Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish As I type this, my husband is working out. Naturally I’m eating rice krispie treats…..and playing chariots of fire to make him work harder. I’m such a good wife.

Typically he will work out at night because we are both NOT morning people. I used to get up and work out in the morning, but since I’ve been exhausted, I’ve been skipping out. Oops. {I’m not that broken up about it….however my thunder thighs are extra thunderous these days.} Lately we’ll wake up at 7:30 and he’ll have 20 minutes to get ready and leave for work. I like to stay in bed til 8, but since I have a 3 year old who likes to get up at the butt crack of dawn, that usually never ever happens. Anyways, we will usually have protein shakes, cereal, oatmeal or toast for breakfast. We’re fancy folk like that. One night however, I decided to make this danish so we could have it for breakfast the next morning. Well, turns out it doubles as a dessert and we ate it all up.

And then had grapenuts with banana slices for breakfast the next day. Again, so classy, right? Yeah. We’re cool like that.

So, moral of the story: this is one of the best things to eat EVER. Sweet, creamy, cream cheesy and carby! Everything that’s worth living for is in this sweet and tasty pastry. I guess technically this isn’t a pastry because I’m a cheater and use crescent rolls, but whatevs. I’m all about breaking the rules….especially if it means it gets on your table faster.

I first made this danish a few years ago just as a cheese danish. Then I added blackberries a few months later {which was amazing!} and now today I changed it again to make it all festive for fall. This recipe is super adaptable and super easy. Feel free to make whichever version you prefer, or make up your own!

Here’s how to make it:

ingredients Start by measuring out all your filling ingredients. Pumpkin, cream cheese, sugar and all the good stuff.

Ingredients 2 Whip it all together until smooth and set aside.

Ingredients 3 Now, pop open some crescent rolls

how to 1 and press them all together. Slice in some slats

how to 2 and spoon the filling down the center. Fold up the sides and that’s it! Bake until lightly golden.

Danish Like so. Isn’t it purdy?

glaze Now you can stir together some powdered sugar, vanilla and milk {or cream} to make the glaze.

final danish Drizzle this over the top and serve!! The filling seemed to firm up the cooler it got, so you might want to wait before serving….or not. I dug right on in. Mmmm……so so yummy :)

Have a great weekend!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish

Yield: 6 servings


1 tube crescent rolls
6 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons all purpose flour

for the glaze-
2/3 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons heavy cream or 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, spices, flour and vanilla. Set aside.
Pop open crescent roll dough and unroll, leaving crescents in rectangles. On an ungreased baking sheet or silpat, 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. Cut 1/2 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Carefully spread cream cheese filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide. 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 15-20 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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42 Responses to “Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 28, 2012 at 1:48 am

    best use ever of crescent rolls! That pumpkin + cream cheese mixture for the filling….oh wow!


  2. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — September 28, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I love this! I think I need pumpkin in a danish now. NOW!


  3. #
    Erin — September 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Yum! I love regular cheese danishes, so I can only imagine that pumpkin is an excellent addition. :)


  4. #
    Allison Sullivan — September 28, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Dear God. This is amazing. I die.


  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    This danish sounds lovely! I love the idea of pumpkin and cream cheese!


  6. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

    these look so so good – so this is what i’m missing, huh?? i can’t wait til next week!! :)


  7. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

    O.M.G. I can make this!! Usually I shy away from pastry creations, I’m too afraid to go down that road yet…but I can do this!! YaY! :)


  8. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

    This would never, evaaahh make it to breakfast in my house. In fact, I’m sure my entire family would get second-degree burns trying to rip it apart after it barely left the oven. It looks DELISH!!


  9. #
    From Valerie's Kitchen — September 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Love how simple this one is! Crescent roll dough rocks :) What a lovely, pumpkin-y treat for fall.


  10. #
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. — September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Wow! That looks amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at it. I love danishes. Thanks for the recipe.


  11. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    This sounds soooo good. Omg, what if you made a danish with, like, lemon curd on the inside? How could would that be….. drool.


