Pasteles De Guayaba (Guava and Cream Cheese Pastries)

Total Time
20 mins
25 mins

This is a childhood favorite that conjures up memories of growing up as a gringa in South Florida and sitting in the open air Cuban Cafes and indulging on these sweet pastries! These pastries are wonderful with a café con leche!! They were a special treat that we were allowed to have on occasion for breakfast. It is actually one of the few things I actually miss about South Florida! The recipe is from Alex Garcia.

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  1. Blend the cream cheese, butter and flour until well mixed; Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch thick square; Cut the rolled dough into 16 to 20 squares.
  4. A little off center of each square, place 1 tablespoon guava paste.
  5. Fold the dough over the guava paste, forming a triangle; Press the edges shut.
  6. Place the pasteles onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle them with a thin layer of sugar.
  7. Bake until the pasteles are evenly browned, about 25 minutes.