper-lined plate. Place cream cheese balls into the freezer while you prepare puff pastry (about 15 minutes).
  • Removing creases from a sheet of puff pastry.
    Unfold sheets of puff pastry and roll over with a rolling pin to remove creases.
  • Cutting each sheet into 16 squares.
    Cut each sheet in half, then in half again, and so on until you have 32 squares.
  • Puff pastry squares placed in mini muffin tins and in the oven.
    Place each square into a greased mini muffin cup. Arrange so corners a pointed up. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Cream cheese ball pushed into the center of the puff pastry.
    Place one cream cheese ball into each pastry cup. Push in if the pastry has begun to puff.
  • Continuing to bake the puff pastry.
    Return to oven and bake an additional 8 - 10 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
  • A dollop of pepper jelly on top of the puff pastry.
    Remove pastries from the tin and immediately top with 1/2 teaspoon pepper jelly. Serve warm.