Puff Pastry Danishes Recipe

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Even though they're simple, these jam-filled danishes are right at home in a holiday brunch spread. They were my dad's favorite, so the recipe will always be close to my heart. —Chellie Helmke, Jackson Center, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks, divided
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam or jam of choice
  • 1 tablespoon water

Nutritional Facts

1 pastry: 197 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Beat first four ingredients until smooth; beat in 1 egg yolk.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold one sheet of puff pastry; roll into a 12-inch square. Cut into nine 4-in. squares; transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top each with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture and 1 rounded teaspoon jam. Bring two opposite corners of pastry over filling; pinch together firmly to seal. Mix water and remaining egg yolk; brush over pastry. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Bake until golden brown, 14-16 minutes. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen
Originally published as Puff Pastry Danishes in 2017

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Lynne User ID: 9148984 267507
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"These are as tasty as they are easy! I used apricot preserves because I had them on hand. I bought the preserves for a different recipe but now can't remember what it was- lol. The results got rave reviews from the family, and soon I will be sharing these with my book club. Perfect as written! 2 thumbs up!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 267505
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"I made these danishes today and they are easy to prepare as well as delicious.. I used Splenda and sugar free apricot jam and you couldn't tell. Some of them puffed open in the oven so be sure to pinch the dough together well before baking. You can't eat just one.

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erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 267486
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"This recipe is wonderful! quick, and so tasty! Sure to impress at a brunch! We used some strawberry preserves in half and half just cheese. My family gobbled them up! On the ones we did with just cheese, I sprinkled a little turbinado sugar before baking! Gave it a nice appearance and texture!"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 267462
Reviewed May. 29, 2017

"I love working with puff pastry so I had to try this one. easy, peasy delicious . Will make this again."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 266002
Reviewed May. 16, 2017

"I used lemon curd, and raspberry jam. I made a powdered sugar glaze and drizzled it on with a fork. They are disappearing very, very quickly."

tkuehl User ID: 931784 265996
Reviewed May. 15, 2017

"This was my first experience using puff pastry, and I liked it. I used a citrus marmalade, just to be different in lieu of the preserves, and the flavor was wonderful. I liked the portion size too, not so huge that you feel guilty after. I dusted mine with powdered sugar and took them to work to share at break time. I received thumbs up and an empty platter after break. I will make these again, and love the suggestions for all the different flavors to try below. This would be an easy recipe for young bakers just starting out to wow their guests. I thought about making a powdered sugar drizzle, but opted to dust them instead and glad I did; the drizzle would have made them really messy."

darlyn29 User ID: 3115063 265858
Reviewed May. 11, 2017

"Great easy recipe! I made two batches, one with mixed berry preserves and one with strawberry jalepeno jam (I'm in Texas, it's what you do. ;) ) Both came out very crispy and tasty. I followed the directions exactly and they came out great right at 14 minutes."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 265670
Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"What a fantastic recipe! I used my homemade strawberry jam and added a powdered sugar glaze...YUM! I can't wait to make them again and try them with other flavors of jam."

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 265475
Reviewed May. 3, 2017

"WOW ! This is a winner, my husband loved how flaky they were, and I loved how they tasted and how very simple they were. I used Raspberry Preserves ( Sugar Free) and the cheese, then topped it with a simple almond drizzle ( 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 T cream, 1/2 t almond extract. It was the perfect touch.

Next time I make these I want to use various kinds of preserves, even apple butter in the fall. And adding some toasted pecans would dress it up a little.
I love puff pastry anyway and this was a great way to use it."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 265329
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"Love this recipe - just made a half because I had 1 sheet of puff pastry - and they were delicious. I did sprinkle some raw sugar on the top after the egg wash they look amazing and are so light and fluffy. Will make them again with different jams."

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