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Overnight Cherry Danish Recipe

Overnight Cherry Danish Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

appliancegirl User ID: 1046097 215588
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"NOTE: when you use the print feature. The directions leaves off the SUGAR and SALT for addition. I went back to the computer to see where they needed to be added. DO not leave out the 2 tsp of Salt and 1/3 cup of sugar. Just a heads up. GREAT recipe. easy to assemble. Be sure to read the instructions on the screen and then if you print it off, compare closely."

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 145836
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

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

Ceege User ID: 730520 211427
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."

mnelson414 User ID: 1976015 174664
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!"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 119659
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!"

Di0823 User ID: 7652312 189026
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"

Becot User ID: 7633301 105431
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I have these rising (formed) right now so really don't have a rating. I thought the recipe was confusing. My dough didn't seem to rise at all in fridge but I used it anyhow (had to let it sit out an Hoyt to soften enough to roll -there was nothing to punch down. Hadn't risen. Anyhow I'm curious as to the ring you shape. Does that fill in as it rises after forming? Otherwise won't the pie filling just fall through? A bit more clarity (or pictures) would help."

nastynova User ID: 5265189 119658
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"These were wonderful, can use different type fillings also"

OhB0B User ID: 7603483 211426
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Haven't made this yet... but the recipe doesn't make sense. Refrigerate the dough? Will it really rise in the refrigerator? Or do you have to take it out and allow it to rise?"

KACCVT User ID: 822427 186366
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"easy and delicious!"

Serenity01 User ID: 6762162 117242
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"easy to make and quite tasty."

Ree57 User ID: 7146367 189008
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"This was an amazing little treat. They were perfect for my husbands lunch box. I put a drop of almond extract in the frosting recipe to really bring out the taste of the cherry filling."

queenofchaos02 User ID: 7335929 145835
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"these danishes are wonderful, I really don't understand what the complaints were about. Flaky, soft, richand easy to make (even cutting in strips then biggie!) After making dough , only takes about an hour to do the rest! Wonderful recipe Leann. Only thing I changed was added a little extra vanilla to the icing (makes it like a cherry/vanilla Danish) I made these in blueberry too! awesome!"

cmdeutsch6 User ID: 6413153 103135
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"Very tender and the dough is not overly sweet. Made the dough late on a Thursday and it held in refrigerator until Saturday morning. It has been added as a new birthday tradition for my grand daughter."

Laura2021 User ID: 7061267 187840
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"I too cut this recipe in half and they turned out very delicious. I wanted to thank you very much for sharing the recipe itself and the cream cheese addition."

Engeland User ID: 6576461 109532
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"EXCELLENT. Wouldn't change a thing. I used blueberry perserves for the filling because I didn't have cherry filling on hand. Will do AGAIN!!!!!!"

914934 User ID: 728035 185990
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Well, I must be the one person that did something wrong in the recipe. They didn't turn out like the recipe said or like anyone else says. I have gone back over the recipe over and over and can't figure out what I missed. :("

heatherwright User ID: 4038010 189326
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"These are so tasty. I'm not a big cherry fan so we did softened cream cheese with a dollop of peach or strawberry jam in the center. Both flavors were awesome. The dough itself is so easy to work with and delicious too."

maryvandorin User ID: 1430948 109530
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Everyone that likes cherries loves these. I cut the recipe in 1/2 so I could make the dough in the bread machine. It makes the recipe so easy."

strawberrykiwi User ID: 3616239 186362
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Great recipe! These came out just beautifully for me. I followed the recipe exactly and it was a hit. They looked lovely and tasted even better!"

knslonger User ID: 1275844 170802
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011


nw1653 User ID: 4806098 103134
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I loved this recipe. Have been looking for something like this for years! I did add 8 oz. of cream cheese softened, and 3/4 c. of powdered sugar creamed together and put this in the hole before adding the cherries. It was great."

nw1653 User ID: 4806098 189325
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I loved this recipe. Have been looking for something like this for years! I did add 8 oz. of cream cheese softened, and 3/4 c. of powdered sugar creamed together and put this in the hole before adding the cherries. It was great."

PuritySister1 User ID: 3051440 109528
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Make it easier on yourself by dividing dough into little balls. Roll out a bit to flatten them, and then make an indentation in the middle and add your cherry, apple, lemon or whatever filling. bake as directed. Saves all that messing around with rectangles, strips, twisting, etc. Too prissy for me."

amsmomhampton User ID: 4920332 185987
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"These were a huge hit at church coffee this morning. I added an extra can of dark sweet cherries to the pie filling."

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 186354
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"These are really good. I made half a recipe, and used lemon pie filling (one of the people in my office doesn't like cherry). The only issue I had was the dough was very stiff the next morning when I took it out of the refrigerator. I let it sit for about 20 minutes before I rolled it out and it worked fine. It also took longer to rise, but that may have been due to the coolness of the house (I had something in the oven, so couldn't use that). Anyway, these turned out great, and even the next day when I sprinkled with water and heated in the microwave, they tasted fresh. Will definitely make these again!"

btonto User ID: 5797642 187839
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Made these for Christmas morning. The entire family loved them. I made apple and peach fillings also in addition to the bought cherry pie filling. All 3 flavors were good."

