Chocolate Filled Pastry Rolls Recipe

These chocolate filled pastry rolls look like diplomas so they’re perfect for graduation party dessert! These are so easy to make using Nutella, and they taste fantastic! Find them on my Keys to Success dessert table if you’re planning a graduation party. Or make them any time of year for a fast delicious sweet treat.

chocolate filled pastry rolls recipe

Make these graduation themed desserts to celebrate your graduate

These puff pastry desserts are super simple to make with only 3 ingredients. But they’re so addictive to eat! I have them shown as “diploma rolls” but you can certainly make them for ANY occasion. They’re so easy to prepare that you should just keep the ingredients on hand for when you get a craving.

This is perfect to add to your DIY graduation party ideas. Just tie them up with ribbon or cording so they look like graduation diplomas and add them to your menu.

Nutella makes these filled pastry puffs easy and delicious 

You and your family will love this dessert recipe for more than just graduation parties. It’s made with the classic Italian hazelnut cocoa spread making it a great addition to Italian themed party ideas. The toasted almonds add a nutty crunch that balances the sweetness. 

I think the baking process really brings out the best in the Nutella spread.

Tips for making these puff pastry desserts

  • The puff pastry can really puff up when cooked. Although pricking them with a fork several times before baking may help to prevent that.
  • For tighter rolls with completely different texture you can try making these with pie dough.
  • For added flavor you can sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar before baking, or powdered sugar after baking. To make cinnamon sugar just combine equal parts ground cinnamon and granulated sugar.
  • For more delicious snacks made with puff pastry check out these ham & cheese pinwheels or these puff pastry cheese skewers. Both are easy to make but are full of flavor.

HOSTESS TIP: Roll the pastry filled with chocolate into pinwheel shapes as outlined in the ham & cheese pinwheel recipe. They will make smaller desserts for parties and entertaining.

You can make the pastry rolls and freeze them for later. Prepare them as directed but do not cook them. Wrap the pastry rolls tightly and freeze for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to use them, let them sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. Then bake as directed. See more on freezing Nutella here.

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Chocolate Filled Pastry "Diploma" Rolls

Yield: about 8 rolls

These delicious graduation desserts are so easy to make! With only 3 ingredients you'll get a ton of flavor. Make them any time of year for easy entertaining at home.


  • 1 package puff pastry sheets
  • Nutella spread
  • Sliced Almonds – very lightly toasted


  1. Thaw or prepare dough as directed on package. Cut dough into rectangles about 4-5 inches wide, and as long as you want your “diplomas” to be {5-6 inches should be good}.
  2. Spread Nutella on each rectangle of dough and sprinkle with almonds. Begin rolling the dough over on its self, jelly roll style.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until golden.
  4. To display as “diplomas,” tie ribbon or thin cording around each pastry roll.


To add more sweetness, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar before baking, or powdered sugar after baking.

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  1. These are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t have any graduation parties coming up but I’m trying to think of other times they would be appropriate. So cute!

    1. Oh, Nicole, just make them for a weekend treat. They’re so easy and delicious, you don’t need a special occasion! 😉

  2. These chocolate rolls look delicious! They remind me of the Chocolate Whirls I made awhile ago; I filled the puff pastry with a chocolate filling and it was mouth-wateringly good!

  3. Hi ! I just made a batch and have kept them in an air tight container to serve tomorrow. Any tips on whether this can be refreshed just prior to serving ? Maybe pop in the oven again for a couple of minutes? Let me know ! Thanks for sharing this wonderful treat !

    1. Vinanti, that’s what I would do. In fact, for the future, you could even under cook them a bit and finish them off before hand OR just make them up, keep in refrigerator {or even the freezer}, and cook them when you need to. So many options with puff pastry. 🙂

  4. All i can say is an awesome and mouth watering dish…a simple chocolate filled pastry rolls that can be made easily.. can’t wait to try at home soon..

  5. I am planning a graduation and would love to make these! Just wondering though, can these be made ahead of time?

    1. Krista,
      You can definitely make these ahead and keep in an airtight container, OR prepare them & refrigerate overnight, then bake them the day of the party.

  6. These look so easy and delicious. I also just envisioned them in the shape of a rocket for an astronaut party…. 🙂

  7. They look absolutely divine! With a bit of chocolate sauce or cream I reckon they would taste awesome!

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