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Delicate, flaky puff pastry envelops a sweet almond paste and Amaretto filling in these simple and scrumptious almond bear claws. While you can certainly make your own puff pastry, store-bought frozen puff is an absolute lifesaver on hot summer days.

Almond Bear Claws

Topped with sliced almonds and sugar, these effortless bear claws are a dream with your morning coffee (hot or iced!), and make one fine weekend breakfast.

Almond Bear Claws

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Almond Bear Claws

  • Yield: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 7 oz almond paste, cubed
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Assembly

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp milk

Topping

  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Unfold one puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured board and roll out into a 12 x 10.5-inch rectangle. Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry into 9 rectangles and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with second puff pastry sheet. Chill pastry on baking sheets for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. For the filling, combine almond paste and salt in a food processor, and pulse together. Add egg white, Amaretto, and almond extract, and blend until combined. Transfer filling to a piping bag, and pipe about a tablespoon of filling down the center of each rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the ends.
  3. Whisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl, and brush the edges of each rectangle lightly with egg mixture. Fold pastry over filling, pressing edges firmly to seal. Use a sharp knife to make four 1/4-inch cuts on sealed edge of dough, and gently curve pastries to spread out cuts. Freeze pastries on baking sheets for 30 minutes while preheating oven to 400Β°F.
  4. Brush chilled pastries lightly with egg wash, and sprinkle with sliced almonds and sugar. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until pastry is golden and fully baked through. Cool pastries for 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

Make ahead: Freeze assembled pastries on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag for storage. When ready to bake, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sliced almonds and sugar, and bake directly from the freezer, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 170
  • Carbohydrates: 17

Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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14 comments

  1. wow These look amazing! You know we have a vendor at the market who has the bear claws and I get one of these every sunday!! I wish I had yours to eat πŸ™‚

  2. You’re killin’ me with these stunning pastries, Laura!!! As I sit here eating my avocado toast, I’m really dreaming about one of your beautiful bear claws!

  3. Ahh, I’m obsessed with all things puff pastry! I definitely want to try making my own one day, but you’re right, so easy to buy too! Will have to give these a go soon! Sooo yummy!

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