Lazy Cream Horns

Lazy Cream Horns were just an experiment in the kitchen to recreate cream horn flavor without having baking tubes handy.  I could have ordered them online, and maybe one day I will, but for now I do not own any.

It is kind of like a Napoleon pastry, but instead of being filled with whipped cream or pastry cream, it is filed with a cream horn filling.

You can find these at big mega marts all over the country.  Those are hit or miss though, they may be fresh and shatter when you bite into it, they may be stale and soggy.

The filling that goes inside of a cream horn is also up for debate.  The husband will eat whatever cream is put inside of one, but I had an aunt that would only eat certain fillings.  I can’t remember if she preferred the icing type fillings or the fluffier type.

This recipe is somewhere in between.  If you like cream horn filling that more like buttercream, just reduce the amount of marshmallow fluff you use.  Try starting with half of the amount listed.  Taste it as you go along and add more until you find the perfect balance for you.

You could even just use buttercream icing with more milk or cream added and beaten until fluffy.

If you like a creamier, fluffier filling, add more marshmallow cream.  You might want to try 1/4 a cup at a time, tasting after each addition, and just like above, continue adding until it is what you would like it to be.

Since these pastries are cut and filled, you do not have to worry about using a pastry bag and tip.  This means you can add all kinds of things to your filling without much trouble.  Maybe some fresh chopped strawberries would be good in this!  The husband resists changes to classic recipes sometimes, so we have not tried that.


Lazy Cream Horns

All the cream horn flavor without all the work! Puff pastry filled with cream horn filling. No baking tubes required.

  • Author: Beth Mueller
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 box frozen Puff Pastry with 2 sheets
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Coarse sugar crystals, I use decorator sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored solid shortening
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff, about 7 ounces


  1. Allow puff pastry to come to room temperature for the time stated on the box. Mine says 40 minutes minimum.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 Degree F.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Unwrap puff pastry and place on a lightly floured surface.
  5. Careful unfold pastry.
  6. Cut along the folds of the pastry.
  7. Cut each third in half, forming rectangles.
  8. Place rectangles on backing sheet, allowing at least 1 inch between them.
  9. Lightly brush each rectangle with beaten egg.
  10. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  11. Place in preheated oven and cook until pastries are puffed up and lightly browned. About 5 to 7 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  13. While pasties are cooling, make filling.
  14. Cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy, this may take up to 5 minutes.
  15. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  16. Add vanilla and mix well.
  17. Add marshmallow fluff and beat until incorporated and light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  18. Slice cooled pastries in half using a serrated knife.
  19. Spread or pipe filling onto the bottom half of the cut pastry and replace top.
  20. These can be stored at room temperature.


These can be made in smaller pastries by cutting the puff pastry into smaller pieces.


  • Serving Size: 1 Pastry
  • Calories: 516
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Sodium: 184 mg
  • Fat: 32.45 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.126 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 19.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 1.44 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 3.71 g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg


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All the cream horn flavor without all the work! Puff pastry filled with cream horn filling. No baking tubes required.



3 thoughts on “Lazy Cream Horns

  1. Thanks for this recipe. I’m definitely going to make them. There’s a bakery I go to half hour drive away just for their mocha horns but they keep going up and up in price. This recipe might be the answer to my dwindling wallet!

    1. Hi Cheryl!
      Mocha horns sound delicious! If I lived near you I might spend a little too much time at that bakery!!
      I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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