My family loves toaster strudels, but they can get a little pricey when you're buying a lot. When I've tried in the past to make my own puff pastry, the results have been a bit less than desirable. As a result, I came up with this delicious recipe. Not only is it incredibly easy and ready in under 30 minutes, but the flavors are incredible, making it the perfect comfort food breakfast.
To make these, start off by pouring 1 cup of apple pie filling into a blender. Pulse the mixture 6 to 8 times or until it is mostly pureed but still a bit chunky. Then transfer the filling to a small saucepan, and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. This helps to remove some of the extra liquid, which you will drain off after it has simmered.
Meanwhile, remove the puff pastries from the package. Separate them according to the ready-made perforations that come on the pastry.
This premade puff pastry is what makes these toaster strudels so easy — you don't need to spend hours trying to perfect your own puff pastry. These are found in the frozen dessert section of the grocery store.
After you have separated them, cut each strip into 4 strips. If you don't want miniature toaster strudels, then just cut them in half. Cover 1/2 the strips with softened cream cheese and the other 1/2 with a heaping tablespoon or 2 of the apple mixture.
Combine each cream cheese piece with an apple filling piece, and press the edges together. Press the tips of a fork along all 4 edges of both sides of the puff pastries to secure their attachment. Once they are securely attached, place them onto a baking sheet.
Make sure to leave plenty of space between the strudels, as they rise and spread a bit while baking. Allow them to bake for 15 to 18 minutes, and then remove them and allow them to cool slightly.
Once they are slightly cooled, spread frosting over the toaster strudels, and then lightly dust with cinnamon if desired. This is a comfort breakfast of champions.
These miniature apple and cream cheese copycat toaster strudels take less than 30 minutes to make and are so simple. If you want to make these ahead of time, you can because they reheat well. Just make sure to leave the ones you want to reheat later unfrosted. Don't try to reheat these with frosting on them or in the toaster. They do best unfrosted in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 15-18 minutes | Total time: 25-28 minutes
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