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Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twists…the holiday appetizer that everyone asks for…year after year. They’re quick, easy, and everyone loves these sweet and savory twists. Flaky puff pastry twisted up with cheese, wrapped in salty bacon, then tossed in a rosemary brown sugar. Bake these twists in the oven until the bacon is crisp and “candied”. There never seems to be enough of these…addictive, festive, and perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining.

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Tis’ the season for all the appetizers and holiday cheer. We’ve entered Thanksgiving week and as you can guess, I’m ready for it. The holidays feel even more special this year and I’m really making an effort to do everything. Decorating? It’s in the works. Thinking up fun holiday giveaways? Yes, yes, of course (anything on your wish list?). Plotting out the best Christmas gifts for my family? Workin on it.

I’m being overly ambitious for sure, but something inside me wants to make both Thanksgiving and Christmas extra special this year. I blame it all on the year we’ve had. It’s been so crazy and I’m ready for the familiar happiness of the holidays. If you’re a Scrooge, I’m apologizing now for all the holiday talk yet to come.

With Thanksgiving only 3 days away, I’ve started to plan, prep, and roll out all the last-minute recipes that literally anyone can make. When my list of holiday “to-do’s” is a mile long, it’s the easy recipes like these twists that really come in clutch (as my brothers like to say).

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The history on these twists.

These twists have been around since 2013. They’ve been so well-loved over the years. They’re a personal favorite of mine. I love them because they’re the easiest to make. And along with their ease, they’re also way too good.

I say way too good because stopping at just one twist is nearly impossible. The sweet and savory flavors make these fun twists addicting. When I originally made these, it was just a few days before Thanksgiving. I was looking for an easy appetizer to serve my family. With five (now six) brothers…all of whom love bacon, I knew these had serious potential to be very well-loved.

When I made them for Thanksgiving that year, it was also the year that I botched the cocktails. If I remember correctly, I believe I tried to make a candy cane martini. Let’s just say it wasn’t for them. Thankfully, I had these twists on hand, and thankfully, they turned out to be the star of Thanksgiving. They’ve now become tradition. Everyone looks forward to them each year…and I usually make them for Christmas too!

prep photo of twisting dough

Here are the details.

These are pretty simple, and honestly, kind of fun to make.

Start with my go-to holiday ingredient, a little store-bought puff pastry. Roll it out, top it with cheddar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Now fold the pastry in half and cut it into strips. I tried to get a few process photos for you guys so you could see more of what I’m talking about.

Now twist the strips up, then wrap each strip in thin cut bacon. Using thin cut bacon is key here. It will cook more evenly and quicker. If you have thicker pieces of bacon, I would cut each in half.

prep photo of twist before adding bacon

The secret to these festive twists?

The secret to these twists is the sweet and savory mix of brown sugar and fresh rosemary that coats the bacon. Mix the two together, then roll the bacon twists through the sugar mix. Once baked, you’ll have a cheesy pastry, wrapped in sweet candied bacon.

It might seem like a rather odd combination, but trust me, it’s very delicious. And also what makes these twists addictingly good.

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You can assemble these mini bites ahead of time, then just bake them up once guests arrive. They can be served warm or at room temperature. Though I think they’re best warm and fresh out of the oven.

So you see? These are pretty close to being the perfect holiday appetizer, and the rosemary keeps them flavorful and festive too.

These are just as great for Thanksgiving as they will be for all upcoming holiday dinners…and nights full of decorating!!!

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Looking for other easy last-minute appetizers? Here are my favorites: 

Mini Pastry Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie Bites

Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey

Lastly, if you make these Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twist, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twists

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 26 Twists
Calories Per Serving: 121 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, using to your taste
  • kosher salt and black pepper.
  • 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or a mix of your favorite cheeses)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 24 strips thin cut bacon, or 12 sticks of thicker bacon, halved

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and place a wire rack on top. Lightly rub each rack with olive oil.
    2. In a shallow bowl, combine the brown sugar, rosemary, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
    3. Place both sheets of pastry on a lightly floured counter. Brush the surface of each with a beaten egg. Evenly sprinkle about 1/2 cup of cheese over each sheet, then sprinkle with cayenne. Dust a rolling pin lightly with flour and roll the rolling pin over the cheese, gently pressing the cheese into the pastry. Fold the pastry in half, then cut each into 12 (1/2 inch) wide strips. Pinch the ends to seal, then gently twist each strip several times to enclose the cheese. It's ok if some of the cheese falls out.
    4. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around the twisted pastry. Repeat with the remaining twists. Dredge the twist through the brown sugar mix, tossing to coat, placing the twist on the prepared baking sheet as you go.
    5. Bake 30 to 50 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. My bacon took 50 minutes to cook, start checking the twists at around 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature...though I love them warm!

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  1. Hi Tieghan…know this is a last minute question since I’m planning to make 150 of these for a Saturday event that’s coming up on 9/25/21. Your past recommendations have been so helpful about that. I’m just also wondering if you or anyone else on this thread may have made/baked these the night before an event but didn’t serve them until the next day. Questions: 1) have you done it that way? 2) If so, how did you keep them overnight…in a tightly sealed container or in the refrigerator 3) Did you reheat them the next day prior to serving and 4) Were they stiff enough/crispy enough or were they too moist/soggy? I’d really appreciate your input asap. Blessings, Suzanne

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      I think I would still recommend baking these the day you plan to serve them. You can totally assemble them the day before and keep in the fridge though! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how they turn out! xTieghan

      1. Thanks so much! I’ll send you pics via email of the event and the way they turned out! So appreciate your help! So excited to now be an official receiver of your site’s emails and amazing recipes…just signed up yesterday. Blessings, Suzanne

  2. Made these last night for my husbands family and they were at HIT! surprisingly easy to make and the oven ended up being occupied before supper so we did them in batches in the air fryer and that worked perfect! cooked up in 5 minutes, flakey pastry, crispy bacon and just overall perfect. All you could here in the kitchen from the boys was ” shut up. shut UP!! these are SO good!! ” So long story short these will for sure be a staple snack for all future thanksgivings, football sundays, and all things!

    1. Hey Brooklyn,
      Wonderful! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

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