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grown up toaster strudel on a baking sheet

Grown-Up Cherry Toaster Strudel

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This cherry toaster strudel is a grown-up version of your childhood favorite. Big juicy cherries tucked inside flaky puff pastry and drizzled with the icing we all love!


  • 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farms Frozen Puff Pastry
  • 1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling (more fruit filling is best)
  • 1 Egg


  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Juice 1/2 Lemon 
  • Zest 1/2 Lemon


  1. Puff pastry prep - you need to thaw out your frozen puff pastry sheets. I always like to use the Pepperfridge Farm kind that is found in the freezer dessert section. It's best if you place a sheet in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw, but you are doing it last minute, you can place it on the counter for 30 minutes. You need it to be pliable to roll out but not thawed out to be the point you can't handle it/move it/the butter has melted inside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Once you puff pastry is thawed, sprinkle your counter with some flour and roll out to a 12"x16" rectangle roughly. It will be the same shape and dimensions as the original size but just larger.
  4. The sheet comes folded in thirds. as you roll it out, you will be able to still see those fold lines. Keep these fold lines long ways (16") and use them as a guide to making out braid slices. Move the puff pastry to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut a strip out a 1/2" wide and all the way into the fold line (see pictures and video below). You will get about 15 strips all the way down. Repeat on the other side.
  6. puff pastry with the edges cut
  7. Once you have cut the strips, spoon out the cherry pie filling down the middle on the puff pastry.
  8. To begin the braid, start at the top of the puff pastry and take one strip from the right side and pull it over to the left at a slight angle. Take the top strip from the left side and wrap it over to the right, overlapping the first slightly. Repeat all the way down the pastry forming an overlapping braid. (see video)
  9. puff pastry with cherry pie filling down the middle
  10. Beat an egg with a splash of water in a bowl and whisk together. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash over the braided puff pastry and place in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown on top and the bottom is cooked fully.
  11. cherry toaster strudel half way braided on a white table
  12. When finished, remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes until drizzling with icing and serving.
  13. cherry toaster strudel braided before going into the oven


  1. While the toaster strudel is baking, in a small bowl combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, the zest of 1/2 lemon, and the juice of 1/2 the lemon. Whisk until smooth with no lumps remaining.
  2. Once the grown-up cherry toaster strudel has cooled after baking for 10 minutes, drizzle the lemon icing oven top with a spoon.


PRO TIP: if you want a thicker icing or your icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If you giving is too thick, add a splash more lemon juice. it doesn't take much liquid to make.

To Make Ahead:

  • This is best enjoyed hot and fresh out of the oven, but also can be eaten at room temp or cold. You can make this a couple of hours ahead of time and leave at room temp to enjoy and it is still great!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Enjoy cold or pop in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm up.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 218
  • Sugar: 10.2 g
  • Sodium: 66.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.5 mg
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