recipe

These flaky, cheesy, buttery pastries will make you twist and shout!

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour
yield
  • Makes 14 twists

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
All-purpose flour (for sprinkling on counter)
1 (9½-by-9-inch) sheet
puff pastry, thawed
2 tablespoons
butter, melted and cooled
¼ teaspoon
salt
½ cup plus ¼ cup
grated Parmesan cheese, measured separately

Gather Baking Equipment

Rimmed baking sheet
Parchment paper
Rolling pin
Ruler
Pastry brush
Bench scraper or chef’s knife
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Spatula
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray parchment lightly with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
All-purpose flour (for sprinkling on counter)
1 (9½-by-9-inch) sheet
puff pastry, thawed

Sprinkle clean counter lightly with flour. Place puff pastry on counter. Use rolling pin to roll into 10½-inch square.

 
3
 
2 tablespoons
butter, melted and cooled
¼ teaspoon
salt
½ cup
grated Parmesan cheese

Use pastry brush to paint puff pastry evenly with melted butter. Sprinkle salt and ½ cup Parmesan evenly over top, making sure to reach edges of pastry. Use your hands to press firmly on cheese so it sticks to puff pastry.

 
4
 

Use bench scraper to cut pastry into 14 strips, about ¾ inch wide, and shape into twists following photos, below. Place twists on greased parchment-lined baking sheet.

3up shaping twists

Use ruler and bench scraper to mark top and bottom of puff pastry every ¾ inch.

Use bench scraper to cut pastry from mark to mark into strips.

Hold middle of 1 strip with fingertips and twist in opposite directions to make spiral. Continue twisting a few times until you reach ends of strip.

 
5
 
¼ cup
grated Parmesan cheese

Sprinkle twists evenly with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan. Place baking sheet in oven. Bake until twists are puffed and deep golden, 16 to 20 minutes.

 
6
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking sheet on cooling rack and let twists cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

 
7
 

Use spatula to loosen twists from baking sheet. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Twists can be stored at room temperature in airtight container for up to 3 days.)