You need a fast and easy peasy appetizer that everyone will love. These Maple Bacon Cheese Twists are just what you are looking for! The sweet sticky maple syrup coats the crispy salty bacon all encased in flaky Puff Pastry, your guests will love them.
I’m always running from pillar to post. It seems like my to do list keep’s getting added to, and I ultimately run short on time to make the impressive appetizers I really had planned on making. This recipe for Maple Bacon Cheese Twists came about because I needed something fast. I had Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry in my Freezer and had an hour to get something ready for company coming over.
I would like to thank Pepperidge Farm for sponsoring todays post, its always nice to be able to tell people the product you already use. While they provided the product and compensation for this post the opinions and content are all my own.
I love using puff pastry, its always a crowd pleaser. I mean golden, flaky pastry that just melts in your mouth? What’s not to love right?
The Maple Bacon Cheese Twists filling can be made while you are thawing the the Puff Pastry sheets. I know you could make puff pastry from scratch but its really time consuming. Buying Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry you know you are going to get a consistent delicious pastry. Every. Single. Time. They have ton’s of suggestions on other ways to use puff pastry at their website here.
I use Puff Pastry in so many recipes. Check out some of the other ways you can use Puff Pastry to wow your guests with my Loaded Breakfast Cups, Beef Wellington and one of my really early posts Breakfast Pizza. I’ve always used Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry because it’s what my mom always used. Mom never steer you wrong!
Points of Interest on Maple Bacon Cheese Twists:
Easy/Hard: Easy. The hardest thing is rolling out the Puff Pastry evenly. But don’t fear, if it isn’t an even square they will still taste fantastic!
Make Ahead? They are better if you make them right when you are ready to serve them. You can prep the Maple Brown Sugar Bacon mixture the night ahead so all you have to do is defrost, assemble and bake at the time to serve. That being said, I made a triple batch of these for a coffee and had some leftovers. I can say that we didn’t have any left the next morning after breakfast so they are totally edible even a day later!
Social Suggestions! These are great for a cocktail party snack or to pair when you are getting together for coffee. Anyone who loves bacon will LOVE these for a snack anytime! We’ve also served them for a light dessert after a really filling meal.
Options: When testing this recipe I went with twists because I wanted to display them in a tall glass for people to be able to pull from. But I also tested a few that you make like pinwheels! Look how cute these look!
- 1/2 package of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry (1 full sheet)
- 8 pieces bacon
- 1/2 package cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- Follow the directions on the Puff Pastry box for thawing the Puff Pastry Sheet.
- While the pastry is thawing, also take the cream cheese out and let it soften to room temp.
- While Puff Pastry sheet is thawing (see notes for prepping ahead of time,) on a roasting pan place 8 pieces of bacon in the oven at 400° and bake for 30 minutes until crisp. (Leave oven on if you are baking the twists at the time of making the bacon)
- Allow bacon to cool, then chop to very tiny bits.
- Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and 3 tbs brown sugar in a bowl and mix evenly.
- Add chopped bacon to sugar mixture and combine well.
- Once Pastry is thawed, roll to measurement given on box.
- Cut pastry in half. Set aside on piece to be used on top of the one the cream cheese will go on.
- On the other piece of pastry, spread cream cheese using the back of a large spoon to cover the entire pastry piece.
- Sprinkle the bacon/sugar/syrup evenly over cream cheese.
- Take the second piece and lay it over the top of the cream cheese piece.
- Take the rolling pin and roll the pieces together to seal them.
- Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut strips about 1/2 inch thick.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pick up a strip of pastry and twist the each end the opposite end until you have a nice twist. (See example in post)
- Place each twist 1 inch apart on baking sheet.
- Complete all twists and place all on baking sheet.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
- Sprinkle sugar evenly over all twists.
- Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve immediately.
- If storing, place in tightly sealed plastic bag or storage container.
If you want to make the bacon the night before you can. Just chop bacon as described and place in sealed zip lock bag until ready to add sugar and syrup to it for the recipe.
Calorie info in this recipe was calculated using the app My Fitness Pal using the exact ingredients I purchased to make the recipe. If you are following a strict diet, please take your ingredients into consideration.