Puff Pastry Pesto Shamrocks!

Have your shamrocks and eat them too with this three-ingredient appetizer for St. Patrick’s Day.

Puff Pastry and Pesto Shamrocks

It’s said that everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! These Puff Pastry Shamrocks are a fun little appetizer to help you celebrate.


The method for making these Puff Pastry Pesto Shamrocks was in the March issue of Food Network Magazine and require only three ingredients: puff pastry, pesto and an egg. Roll out a sheet of thawed puff pastry into a 12 x 14-inch rectangle on a floured surface and cut a 1/2-inch strip from one long side, which you’ll use to form your shamrock stems.


Spread pesto on your puff pastry sheet, then roll both long sides toward the middle until they meet. Cut the roll into ½-inch slices and pinch the bottom of the slices to form a heart shape.

Puff Pastry Shamrocks

 Arrange three hearts together on a parchment-lined baking sheet to make a shamrock shape, with a piece of your puff pastry strip in the middle to form a stem.


Brush the sides of puff pastry that touch with beaten egg to “glue” your hearts together, adding some beaten egg where the hearts connect with the shamrock stem. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden in color.


Tips I found along the way:

☘️ Assemble the shamrocks on the baking sheet, before brushing the sides with egg.

☘️ Make sure your slices are 1/2 inch thick, any larger and your shamrocks will lose their shape.

☘️ Chill your assembled shamrocks for 30 minutes before baking.


The winners of my Love of The Irish St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

are Ellen Stillabower and Suzanne0319!

I’ll be in touch with you both by email and get your goodies to you.

Thanks to all who entered.☘️

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Find more recipes and inspiration to whet your appetite for St. Patrick’s Day, HERE.

Pesto Puff Pastry Shamrocks

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  35 comments for “Puff Pastry Pesto Shamrocks!

  1. March 2, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Congrats to the winners and your puffy shamrocks turned out great Mary! Seems my subscription to the mag ran out… Have to get on that:@)

  2. March 2, 2016 at 6:49 am

    PS-That tussie-mussie napkin fold on your sidebar is gorgeous! Great idea for Easter:@)

  3. March 2, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Congrats to the winners! I will have to try this recipe as I love pesto! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!

  4. donley1214
    March 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Congratulations to the winners. Can’t wait to try these shamrocks! looks so yummy!

  5. March 2, 2016 at 7:43 am

    it looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it

  6. March 2, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Mary, the shamrocks look delicious, who doesn’t love puff pastry! I enjoy making pesto during the summer when I have basil in my garden! Happy Wednesday, Pam

  7. Michelle
    March 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Congratulations winners! These shamrocks look delicious and a mint try!☘ Have a great day!

  8. March 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    These shamrocks are the greatest!…I can see lots of other fillings too…Congratulations to the winners!! Have a great day Mary!

  9. Ellen Stillabower
    March 2, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Oh WOW! Thank you everso. As a collector of Cookbooks, I will look forward to receiving this one. I don’t have anything Irish in my collection but I am excited to add this one and I will post a picture of the first thing I make. I love your site and look forward to it everyday. Again, thank you and congratulations to Suzanne also!! ❤️🍀❤️🍀❤️🍀

  10. March 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I love the adorable pesto shamrocks, Mary! What a perfect idea for St. Paddy’s Day. ☘. Thanks for the fun idea! Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway!

  11. March 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

    hi Mary, you won’t believe this but I was going to do something similar, great minds think alike sort of thing 😘, and you beat me to it! Of course, I should leave the Irish stuff to those with Mc 🍀 in their name…I will have to put my thinking cap on and go back to the drawing board…Your shamrocks look so cute, they baked up perfectly! Puff pastry and pesto is a marriage made in heaven!

    • March 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Jenna, I wish I was Mc-Irish :) I can thank my father-in-law’s family’s Scotch-Irish heritage for our last name. Enjoy playing around with them, you can’t go wrong with any filling in puff pastry for an edible shamrock! ♣

  12. March 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Mary, These look delicious~~I’m drooling! Your first photo actually put a smile on my face as I scrolled into it! Do you just follow the baking instructions for the puff pastry on the box? I have been experimenting with the tortilla baked shamrock chips that are all over the internet but I know I would prefer these! Linda

  13. March 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

    My last name begins with Mc🍀 so painted apron, you’re welcome to make some and send to me!!!!
    I saw these in the food network magazine and hilariously thought when I saw them that this is exactly something ms Mary would play with….and you did!!!! And they are precious and your photography is awesome! You must have some killer natural light where you shoot.
    Thanks for the smiles his morning!

  14. March 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hmmmm, my mind is churning, trying to come up with something other than pesto to use on these, since I’m not a fan. Maybe just good old butter, cinnamon & sugar! Either way, thanks for telling us how to make them come out so nice.
    Congrats to the winners, too. I think I’ll buy that book!!

  15. Karen
    March 2, 2016 at 10:32 am


  16. Sandi Allen
    March 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations to the winners! Your shamrocks look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Chloe
    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Another terrific idea! I love these simple recipes that require a little love in the making, but limit the number of ingredients. This is my kind of cooking!

  18. March 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I agree your photography is great. I loved it when you gave some tips on photography. If you don’t do something often you forget and I have forgotten how to blur the background.
    Puff pastry and pesto is a great combination and how cute to make shamrocks.

  19. March 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I think I found the treasure when you posted about these pesto and puff pastry shamrocks!!! So darn cute!

  20. March 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    MMM, these look so good! Thanks for the recipe and tips!

  21. Cynthia Raines
    March 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    They look yummy and I too think I’d like to try it with cinnamon, sugar and butter. Thanks Mary!

  22. Cynthia Raines
    March 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Oops, forgot to mention Congrats to the winners! :)

  23. March 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I love these! I cannot wait to try them.

  24. March 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Mary!
    I made these last nite….delish! Followed your advise…..came out great! making them again for St. Patrick’s Dinner………..

  25. March 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Wonderful. Can you tell me how many I can expect to get out of a box of puff pastry? Need to make approximately 36 of these for a church luncheon next week.

  26. Char
    March 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Question: after assembling it says to put in refrigerator for 30 mins before baking.
    What is the max time it can be left in the fridge?
    Ideally, I’d like to assemble at home leave in for about 2-3 hours and then put in the oven when I get to my parents.

    • March 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      That would be fine! Enjoy ☘️

  27. Stacey
    March 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Tried them, they need a pinch of salt or grated Parmesan to add more flavor, otherwise very bland. The stems shrink up so much that you need to make them longer than you think. Very pretty app!

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