Costco Karens Bakery Danish Puff Pastries Review

Puff pastry is known for its delicious crisp, flaky and buttery taste. Danish pastry is a variant of puff pastry and is different because it uses yeast as a leavening agent instead of steaming and uses eggs as an ingredient. The Costco Karen’s Bakery Danish Puff Pastries are filled with vanilla creme and are from Denmark! Are these sweet treats worth picking up from Costco?

Image of the Costco Karen's Bakery Danish Puff Pastries box sitting on a table.
Costco Karen’s Bakery Danish Puff Pastries.

When I’m looking for treats at Costco I rarely gravitate toward products that don’t contain chocolate. However, when I saw these new Karens Bakery Danish Puff Pastries I decided to pick them up to try. I think the fact that they have a vanilla creme filling is what sold me on buying these.

Closeup image of a hand holding one pastry cookie.
Light and crispy.

Other similar products from Costco are the Emperor Lava Pastry with Lotus Seed Paste, Matilde Vicenzi Millefoglie D’Italia Puff Pastry Cookie, Matilde Vicenzi Traditional Italian Cookies, Isabelle Pineapple Cakes, Kirkland Signature European Cookies, Matilde Vicenzi Millefoglie D’Italia Puff Pastries, Kirkland Signature Almond Danishes, Kirkland Signature Cherry Danishes, Kirkland Signature Apple Braided Turnover.

Location in Store

I found Karen’s Puff Pastries in the seasonal Christmas aisle. The item number is 1655974.

Taste

I notice a nice vanilla scent as soon as I open one of the packages.

Top down image of eight pastries served on a white plate.
The pastry is slightly sweet from the sprinkling of sugar on the outside.

The pastries are a lot better than I was expecting! They’re very light and the pastry is delicate and crunchy. They’re sweet, but not overly so. The pastry itself doesn’t have a lot of flavor but there’s a bit of sweetness coming from the sprinkling of sugar on top. The filling is a bit sweeter than the pastry with a delicious strong vanilla bean flavor.

Image of a hand holding one Danish puff pastry with a bite taken out of it so you can see the center.
The vanilla center is delicious.

Overall these pastries remind me of a vanilla Girl Guide cookie crossed with Frosted Flakes.

Cost

The 480-gram box costs $9.89 Canadian which isn’t bad considering they’re a product of Denmark and I find them quite tasty. They’re also enjoyed by the Royal Danish Court!

Image of the product description for the Costco Karens Danish Puff Pastries from the back of the box.
The story of Karen’s bakery!

Convenience

The best-before date listed on the box is about seven months from when I purchased them. There are three individually packaged sleeves of cookies in the box and each sleeve has 12 cookies in it.

Image of the pastries wrapped in three plastic sleeves showing how they come packaged.
The Karens Danish Puff Pastries have three sleeves in the box.

I think puff pastry is something you can enjoy in the morning, afternoon or evening. I like these as a morning snack with coffee or tea or even as a dessert.

Nutrition

Calories

Two cookies contain 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre, nine grams of sugar, one gram of protein and 70 milligrams of sodium.

In my opinion, 150 calories isn’t that bad for two cookies but 10 grams of fat for two smallish-sized cookies is pretty high. The fat content is related to the amount of oil!

Image of the nutrition facts label for the pastries from the box.
Nutrition facts.

Ingredients

I’m disappointed to see palm oil and rapeseed oil instead of butter but if the pastry had butter it’d expire much sooner. The ingredients list is full of unhealthy ingredients. Sadly there are zero nutritional benefits to eating these Danish pastries!

Image of the ingredients label from the box.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 7.5/10

Cost: 9/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10

Overall

Give it a try.

I like these! They’re light, crunchy, and flaky and the vanilla filling is delicious. I’m surprised by how much I enjoy them because I usually find sweets like this a bit boring.

Have you tried these Costco Karens Danish Pastries before? What do you think of them?


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

7.5 or 8

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5 thoughts on “Costco Karens Bakery Danish Puff Pastries Review”

  1. I don’t know what the other reviewers got in their boxes. I purchased the Strawberry variety and they are awful. The actual cookie is delicious, light & flaky, but the cream filling is like biting into strawberry flavored shortening. I brought them to work, where they will eat anything you leave for free & after a few tried them, the rest were left to put out with the trash.

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  2. I bought a box around Christmas and was so impressed with the taste, freshness and quality I went back and bought 3 more boxes. The price was reasonable. But now I am out and I am trying hard to find more that are sold locally. I will contact Costco again to request year round availability.

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  3. Karens Bakery Danish Puff Pastries are wonderful! I was given a box (from Costco) as a Christmas present. I liked them so much that I am ordering them for almost twice as much per box. Cant go wrong except the ones I got from Amazon today were crumbled. Wont hurt the taste any but I cant put them out for guests. Their taste reminds me of a French Creme Horn. Yum Yum!

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