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Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon

Fresh strawberries, vanilla pudding, cool whip, cream cheese and puff pastry come together to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons.

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons - This Gal Cooks #dessert #freshfruit #pudding

DESSERT! It’s been a while since I posted a dessert. So I’m posting one today. After all, I’ve had this Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon recipe sitting around, waiting to be posted for almost two months now. It deserves some much needed blog love.

I’ve been on a mostly healthy kick for a while but every now and then I enjoy indulging in a tasty sweet treat, especially when it involves fresh strawberries and vanilla pudding. But come to think of it, the only evil sweet treats I’ve indulged in lately is a big ole slice of cheesecake and some M&Ms. And they were both well worth it. The day I ate that big ole slice of cheesecake, I told myself “it’s a good thing you’ve been eating fairly low carb foods for the past week.”

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons - This Gal Cooks #dessert #freshfruit #pudding

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons

Oh so that’s the dessert you wanted, eh? Well let me share a little secret with you. That dessert right up there is easy to make. A little messy, yes, but easy, nonetheless.

I said “oh I want to make a sweet treat.” My freezer replied “there’s a neglected box of puff pastry weighing me down inside, hint hint.” So I saved my freezer from the agony of being weighed down by a box of puff pastry, grabbed that box of puff pastry and then BOOM, there’s a napoleon recipe glaring at me. I love it when my food talks to me – translated: I love it when food packages give me recipes to try.

I pretty much followed the recipe to a T but I got a little creative and added some cream cheese to the mix to make it sorta cheesecake-esque. Keyword: a little creative. I don’t know how creative throwing cream cheese into a recipe is but I felt creative at the moment and that’s what counts, right?

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon

Yield: 3-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 puff pastry sheet, cut into 3rds and thawed according to package directions
  • 1 C cool whip
  • 1 3.4 oz package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (I used low fat)
  • 1 C + 2tbsp of milk
  • 1 oz semi sweet chocolate, shaved
  • 1 C fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Place the puff pastry pieces on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. After the pastry is cooled, cut into 6 even sized pieces.
  2. Combine the milk and the pudding. Whisk in the cool whip and then beat in the cream cheese.
  3. Spread some of the pudding mixture onto two of the puff pastry pieces. Add a layer of strawberries and then another layer of the pudding mixture. Take two more pieces of puff pastry and place on top of each section. Spread each piece with some pudding, strawberries , the remaining pudding and then top each section using the remaining two pieces of puff pastry (reference photos for examples.) Dust with powdered sugar and then top with shaved chocolate.


Adapted from the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry box

Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons - This Gal Cooks #dessert #freshfruit #pudding

So how about dem apples? Er how about dem strawberries?

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50 comments on “Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleon”

  1. Can I please eat this through the screen?! Come to Virginia and take over my kitchen!

    • Ok, I’ll be right over! LOL. This was GOOD. You will love it if you try it. :)

      • I am getting ready to make these but as I was reading the instructions it said cut puff pastry into 6 pieces shouldnt it be 9 pieces the bottom then the middle and you said remaining 3 on top so that would make it 9 wouldnt it?

        • Hello,

          It’s supposed to say the remaining 2 pieces. I will update the recipe. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  2. I can’t ever pass up a strawberry dessert and these napoleons look divine! I’ve been craving something sweet lately and this would be perfect!

  3. I just want to lick my screen. I love strawberry desserts and you had to combine it with cheesecake…yummm!!! These are perfect and stunning!! Can puff pastry use your picture on their packaging? Because I am sold!!

  4. Ok, those napoleons sound and look amazing. Cheesecake is totally one of my favorites, and this looks super easy to make. Can’t wait to give this one a try Julie, YUM!

  5. Oh those are PRETTY! I love the ingredient list and think the addition of cream cheese was a great idea. That looks so good. Now the puff pastry in my freezer is calling to me too…

  6. Easy and delicious! I think it’s a brilliant dessert!

  7. Wow, this looks insanely good Julie! I love strawberry desserts and adding cream cheese and puff pastry is a winning combination! Pinning this gorgeous beauty :)

    • Thank you, Kelly! I just love strawberries. I found a great looking package of them today so I picked some up. I’m going to make a healthy fruit and quiona salad tomorrow. Oh I cannot wait! :)

  8. What a beautiful dessert. I happen to adore cream cheese and would love to try a Napoleon with that delicious looking filling.

  9. Napoleons are my very favorite dessert at Epcot in Disney World! I love your version!!

  10. Ohhh, I love evil sweets… always well worth it! But, especially loving this creation you came up with, with some puff pastry. Isn’t puff pastry just the best?! This sweet treat is gorgeous… and looking very guiltless to me! Sharing on FB and pinning, of course. :)

  11. What gorgeous little treats! These look amazing.

  12. I wish I had some talking puff pastry in the freezer right now too, because I’d love to make this! What a gorgeous dessert, it looks so impressive yet it’s so easy to make yay!
    Hope you enjoy your weekend! <3

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  14. Gorgeous photos and a beautiful dessert! Thanks for linking up to SNF :)

  15. Wow, that looks amazing. Love the photos!

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  17. Saw Nikki feature this! Pinned – looks delish!

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  19. I am okay with messy if it means I get to eat this!

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  25. I want to make these for the upcoming holidays. Can these be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge?

    • Hi Robin,

      I think these are better served soon after preparing. Puff pastry seems to get soggy after it sits for a while. If you do happen to make them ahead of time and they work out, let me know! :)

      • Thank you for the reply, Julie. I’ll try to plan them so they are served shortly after they are prepared. I can’t wait!

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  28. Does the puff pastry get soggy quckly ? I want to make this for a potluck

    • Hi Amber,

      If this dessert sits out for a while, the puff pastry will begin to get soggy.The outer part of the pastry should be fine but the parts that the pudding and strawberries come in contact with will become soggy. I hope this helps.

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  30. I’m confused? U said cut into thirds then cut into 6 pieces. So do u just cut the main puff pastry down the middle then cook and cut into 6 ? Does it only make 2 as the total when it’s done? OR do u cut two line in the pastry then total made when done is 3 pieces?

    • Hello, when you roll out the uncooked puff pastry, you cut it into thirds (3 pieces) and bake. After it’s done baking, cut each piece in half so that you have 6 equal sized pieces.

  31. I dont know. The picture doesn’t appear to do it justice. It looks like pepper sprinkled on it. Let’s hope it’s tasty.

    Rating: 4