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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 Nov. 27, 2014

"It doesn't rise until the next day... these were delicious"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Can these be frozen and still have same results? I would love to make these for a brunch, but will not have time to do it all (shape, etc) in the morning. Thanks for any advice and suggestions."

Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"These are so yummy! I loved these. They were so delicious that I don't dare make them because I will be the one eating all of them!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"These sweet rolls are outstanding! Having 1 cup of butter in this recipe does make for a heavier dough (which doesn't rise nearly as much as a typical yeast dough), but the danish bake up very light and practically melt in your mouth! The recipe was easy to follow and I will definitely make them again!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014 Edited Feb. 5, 2014

"I'm going to make these tomorrow, I don't get the fact that people don't understand the recipe. It clearly states refrigerate overnight then take out and let it rise in a warm place. I will give my review after I make them. Okay, I just finished icing the last one. The dough was very easy to make and came together easily. When I took the refrigerated dough out, like others, there was nothing to punch down. I expected that since dough needs a warm place to rise. I rolled out and formed the Danish according to directions, braiding it very close. After an hour of being covered in a warm place, the Danish rose some but not a lot. I put a pineapple filling on them and baked until lightly brown. When cooled, I iced them. They are absolutely delicious. Just as good as the ones made by laminating with butter only so much easier to make. Leann, thank you so much for the recipe"

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