Pastelillos de guayaba y queso are a guava and cream cheese pastry.

Some people call them pastelitos, others call them pastelillos. Me? I call them pastelillos because that’s how I learned to call these tasty and delish treats.

Nevertheless, we can all agree that whether they’re called pastelitos or pastelillos they are delicious!!!

Here’s a super fun and easy guava cream cheese pastry recipe kids can make! This recipe makes 16 pastelillos.

All you need are the following ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese, 4 oz. guava paste, one ready-made pie crust, egg wash, round cookie-cutter, rolling pin, and a baking sheet.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Before starting I have an egg wash ready and the cream cheese “mashed” since it’s easier to manage. Mine looks crumbled because I had it in the freezer. Yes, you can freeze cheese! The egg wash is simply an egg whisked together with a tablespoon of water.

Have your child use a round cookie cutter to cut out the dough and make a round disk. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Once your child has cut out the disks have them place the cheese and guava paste on top of the disk. I helped my son with the guava paste because it’s really sticky!

Depending on your child’s age, they can help by folding and sealing with a fork. Or you can have them fold the disk and then you can seal it by using the fork around the edges. Brush the egg-wash on each one and place it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it has a golden color.

¡Buen provecho!

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