How to Make Cherry Cream Cheese Danish from Crescent Roll Dough

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Here's a super easy homemade breakfast pastry your family will do handstands for - 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.

Here's a super easy homemade breakfast pastry your family will do handstands for - Cherry Cream Cheese Danish!

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll it into a long tube.
  3. Form the tube of dough into a circle, pressing the ends together.
  4. Now, using your finger tips form the circle of dough into a shallow cup; repeat these steps until you have 8 cups.
  5. Fill each dough cup with the prepared cream cheese filling, then bake until the pastries are golden brown and the filling is set.
  6. Top with your favorite pie filling. Serve warm or at room temperature.
photos showing the steps to make pastries from crescent roll dough

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?

Other Breakfast Recipes to Enjoy –

A danish topped with cherry filling.

Printable Directions for Baking Cherry Danish Pastries

Here's a super easy homemade breakfast pastry your family will do handstands for - Cherry Cream Cheese Danish!

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. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 large danish
Calories: 152kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cans crescent roll dough, 8 count each 8 count
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.
Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry, cream cheese, crescent roll dough, danish, easy breakfast pastry

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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I would like to make this but I am not A very good baker, they look delicious and like something I could make for my family that they would love. I’m a little confused what to do with the dough and there are no pics or video. Help please.

Hi Leanor –
Thank you for your comment here and for bringing this to my attention. I will edit this recipe and add some pictures ASAP and then let you know when the recipe has been updated. If you’re struggling, that means others are too, so I appreciate you letting me know what would help!
Chef Alli

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