Copycat Porto’s Cheese Roll Recipe


Porto’s Cheese Roll Recipe

Re-creating your own homemade version of a copycat Porto’s cheese roll recipe has never been easier. This simple recipe will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to make this pastry with a delicious, sweet cream cheese filling. Top these delightful pastries off any way you wish and impress all of your friends and family with this easy recipe that any home cook can conquer.

Copycat Porto's Cheese Rolls with powder sugar from the side

Easy Cheese Rolls (Porto’s Bakery Inspired)

Making your own homemade version of the California-based Porto’s bakery cheese rolls is surprisingly easy to make at home. Today we are excited to share with you a copycat recipe of how you can easily re-create these pastries. They require just a few simple ingredients. Let’s look first at what you will need to make this tasty treat in your own kitchen. 

Porto’s Cheese Roll Recipe Ingredients

Prepared puff pastry
Cream cheese
Powdered sugar
All-purpose flour
Raw sugar

Porto’s Cheese Roll Recipe Baking Instructions

To make the cheese roll start off by preparing your puff pastry, or feel free to buy a pre-made puff pastry at your local grocery store. Once your puff pastry is either made or purchased, you can begin making your cream cheese filling.

Start off by adding room temperature cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beating it until it is creamy and fluffy. Next, add your egg, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Stir to combine. You are going to want to mix this mixture until there are no lumps remaining.

Transfer your cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and set aside until you’re ready to use it. Next roll out your puff pastry dough so that it is approximately 12” x 12”. Once it’s rolled out, cut it into three sections lengthwise so that you have approximately 4” x 12” for each piece.

Take your piping bag full of cream cheese filling and pipe a line down the center of your puff pastry. Fold half of the pastry over the cream cheese filling. Then create an egg wash with one egg white and about 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk together. Next, brush the egg whites and the folded portion of your puff pastry and the opening flap of the remaining side to still be folded. Fold the last third on top of the cream cheese filling mixture and gently press it so that it sticks together. 

Taking a pizza cutter, cut each section of your pastry tube into four pieces so that you have a total of 12. For a fancier effect, cut at an angle. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. And brush the top of your pastries with egg whites. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake until golden in color. You can serve while fresh from the oven, or after they have chilled a bit. 

Copycat Porto's Cheese Rolls no powdered sugar

Porto’s Cheese Roll Recipe


1 prepared puff pastry 
8 oz cream cheese
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla 
¾ cup powdered sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour


Step By Step Instructions for Baking Porto’s Cheese Roll

Step 1: Puff Pastry  

Roll your prepared puff pastry out onto a lightly floured surface. It should be approximately 12” x 12”. Cut lengthwise into three sections so that your pastries will be approximately 4” x 12”. 

Step 2: Cream Cheese Filling

In a mixing bowl whisk your cream cheese on high speed until it is creamy and smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, powdered sugar, and all-purpose flour. Stir until combined, and no lumps remain. Transfer your cream cheese mixture into a piping bag or a plastic bag and cut the corner out of the plastic bag. 

Step 3: Egg Wash Glaze

In a small mixing bowl, add one egg white mixed together with about 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk well. 

Step 4: Putting It All Together

Taking your piping bag that has been filled with your cream cheese mixture, pipe a thick line down the center of the first prepared puff pastry. When your line of cream cheese is finished begin folding in thirds taking one side of your puff pastry and folding it on top of your cream cheese. Brush the top of your first fold with egg wash, as well as the remaining third that you have still to fold.

Once brushed with egg, fold your remaining third on top of the already folded and cream cheese line. Each pastry roll should be cut into four slices diagonally. Place each section of pastry onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400° for 15 to 25 minutes. Because each oven is different, be sure to set the timer for less time and check it every five minutes afterward to see when it is done.

Step 5: Glaze

Once your rolls are slightly cooled, you can add a bit of melted butter and powdered sugar sprinkled on top, or you can create a glaze by combining powdered sugar and a bit of milk. Stir until it’s mixed, then add more powdered sugar or milk depending on how thick or thin you desire the glaze to be. Serve and enjoy!

Porto’s Cheese Rolls Recipe Nutrition Facts

Below are our estimated nutritional facts for the above recipe for Porto’s cheese roll recipe. Please note that these nutritional facts can change depending upon what specific ingredients you choose to include when making this recipe. We estimate that this recipe will make approximately twelve individual rolls. Therefore, one serving is 1/12th of the above recipe or one individual roll.

Amount Per Serving

Based on what we used to make the above recipe, we estimate that one roll contains 136 cal. We also estimate that the following for one roll, total fat 8.1 g, 34 mg of cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 13.4 g total carbohydrates, and 2.8 g protein.

Copycat Porto's Cheese Rolls with sugar top view

Tips to be Considered While Making Porto’s Cheese Rolls

The process of making these copycat Porto’s cheese rolls is quite easy to prepare. However, there are two tips that we would like to share with you to make the overall process easier for you. 

The first tip is in regard to the cream cheese filling. While you do not have to use cream cheese that is room temperature it will mix better for you if you are able to. Otherwise, be sure to whisk it on high for a length of time, or until your cream cheese mixture no longer has lumps remaining. If you struggle to get rid of the lumps, you can try throwing the cream cheese mixture into a blender to get rid of them.

