Quick & Easy Cream Cheese Danishes

Recipes / Friday, April 20th, 2018

My coworker and I LOVE cream cheese Danishes. When she saw this recipe from Cakes Cottage on Pinterest, she sent it to me right away and said I HAD to make them. I made a couple small adjustments to the original recipe and they were delightful! I love how easy they are to make, and I’ve already made them twice in a week. I can’t wait to try to make them with homemade dough in the future!

Quick Cream Cheese Danishes
Yields 24
These cream cheese Danishes are delicious, and they only take 30 minutes to prepare. Easy to throw together to make breakfast more fun!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
For the Danishes
  1. 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  2. 8oz cream cheese, softened
  3. 2 T sugar
  4. 1 t lemon juice
  5. 1 t vanilla
  6. 1 t sour cream
  7. choice of jams
  8. 1 T butter, melted
For the icing
  1. 1 C powdered sugar
  2. 1 T milk
  3. 1 T butter, softened
  4. 1 t vanilla
To make Danishes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unroll each can of crescent dough into four rectangles, NOT triangles! Pinch the triangles closed to make this happen. You should have eight rectangles between the two cans.
  3. Sprinkle rectangles lightly with 1 T sugar.
  4. Cut each rectangle into three pieces, about 1in wide by 8in long.
  5. Twist the ends of each piece in opposite directions to make a loose rope, then wrap each one around itself into a spiral.
  6. Press into the middle of each spiral to form a small well.
  7. In a medium-sized bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and sour cream.
  8. Fill each well with some of the cream cheese mixture, jam, or both!
  9. Lightly brush dough with the melted butter.
  10. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  11. Let Danishes cool slightly before adding icing.
To make icing
  1. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Pour mixture into a piping bag and drizzle over Danishes.
  3. Enjoy!
  1. I used a raspberry jam and a mango, guava, passion fruit jam. Both were delicious!
  2. The second time I made these, I put some jam on top of the cream cheese. That was my favorite version!
  3. The danishes will look teeny before you bake them. After they are baked, they are still quite small but great for portion control!
  4. If you don’t wait for the danishes to cool, the frosting sort of melts into them and will be more messy than pretty.
Adapted from Cakes Cottage
Adapted from Cakes Cottage
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