Zombie dessert: Puff pastry intestines

Ronnie Dela Cruz

With Halloween around the corner, we thought it would be festive to make a savory treat with a human body part resemblance.

Warning: This pastry is not for those with a weak stomach. Halloween spirit is required for enjoyment.

We wanted to keep the Halloween spirit alive by baking a sweet concoction with a not-so-sweet appearance. Intestines made out of Nutella-filled dough seemed like the way to go.    

This horrifyingly realistic dish, with surprisingly delightful flavors of sweet chocolate and hazelnut, encapsulated the Halloween spirit to the T. This treat lived up to the gory expectations we had, and could pass for guts straight from the human body.

The best part about this gruesome treat is the fun you will have preparing it. It gets messy and stomachs are sure to churn when the final product is introduced. We had as much fun baking it as we did devouring the sugary indulgence.

The highlight of baking this dessert was when the red food coloring got on our hands and – for a second – we thought it was our own blood.

Puff Pastry Intestines

1 package puff pastry dough (6 strips)

1 cup flour

3 cups Nutella

2 tablespoons red sprinkles

10 drops red food coloring (more or less depending how gory you want


1 tablespoon red frosting

1 egg

Preheat your oven to 375 F.

Defrost the puff pastry dough overnight in the refrigerator, or set it out on the counter for 45 minutes before preparing. Separate the six sheets of dough the package comes with and lay them out on a lightly floured cookie sheet.

Overlap each sheet and press them together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Spread the Nutella onto the sheet of dough leaving space around the edges. Roll the dough all the way up lengthwise so that the Nutella filling is tightly rolled up in the dough.

Spray non-stick baking spray on a 5-by-12-inch cooking pan and place the rolled up dough inside. Stretch the dough as much as possible without tearing the roll. Wrap it inside of the pan into an intestine-like shape.

Using a small brush spread a beaten egg over the dough. Right before placing the intestines in the oven, brush some red food coloring into the cracks of the dough to give it a bloody look.

Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and dough is cooked. Let it cool and dive into your homemade intestine-like delight.

The look of this pastry is purely disgusting, but its sugary taste will leave your taste buds hauntingly satisfied.

Jacquelin Everhart can be reached at [email protected] and Alex Mecredy can be reached at [email protected]