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Easy Guava Pastries Recipe

The easiest and best Pastilitos recipe around! You have to taste just how delicious these Easy Guava Pastries are to make. The best with a cup of coffee!

Guava Pastries

I was in Tampa with the kids this week and I heard my stomach start to growl. Mostly because I knew that Cuban Sandwiches and Guava Pastries (Pastelitos de guayaba) were easy to find. If you have never had Cuban food, I highly suggest a visit to Tampa ASAP to get your hands on some of the delicious cuisines.  All you really need is a quick trip to the store and you can make your own delicious guava pastries in just a few easy steps.


How to Make Guava Pastries

guava paste

Of course, one of the most important ingredients is Guava Paste. You can find this on the ethnic aisle of your grocery store. You can also order it from Amazon. Can’t you order everything from Amazon anymore? It is so yummy!

You will also need a package of puff pastry. I keep that in my freezer at all times. I just used some last week to make these Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels for my hubby. There are so many delicious appetizers and desserts that can be made with puff pastry….it is a must-have!

guava paste on dough

The Guava paste is actually very thick.  You slice it to put on the puff pastry because it is just too thick to spread. At this point, you can get fancy and even add some cream cheese. I was totally going to do that, but someone used the last of it for Fiesta Stuffed Sweet Peppers yesterday. Guess I need to get to the store.

Dough cut for guava pastries

All you are going to do now is lay the other sheet of puff pastry over the top, and pre-slice your pastries to your desired size. 1 1/2 -2-inch squares always turn out good.  You can bake them just like this on the parchment paper or you can get a little fancier.

Dough cut in squares

I brushed the top of mine with an egg wash and then sprinkled some whole sugar on top. Mmmm…. Then put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F.  Or until golden brown.

Guava Pastries on a tray

They come out golden brown, flaky, and oozing the sweet guava filling. Get a cup of coffee and enjoy!


There is only one thing to serve with guava pastries. A nice hot cup of strong coffee. My kids skip the coffee and enjoy them with a cup of milk. Either way, these pastelitos are so amazing, you really don’t need to serve them with anything. Just enjoy.


IF you have any left, and that is a big if. Just store your leftover guava pastries in an airtight container. They will last longer kept in the fridge, but I am telling you. Leftovers are never an issue when it comes to these. They disappear fast.

Easy Guava Pastries Recipe

The easiest and best Pastilitos recipe around! You have to taste just how delicious these Easy Guava Pastries are to make. The best with a cup of coffee!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes



  • 1 package Puff Pastry Dough
  • 1 package Guava Paste
  • 8 oz cream cheese optional
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar Large


  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F
  • Thaw Puff pastry according to package directions.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and unfold one of the pastry sheets and place on pan.
  • Slice guava into 1/4 inch slices and place evenly on the pastry sheet.
  • Spread cream cheese over guava paste slices (optional)
  • Top with second puff pastry sheet and cut into desired pastry size. I cut mine in 1.5 inch squares.
  • Beat egg whites in a small bowl and brush over the top of the pastries. Sprinkle with cane sugar.
  • You can bake these as they are and pull them apart when they are done. Or you can also separate and bake them individually like you would cookies.  I prefer the second method. 
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 20 pastries (aprox)
Calories: 180kcal

Originally posted July 2013. Updated November 2018. 

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  1. 5 stars
    I want to make these for a wedding, as we’ll have a dessert table. Can I make these in advance and serve them cold the day of the wedding or do I need to jeat them up? I’m hoping I can make them 2 days in advance

  2. 5 stars
    Hi quick question I made these tonight and turned out just like the photo however my guava paste didn’t turn out melty like I wanted it to, the pastry was done but the guava paste looked just as i put it on the pastry, could it be the brand of guava paste I used?

    1. It could be. You also could try slicing it a little thinner next time. I have made them before where I sliced it a little thick and had that happen. The inside didn’t have a chance to soften before the outside was done.

      You can also dice it or slice it into small pieces and put it in a microwave safe bowl with a tablespoon or two of water. Microwave it at 50% in 30 second intervals stirring in between. You are just trying to soften it up. Instead of laying in the slices of guava, just spread it on like a jam. That should help you get the consistency you are looking for.

      Hope that helps!

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