Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts for Valentine’s Day!

Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts - taste like mini cronuts!

So you know that cronut insanity that hit the nation this year? Well, these little cuties taste just like a mini pastry donut or – yep, you got it – a “cronut”! All the little flaky layers are oh so delish but no slaving away trying to make it. Pepperidge Farm has a product called Pastry Cups that does all the work for you so your little donut-meets-cronut is ready in no time! This is also one of my favorite recipes because it is a “mini dessert” (I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to such treats) because I think they are perfect for parties and entertaining. They are mini so you have my permission to eat 2 (and by 2 I mean 8). Trust me, they’re so good!

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MINI Chocolate Pastry Donuts! LOVE this easy two-step recipe! Step-by-Step for making Mini Chocolate Ganache Pastry Donuts by Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie

The process is simple (full recipe below) and it can easily be done the day before a party or event. Simply refrigerate your “donuts” which will also help the chocolate ganache form a shell. You can remove them up to a couple of hours before serving. I love to use large heart sprinkles for Valentine’s Day but any type of sprinkle will work! You could even do a drizzle of white chocolate and fill with a mini strawberry for a more sophisticated twist!

Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts - taste like mini cronuts!


Mini Chocolate Pastry Donuts


  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • heart-shaped sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Break apart Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Brush each frozen cup with the beaten egg (also called an "egg wash") which helps give the cups a golden brown color once baked.
  3. Bake Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown (all ovens can vary so watch carefully for the golden brown color).
  4. In a saucepan over medium-heat, bring heavy cream to a boil.
  5. in a separate heat-proof bowl filled with chopped chocolate, carefully pour in boiling heavy cream. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add butter and continue to stir.
  6. After Puff Pastry Cups are removed from oven, use the end of a wooden spoon to push in the center of the "cup" to create a hole for filling with chocolate ganache!
  7. Dip each Pastry Cup into the chocolate ganache and add in extra to the center cup with a spoon.
  8. Decorate each Cup with heart sprinkles!
  9. Enjoy!

REMEMBER: Leave a comment below telling me how YOU would use Puff Pastry for Valentine’s Day for a chance to win a FREE TRIP to the Pepperidge Farm Innovation Center! AND have your recipe included in the Campbell’s Kitchen Recipe Database!

LAST MONTH’S WINNER: Congratulations to “Cheri” who shared how she would use Puff Pastry for the Big Game!

Puff Pastry Winner

Disclaimer:This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. I’m part of the “Puff is the Spark” Panel. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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