May 15
2011

Lemon Sugar Puff Pastry Twists Recipe

Lemon Sugar Puff Pastry Sticks Recipe

This weekend was jam-packed with family fun and, as happy hour rolled around on Sunday, we found ourselves craving a sweet treat and a Frozen Strawberry and Lime Daiquiri to wash it down. Out came the puff pastry, lemons from my in-laws’ tree and the turbinado sugar. You can make these puff pastry sticks in about the time it takes you to crank open the patio umbrella and whip up a fruity cocktail.

This weekend was my youngest son’s birthday. I am not sure how his seventh birthday rolled around so quickly. In fact, I am still in deep denial. In an effort to really send me over the edge, both of my kids like to tell me, “Add our two ages together and that equals ‘driving'”. Super. To celebrate the birthday, we took several of my son’s friends to a place called Airborne, aptly named as the entire floor and walls are covered with interconnected trampolines. I may or may not have spent an hour and a half ricocheting off of walls and bouncing into pits of foam squares with eight 7-year old boys.

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To add to the excitement of the weekend, my mum is here for a week-long visit. As we live a fair distance from both my parents and in-laws, it is always a thrill for the kids to have a chance to have some good-quality grandparent time, particularly on special occasions.

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On top of that, my mum is pretty darn handy in the kitchen. As I worked on these puff pastry sticks, she set to work juicing the lemons from my in-laws’ prolific Meyer lemon tree so that I can freeze the juice to use throughout the summer. About 15 lemons, 45 minutes and a journey towards severe carpal-tunnel pain, my mum presented me with six cups of the fresh juice. Now that is motherly love!

These sticks come together very quickly and, once cooled, can be stored in an airtight container for two to three days.

The recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unfold defrosted sheet of puff pastry onto a well-floured surface. Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll the puff pastry until about 1 inch bigger in lengthwise and crosswise.

Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the puff pastry crosswise into 12 even strips.

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In a large, shallow dish, stir together lemon zest and turbinado sugar.

Brush both sides of each strip with melted butter. Lay strips, one a time, in sugar mixture and coat both sides of the pastry. Lay strips on baking sheets, twisting each one.

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Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden, rotating pans halfway through baking, about 12 minutes. Let cool and serve.

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Other desserts using puff pastry:

Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry & Chocolate Cream Cheese Napoleon
Cookin’ Canuck’s Brie Cheese & Strawberry Puff Pastry “Ravioli” with Chocolate Sauce
Evil Shenanigan’s Apple Fried Pies with Puff Pastry
Barbara Bakes’ Puff Pastry Maple Bars
The Cooking Photographer’s Puff Pastry Plum Tart

Lemon Sugar Puff Pastry Twists

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
Flour for rolling
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (often sold as Sugar in the Raw)
2 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unfold defrosted sheet of puff pastry onto a well-floured surface. Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll the puff pastry until about 1 inch bigger in lengthwise and crosswise. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the puff pastry crosswise into 12 even strips.

In a large, shallow dish, stir together lemon zest and turbinado sugar.

Brush both sides of each strip with melted butter. Lay strips, one a time, in sugar mixture and coat both sides of the pastry. Lay strips on baking sheets, twisting each one.

Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden, rotating pans halfway through baking, about 12 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Makes 12 sticks.

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1 Lori @ RecipeGirl May 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

I just love these simple dessert ideas. Perfect when you need something in a hurry!

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2 Lora May 16, 2011 at 1:03 am

These look like perfect lemony goodness. Love this recipe!

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3 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend May 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

Those look delicious and your family is so photogentic, just gorgeous smiles they both have, he looks just like you too!

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet May 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

This recipe is fabulous… how delicious do those look?!

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5 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

ha! i love that shot of him in the foam! i used to do gymnastics and we would tumble off the ends of the mats for the final and hardest tricks in to the foam beds…so fun!

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6 bellini May 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

These sound so refreshing and bring to mind strawberries and whipped cream for brunch.

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7 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

I love how they’re twisted and look soooo professional! Great job! :)

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8 Pretend Chef May 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

Airborne looks like it was so much fun. I actually added “to do” on my list to see if we have anything similar to this here in Houston. My son would love something like this. This recipe sounds delicious and perfect with a cocktail. Yummy! I also wanted to invite you to check out a giveaway on my blog for a 12 pack of Element Bars. Check it out here: http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2011/05/element-bars-giveaway.html

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9 Jane May 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Adorable family shots! And those lemon puff pastry sticks looks too delectable and perfect! I’m saving the recipe but I doubt mine will come even half as perfect as this.

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10 megan @ whatmegansmaking May 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

These look so easy and so good! Great idea!

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11 Jenny Flake May 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

What a great simple recipe, heaven knows those are some of my very favorites!

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12 Maria May 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love easy recipes that still wow a crowd!

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13 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

What a fun and easy idea. I can think of so many ways to serve these. :)

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14 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo May 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

these looks so yummy and simple! would be a great way to impress dinner guests without a whole lot of effort :)

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15 Katrina May 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

These look lovely, and could be a side to so many dishes!! I love a nice, sweet dessert like this.

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16 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle May 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

This is too funny…let me explain. Someone asked the other day on Twitter, ‘What is your favorite recipe for using puff pastry?’ to which I replied, ‘I don’t need a favorite recipe, I think I could eat it plain with just some sugar.’

