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Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower

What would you call layers upon layers of puff pastry which encase layers and layers of chocolate, cream cheese, and cherries? Well, why not … Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower? Works for me! LOL

A closeup vertical image of a Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower with layers of puff pastry and chocolate and cherry cream cheese filling.

This elegant pastry cream tower may look difficult (and maybe a little intimidating to make), but let me assure you that it could not be easier thanks to the help of store-bought puff pastry.

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This recipe was originally shared in 2014. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Can this pastry tower be made in advance?

I wouldn’t suggest making and assembling too far in advance for fear the puff pastry will get soggy.

That said, you can easily prepare the chocolate and cherry cream cheese fluff and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days if needed.

How this recipe came to be:

I came upon this idea when I remembered a fruit dip I’d acquired years and years ago from a friend that was a blend of cream cheese and marshmallow spread.

I had planned on making and posting that recipe, but as typically happens, I got a little carried away and wound up making this Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower instead.

Funny how that happens sometimes.

What I wrote about this recipe back in 2014:

I thought I’d show you my recipe writing process if you’ve ever been curious how I get from the concept to the completed dish (shown below).

It usually isn’t pretty, and there are always a lot of my scribbles involved, but somehow it gets from the paper to the photoshoot, and then to the computer, and then ultimately the post. With hopes that you’ll like what you see, and make for yourself at home.

A sheet of paper with the idea and instructions for making a Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower.

How to make a chocolate cherry pastry tower:

  • Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.
  • Thaw the puff pastry sheets and carefully unfold them.
  • Use a paring knife to cut the two pastry sheets into 3 rectangles each, down the fold lines when unfolded.
  • Use the tines of a fork to poke holes in all but one pastry piece.
  • Bake in a preheated oven until puffed and golden (approximately 20 minutes), and cool completely.
  • *Note – The pastry piece that did not receive the fork pokes will be nicely puffed. The others will be much flatter, which is what you’re looking for. If they’re still too puffed (for stacking purposes) use the back of a fork to press on the pastry and flatten them while they’re still hot. The one that is puffed high will be the top piece of your tower.
  • Meanwhile, blend together the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff until creamy.
  • Add the thawed and drained cherries to the fluff mixture and gently blend to combine.
  • Remove slightly less than half of the cream mixture to a second bowl.
  • Add cocoa powder to the original bowl of the cherry cream mixture and blend to thoroughly combine.
  • Place one of the flat pieces of pastry onto a serving platter and alternately layer chocolate cream cheese, pastry, cherry cream cheese, pastry, and so on until there are two layers of each flavor cream cheese, and ending with the top puff pastry that wasn’t docked.
  • Sprinkle the top of the pastry with a light dusting of confectioners sugar, and cocoa powder to finish.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Additional pastry and speciality desserts:

*Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs (shown below)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs may look intimidating to make, but trust me, they’re not! As long as you follow a few simple steps, you’ll be noshing on one (maybe two) of these beauties in no time.

A tray filled with chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs with fresh strawberries as garnish

*Puff Pastry Apple Squares with Caramel Drizzle (shown below)

When it’s time for dessert, and you want to impress but not spend hours in the kitchen preparing, then these rustic Puff Pastry Apple Squares are just what the dessert doctor ordered.

A Puff Pastry Apple Square on a china plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

*Orange Curd Whipped Cream Filled Profiteroles (shown below)

If you’re looking for a delicious pastry that’s not too difficult to make but impressive to serve, these Profiteroles with Orange Curd Whipped Cream Filling are just the ticket. A word to the wise, however, you may want to make a double batch because they’ll be gobbled up quickly.

Golden filled eclairs on a plate with oranges and confectioners sugar

*Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical collage image of the making Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower with the completed image on the bottom along with a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy yet impressive pastry dessert.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

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Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This Chocolate Cherry Pastry Tower stands pretty, proud, and tall. It's an impressive dessert that looks difficult to make but only takes 30 minutes from start to dessert.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package 2 folded sheets puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 packages 8 ounces cream cheese (I used Neufchatel)
  • 1 jar 7.5 ounces Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract vanilla may be substituted
  • 1 bag 16 ounces frozen unsweetened cherries, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder plus additional for garnish
  • confectioners sugar for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Unwrap the thawed puff pastry and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut each piece of dough into thirds along the fold lines. Place the cut pastry onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets leaving space in between.
  • Use the tines of a fork to poke holes in all but one pastry piece.
  • Bake the pastry in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until they’re nicely browned (only one should be extra puffed). *Note – The pastry piece that did not receive the fork pokes will be nicely puffed. The others will be much flatter, which is what you’re looking for. If they’re still too puffed (for stacking purposes) use the back of a fork to press on the pastry and flatten them while they’re still hot. The one that is puffed high will be the top piece of your tower.
  • Cool completely while you make the chocolate and cherry cream cheese filling.
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer (or, I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment), cream together the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, almond extract, and the drained cherries until smooth and creamy.
  • Remove slightly less than half of the cream mixture to a second bowl.
  • Add the cocoa powder to the original bowl of the cherry cream mixture and blend to combine thoroughly.
  • Place one of the flat pieces of pastry onto a serving platter.
  • Starting with the chocolate cream spread approximately 1/2 cup of the mixture along with the entire piece of puff pastry.
  • Place another flat piece of pastry on top of the chocolate cherry cream and spread approximately 1/2 cup of the plain cherry cream filling mixture along with the entire piece of puff pastry.
  • Continue alternating with pastry, chocolate, and plain cherry cream filling mixture and top with the puffed piece of pastry.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Carefully slice using a serrated knife and a sawing motion without too much pressure.

Notes

*Note – You can also make these as individual desserts (making them easier to serve) by cutting each puff pastry strip into thirds (you’ll have 18 pieces) and then assembling them in the same fashion as the long pastry tower.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22g
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dina

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

it looks delightful!

Paula

Thursday 15th of May 2014

I'm all in for a piece of this!

Sherri Jo

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

So pretty and I'm sure it was delicious too! Pinning.