Easy Cheese Danish

Well, it happened! I caught everyone’s cold and it sucks! I was feeling so well, too! Then I missed one day of vitamins and BAM! I’m sick. Oh well, I guess. I think I have a pretty good immune system for the most part, so here’s to hoping this only lasts a few days.

Today’s post is a result from finding crescent rolls and a miscellaneous package of cream cheese in my fridge. I usually never make plain crescent rolls. I always have to make something cooler than that! So, I made a danish of sorts. It’s technically not a danish, but it looks like one and tastes pretty close, so it’s a fake out recipe!

Did I mention it takes 10 minutes or less to make? With only 4 ingredients? Well, it does. :) My kind of treat. ¬†Scroll down to see all the ‘how to’ photos to see what little effort this takes! Happy Wednesday!

Easy Cheese Danish
yield: 8 servings
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1 tube crescent rolls
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
4+ tablespoons heavy cream
splash vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla. Set aside.

Pop open crescent roll dough and unroll, leaving crescents in rectangles. On an ungreased baking sheet, lay the crescent roll rectangles together, lining them up width wise. Dough should be almost the entire length of a half sheet pan.

Press edges together to even out edges and seal any holes. Carefully spread cream cheese filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide.

Cut 1/2 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough.

Fold 1/2 inch dough pieces up over filling alternating sides to get a braided pattern. You may have excess dough once you reach the end of the danish, so fold them in as best as you can.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until filling is set and crescent dough is golden in color. Cool before removing from baking sheet.

Once danish has cooled, remove to serving platter. In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and cream to create icing. You may need to add more cream to get the desired consistency. Drizzle icing over danish.

Cut into pieces and serve.

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30 Responses to “Easy Cheese Danish”

  1. #
    Natalie @ Perrys' Plate — December 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! Isn’t it amazing what a difference having a dslr makes? :)


    • Marilyn Brennan — December 1st, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

      This is definitely one of my very favorites, Lauren! AND YES, it is just like a Danish!


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    Avril — December 2, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Ahhhhhhh….I just love a good danish! Your recipe looks so “do-able” and super yummy too! :-)

    Sorry to hear that you got the cold bug! Wishing you a speedy recovery.


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    Katrina — December 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I have for some reason always put danishes away with the “will only buy” column. I’ll give this a try now!


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    Debbie — January 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I tried this recipe last night and then again today.
    My attempts were not so good. On the first one all of the cream cheese filling oozed out of the dough. Today I tried using a rolling pin on the dough to flatten a little more, which seemed to work but the top braided area pulled apart exposing the filling. It all still tasted good but the appearance was not so good. I think I will try puff pastry next time. Or maybe you could give me some insight as to what I may be doing wrong ? I do love the filling for this recipe. I added some strawberry syrup to the one I made this morning.


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    Gisela — January 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Lauren! Just made this today and they are delish!! I’m taking a big huge bit right now as I am typing this (good thing I went to the gym this morning). Mine oozed out a bit too, but that’s probably because I over stuffed them. Oh, and I added some fresh lemon juice and zest to the glaze. Thanks for sharing!


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    Kristin — August 26, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I made this tonight and it is delicious! I will definitely be making this again.


    • Lauren — August 26th, 2011 @ 3:38 am

      Awesome! Glad you liked it!


      • Rita Leanna — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

        love this recipe, is there away it can be printed? can’t wait to try it . thanks again

  7. #
    rome — September 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    holy yum! i JUST made this and it is out of this world!!! if i didn’t have my husband coming home soon and my brother and his girlfriend over, i might just end up eating the whole thing. wow! delicious!


    • Lauren — September 12th, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

      Yay! So glad you like it! It is addicting, isn’t it?!


  8. #
    Barb — February 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    whats heavy cream? I saw another recipe that called for this and I don’t know what it is???


    • Rita Leanna — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

      Heavy cream is in the dairy isle, they have light cream for coffee etc, but heavy cream is for whipping and used for pies like chocolate cream, or banana cream.
      hope this helps.


  9. #
    Leslie — February 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve made this danish twice in the last 2 weeks. I saw it on Pinterest and since cheese danish is my teenager’s favorite sweet breakfast, I just had to make it for him. He thought this one was the best he’s ever had! Tonight I made one as an after-dinner treat, and my husband ate half of it, LOL. It really is delicious, and it’s so easy to make. Thanks for such an awesome recipe! :)


  10. #
    LYNN — February 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    The pictures helped me a lot. Baking it now cant wait to taste


  11. #
    Joanne — April 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

    This is very good, but next time I am going to try it with puff pastry dough.


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    CHUCK CW — July 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm



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    Joni — October 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    This recipe is amazing! Thank you for your time and effort, you truly make cooking fun versus a horrendous expedition! I love flipping through your recipe index! If you haven’t tried this Danish recipe yet, please get to it! Way too delicious to miss!


  14. #
    krissyw — October 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I always tried making cheese Danish recipes that called for egg in the cream cheese mixture and was never happy w the results. This recipe was perfect! I mixed in a big spoonful of store bought lemon curd w filling and turned out great.


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    Olivia — October 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I made this but used almond extract instead of vanilla and it was wonderful!!! :) Thanks for posting such an easy, yet impressive, danish! Yum!


  16. #
    Katya — December 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I made this twice in last 4 days and it is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD, I love it.
    Thank you for the recipe!!!!


  17. #
    Jenni C — March 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I just made this today because I’ve been craving cheese danish the past 2 weeks. Gotta love pregnancy cravings! I had a sliver of it while it was still warm and it’s AMAZING. I love how it’s so simple to make. My pregnant sister snagged a chunk of it as well…we are in heaven.


  18. #
    piper — July 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

    This was perfect and exactly what I wanted! Thanks for sharing!


  19. #
    Candice — September 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I realize that this is an old post, but just wanted to let you know I made this today. I also added some chopped apples (that I microwaved and drained the juice) on top of the cheese. Oh wow. This is so good. Thank you for taking the time to show all of the steps. Whenever I’m looking for a recipe, I do an image search, and yours was the winner. Thanks again.


    • Lauren — September 11th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

      The apples sound like a great addition!


  20. #
    Elic — April 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I’ll pass on the icing – allergic to the corn starch in the powdered sugar, but going to give this a shot – not much of a cook, but I love danishes and can’t eat the commercial ones because of the icings…



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