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Cherry Danish

close up shot of cherry danish on a cooling rack
Simple to make and deliciously sticky, this Cherry Danish is topped with a sweet icing, making it irresistable.
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Table of Contents
  1. WHAT IS A DANISH PASTRY?
  2. CHERRY DANISH INGREDIENTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHERRY DANISH RECIPE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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With this easy to make Cherry Danish recipe, you’ll have a freshly baked, pastry with a light and flaky crescent roll crust, a gooey cream cheese, and cherry pie filling. It’s perfect for a family breakfast or even just a mid-day treat!

Looking for some other fun breakfast baking recipes? Be sure to check out our other sweet treats like Monkey Bread, Cheese Danish and Cinnamon Roll Casserole. And if you’re a fan of the cherry cheesecake flavor, you have got to try this No Bake Cherry Cheesecake recipe!

close up shot of cherry danish with icing on top stacked on top of each other on a plate

WHAT IS A DANISH PASTRY?

Danish pastries are those super buttery, light, and flaky pastries with a creamy, fruity filling. You’ve likely seen them in your local bakery or grocery store. They are most commonly filled with cheese or jam (or a combination of both) and topped off with icing. You may have also heard them referred to as just a ‘Danish’.

CHERRY DANISH INGREDIENTS

cherry danish raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 5 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tubes Flaky Crescent Rolls, placed in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, beaten together
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, optional

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pie Filling: You can swap out the pie filling in your Danish pastry for any pie filling. The options are pretty much endless. Blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, or apple would all be great substitutions. You could even use a different filling for each of the Danishes, and have a variety to serve up for guests or family members!

Toppings: Slivered almonds are a great addition to these easy danishes. They add just the right amount of texture to an otherwise soft and chewy dish.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHERRY DANISH RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl using a hand mixer beat softened cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to clean the sides of the bowl as you are mixing. Set cream cheese mixture aside.

STEP THREE: Open only one package of crescent rolls and remove them from the tube. Do not unroll them, instead keep them in a long cylinder shape and place them on a cutting board.

PRO TIP: The crescent rolls will dry out and not shape easily if left on the counter. This is why we recommend freezing them and then cooking them in batches.

STEP FOUR: Using a sharp knife, cut the long cylinder into 12 equal pieces.

cherry danish process shot of crescent rolls sliced and placed on a pan

STEP FIVE: Using your fingers and thumbs, flatten each round circle in the middle. Place each circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. With a pastry brush, wash the edges and sides of the crescent rolls with egg wash.

STEP SIX: Using a small spoon, place a small amount of cream cheese in the center of each crescent roll.

cherry danish process shot of cream cheese scooped into crescent rolls

STEP SEVEN: Using a small spoon, place a small amount of cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese filling. Make sure to have at least 2 cherries on each danish or they will look flat and not full of fruit.

cherry danish process shot of cherry filing placed on crescent rolls

STEP EIGHT: Bake in the oven for 10 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

cherry danish process shot before and after being baked

STEP NINE: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

STEP TEN: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of milk. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and no lumps are visible. Drizzle each danish with glaze and serve warm.

STEP ELEVEN: Open your second tube of crescent rolls and repeat.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You most definitely want to keep your cherry danish in the refrigerator between servings. This will keep it fresh for much longer. Cover your danish with foil or plastic wrap, or place it in a plastic bag. Make sure it is sealed tightly, to prevent it from drying out.

IN THE FREEZER: To freeze your cherry danish, wrap it tightly in either freezer plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Make sure it has completely cooled off after baking. Place the wrapped danish into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and put it into the freezer. Make sure to take it out with plenty of time to thaw before serving.

cherry danish with icing on top stacked on top of each other

You’re sure to love this easy cherry and cream cheese danish. What’s not to love with a flaky crescentcrust, gooey cream cheese, and cherry pie filling. This classic pastry dessert is a favorite any time of day.

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Cherry Danish

5 from 2 votes
Simple to make and deliciously sticky, this Cherry Danish is topped with a sweet icing, making it irresistable.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 24 Danish

Ingredients
  

  • 5 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tubes Flaky Crescent Rolls placed in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 egg egg 1 tbsp water, beaten together
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer beat softened cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to clean the sides of the bowl as you are mixing. Set cream cheese mixture aside.
  • Open only one package of crescent rolls and remove them from the tube. Do not unroll them, instead keep them in a long cylinder shape and place them on a cutting board.
    TIP: The crescent rolls will dry out and not shape easily if left on the counter. This is why we recommend freezing them and then cooking them in batches.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the long cylinder into 12 equal pieces.
  • Using your fingers and thumbs, flatten each round circle in the middle. Place each circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. With a pastry brush, wash the edges and sides of the crescent rolls with egg wash.
  • Using a small spoon, place a small amount of cream cheese in the center of each crescent roll.
  • Using a small spoon, place a small amount of cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese filling. Make sure to have at least 2 cherries on each danish or they will look flat and not full of fruit.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of milk. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and no lumps are visible. Drizzle each danish with glaze and serve warm.
  • Open your second tube of crescent rolls and repeat.

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Notes

Recipe adapted from: https://thebestblogrecipes.com/blueberry-cream-cheese-danish/

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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