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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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    Flaky pastry and fresh berries meet cheesecake in this easy recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons.

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    Posted on April 24, 2014

    Comments & Reviews

    1. My life revolves around creamy. I would stop to be concerned, but I’m too busy stuffing my face with these napoleons. I’ve always loved the layers of napoleons and especially strawberries in this one!

    2. Napoleons are my favorite!! I would eat 6 of these, literally no lie.

    3. I really want that filling – on everything. Heavy cream & sugar can do no wrong! pinned

    4. I’m all for desserts that don’t require slaving away in the kitchen 😉 This looks absolutely perfect!!

    5. Love the layers of goodness this dessert has… it just screams eat me I’m delicious!

    6. Oh my gosh, my husband is the same!!! Put aside the fact his aversion to dessert in general, the creamy, pudding, dip thing is SO OUT. But he loves cheesecake. How did we marry these guys? 😉

      This is such a beautiful napoleon!!

      1. My hubs does love his cookies and brownies! We marry them cause they are awesome in others ways, besides their bizarre eating habits 😉

    7. All I can say is DO WHAT? LOL! He is missing out on so much goodness in life! I have a sister who doesn’t like cream cheese and won’t go near cheesecake. She doesn’t get invited over too much! Haha just kidding!

      1. He is most definitely missing out!! You crack me up about your sister, hehe. I won’t tell!

    8. I LOVE white goopy stuff…and so does my hubby…be he is still totally weird to me!
      This dessert is my life. Cheesecake, strawberries, buttery flaky goodness? I’m in!

    9. Aimee, you made me laugh when you start out your post “my husband is strange”! LOL These strawberry cheesecake napoleons look delicious, I want one right now for breakfast! Pinned 🙂

    10. The white goop food group is a staple in our house. At least he will eat cheesecake 🙂 Isn’t it funny what boys do for their momma! Pinned.

    11. At least there is more dessert for the rest of you than. Cheesecake is a huge favorite in our house too. This dessert is all mine though. I would adore it.

    12. I love how you start off the post with My husband is strange. LOL Totally made me giggle. In his defense though… I don’t like anything creamy as a condiment. No mayo, mustard or anything gooey on tacos or sandwiches or hotdogs or burgers. Ewwwww! lol So, he’s not alone in his hate for creamy goo. lol

      1. What is wrong with you anti-condiment people?? haha, kidding. I still like you Betsy, my strange strange friend. 🙂

    13. You are right…the man is crazy!!! Sorry Michael 😉 My hubby doesn’t do the mayo goop either, but I think the others are ok with him. This is definitely one fancy looking dessert, but I love how easy it is to put together. It’s perfect for those hot summer days that are coming!

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