Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)

by Erica Dinho on September 26, 2013

Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries)

My absolute favorite desserts are the ones that are the simplest and easiest to prepare. The kind that can be whipped up in thirty minutes or less from start to finish.

These delicious pastries filled with guava paste, known as pastelitos de guayaba, are a popular Latin dessert that you’ll find in many Latin bakeries (panaderias) around the world.

In Colombia, we make these pastelitos with guava paste alone, and sometimes we add white cheese to the filling. Either way, they are absolutely fantastic! We also have another variation called pasteles gloria. Get ready… those are filled with guava paste, cheese, and dulce de leche!

When it comes to sweets, it doesn’t take much to please me. Give me a couple of pastelitos de guayaba with a cup of black coffee for dessert or a snack and I will be delighted. Buen provecho!


1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp sugar for garnish

4 oz guava paste, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Flour a clean, dry counter top or other flat working surface. Lay out the puff pasty on the floured surface. Flour the top of the  dough. Roll out the puff pastry until it is half as thick (about ⅛-inch).
  3. Using a large cookie cutter, cut into 24 circles and brush the edges of each circle with the egg. A little off center of each circle, place 1 slice of guava paste. Place another circle on top to enclose the filling.
  4. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pastelitos, placing them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet as you go. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy (Savory Moments) September 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

These look so delicious!


2 Karen September 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I could have these for breakfast with a big cup of coffee and be happy for the rest of the day!


3 Belinda @zomppa September 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

So super cool you can share these beauties with even more people now!


4 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

They look very tempting!


5 Amanda September 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Hi, Erica-

I love your site! Have you written a cookbook? If not, do you have any Colombian cookbook recommendations? English or Spanish are fine.


6 Joanne September 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

These look almost like mini pies to me! Love that guava filling.


7 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Oh Erika I made these when in Florida and was going to do a post as everytime I go there I have to eat them..the carne y de guayava…


8 Velva September 28, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I love guava (guayava) pastries. I grew up eating them. To this day, when my husband travels to Tampa he always brings home these pastries. They are so delicious!



9 HungryGuy October 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Hi… I love these.. I will try to make at home and the arepas too. I am a gringo and no one I know can make these.. I will make them for myself now. THANK YOU


10 Maria February 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

“Hungry Guy”, what do you like that we feel sorry for you. If nobody cooks for you is because you are… News: nobody cooks for the women….


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