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 large 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: 218 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g 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

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 258340
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016 Edited Dec. 25, 2016

"I want to thank Leanne S for posting this great sounding recipe.

I'm giving this 3 stars only because there are already issues. hope the end result is super
the idea, ingredients and looks of this recipe caught my eye and attention. I'm an experienced baker so the work involved didn't faze me and used my KitchenAid. first problem was my yeast didn't dissolve in my warm milk. yeast is new and milk warmed and checked by thermometer. second problem was my dough did not form a 'soft anything' as stated in recipe. so I scraped it out of KA bowl, halved it and set in 2 zipper 'sprayed' bags to rise. placed inside the oven as I know dough will rise in frig but no draft or coolness in oven, better conclusion for me. today I'll buy the can of cherry pie filling and finish recipe tomorrow. my fingers are crossed."

TH420 User ID: 8822024 246405
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Have made this recipe several times and have always had great results. Making it again today to donate to a benefit. Not sure why some people are having trouble, I follow this recipe to the letter each time with no problem. I would recommend making sure that you activated the yeast. As with any yeast recipe, it will start rising as it warms up (if you have refrigerated it) and will continue to rise as it should during the 45 minutes between shaping them and putting them into your oven. Thank you so much for the recipe."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 242796
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!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 240920
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."

chefagogo User ID: 3761774 239322
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

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

Linda_from_NH User ID: 993489 239312
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!"

italianrose987 User ID: 8426559 228506
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!"

sweetbabysam User ID: 2895267 224896
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"cherylwhit? When making in your bread maker, did you still have to refrigerate overnight?"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 222418
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"so easy to make, and as stated melt in your mouth, the bun is so tender. also as stated they freeze really well. i made too large a ring, so the hole in the middle could not hold fruit filling."

cherylwhit User ID: 8269571 221216
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"I just made these.. They turned out wonderful! I looked at lots of other recipes for a danish, then I found this one. Not a lot of work(made dough in my bread maker), and they look like something from a bakery! This is my favorite recipe for danishes now. I didn't have any cherries for my filling, but using another's idea for making my own filling using the apples I had here at home. Just an easy, pro recipe I think!! Will use this one from now on!! Thank you so much."

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