The second tip will help to get the pastry to stick together. The easiest way is to fold your puff pastry into thirds onto the cream cheese filling. After you complete your first fold, brush the section you just folded and the remaining side to fold. Once completely folded into a long pastry, gently press your edges together, cut into individual pieces, then brush the entire outside with egg wash so that it cooks until golden brown and has a shiny appearance.  

How do you keep your Porto’s cheese rolls fresh after baking?

While there may be several different steps you can take to keep your cheese rolls fresh after baking, the best solution is to store your rolls in an airtight container. Place your rolls into a container shortly after baking, and once they have cooled to room temperature. Then put a lid on top so that the container is securely sealed. This will help keep them the freshest possible.

Here is the method of storing Porto’s cheese rolls, cakes at room temperature:

When your cheese rolls are finished baking, transfer them to a wire rack until they cool to room temperature. Once called to room temperature, transfer the baked cheese rolls to a paper bag. The best containers to use would typically be a clean paper bag like bakeries use. The key for these kinds of baked goods staying fresh is to allow them to cool before placing them into any kind of storage container. If they are still warm when moved to an airtight container, the moisture from the steam leaving the pastry will be trapped inside the container making them moist instead of crispy. 

Copycat Porto's Cheese Rolls bit into

How To Reheat Porto’s Cheese Rolls Pastry Without Going Soggy?

The best way to reheat are copycat Porto’s cheese rolls without them getting soggy is to place them back on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 350°F for about 8 to 10 minutes until they are warmed through. If you have an air fryer with a bake option you can also use this to warm them up. Keep in mind that because your air fryer is smaller, it will take less time for them to be warmed through. For an air fryer, you will probably want to use 300°F for about five minutes and then check them to see if they have reached the desired temperature. 

How To Thaw Porto’s Cheese Rolls

There are a few different ways you can thaw Porto’s cheese rolls. One way is simply to leave them at room temperature until they are thawed. Another method is to place them in the oven at 170°F until they are thawed. Either way will work well. I would not recommend using a microwave to thaw frozen Porto’s cheese rolls. You can also buy frozen cheese rolls by placing them in the fridge overnight. 

Related Questions

Can I freeze Porto’s cheese rolls?

Yes! You can freeze Porto’s cheese rolls. The best time to freeze the cheese rolls is before you bake them in the oven. Once they have been baked they will not be nearly as good once frozen. If you would like to freeze the cheese rolls once assembled before they are baked you will simply want to wrap them securely in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag before placing into the freezer.

Do Porto’s cheese rolls need to be refrigerated?

Yes, copycat Porto’s cheese rolls can’t be refrigerated, you will want to be sure to consume them in the next three to four days. Be aware that storing in the fridge tends to make them harder in texture. The sooner you enjoy these treats, the better they will be. 

How to store Porto’s pastries?

The way to make your homemade Porto’s cheese rolls last the longest possible is to keep them from collecting condensation. A great way to store them is to place them inside a paper bag or breathable storage container. For best results enjoy soon after baking. 

Pastelitos De Guayaba Y Queso (Cuban Guava & Cheese Pastries)

Another version of these cheese rolls that is quite similar but slightly different is made by adding a guava paste or jam to the mixture. These little concoctions and then have slices cut on top so that they look like a mini pie. 

The guava paste / jam

To make these pastelitos, one additional ingredient from the above is to include guava jam. This is added on top of the cream cheese mixture that is prepared as stated above. 

The cheese filling

For this alternative dessert, the same cream cheese filling as given in the recipe above can be used. It can also be repaired exactly as stated in the recipe for these cheese rolls.

The puff pastry

To make this dessert you can use a store-bought puff pastry, or you can prepare your own from scratch. To make your own puff pastry from scratch you will need butter that is rich and fat, flour, salt, and a little water. Or you can take the easy way out in Meijer puff pastry from your local grocery store.

Porto’s Cheese Rolls Copycat Recipe for Pastry Lovers

Our copycat recipe for Porto’s cheese rolls is great for all pastry lovers. I’ll let you enjoy the delicious goodness, in an easy way. These cheese rolls also allow you to taste the delicious bakery goodness without having to travel long distances. Well, these are not the exact ones you can buy from the bakery, but this recipe will help to satisfy your craving and allow you to enjoy a deliciously tasty treat. 

Copycat Porto's Cheese Rolls very close up

Homemade Portos Cheese Rolls

Making your own homemade version of Porto’s cheese rolls is surprisingly easy with the above recipe. This recipe is simple and can be tackled by anyone. Plus, this recipe will help you to create a delicious pastry treat that is sweet, but not overpowering in its sweetness. This is a recipe that everyone will enjoy and think that you slaved away for hours to prepare.

Recreating Porto’s Cheese Rolls

Re-creating our version of a copycat Porto’s cheese roll recipe is surprisingly easy and makes a delicious pastry treat that tastes absolutely amazing. This recipe is great for many different occasions. Whether you are looking for breakfast, brunch, or dessert these simple pastries will be your new, go-to recipe. Don’t take my word for it though, be sure to try out this quick and easy recipe for yourself and let us know what you think about it.

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