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Easy Cheese Danish Recipe

Easy Cheese Danish Recipe

These cream cheese pastries are baked to flaky perfection and made to shine with a simple egg wash gloss. They taste just as decadent as any breakfast sensation you’d find in a bakery or coffee shop.—Carole Sepstead, Grafton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks, lemon peel, vanilla and salt; beat on low speed until blended.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each sheet of puff pastry into a 12-in. square. Cut each into nine squares. Spoon 2-1/2 teaspoons of cheese mixture into the center of each square.
  • 3. Whisk egg and water; lightly brush over edges. Bring two opposite corners of pastry over filling; pinch to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet; brush with remaining egg mixture. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 danish equals 202 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.