Delicious Cream Cheese Danish make a great breakfast, brunch, or snack food! With a sweet, rich filling and a nice pastry crust, it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular. Making them at home makes them even better because you don’t have to make a trip out to the bakery.

Cream Cheese Danish

As complicated as pastry recipes can be, this one takes a short cut in which I am sure you will enjoy. We use store-bought puff pastry dough to help give us the end results that we love but with the fool-proof easy recipe steps that we love!

Add a sweet Cream Cheese Filling with additional add-ins like Pumpkin, or Pie Filling. You can even add Jam too!

Waking up and hustling the kids off to school while preparing yourself for the day is nothing short of a miracle some mornings.

Trying to get a house up, moving, fed, and out the door within a short time should be worthy of an Olympic prize. With a plate of homemade danishes, you can enjoy a fast-paced morning on the go.

Cream Cheese Danish

With crazy mornings it’s always nice to have a ready to eat a meal or one that was prepared the night before giving you less time in the kitchen and more time where it counts. Another great recipe to help you on hectic days like this is my Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole which can be prepared the night before and it gives you a hot filling breakfast ready in a short time.

What’s in Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

  • 1 puff pastry sheet (usually come 2 per box in the frozen section)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water
  • coarse sugar
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Tbs Milk
  • Optional: Jam, Pie Filling, Pumpkin (see notes in Recipe Card for more details)

How to make Cream Cheese Danish recipe?

  1. Allow your puff pastry to thaw on the counter while you mix up the cream cheese filling.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream.
  3. Using a hand mixer, combine the ingredients and then set them aside.
  4. Unfold the puff pastry and cut it into 4 squares.
  5. Cut each square into 4 rectangles.
  6. Using a knife, score the edges of each rectangle about ¼ inch in from the edge. This helps to allow the puff pastry to puff up around the cream cheese filling.
  7. Place one large teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into the middle of the danish.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water with a whisk.
  9. Brush the egg mix on the puff pastry and then sprinkle on the coarse sugar.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until the danishes are a golden brown.
  11. To make the glaze, cut the butter into the powdered sugar in a small bowl using a pastry cutter or fork.
  12. Add in the vanilla.
  13. Add in the milk a little at a time and mix.
  14. You may need additional milk to reach your desired consistency to drizzle the glaze over the warm cream cheese danish. 

How long will Cream Cheese Danish Recipe Last?

You can expect your danishes to last up to a week, but they taste much better when they’re freshly made. After that, you may notice that the cream cheese either dries out or begins to separate a little, which is unappealing to look at.

Can I serve Cream Cheese Danish cold?

While cream cheese danishes taste great warm, you can serve them at room temperature or even chilled if that’s how you prefer it! 

How to Store Cream Cheese Danish

Pastries with a cream cheese filling should be kept well wrapped in an airtight container in the fridge. This not only helps to keep them safe for consumption but can also help to keep them from drying out.

Can I freeze Cream Cheese Danish?

Yes! I highly recommend freezing them flat on a baking sheet first and then transferring to an airtight container or Ziploc bag. This helps to keep the danishes from sticking to one another and makes it a lot easier to grab one when you’re hungry.

Can I add other ingredients/flavors to my Cream cheese danish?

Absolutely, not only will that give you more flavorful options to choose from but it can also help to make mealtime more delicious and colorful.

Adding your favorite jam such as raspberry or strawberry on top of the cream cheese mixture before baking is one fruity option.

Another option is adding on some apple pie filling or placing a dollop of hazelnut spread and don’t forget Pumpkin!

Mix and match with some of your favorite options and see what you like best.

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Cream Cheese Danish

Delicious Cream Cheese Danish make a great breakfast, brunch, or snack food! With a sweet, rich filling and a nice pastry crust, it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular. Making them at home makes them even better because you don’t have to make a trip out to the bakery.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 230kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 egg plus 1 tbsp water
  • course sugar

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish

  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  • Allow frozen puff pastry to thaw on counter while you mix up the Cream Cheese Filling
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream.
    Cream Cheese, Sugar, Heavy Cream and Vanilla
  • Using a hand mixer, combine ingredients. Set aside
  • Unfold puff pastry and cut into 4 squares and cut each square into 4 rectangles
    Using a knife, score the edges of each rectangle about 1/4in in. This helps allow the puff pastry to "puff" around the cream cheese filling.
    Cut Puff Pastry
  • Place 1 large teaspoon of cream cheese mixture to middle of danish
    Cream Cheese Mixture on Puff Pastry
  • In a small bowl combine egg with water and whisk
  • Brush egg mixture on puff pastry and sprinkle with coarse sugar
    Brush Egg mixture on puff pastry
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown

Pumpkin Mixture (Optional)

  • In a bowl combine Pumpkin, Sugar, Vanilla, and Cinnamon
    Pumpkin Mixture in bowl
  • Add 1 tsp on top of cream cheese mixture before baking
    Cream Cheese Danish with Pumpkin

How to Make the Glaze

  • In a small bowl cut butter into Powdered Sugar using a fork or pastry cutter
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add Milk a little at a time and mix. Add additional milk to reach the desired consistency to drizzle on warm Cream Cheese Danish
    Cream Cheese Danish

Notes

 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish:  Follow the above recipe and add 1 tsp Pumpkin mixture on top of cream cheese mixture before baking.
  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Additional Add-ins
  • Pie Filling
  • Jam/Jelly

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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