These Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites are the perfect dessert to serve for spring and summertime entertaining, or a Mother’s Day Brunch!

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

I never want to be in a rut. Which is why I love to travel. Doors have opened for me over the years to travel more, and I’ve had some rich experiences. On my last trip to Italy, I had an ah-ha moment, when I realized that meeting and loving “new” people is something that I really love. I know, I’m using the word “love” quite a bit, but hospitality is such a beautiful thing, that doesn’t just have to happen in your home, with your small group of friends. It’s not about location at all. Finding “home” is not in structures, but it’s in the people in our lives, at any given moment.

I wrote this down on my phone, where I love to take notes. I talked about it with a close friend. In a sense, we sometimes have only a few moments to share with others, though sometimes we might have days. But to look into the eyes of the person sitting across from you, or next to you, and ask questions about their lives, it’s in that moment that there’s no holding back. You invest. You give of yourself. You share your stories, to relate to their stories.

Finding home

Settle in to the moment, and find your “home” in the person that you are talking with.

Make them feel warm and welcome. It’s not just an extrovert thing, Friends. I know, many people say, But I’m an introvert.

Being interested in others is for everyone!

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

There are things that make us all come alive, and ways to give out. You may have to force yourself to talk, but just get your eyes off of yourself, and ask questions of the person you are with. Let them know you care!

It’s very unselfish to put the other person first in a conversation. Some people don’t get it. And I think they probably struggle with healthy relationships.

Being present in the moment is a gift

What I’ve learned is that we can all learn and change, at any age.

Settle into your own skin, make that moment count.

Being present in the moment is a gift that we give the other person.

Can we even take it all in? All the people God allows us to love and be loved by?

The new and the old, I really see how He reveals more of Himself to us, when we are open, and loving, and honest.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

Because I’m feeling a little sappy and sweet over the many wonderful relationships in my life, I’m sharing a really fun, cute Mother’s Day (or springy) entertaining dessert today.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

If I could host a giant party, I’d certainly invite all the wonderful women in my life. Probably the person who has known me the longest (besides my dad and sisters), is my Aunt Barbara, my mom’s dear sister. They were 2 years a part (mom on the left, Aunt Barb on the right), and people thought they were twins–two peas in a pod!

mom and sister 1961

It would be dreamy thinking about a Mother’s Day luncheon with both of these ladies at the table. One day it will happen … :)

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

I try to keep these Puff Pastry cups in my freezer for last-minute desserts or appetizers. They are so easy to pop in the oven, bake for 20 minutes.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

With the handle of a wooden spoon, you gently poke the holes when they are warm out of the oven.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

Fill with something yummy.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

My favorite? Strawberry cups full of mascarpone cheese, a dab of jam, and a berry on top.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

Perfect one-bite. Pretty presentation. Loved by all.


Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites

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Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites


  • 1 pkg., 9.5 ounces Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Cups, prepared according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. strawberry jam
  • 24 strawberries
  • Powdered sugar, optional


  • Prepare the cups according to the package directions and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Mix together the mascarpone cheese and the jam.
  • When the cups come out of the oven, poke holes gently in the center (I use a handle of a round wooden spoon).
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture into each pastry shell.
  • Cut the ends of the strawberries and place on top of the mixture. Set aside the remaining strawberries and use for another recipe.
  • Dust with powdered sugar (optional); serve!
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More easy Puff Pastry recipes:

Chocolate Puff Pastry Bites with Candied Lime

Sour Cream Lemon Puff Pastry Shells

Waffle Shells with Nutella and Fruit

Strawberry Puff Pastry Bites for springtime or summer entertaining; perfect for Mother's Day!

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