February 23, 2013

Alright, let’s just start with it. My husband said with a simple yet unwavering boldness that these are the best jalapeño poppers he has ever had by far. That’s got me feeling like a homemaking and general wife all star. It’d be pretty easy to have gone through your life up to this point never having eaten a jalapeño popper with something resembling a fresh ingredient.

BUT IF YOU TRY THIS, I think you will see that with just the tiniest bit of homemade, while still keeping it quite easy, is going to change your party app thoughts for some time.

Just six ingredients! They are fast too!

Puff Pastry Jalapeño Poppers
Makes 24 poppers

8 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup colby jack cheese
2/3 cup bacon pieces
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
1 box puff pastry (2 sheets)
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together cream cheese, colby jack cheese, bacon pieces, and garlic powder. Stuff filling into jalapeño halves.

Use a rolling pin to flatten the puff pastry out into a larger rectangle. Slice into 12 pieces. Wrap puff pastry around stuffed jalapeños.

Whisk together egg with water. Brush egg wash on top of poppers.

Bake for 20 minutes.

4.8 from 5 reviews
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¾ cup colby jack cheese
  • ⅔ cup bacon pieces
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 box puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together cream cheese, colby jack cheese, bacon pieces, and garlic powder. Stuff filling into jalapeño halves.
  3. Use a rolling pin to flatten the puff pastry out into a larger rectangle. Slice into 12 pieces. Wrap puff pastry around stuffed jalapeños.
  4. Whisk together egg with water. Brush egg wash on top of poppers.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

Adapted from The Ravenous Couple.

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  • Vicki Lawrence

    could you freeze these after making them.

  • Patricia

    How far in advance can you make these ?

  • Just left drooling, lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  • Lizzi

    I LOVE this recipe!! It is a huge it with all my friends! I recently got an Elite Bistro convection oven.

    How would you cook these in something like that?

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  • I made these last night for a family get together. They were excellent! Will definitely make them again and I will use fresh chopped garlic.

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  • Laura S.

    Did this recipe change? I’ve made them before with real garli.My boyfriend loves them. Now the images look updated since my original pin, and it’s now garlic powder, even though another commenter asks about roasting the garlic. Also, side note – 12 jalepenos cut in half makes 24. The puff pastry says to only cut into 12 pieces now.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Hi Laura – The recipe calles for 2 sheets of puff pastry, so they are each cut into 12, but there are two. Below is the old recipe if you’re interested!

      12 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
      1 box puff pastry (2 sheets)
      8 ounces cream cheese
      1/2 cup bacon pieces
      1 cup cheddar, shredded
      4 cloves garlic,
      1 egg
      Olive oil

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle garlic cloves with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, unfold thawed pastry sheet and roll into a 9×12 inch rectangle. Slice each sheet into twelve 3×3 inch squares, making for a total of 24 squares with both sheets. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, and garlic. Spoon cream cheese filling into jalapeño halves.

      Wrap pastry squares around stuffed jalapenos and arrange on a baking sheet.

      Whisk together egg and 3 tablespoons water. Brush egg mixture over poppers. (Top with additional cheddar, if you like.) Bake for 20 minutes.

      • Laura

        Thank you for the clarification and the original recpie. Either version is tasty!

        • Rachel Schultz

          You’re welcome!

  • Lydia

    If you freeze these: do you thaw and then cook? Or cook from frozen? If cooking from frozen, how long?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I have not personally tried freezing them!

      • Lydia

        Ah ok! Thanks for responding. We’ll see how it goes. I made 72 last night and froze them for the upcoming Super Bowl. I’ll keep you updated :)

        • Amrit

          Omg I was wondering the same thing can I make them today an freeze them, I think I’ll try it. I might

  • Anonymous

    These were amazing. We used jalapeno from out garden and also tried with pablano. So yummy. Great for parties.

  • Chris

    Would they be good if you froze them?

  • angela

    Do I bake it for 20 mins on 400°?

    • christine

      I am wondering the same thing. Did you make them yet ?

  • Nancy

    I am going to make these jalapeños tonight!!

  • Linda

    sounds great…do you think you could make these the night before and keep them in the fridge?

  • Cheryl

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Made these for superbowl. They were a HUGE hit!

  • I made these for the Super Bowl a week ago and they were incredible! Thanks for sharing.

  • Cheri

    made these tonight for the Super Bowl and they were a huge hit! Definitely recommend adding some extra cheese on top as well as expecting to cook a few minutes longer than twenty mins. A+


    Making these tonite when the SEAHAWKS crush the Panthers !!!


