Many of us love to eat Danish pastry, but are a little intimidated when it comes to making them. Well, I’m glad to say that just about anyone can make this recipe for Easy Cheese Danish! Using crescent rolls makes them really quick and easy, and the sweet cream cheese filling makes them really yummy! 🙂 Another nice thing is that they only take about 12 minutes to bake. What’s not to like about this easy danish?
Serve them for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack during the day. I took some photos of the danish for maryandmartha.com and arranged them on some of their new dinnerware—the Grace & Gratitude™ Dinner Plate and the Grace & Gratitude™ Accent Plate. They make a beautiful set and the dinner plate has the words “Grateful for His blessings; thankful for His grace” along part of the edge—what a nice touch!
You can add a little jam on top of the cream cheese filling before baking the danish if you want, and I also sprinkled some chopped pecans on top, after they were baked, cooled, and glazed. I hope you can take a little time to enjoy some danish, along with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea! 🙂
Easy Cheese Danish
EASY CHEESE DANISH by NancyC
Makes 16 danishes
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite jam
Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts
Glaze: Blend together 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together; set aside.
Remove crescent roll dough from the 2 packages, but don’t unroll the dough. Instead, cut each roll of dough into 8 slices (for a total of 16 slices) with a serrated knife and place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Make an indention in each sliced round by pressing down with the bottom of a small jar (the size of a spice jar), dipped in powdered sugar or flour to avoid sticking. After pressing, the size of each round should be 2 1/2″.
Spoon a heaping 1/2 Tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each round, spreading slightly. If desired, add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite jam on top of the cream cheese. Bake at 375˚F for 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then place on a platter and let cool. After danishes have cooled, drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
These danish are also great to serve when you have special get-togethers and no one will suspect how easy these are to make! Are you a fan of danish pastry and do you have a favorite recipe?