Simple & Quick Cherry Cheese Danish with Puff Pastry

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golden brown cherry danish with sweetened cream cheese mixture and cherry pie filling

Making A Cherry Cheese Danish

Love the cherry cheese Danish you see in the stores, but don’t love the price?  Or maybe you like the apple, blueberry Danish (or whatever flavor).  You can easily make these at home for less.

Find below a way that you too, can make your own quick and easy cheese danish.  Enjoy them for a snack, dessert or serve at your next party.  We made them big, but you can certainly scale back to get more per puff pastry.

If you love cherry, check our other baked cherry treats.

What Dough Is Used to Make Danish Pastries?

This recipe calls for puff pastry sheets. A Danish recipe calls for a dough that is like puff pastry but more consistence of croissant dough. I like the fluffy light text from puff pastry sheets, so this recipe uses puff pastry.

store bought puff pastry dough

How To Make Cherry Danish With Cream Cheese

The puff pastry will need to be thawed and room temperature. Rolling the dough out slightly before cutting, stretches it just enough. I have also cut the dough and then rolled each peace as well, either way works.

What Do You Bake The Danish On?

We use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This makes it easier to roll out the puff pastry sheets and then cut them. If you used a silicon mat, you would end up cutting it (or scratching the baking sheet)

puff pastry dough on parchment paper

Where Does The Cream Cheese Mixture Go?

After making an indent in the dough, you will spread a little cream cheese frosting on each piece of puff pastry. The cherry pie filling is then placed on top of the cream cheese mix and baked.

 

cut dough on cookie sheet to make danish pastry

How Much Cherry Pie Filling Is Needed Per Danish?

Depending on the size of your pastries, this will vary. For these, a Tablespoon was plenty. If yours are smaller, you may want to use less. Focus more on getting a few cherries on each, versus the filling.

Spreading cream cheese filling on cherry danish

Can You Use Plain Cream Cheese?

Ye, but it will be more tart. You will want the cream cheese to be spreadable and the vanilla extract and powdered sugar help make it creamy. You can also use less cream cheese filling on the pastries (or eliminate) if you don’t want a lot (or any) on your pastries.

Love Cream Cheese But Not Fruit?

You can make a few cream cheese Danish by skipping putting the fruit on. Add a little extra sweetened cream cheese (or as much as you like).

mix cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to make sweetened cream cheese

 

cherry pie filling cherry danish with cream cheese filling

golden brown cherry danish with sweetened cream cheese mixture and cherry pie filling
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Quick and Simple Cherry Cheese Danish

Make irresistible cherry cheese Danish. You'll never buy them from the store again, after seeing how easy these are to make.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Danish
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • 1 packing puff pastry
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (to sprinkle)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Unroll the puffed pastry onto parchment paper.
  • Roll pastry out slightly to flatten slightly (about 1 inch longer each direction)
  • Cut the puff pastry into 6 equal size triangles.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  • Press an indent into each pastry using the back of a spoon.
  • Spread about 1 Tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the middle of each puff pastry rectangle.
  • Add about a Tablespoon of cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese mixture on the puff pastry.
  • Brush the edges of the puff pastry with water and sprinkle with white sugar.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Make irresistible cherry cheese Danish. You'll never buy them from the store again, after seeing how easy these are to make.


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