    I was wondering if using biscuit dough would be about the same?

  • maria

    do you cook the bacon pieces before you mix with all the other stuffing ingredients? or do you put the bacon in raw? i would love to make these tonight as it is depressingly rainy in CT today. they look and sound delicious!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Cook bacon before hand! Enjoy!

  • sarah

    Can you deep fry these? Premake and freeze and then deep fry?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m not sure. I don’t have a fryer and rarely work with one. Sorry!

  • Chelsea

    These are AMAZING! I’ve made them at least 5 times since I first saw this recipe :) LOVE IT!!!

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  • Please can you make ahead and freeze???????????

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes that would be fine!

      • Wendy

        To make ahead, can you bake them, then just warm them up prior to serving them? At what temp. Do you think? Thanks!

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  • Lupita barragan

    I Love this idea!! Totally going to try this out !

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  • Ive never made these before and need clarification… the picture shows the pepper at an angle on the dough… how do you smooch the dough over the top of the pepper? Ive also never worked with puff pastry

  • Rosa T

    I made these as a late night snack last night and they were SO delicious that I ate 10 of these and went to bed satisfied!!

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  • Emily Pinho

    Great recipe! I was too lazy to do the whole cooking-the-garlic thing and just used the minced garlic in a jar, but they came out amazing anyway!! Super easy to make and they were a huge hit!

  • Jennifer

    I’m about to start making these for my family for tomorrow’s thanksgiving feast and I wasn’t sure if I could use uncooked bacon or if I should cook it first then ass it to the mix?

  • Kimberly

    Do you first bake the Jalapeño halves with garlic and olive oil (400 degrees for 30 mins), then add the other ingredients and bake again in the pastry dough (for 20 mins)?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Nope, all at once!

  • Shanna

    I wonder if you can use crescent rolls to wrap them in instead???

    • Patricia

      yes, they are ten better with the crescent rolls.

  • Jennifun

    I made these. They are awesome! I wrapped cooked bacon around them before I wrapped the pastry around them. YUM!

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  • wow those puff pastry Jalapeño poppers look delicious!! Love the recipe, easy to manage and follow, not too complex! I’ll definitely have a go at it this weekend

    Sarah El-Habbash

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  • Andrea

    Do you think I could make these but freeze half of them before baking them then just take them out and bake them later? I want to use up the jalapenos that I have but do not have enough tummies to eat 24 of these.

  • Tracy

    These look so good – adding them to the menu for football Sunday. I wonder if they would freeze well…would be a great snack to have on hand!

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  • Diana

    Are you suppose to bake the jalapeño peppers drizzled in oil or the garlic? The recipe says to bake the garlic for 30 minutes. Just curious!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yeah, you roast the garlic drizzled in olive oil, then stir the roasted garlic into the filling.

  • Lisa

    Have you tried freezing these before baking? Any special baking instructions from frozen?

  • This looks like a great recipe, I’ll have to try it soon! I do have an odd question for you. Whenever I post something on pinterest, my image size seems smaller than the original blog image. Yet your picture seems to be the exact same size. Is there anything special that you do? Thanks!

    • Rachel Schultz

      I fiddled around to try to figure out your problem. Try to make sure you’re pinning from the recipe’s page and not the home page (just click on the title from the home page). Hope that helps!

  • Holy. Smokes. Must try these. I crave something like this every time I drive by Jack in the Box and that is often because it’s right down the street from my house. I’m curious to see how it would work with crescent roll dough… I just might have to give that a whirl! Thanks for this post, and I’m with you. A solo weekday matinee is a beautiful thing and something I haven’t done in ages because of my daughter’s schedule, but it really is fabulous!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! Yes, you’ve just reminded me I’m craving another matinee too.

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  • meggon

    I found these on another website that linked to yours. They look delicious! I’m re-pinning directly from your site…

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! Would you mind sharing what site it was?

  • Amanda

    Can you use diced jalapenos and mix them in with the cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, and garlic instead of using half a pepper and just stuff it all in the pastry sheets?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yep! That’s definitely another option.

  • These Puff Pastry Jalapeño Poppers look delicious. Like the twist of using puff pastry. Can’t wait to make them.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy :)

  • These look great! I’ll definitely try them out :)

    I also love watching movies by myself! Do it all the time :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s great! I’m glad to know there’s at least one other.

  • ktlee

    What movie did you see? Love this twist on jalapeno poppers!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! I saw Silver Linings Playbook.

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