Chocolate Cream Cheese Danish


I was compensated to create this recipe for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as per usual 🙂

It’s the little things, you guys.

That sentence probably doesn’t make any sense, but it’s something I’m going to be working on this year as an informal resolution of sorts: to pay attention and enjoy the little things in life.

For instance: last week, my friends came to pick me up and take me out for an impromptu birthday dinner/baby shower. I have some pretty stellar friends, you guys 🙂

They were super sneaky and made sure to get my husband in on the surprise! I had a bit of a suspicion that something was going to happen, but wasn’t quite sure what. Man oh man, sometimes when you get caught up in mothering two kids and growing a third that you forget how fun girls’ nights are on a random Monday night. There was nothing complicated or fancy about it {which is totally my style} and completely casual and fun! I suppose they could have made it more complicated {like this baby shower I threw with a friend….oops?!} but honestly, I wouldn’t of had it any other way.

The more I think about this, the more I realize how much I enjoy the little, uncomplicated aspects of friendship. Believe me, I could do without some of the drama too, but it’s truly the little things that I am trying to focus on and remember, like this thoughtful party.

I’m also incorporating this theme into some of my recipes as well. Dinners and desserts don’t have to have 2 million steps and have been featured on the Food Network to be enjoyable. Heck, most of my recipes would probably not make the cut for The Food Network Magazine {which is fine by me} but they feed my family and they’re delicious {or so you tell me}. And, they make me happy!

Today’s recipe is probably THE MOST uncomplicated recipe you could throw together that gets the biggest reactions from friends and family. It takes minutes to throw together and looks amazing! It’s a perfect menu item to serve at a brunch, baby shower, bridal shower or for any old breakfast if you happen to like sweet things. And, it’s a cinch to make. Simplicity at it’s finest, folks.

Here’s how to make it:


Start by unrolling a tube of crescent roll dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper. Don’t even bother separating them! Do your best to keep them all together and pinch the seams if holes appear. It doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂

Then cut 1  to 1 1/2 inch diagonal slats down each long side of the dough and spread a cream cheese filling down the center. {The cream cheese filling is just cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla. EASY.}


Now, because the word decadent is my middle name, we’re going to take some chocolate and add it to our danish filling too. WE DO IT BECAUSE WE CAN.

I used 3 ounces of a Scharffen Berger Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate bar {62% Cacao}.


Unwrap that baby and give it a rough chop.


Add the chocolate pieces down the center of the danish and bask in this glorious sight.


Then gently fold up those slats, alternating sides as you go to create this braided danish look and bake.


After a few minutes in the hot oven, things will get all golden, melty and brown!! Hello, lover.

Feel free to eat as is or add a simple powdered sugar & milk glaze.


I waited about 10 minutes after glazing before cutting and serving–> I wanted the glaze to have a chance to set a little bit to keep the danish on the prettier side.

If this is of no interest to you, feel free to shovel it in immediately out of the oven. I won’t judge.


Incase you’re wondering, this sweet treat is pure HEAVEN!

Printable recipe below 🙂

Enjoy, friends!


Chocolate Cream Cheese Danish

Yield: 8 servings

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  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 oz. chopped semi sweet dark chocolate, such as Scharffen Berger
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Pop open crescent roll dough and unroll, leaving crescents in rectangles. On a piece of parchment paper {or an ungreased baking sheet}, unroll crescent dough being sure to not separate any of the triangular pieces. Press edges together and pinch any holes back together. Dough should be almost the entire length of a half sheet pan.
  3. Carefully spread cream cheese filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide. Sprinkle cream cheese filling with chopped chocolate. Cut 1 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Fold slats of dough 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 minutes or until filling is set and crescent dough is golden in color. Cool before removing from baking sheet.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve.

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  1. Super delicious. I love Scharfen Berger chocolate too.

  2. OMG! Just made this and it is SOooooo utterly delicious! I showed my hubby the pictures and he asked if I could make it. So I tried good! I’m thinking cherry cheese will also be yummilicious!! And it’s so easy!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  3. amazing. i love your danish recipes!

  4. The braided look is lovely! And I LOVE using Scharffen Berger chocolate!

  5. And this is why the Internet was invented, LOL! 😍 LOVE your recipes!

  6. This was awesome! The NEXT time I make this I’m going to cut the sugar down to 1/3 or 1/4 cup. I’ll also cut down the powdered sugar amount in the glaze to about 1/3 cup. For what it’s worth, I just chopped up part of a Dove dark chocolate bar.

  7. LOVE the end product, but found the recipe hard to follow…I had to keep looking back between the blog post and the recipe PDF to follow it.

  8. Have made this several times over the last couple of years. It’s very rich and delicious. A small piece is good and satisfying. Stays fresh in fridge for a week.

  9. YUM!

  10. Hi Lauren,
    This Chololate cream cheese anish has become a special weekend tradition in my family. The first time I made it, my 8 year old daughter helped out. The whole family loved it it it soooo delicious. I must say,m this recepe gave my daughter the taste to cook. Now every weekend she finds a new recepe to try out (with my help) and she loves to cook. So here from Quebec City Canada, we love you Lauren!!!! love to follow you



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