Quick and Easy (semi) Homemade Danish Pastries!! Fruit and Cheese Danish Recipe



Learn how to make quick and easy (semi) homemade cheese and fruit danish pastries!! These are super easy, super delicious and take about 20 minutes to make. No need to slave for hours making puff pastry from scratch. 😉

What you’ll need:
11-12 oz roll of crescent rolls
2 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
assorted jams and preserves or pie filling (raspberry, cherry, strawberry, apricot, blueberry, lemon, etc)
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp milk

Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into rectangles of dough using two triangles. Pinch closed the diagonal cut to form one solid sheet of dough. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut dough into approx. 1″ x 8″ strips of dough. Gently lift dough and twist opposite ends in opposing directions into a loose rope. Spiral the rope around itself to form a loose circle/spiral. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat, spacing danishes about 2″ apart. Press the centers with a finger to make a well for the filling.

For the cheese filling, combine cream cheese and 1 Tbsp sugar in a small bowl and mix well.

Spoon about 1 tsp of filling into the center of each danish. Bake at 375*F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

When done, brush with melted butter to keep danishes soft. Make an icing by combing the powdered sugar with the milk and drizzle over top of danishes. Serve warm. Makes approx. 12 (4″) danish pastries. Enjoy!!

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39 Comments

  1. Linda Leone says:

    Use Pillsbury "Honey Butter" crescents for this … even better!!!!

  2. Ranch It Up says:

    Love it!! Just added some sour cream about a teaspoon and some lemon juice to the filling… Superb.. I also put some vanilla extract in the icing!!!

  3. Villitrix says:

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I just made them tonight, and they were absolutely delightful! This video is so informational and offers a great step by step process to cook them. So helpful. Best cooking channel ever!!!

  4. Caleb Hooks says:

    i like this video

  5. This has nothing to do with a danish.

  6. Eating these as I write this…..Delicious, easy and quick…..Thank you so much…I will never buy cheese danish at the store again…These are fabulous!

  7. justina hew says:

    Very easy to make . I like it

  8. Ihold8stars says:

    looks like an awesome quick treat recipe Thanks for Sharing! Subscribing 🙂

  9. bomb.com…..the best cooking channel I've seen on YouTube…You are original and you don't make everything look sophisticated..

  10. Thank you so much! Will be trying this out tomorrow & I want to bake for thanksgiving! Always refreshing to learn new recipes.

  11. hy vee so u live here in the midwest.

  12. I Just made these!!!!! I forgot that I was supposed to put the butter on after, so I put it on before. I"m having trouble waiting until they cool to add the icing! I already tried one that I filled with a mix of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. MMMMMM. I thought they looked like junk when I put them in the oven, But OMG They are beautiful!

  13. davina liles says:

    im going to make these for breakfast! looks so simple and delicious!

  14. Ioi Leilani says:

    They turned out great! I cooked down some raspberries to add to each, and they're really tasty.

  15. Tiffany Tse says:

    making these today .. can't wait to see how they turn out 😀

  16. RD M says:

    You're in the Midwest!  I recognize those Hy-Vee crescent rolls ( 0:29).  😉

  17. jenny murada says:

    hello the only trouble here in Australia we don't have roll up pastry like I saw you unfold so can I use puff pastry love your videos thank you from down under Adelaide Sth Aust

  18. Just made them today I loved them thanks for sharing

  19. CdrFrank says:

    will premade cheesecake mix work for the filling?

  20. This certainly is an awesome and super easy way to make Danishes.

  21. Stella Charm says:

    I can't deal this guy he's creating more and more pregnancy cravings for me! lol

  22. B Peterson says:

    You sound like Chef John to me from the moment you started talking!

  23. Love this!! I don't have time to make dough to fix them homemade. Surely will try these as an appetizer or on the run breakfast for family. (Make them the night before being you said They are better the 2nd day) I am wondering if it can be a savory Danish as well?

  24. I made this recipe. My guest loved it.

  25. Hello, can you use puff pastry as the base

  26. Oh MY Glory!! So making these today! Snowed in, in Colorado and need to use me lemons for dessert! Thank you! Luv your videos…muah..xo

  27. LK says:

    These pastries came out really well.Easy to do also.Thanks for posting .

  28. Kelly True says:

    great video.well explained.

  29. im making them for my son s school !! I wanted easy gourmet !!

  30. omg look delicious

  31. Hi…wondering if you know how many calories in each Danish? They look so delicious! Thank you for sharing

  32. Jan Heiman says:

    I just made these! I can't believe how tasty they turned out!

  33. this guy is awesome

  34. Dude these look awesome!!

  35. K Rich says:

    Omg! LOVE the pre made crescent rolls idea. I'm so goin to try this soon

  36. Awesome!! Thank you for sharing.

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