Easy Cream Cheese Danishes

[Here from Pinterest? Welcome! After you make these danishes, make sure to check out my other Pillsbury recipe: Easy Cinnamon Roll Wreath]

For those of us that are doomed to work in an office lucky enough to have a stable job, we know that the best days often involve surprise homemade treats that a coworker decided to bring in. You, too, can be that coworker. While muffins, cookies or donuts are always a welcome option, this super easy Danish recipe is a great way to switch it up a little. Better yet, they can easily be made the night before, letting you keep to your normal sleeping schedule.

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Although I don’t typically work from recipes that call for “pre-fab” food, the ones I do like generally involve a Pillsbury product. Pillsbury crescent rolls are incredibly versatile and can be used for everything from breakfast to dessert, or my favorite, a dessert-y breakfast. These Danishes are super easy, super delicious, and make enough to feed a crowd. I brought mine to work and had no trouble giving them all away.

I made mine with cherry pie filling (my favorite), but feel free to substitute any pie filling, preserves or thick jam that you prefer, or leave the fruity part out completely. If you’re a Nutella person (I am not, bleh), I’m sure that would also work nicely alongside the cream cheese filling. If you’re feeling inspired, a quick sauce from fresh fruit would be even more amazing.

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So next time you want to surprise your coworkers, skip the muffins and pick up some cream cheese and crescent rolls; you’ll be the new office favorite in no time.

If you’re struggling to print this recipe, a PDF copy is available here:  Easy Cream Cheese Danishes | Baking Bytes

Easy Cream Cheese Danishes

Makes 24 pastries

Ingredients

2 cans Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls (big & flaky)
1 can pie filling (I like cherry)

8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sugar

powdered sugar
milk

Directions

  1. IMG_1594Place crescent roll cans in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper.
  3. Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Open the cans and slice each into 12 pieces, approximately 1/2″ slices. (Don’t unroll them, pretend they’re slice and bake cookies.)
  5. Easy Cream Cheese DanishesPlace six slices on a cookie sheet, flattening the centers to create an indent. (I used a large spice container dipped in flour, plus my fingers for a little extra flattening in the middle.)2
  6. Fill the indent half with the cream cheese mixture and half with the pie filling.
  7. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. In a small bowl, mix a large spoonful of powdered sugar with a little milk until liquid but still thick. Spoon into a pastry bag or Ziploc, cut off the tip, and drizzle over the pastries.
  10. Enjoy one (or three, I don’t judge) with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk.

Notes

1 I actually think these are best the next day. Bake, cool, frost, and put in airtight containers overnight. For me, they’re always more moist and pastry-like the next morning. (Although they are also fabulous straight out of the oven… but don’t burn your mouth.)
2 These spread a lot during baking, so don’t try to squeeze too many on a pan. Start with 6 and see if you have room for more after the first batch is baked.

58 responses

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  2. I had these exact ingredients on hand with the intention of making turnovers. Came across your recipe from pics on Google & I am going to try them tonight!! This way sounds so cool!! I have fresh blueberries, so I’m trying that. I’ll link you so you can see your inspired post!! :-)

  3. made them for super bowl sunday. worked great my daughter loved them. Even took pics to send to her friends. The only thing I did different is I didn’t use the powdered sugar glaze. Instead I had some left over cream cheese frosting in a can, microwaved that and added cherry syrup from the can of cherries to make a cherry cream cheese glaze. Very good will make again.

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  5. Made these for Christmas morning. They were fabulous and so easy to make. Will never buy danish again. Can’t wait to make these with apple filling. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  9. Are you using Pillsbury Grands OR Pillsbury Cresent Rolls? The Grands make the biscuits and Cresent Rolls make the fake croissant. From the photos it looks like they are the Grands. Sorry, very confused.

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  13. Just made these and they are incredible! The only thing I would do different is I would spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the top and put the cherries over everything. Awesome!!

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  18. After you insert them in an airtight container, can you leave them out of the refrigerator or do they go in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat? Thanks.

    • They are fine on the counter for several hours (including overnight if you make them in the evening) but if you're making them them really far in advance I'd put them in the fridge. Take them at least 30 minutes or so before you're going to serve them so they have time to warm up.

  19. I, too can pass up the Nutella….I have now made these several times. Love them with either cherry pie filling or peach pie filling. They are easy to make and very delicious!

    • So glad you love them! Peach sounds delicious. I also like blueberry. =) They are great for feeding a crowd but not so great for a small group so I don’t make them super often. I’ve been meaning to try freezing them and seeing if they reheat well.

  20. I made this while volunteering in the Ronald McDonald family room..the visiting parents and families devoured them….soooooooeasy and delicious

  21. I’ve been meaning to make a cheese cake forever but when I saw this on pinterest I thought let’s make this instead :P I have a quick question though..I can’t find the Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls you have used in your recipe in any store where I live. What can I substitute it with?

    • Hi! Well you can always make your own pastry dough if you’re feeling up to a challenge, but if you can find any sort of pre-made dough it’ll probably work. Even pie crust (as long as it isn’t baked) would work, although it would result in a different sort of pastry. Just look for something that doesn’t have a strong flavor (no rye, for example) and give it a whirl. The Pillsbury crescents are just a puffy, plain dough similar to a croissant but a bit more dense. Taking a look at the Pillsbury products online might help you come up with an alternative from where you’re located. Be sure to report back what you end up using!

      The Pillsbury crescent line can be found here if you want to peruse the products: http://www.pillsbury.com/products/crescents

    • Hi – try using cresent rolls, pinch seams together, then cut in squares, I think they make a cresent roll out rectangular crust, that would work also, or you can try using puff pastry that you get in freezer section, I think it’s made by Pepperidge farms

  22. By mistake the other week I bought the Pillsbury round crescent rolls(must be something new?) which made it even easier. I filled mine with fresh blueberry filling and the cheese filling. So good! Although using these you only get 16.

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      • Tried the recipe but was not thrilled with the taste of the dough. It tasted like cream cheese and cherries on a biscuit. I’m thinking maybe it was because I used the store brand crescent rolls instead of pillsbury.

      • I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! I definitely think Pillsbury brand tends to run a little sweeter than the store brands I’ve tried. Also, they definitely taste sweeter and softer the next day so if you baked them and ate them all in one day, maybe try making them a day in advance if you want to give them another go. And please let me know how they turn out if you try again!

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