Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish


Use crescent roll dough to make a fast and delicious apple cinnamon cream cheese danish! It’s seriously so simple to throw together and tastes amazing fresh out of the oven!

Happy Halloween! I cannot believe we are 1 day away from Movember. The month formerly known as November.

You guys. I hate facial hair. Especially long ratty beards a la Duck Dynasty. I think the guys on that show would be so much more attractive with no beards. Forreals. Also, their wives are attractive people. How they locked them down is beyond me.

My Dad had a mustache for years and years. {One thing that will not make the ‘similarities of my father and I: volume II’…read volume uno here. }

Then one year when I was fourteen {maybe!?}, my Mom asked that he shave it for her birthday present. So he did.

Before I tell you this story in its entirety, let me set the scene:

We were camping.


That’s basically it.

ANYWAYS. He got up early, shaved it off and came into our humble tent trailer to wake my mother and share with her the good news. Can you guess what happened next?

That’s right, she started screaming AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS {waking her peacefully sleeping children and the entire camp ground} because a strange man was in her tent trailer trying to ‘attack her’.

Obviously once she wasn’t so groggy and heard his voice, the panic died down and things were fine, but I’m basically scarred for life from that experience.

Being woken up by blood curdling screaming is not….how should I put this….my ideal way to wake up in the morning. Also, being given rude looks from our fellow campers is not my favorite thing.

Needless to say, I’m convinced facial hair is dangerous. YOU GUYS. Don’t risk it. Just stay away. #heebiejeebies #isthathowyouspellit?

So that’s my story that has nothing to do with todays recipe. As per usual.

You’re welcome, America.

Moving on–> These danishes of mine are quite the popular recipes. First came the original Easy Cheese Danish. Then it was the Blackberry Cheese Danish. Then it was the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish and today, I give you the next danish love child I’ve concocted in my mind: Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese! It’s the perfect semi-fancy-semi-easy recipe for Fall. If you want a fabulous breakfast or treat, you must must must give this a try. It’s soft, sweet, slightly chewy, slightly tangy, sweet, spicy and all around satisfying. Delish!

Here’s how you make it:


The first thing you want to do is cook your diced apples in some cinnamon, sugar and butter. How bad does that sound?


So, while the apples cook, you’re going to want to lay out your crescent roll dough to form the danish and the cream cheese filling. If you want more step-by-step photos, check out my first danish recipe I posted here.


Fold up those pieces and do your best to overlap them to create a braid look.


Bake for 20 minutes, then glaze it up!


You can eat this warm or at room temperature…if you want to wait. Buuuut, I won’t blame you if you snarf it right out of the oven.

Get the printable recipe below! Have a great weekend!

PS- if you’re not sick of pumpkin yet, check out this list of my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes!


Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish

Use crescent roll dough to make a fast and delicious apple cinnamon cream cheese danish! It's seriously so simple to throw together and tastes amazing fresh out of the oven!

Yield: 8 servings

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  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large fuji apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 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
  • for the glaze-
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4+ tablespoons heavy cream
  • splash vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium low heat. Add in apples, cinnamon and sugar. Stir and cook until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  3. While apples are cooking, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. 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. 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. Top with cooked apples.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until filling is set and crescent dough is golden in color. Cool at least 20 minutes before removing from baking sheet.
  7. 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.
  8. Cut into pieces and serve.

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  1. I think a beard on a man ages him like three decades. Stay away from them!!

    You’re a girl after my own heart with this recipe. this dude is a total winner!

  2. That’s hilarious! My dad had a mustache, too, until I was almost done with high school. Nobody in my family even NOTICED! It took my sister’s new boyfriend to say something about it, before we realized his mustache was in fact gone! Ha! That danish looks like perfection 🙂

  3. Looks delicious. What can one use instead of storebought crescent dough?

    • Was thinking the same thing…can I do the crescent roll from scratch?

  4. Oh Lauren, I love your blog not just for the great recipes but the stories too! I have been married 33 yrs. & have NEVER seen my husband w/out a mustache despite my now almost 25 yr old son & my attempts to make him shave it off. It’s just hair it grows back right? Now I’m thinking I might react the same way your mom did! Ha!

  5. I have to admit, I love facial hair-I think it looks good on “the boy next door type” I’m looking at you Chris Evans from Snowpiercer. You shoulda kept that look. It also looks great on my hubs. But so with you on the Duck Dynasty. It’s just nappy on those dude-like why would you want to look like that?
    But this-looks amazing and I bet it tastes even better.

  6. I am totally a clean shaven fan!!! No facial hair please! Now hand over some danish because this looks amazing!!!

  7. A ratty beard is definitely a no-go zone, but my gorgeous ginger boyfriend has the most beautiful red beard, and every time his mother tells him he should shave it off I have to stop myself from giving her a filthy look because I LOVE it! He looks so baby face without it, and then with it he reminds me of a viking lord, sigh. Just my Danish blood coming through 😉
    Speaking of Danish! This looks absolutely delicious! Perfect way for me to make use of the last of the stored winter apples 🙂

  8. What a beautiful Danish! Can’t wait to try it! We featured your recipe in our Feature Friday blog post last week for Cinnamon and Spice Desserts!

  9. Looks so yummy!!!! Will try it.

  10. Saw this yummy danish on Pinterest and had to click on it. To my disapointment you use canned dough. I know it is easy but a true from scratch recipe would be lovely.



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