Puff pastry twists or puff pastry braids? No matter what you call them, one thing is certain: Dessert doesn’t get much easier or more impressive than this recipe for Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists!
We’re talking four ingredients and a few quick tricks to take you from packaged puff pastry to a tempting treat worthy of a spot on your local bakery’s dessert display.
Simply unfold the puff pastry and slather it generously with your chocolate hazelnut spread of choice. Then roll it up tightly into a log and slice it lengthwise to expose layer after layer of chocolate-covered dough.
Then all that’s left to do is twist the pieces to form a braid and pinch them securely on the ends. You’ll then repeat the filling, rolling and braiding process with the second sheet of puff pastry. After all, why make one giant twist when you can make two? #idontsharedessert
Transfer your twists onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat, which is my go-to when it comes to baking. Silpats offer all of the nonstick powers of parchment paper but can be reused time and time again.
Finish off your creation with a quick egg wash to ensure golden brown edges all around and then let it rain with a shower of sanding sugar for added pizzaz and crunch. The result is two extra-large puff pastry twists loaded with chocolate and ready for slicing and serving with a cold glass of milk.
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- 1 (17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed but cold
- All purpose flour, for dusting work surface
- 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
- 1 large egg
- Crystal sanding sugar, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry onto a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, lightly roll the pastry to seal together any folds.
- Spread ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread on the pastry, leaving a 1 inch border around all of the edges. Beginning on the longest end, tightly roll up the pastry into a log. Cut the log in half lengthwise then carefully twist together the two pieces to form a braid, pinching the ends together to hold the braid in place.
- Repeat the filling, rolling and braiding process with the second sheet of puff pastry and the remaining chocolate hazelnut spread then arrange the twists on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg then brush it atop the twists. Sprinkle the twists with the crystal sanding sugar (optional) and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes or until they're golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove the twists from the oven and allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet before slicing and serving.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.
This makes a stunning and delicious dessert. After making this as written a few times, I decided to cut the sheet lengthwise after covering it with the chocolate hazelnut spread. Then I rolled each of the narrower sheets, cut it down the center and twisted each one, making thinner “braids.” Also, I found that refrigerating them for about 10 minutes between steps, or while working on other twists, made it easier to work with.
Thanks so much for your note, Judy! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe!
how long does it need to be in the oven for and what temperature.
Hi Max – As noted in the recipe above, 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
Wow! This was so quick and easy and really well explained and turned out fantastic!! Thanks for an awesome recipe.
You are so welcome, Priscilla! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
Can you suggest a substitute for Nutella for nut allergy people ? Thanks !
Hi Karen! You can use a plain chocolate spread (Hershey’s makes a great one!).
What about Biscoff or Speculaas cookie butter?
YESSS! Either of those would be delicious, Celeste!
Such an easy and delicious dessert to whip up in no time at all. It was incredibly delicious and a massive hit for the family. 10/10!
I’m thrilled your family enjoyed the recipe, Cindy!
So quick and easy – gets lots of “oohs and aahs” from guests! Taste even better than they look! I actually use sifted icing sugar rather that the rock sugar – I prefer no sugar “crunch”.
I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Rose!
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