And now this…and the whole butter/lemon/sugar business; so much better than ‘just’ plain sugar Dara but not a whole lot harder!

Remember the days of going steady? Forget that…you’re pinned!

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17 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Wonderful recipe, Dara! So quick and easy – just my style for summer days.

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18 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Just perfect for a summer dessert! I love it!

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19 Tracy May 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I love how simple and gorgeous these are! Yum!

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20 marla May 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hey friend, I thought about you guys a lot this weekend. So glad your little guy had such a fun time bouncing off the walls with his buddies. Awesome that your mum is there to join in on all the fun. These lemon pastry sticks are both original & I bet very tasty!

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21 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Lemon and puff pastry, yum! I will have to try it, my kids will go crazy for these!

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22 becky May 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

wow i could eat an entire batch of these all by myself—yum!

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23 Celeste Jenkins May 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

Happy birthday to your son! Your mother is beautiful and you look just like her! These look so good! I would be afraid to make them for the fear of not being able to stop eating them! Thanks for sharing :)

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24 sweetsugarbelle May 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

I love.the simplicity of this.recipe. nothing beats lemon sugar. As.for.that spy.watch, I recognize that also,lol. I gave my son several nos. Before he finally tricked grandma into it :)

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25 Angie May 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

I love really simple desserts, thanks for this great idea!

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26 RavieNomNoms May 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

Those are just so great! So simply and so delicious I am sure! Thank you very much for sharing this. Great post!

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27 Hester aka The Chef Doc May 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

These are beautiful! I’ve not done much work with puff pastry but it seems there’s really nothing to be scared of at all. Happy belated birthday to your son :-) That Airborne place sounds like so much fun!

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28 sippitysup May 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

Sweet, tasty and easy on the eyes! GREG

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29 Tiffany May 17, 2011 at 10:51 am

I just love puff pastry! This is a great use of it

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30 Barbara Bakes May 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

Sounds like your son had a fabulous birthday. I’ll have to remember these quick, delicious snacks next time. Thanks for the link love.

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31 Velva May 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

The lemon twists look delightful! I am glad after a very busy weekend, you could unwind with a happy hour. Time with spent with family is priceless.

Cheers to you!

Velva

P.S. I am always amazed at how quickly time flies-especially in hindsight.

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32 Katrina May 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

How perfectly simple and delicious. I love puff pastry-dangerously. :) And lemon sounds great!

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33 Tracey May 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

What a fun idea! I make puff pastry twists with cinnamon sugar often but have never thought to do them with lemon – can’t wait to give it a go!

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34 Belinda @zomppa May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Happy birthday! Those foam pits are the best! These sticks are addictive, I can tell!

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35 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen May 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Looks great Dara. Perfect thing for summers. So good to see your mom – did someone tell you, you look JUST like her :-)

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36 Lauren from Lauren's Latest May 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Wow…how easy! I love lemon.

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37 foodwanderings May 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Aww Happy Birthday to your son and a week long with your mom Dara. Such a great pretty twists to put together in a snap! Delish!

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38 Maris(In Good Taste) May 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

You have such a beautiful family! These are a perfect springtime or anytime treat

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39 Lori May 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Let’s hear it for goodies that come together in a snap, especially when they involve puff pastry and lemon!
Happy birthday to your son!
My son just turned 13 (*gulp* still having a hard time believing that) and he celebrated with a bunch of his friends at a place just like Airborne. It’s called SkyHigh Sports here in CA. My kids love that place!

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40 Lora @cakeduchess May 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I’m giggling over Barb “pinning” you;)These look fabulous, Dara. Your mom and son are just adorable. Love how she made all that delicious juice for you:)

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41 Monet May 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

These look delicious…but your son certainly steals the show. I’m so glad that you were able to spend time with both of them. Thank you for sharing these treats with me tonight. I’ve missed you and your lovely blog! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Love from Austin.

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42 Marly May 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

What a lovely lemony treat. I love recipes like this that are simple, elegant, and delicious! Happy Birthday to your son and happy visiting to your mom. What great ingredients for happy days!

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43 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

These look amazing! I always love your recipes!

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44 Cookbook Queen May 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

Those sound PERFECT!!

And what a fun place for a birthday. My son got that same watch for Christmas. He fancies himself quite the secret agent ;)

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45 Rochelle May 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’ve never thought to make sticks out of puff pastry, but it’s a fantastic idea especially with the addition of lemon zest and sugar!

And what a wonderful mom to juice all those lemons for you! Mom’s are the best, aren’t they?

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46 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 20, 2011 at 2:22 am

I wish I was seven again, I want to go play at Airborne! Happy Belated Birthday to your boy!

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47 Rosie @ Sweetapolita May 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

These look so good, Dara! I also love the simplicity of the recipe and, of course, anything with lemon is on my must-make list! Happy Birthday to your sweet son, and I hope you had a wonderful visit with your mom!

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48 Joy May 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The sticks are a perfect snack.

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49 Megan June 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

What a perfect and quick appetizer. I’ll have to try these soon.

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50 Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Yum, what a great use of the puff pastry!

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51 HeatherChristo June 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

This is brilliant!

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