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So-Easy Cheese Danish Recipe

A brunch menu just isn't the same without this tender, flaky Danish. The warm cream cheese center is a delightful surprise. Convenient refrigerated crescent roll dough means I can make it in a snap.—Cathleen Bushman, Geneva, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat on low speed until blended.
  • 2. Unroll one tube of crescent roll dough into one long rectangle; seal seams and perforations. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread with cream cheese mixture. On a lightly floured surface, press or roll out remaining dough into a 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Place over filling; brush with egg white.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, pecans and cinnamon; sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack; serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 335 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 331 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.