Here’s a super easy homemade breakfast pastry your family will do handstands for – Cherry Cream Cheese Danish! You are just 5 ingredients away from a delightful treat that you can have ready in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.
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Why This Recipe is a Keeper!
- Cherry Cream Cheese Danish are an easy breakfast pastry to make and they require very few ingredients. Anything made with crescent roll dough bakes up pretty heavenly and are always popular with friends and family.
- This recipe can be made 2-3 hours of ahead of when you want to serve breakfast, can be doubled, and also frozen to bake fresh later on. And, if you prefer, you can make these pastries into mini danish, as well.
How to Make Cherry Cream Cheese Danish in 6 Easy Steps
- Unroll the crescent roll dough placing 2 triangles of dough side by side; press the seam between the triangles closed so they form a rectangle.
- Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll it into a long tube.
- Form the tube of dough into a circle, pressing the ends together.
- Now, using your finger tips form the circle of dough into a shallow cup; repeat these steps until you have 8 cups.
- Fill each dough cup with the prepared cream cheese filling, then bake until the pastries are golden brown and the filling is set.
- Top with your favorite pie filling. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Easy Recipe Tips for Making Cream Cheese Danish with Crescent Roll Dough
What tools will I need to make the breakfast pastries?
- A good baking sheet, some parchment paper, and a cooling rack. I like baking sheets that are rimmed and heavy-duty, made of aluminum or stainless steel; they promote nice browning as things bake. Also, always keep your baking sheets OUT of your dishwasher. The pressure and the soap can ruin a nice baking sheet quicker than anything.
Can I make mini danish using this recipe?
- You sure can. Instead of making 8 pastries, divide the dough into 16 portions to make 16 small cups and proceed with the recipe. Since the pastries are smaller in size, bake them for just 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Do these pastries really need a powdered sugar glaze?
- Well, they don’t need it, but it sure does make the pastries look really pretty. My guys snarf these danish down so fast, I don’t actually do the glaze. However, if I were taking this to a gathering or serving them to a guest with coffee, I’d glaze them.
Can I use other pie filling toppings when making these pastries?
- You sure can and I do it all the time. We make apple quite a lot and I love using peach pie filling, too. The sky is the limit! It’s also fun to serve an assortment of pie filling toppings on one platter to give your guests variety.
Can I make these danish ahead of time? Also, do they freeze well?
You can make these danish 2-3 hours of time; store in the fridge until ready to bake. These pastries to freeze well; after you’ve filled the pastry cups with the cream cheese filling, they can be frozen. Don’t thaw before baking as per the directions – keep in mind that they may need a couple of extra minutes of baking time when baking from frozen.
Is it okay to use low-fat cream cheese in this recipe, and also the type of pie filling that has less sugar?
- Yep. Low fat cream cheese works great and you can actually use any type of pie filling that you desire.
What can I serve alongside these pastries for a brunch or breakfast?
- We love these Breakfast Meatballs and also these easy Ham and Egg Cups. Crispy Oven-Baked Bacon is a good option (according to my family!) and if you’ve got an Instant Pot, you can whip some Pop-and-Go Egg Bites in just minutes. And, homemade yogurt (also made in your Instant Pot!) would be delicious served topped with granola.
Other Breakfast Recipes to Enjoy –
- HONEY BUN CAKE – Transform a plain yellow cake mix into a breakfast treat your family will request again and again.
- BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS – Make your entire house smell like a bakery!
- HOW TO MAKE EASY INSTANT POT YOGURT…without a yogurt button!
- GLAZED CRANBERRY CRESCENTS WITH WALNUTS – Another great recipe using crescent roll dough.
- VERY-BERRY FRENCH TOAST BAKE -Piled high with fresh berries and maple syrup this is a breakfast casserole that delights.
- SUPER MOIST CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE-CHIP MUFFINS – You’ve just discovered the best muffin recipe in the land!
- HOW TO COOK CRISPY BACON RIGHT IN THE OVEN – Keep all the mess contained in your oven. This method is the best.
- SAUSAGE, EGG AND BISCUIT CASSEROLE WITH CREAM GRAVY –
Printable Directions for Baking Cherry Danish Pastries
Cherry Cream Cheese Danish
Here's a super easy homemade breakfast pastry your family will do handstands for – Cherry Cream Cheese Danish! You are just 5 ingredients away from a delightful treat that you can have ready in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.
- 2 cans crescent roll dough, 8 count each 8 count
- 6 oz. cream cheese, softened (may use one-third less fat cream cheese, if desired), I prefer Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 can Wilderness Cherry Pie Filling, 20 oz. (or your favorite brand)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Unroll each can of crescent roll dough, leaving the dough in 4 rectangles. Use your fingers to smooth together the perforated line across each rectangle.
Starting at the long side of each rectangle, roll the dough up into a cylinder. Now form each cylinder of dough into a fat round, pinching the ends together to form a circle.
Now form the circle of dough into a small, flat cup to make a place for the cream cheese filling to nest.
Place the crescent roll rounds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Divide the prepared cream cheese mixture between the 8 prepared crescent roll cups on the baking sheet, spooning it into the center of each one.
Bake,the danish, uncovered, on the center rack of the oven for 15-18 minutes or until rolls are golden brown on the side and the bottom of each pastry; top with the cherry pie filling and return to the oven for 1 minutes.
Let pastries cool for a few minutes, then drizzle a powdered sugar glaze, if desired. Serve at once.
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