Easy Holiday Entertaining Dessert Idea: Puerto Rican Quesitos Recipe {Video}

by Melanie Edwards on December 11, 2014 · 16 comments

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When it comes to Puerto Rican desserts and pastries, there is one I probably love even more than pastelillos de guayaba – quesitos. Quesitos have a nostalgic place in my heart as I have fond memories of eating this delicacy as a child in Puerto Rico and often asking my parents to buy me some when we visited a bakery. This Puerto Rican cheese puff pastry is super delicious and easy to make, something I wish I had known earlier!

How to Make Quesitos

If you’re looking for a simple dessert recipe for your holiday entertaining, try this quesitos recipe and watch the video below so you can see how to make quesitos, with common ingredients you can find at Walmart. Not only will party attendees gush over how delectable they are, but you’ll feel good about bringing something other than holiday cookies to the party!

Quesitos Recipe (Puerto Rican Cheese Puff Pastries)


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp sugar (substitute with Splenda for a sugar-free version)
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed according to package directions
  • 1 egg white

How to Make Quesitos, Ingredients Needed

How to Make Quesitos

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add sugar and vanilla extract to cream cheese in a medium or large bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix on low until cream cheese has a soft, whipped texture.
  3. Cut pastry sheet into 9 4×4 squares.
  4. Add about 1 tsp of cream cheese mixture to middle of each square, at an angle.
  5. Fold pastry sheet by bringing one side to the middle, then the other side. Pinch in the middle to seal. (Alternatively, you can add cream cheese mixture along the side of a square and roll pastry sheet closed, pinching each side to seal.)
  6. Place quesitos on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly brush each quesito with egg white, then sprinkle with sugar on top.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Let quesitos cool before indulging!

Puerto Rican Desserts for Holiday Entertaining

More Puerto Rican Dessert Recipes for Holiday Entertaining

Check out these dessert ideas that are also great for your holiday entertaining!

Walmart Holiday Entertaining Guide

You can get even more holiday entertaining ideas and recipes (not just for dessert!) with the Walmart Holiday Entertaining Guide. It has easy, budget-friendly ideas for everything from breakfast and appetizers, to desserts and cocktails! (Check out the mac & cheese bacon bowls – I tried these during a Walmart headquarters trip and they really are divine!) You’ll also find many how-to videos on the entertaining guide to help you put together a wonderful party!

Now that you know how to make quesitos, will you be trying our quesitos recipe for your holiday party?

How to Make Quesitos Recipe

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1 Alex January 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Omg These Quesitos amazing!!! ;))) And easy to make thanks.

Need to try all these other recipes Gracias mamita

2 Melanie Edwards January 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

De nada! So glad you liked them!

3 Aileen July 5, 2015 at 12:15 am

Delicious! It was easy to make. Everyone loved it!

4 Melanie Edwards July 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

That’s great! I love how easy they are to make too!

5 Angel montoto September 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Omg I cant find them anywhere where i live except an hour drive away I just made them and there so amazing and cheap!!

6 Melanie Edwards September 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Yes! So easy to make and fills that “antojito”! 😉

7 Shannon October 5, 2015 at 12:45 am

My daughter and I discovered these a couple of years ago at a place in Austin, TX called Cuban Café. We live about 4 hours away on the gulf coast so we always buy about 20 to take home and then end up eating them along the way so never any left. ($1 ea.) I am so excited to make these – they are one of the best sweets I’ve ever had………..thank you so much. Am also going to make the ones with guava.

8 Melanie Edwards October 6, 2015 at 1:52 pm

They’re so yummy- I don’t blame you for eating them all up! LOL I love that I can make them at home now!

9 Iris December 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

Ok, so growing up in Puerto Rico, I used to have these for breakfast and snacks. I moved to NYC and was excited to find them. I recently moved to Mississippi and guess what? You got it right, no where to be found!!! Can’t wait to make these for my kids, FOR CHRISTMAS!! Thank you for reviving my childhood taste buds!!

10 Melanie Edwards December 3, 2015 at 10:53 am

Yes, it’s easy to find Puerto Rican treats in places like NYC, but I can only imagine what you’re feeling in Mississippi!! Enjoy your quesitos with the kids. Felicidades!

11 Natalie January 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

So my grandmother lives in Puerto Rico and we live in Alabama. Sometimes we save up enough money to go there for Christmas. The first thing I always ask for when we get there is a Quesito. Now I can’t wait to make them and make it a daily thing for me. I’m so excited! Gracias por todo Mamita!

12 Melanie Edwards February 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

I’m so glad you’ll be able to enjoy quesitos more often now! Yay! 🙂

13 Jessenia March 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm

I have always loved loved loved quesitos, when we tragically moved from Puerto Rico, quesitos was one of the things I missed the most. To eat these I have to drive 4 hours away. I miss then but not enough to constantly drive 4 hours. Thank you for this recipe, I live in Georgia so delicious pastries are rare. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this.

14 Melanie Edwards March 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

You’re so welcome! I was surprised to find they taste almost the same as the ones from the panaderias in Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

15 Laura Rivera October 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

love it chesse puff pasry from Puerto rico and I am live Puerto rico

16 Melanie Edwards October 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

So glad you like it!

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