  12. #
    Kristen — September 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    What a delicious recipe – love the pumpkin and cream cheese filling so much!


  13. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Looks amazing and how totally easy!!


  14. #
    Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal — September 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    LOL – that’s a funny story you shared. I’m sure your house smelled so good when you took it out from the oven. Love to try this – looks so simple and easy clean up!


  15. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Seriously?! You are killing me – this is amazing!


  16. #
    Krysten — September 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    This looks amazeballs.


  17. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — September 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I am definitely making this one!!! So easy!


  18. #
    Marjory Betchkal — September 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    You always amaze me. So good.


  19. #
    Maria — September 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Wow…this looks great. The whole family loves pumpkin. I really appreciate your step by step photos too as I am so visual. The picts take out the guess work. Now that the weather is cooler, I can’t wait to make your cinnamon rolls again! It’s now my go to recipe…drooling just thinking of them!


  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I wish I could have this for breakfast every morning!


  21. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — October 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    why oh why is this not good for us! it looks incredible!


  22. #
    Tanya — October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This is not good. Not good at all. I have a can of pumpkin at home that I have been trying to decide what to make with it, and I think I have a winner. I have had a long held love affair of Danish’s in all forms, so I am in deep trouble now that I can make them so easily. Thank you, I think. :)


  23. #
    Sylvia — October 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This looks amazing!! What can I use instead of crescent dough? Can I make my own dough? Want to make this tomorrow


    • Lauren — October 4th, 2012 @ 7:02 am

      I have no idea what else you could use! I am just used to the crescents!


  24. #
    Susan — October 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I like how you use the low-fat crescent rolls – this is totally my style. Sugar, cream cheese and low fat crescent rolls to make us feel healthy.


    • Lauren — October 4th, 2012 @ 7:02 am

      Haha! I know, right? All about staying healthy! LOL!


  25. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — October 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    That looks to die for. That braided look is so beautiful!


  26. #
    rachel — October 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Hi! i just made this and omg it is to die for!! both my dog and boyfriend are in love with it!!!!


  27. #
    Abigail — November 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Hey! I just happened upon your website today and made this recipe. Fantastic! I substituted puff pastry sheets for the crescent rolls, and in the glaze I used maple extract instead of vanilla. Heavenly. This recipe is a keeper.


  28. #
    Farrah — March 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Wow! Made these without the pumpkin and added brown sugar cinnamon mix instead. Divine… Photo via link below. For those bold enough to make the dough, it’s beyond FANTASTIC!



  29. #
    tara b. — May 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    i have frozen sweet bread dough that i’m going to use :) can’t wait to try this combo out YYYYYYUUUUUUUUMMMMMM thanx for the recipe!!!


  30. #
    Dena — September 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I made this for work today and it’s getting rave reviews. Shared the recipe twice already :) Thanks!


  31. #
    craftyP — November 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    This was soooo yummy. i doubled the filling and have a ton leftover. I’m thinking of swirling some of it into brownies and making a second danish later in the week! THanks for this yummy recipe!


  32. #
    Gloria // Simply Gloria — November 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I now have made this delicious sweet treat twice in two weeks. …I simply can’t get enough of it!


  33. #
    Donna // LIMEHIVE — February 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Wow! Super simple AND pumpkin?? This is perfect for me…

    Of course, yours looks absolutely beautiful – we’ll see how my attempt turns out. 😉



  34. #
    rafiah shafiq — July 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

    crecsent rolls not available where i live . what can i use.


  35. #
    Bev — September 18, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Did you use the solid pumpkin in the can or was it the pumpkin pie mix ?


    • Lauren — September 18th, 2014 @ 8:19 am

      Plain pumpkin, NOT the pumpkin pie mix!


  36. #
    Ron — October 3, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Made this for my co-workers as a Friday treat, exactly as the recipe says, and it was a huge success!! Thanks!!


  37. #
    Amanda — February 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    And this is the type of pastry I could get behind. This looks amazingly yummy and is super simple… Mmmmm, it’s calling to me already.



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