The Guava & Cream Cheese Pastry That Stole Miami's Heart


Say pastelito in Miami, and almost everyone—Spanish-speaking or otherwise—will know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s like saying “bagel” in New York or “pierogi” in Cleveland.

The Spanish word pastelitos translates to “little pastries,” but in Miami they refer specifically to Cuban puff pastries. Traditionally made with lard (or shortening these days), which makes them extra flaky and incomparably crisp, almost all pastelitos are glazed in a thick syrup that becomes a sticky, sweet glue securing pastry flakes to your lips, fingers, and anything else it comes in contact with.

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