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Overnight Cherry Danish Recipe
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Overnight Cherry Danish Recipe

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These rolls with their cherry-filled centers melt in your mouth and store well, unfrosted, in the freezer. — Leann Sauder, Tremont, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups warm half-and-half cream (70° to 80°)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

1 danish equals 218 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 188 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add yeast mixture, cream and egg yolks; stir until mixture forms a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each portion into an 18x4-in. rectangle; cut into 4x1-in. strips.
  3. Place two strips side by side; twist together. Shape into a ring and pinch ends together. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining strips. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each Danish. Fill each with about 1 tablespoon pie filling. Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  5. For icing, in a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough cream to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over Danish. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Overnight Cherry Danish in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p22

Nutritional Facts

1 danish equals 218 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 188 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"These are always a hit with the family! They do take some planning but they are so work it. Like someone else has mentioned, frozen sweet dough is a good way to cut out a few steps and not have to make this the day ahead!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"I rolled the dough out next morning, cut into squares and shaped when I put them on baking sheet. Tasted and looked great Probably took 45 min. off preparation time. Great flavor. Will make many more times [my method]. Thanks for the tip on sugar and rising."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"If your in a hurry you can use frozensweet dough. Thaw, roll out as directed and follow recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"I got rave reviews when I served this for Christmas breakfast and many requests for the recipe. They came out perfect!"

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"Second time's the charm! We also had big problems with the dough not rising while in the fridge overnight... here's how we did it:

Put a little sugar in the yeast/milk combo in the beginning to help the yeast wake up. We used fresh yeast the second time too for good measure. Secondly, leave the dough outside of the fridge in a draft-free spot (aka oven that's turned off) for like an hour before chilling it. This step gives the yeast time to set up before putting it back to sleep in the fridge. It rose considerably more that way by the time we took it out of the fridge next morning. Yielding fluffy, croissant-like danishes. :)
Also, notes for what we added to the dough to give it flavor: 1tsp or so almond extract (for half the recipe) and half a grated Tonka bean. The cream cheese filling recipe by nw1653 (see below) is fantastic! Good luck and enjoy!"

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