These super easy Vegan Puff Pastry Cheese Stars make for the perfect snack and New Years Party Food. They are also fantastic for savoury lunch box snacks and parties!
If you love New Year recipes, check out my Easy Vegan Berry Pie and Vegan New Years Celebration Cake.
Vegan Puff Pastry Cheese Stars
Cheese twists were one of my favourite snacks growing up. The light and flakey pastry paired with baked melted cheese is simply scrumptious. This vegan and gluten-free version combines the light, flakey pastry with dairy-free cheese and a light layer of pesto for a delicious pop of contrast flavour. They’re a super easy snack and should only take 10 minutes to make and bake! This will of course however vary depending on how many you are making. They’re also made into star shapes for a New Years, but you could use any shape you like!
What are Cheese Stars?
You might know cheese twists as puff pastry cheese straws. They make an incredible side dish or platter food and are great for any occasion. I specifically love making them into star shapes for Christmas and New Years – a taste of nostalgia and festivity. Puff pastry and cheese whats not to love!?
What makes these vegan cheese twists so good?
Cheese twists are made with puff pastry cut into strips and then twisted into “straw shapes.” The pastry I use is JusRol which is vegan and gluten-free, making this a gluten-free vegan recipe. The pastry bakes to perfection and is incredibly flakey, making this an ideal festive finger food recipe. I used two vegan cheeses in this recipe- Vegen red Leicester and a smoky white cheese from Violife. I picked out a few of my favourite cheeses from their Christmas Cheese Board. It’s a great way to use up some left over Christmas food! Just chose whichever cheese is your favourite.
What you’ll need to make these cheese stars
Serving cheese twists
Cheese twists are a great snack and appetiser. They can be served on their own, but they’re great as part of a festive spread with savoury dips, hummus, pickles, onions and other nibbles. I like to serve mine on a serving plate with a light sprinkle of black pepper, chilli flakes, chopped chives and my favourite dip.
How to make vegan cheese twists
These cheese stars are easy to make, delicious and perfect for serving with dips and sauces. You’ll love making these pastry party snacks!
Un-roll a sheet of vegan & gluten-free puff pastry on greaseproof paper. Cut out stars using a star cookie cutter.
Spread vegan pesto over half of the stars and top with vegan cheese. Spread dairy-free milk around the edges then press another star on top and crimp together.
Place on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray, and space out (as they spread and puff out). Brush over dairy-free milk and grate over some more vegan cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes on 180 degrees c fan. Remove form the oven and sprinkle with black pepper and chilli flakes.
Serve on a serving plate or platter with dips in separate bowls.