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Strawberry Napoleons

These Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons have layers of puff pastry, cheesecake, and berries. A dusting of powdered sugar and sliced almonds completes this impressive dessert!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons: easy, delicious dessert with a no bake cheesecake filling and topped with sliced almonds #thinkfisher

What are Napoleons

Napoleons are classic French pastries layered with cream filling and topped with powdered sugar. The concept is incredibly simple but the results couldn’t be any more extraordinary!

In this homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon recipe, we swapped the custard cream found in traditional versions for a creamy cheesecake filling instead.

A few sliced strawberries and a drizzle of melted chocolate give these Napoleons an extra special touch. They look so elegant on the plate that no one will believe it took you just 20 minutes to make these delicious Parisian-approved pastries.

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons: easy, delicious dessert with a no bake cheesecake filling and topped with sliced almonds #thinkfisher

Ingredient Notes

  • Puff pastry. You will only need half a box for this recipe. Save the other half and make some puff pastry bread sticks later!
  • Strawberries. Or substitute another variety of berries. Raspberries would be delicious!
  • Milk chocolate. Melt chocolate bars, wafers or morsels in the microwave to drizzle over the finished napoleons. Substitute dark or white chocolate if you prefer.
  • Cream cheese. Use full fat cream cheese for the thickest, creamiest cheesecake filling!
  • Sliced almonds. We love garnishing Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons with a handful of sliced nuts. If you’re not a fan of almonds, feel free to serve the pastries without. Toast the nuts for best flavor!
Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons: easy, delicious dessert with a no bake cheesecake filling and topped with sliced almonds #thinkfisher

Tips and Tricks

  • Bake the pastry first: Slice the thawed puff pastry dough into 6 even rectangles. Bake until puffy and lightly browned.
  • Assembling: Slice the cooled pastry in half like a sandwich roll. Spoon filling onto one half, then add strawberries and the second half of the pastry on top.
  • Garnishing: Use a sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar over the Napoleons. Arrange sliced almonds on top and finish with a drizzle of melted chocolate!
Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons: easy, delicious dessert with a no bake cheesecake filling and topped with sliced almonds #thinkfisher

Recipe FAQs

Do these Napoleon desserts need to be refrigerated?

If you are not eating the Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons right away, they should be kept chilled. Store them covered in the fridge until ready to enjoy!

What can I use instead of puff pastry?

No other ready made dough will give you exactly the same results as puff pastry dough. However, you could use refrigerated croissant dough (like Pillsbury crescent rolls), shaped into rectangles, in a pinch.

Can I freeze Napoleons?

I don’t recommend freezing Napoleons with strawberries. As the berries thaw they will release a lot of moisture into the puff pastry making it soggy.

What other fruits can I put in cheesecake Napoleons?

Cheesecake napoleons are perfect vehicles for all kinds of fruit. Any berry would taste great with the cheesecake filling in this recipe! Maraschino cherries, and banana slices are other good choices.

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Yield: Serves 6

Strawberry Napoleons Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Sweet stacks of puff pastry, cheesecake, and strawberries are completed with some delicious sliced almonds! You'll want to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons soon!

Ingredients

  • ½ box (1 sheet) puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounce strawberries, halved (or other berries)
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate, melted
  • powdered sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions. When ready to use, unfold and cut along seams, creating 3 long strips. Cut each strip in half, creating 6 rectangles.
  2. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 11-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove and cool completely. Slice in half lengthwise through center. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and heavy cream for 5 minutes, until fluffy.
  4. Fill bottom of each "sandwich" with cheesecake filling. Top with strawberries. Place top of puff pastry over strawberries and sprinkle (generously) with powdered sugar. Drizzle melted chocolate over each Napoleon and immediately sprinkle with Fisher's Sliced Almonds. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Notes

  • Bake the pastry first: Slice the thawed puff pastry dough into 6 even rectangles. Bake until puffy and lightly browned.
  • Assembling: Slice the cooled pastry in half like a sandwich roll. Spoon filling onto one half, then add strawberries and the second half of the pastry on top.
  • Garnishing: Use a sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar over the Napoleons. Arrange sliced almonds on top and finish with a drizzle of melted chocolate!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 4g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on April 24, 2014

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I know you all think I’m weird and my lovely wife’s talents are totally wasted on my, but in my defense (and in defense of us non-goopy people everywhere), I can trace back my roots of goopy aversion to the video below.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSsnYzkKYd4

    2. But. But. Creamy food is amazing. HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO THE ENTIRE GROUP OF FOOD THAT IS CREAMY?! Agh. Well, at least cheesecake is an option, and these napoleons are gorgeous, Aimee!

    3. I love napoleons, and I love that you gave them a cheesecake filling! I’m definitely into white goopy stuff too. 🙂

    4. Hehe, my hubby is the opposite and loves the white goopy stufff so he would be all over these! They look gorgeous Aimee, I love the strawberry/cheesecake filling – it sounds amazing! Pinning 🙂

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