Patricia10 User ID: 3097361 189322
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"These were beautiful to look at, but really were a lot of work in my estimation. I must have done something wrong because my effort did not produce the product described by others. There was little or no flavor in the finished danish and the glaze didn't add any. I would put in a little almond flavor in both the dough and the frosting if I ever made them again, but probably won't."

bettyrauck User ID: 1961564 117241
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"These looked so good. As I had never made Danish before and was anxious to try them, I

made them today following the recipe, refrigerated the dough overnight but they didn't rise for me so thought maybe I should have let the dough rise before refrigerating.
What do you think? Why didn't they rise for me? Any ideas?"

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 185985
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"So good, and beautiful to look at too! Great recipe although I didnt make them the night before and they turned out awesome."

nastynova User ID: 5265189 109527
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"This recipe might be a little time consuming but it is well worth it in the end. Mine made 36. Good for those breakfast parties."

10spike10 User ID: 5725061 105429
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"I've been searching for a good Danish like the one's I got as a kid at Leonard's Bakery in Mendota, IL.....I made these and they're pretty close. Next batch will be better!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 117239
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"These were excellent but they certainly were a lot of work!"

opie9696 User ID: 5480755 103133
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"The danishes were not hard to make and the family loved them. I made them in apple, cherry and lemon. Very good."

zzmz83 User ID: 4245851 188881
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"I made these for the first time and loved them! Will make them often. They are truly light and tasty. They taste like a sweet roll should."

cburpee User ID: 2938116 187836
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"My son made these for family and friends. They turned out delicious tasting and looked so appealing. Everyone raved about them and wanted the recipe. He will be making these again soon. Thank you for a great Christmas or anytime treat."

Hinz User ID: 4965878 170801
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"What kind of dough did you use that was so easy?"

rgorskie User ID: 272068 109526
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"What kind of refrigerated dough did you use?"

kiva User ID: 3268508 105423
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I was so glad to see this recipe today in my e-mails! I have this recipe from before and have made it many times with different fillings and it is the easiest and most delicious quick sweet roll and everyone loves them. They also freeze well as I always make the 3 dozen recipe."

Gardengirl89 User ID: 5641343 109525
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them... The will be a necessity at my house from now on."

Rhyahcf User ID: 1621953 117238
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"I saw these the day I needed something quick to add to our Christmas treat tray. I used refrigerated dough and used cherry and blueberry filling. These were really good and easy, especially if you don't worry about making your own dough. This year I plan on trying the pastry recipe, but will probably use refrigerated dough for our Christmas treats since it's easier."

kiva User ID: 3268508 174662
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"This is the BEST sweet roll I have ever made, and they keep so well in the freezer. Thanks for a GREAT RECIPE!!"

Marlia User ID: 41021 187832
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2010

"Delicious. Have made several times. The dough is different and is supposed to be sticky. Be sure not to add too much flour."

kristinscotth User ID: 2609242 169257
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"I thought these were very yummy. The dough didn't really rise for me while it sat overnight in the fridge. Also, it took longer than 45 minutes for them to rise once they were shaped. The dough was just too cold I guess. I'm not a fan of store-bought pie fillings, so instead I did a cream cheese filling. I softened some cream cheese and added orange marmalade or raspberry preserves to it. I worried that the cream cheese filling might flow all over the place in the oven, but it didn't, as long as the ends of the danish held together. Very good."

SusanMcIntire User ID: 3593190 169256
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"Made this recipe for Easter and it was a big hit. Be sure not to mix the dough too much, it's suppose to be a stickier dough. At first I thought it should it be kneaded, so I mixed it a little longer than the recipe called for and so I think they didn't turn out as flaky as they should be. They still turned out wonderful and the presentation was great. Everyone was impressed! One suggestion, I also used a cream cheese filling instead of the cherry filling and that was even a bigger hit! This is a good dough recipe for any filling! Definitely will make again and again!"

neastlake User ID: 3415510 117237
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"This is the best pastry recipe I have ever made. Everyone who tasted them wanted a recipe."

annejustice User ID: 3351660 174616
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"My family loved these little pastries. I definitely will be making them again. I plan to experiment with other pie fillings the next time."

jbillitti User ID: 2839492 186343
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Made them without the filling but did put a light glaze - delicious. They are definitely "melt in your mouth"."

LATurner User ID: 1263886 145834
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"Since this makes so many, I waited until we had company on New Year's Day to make it. The only question I had was how thick to roll the dough, but my estimate worked OK and they were so good! I also had to cook mine for 20 minutes, but it's pretty easy to tell when they're done. Make sure you pinch the edges together good or they may come undone when they rise! My relatives say they're spoiled for any other danish now. :) Oh, I also added cream cheese to the icing. NOM!"

shastar User ID: 4712479 170800
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"I mixed up the dough the day before Christmas Eve, baked them on Christmas Eve, put them in the fridge and heated them up Christmas morning and drizzled with the icing. These, along with some frozen sausage balls, were a big hit with the grandparents as they stopped in to see my daughter open presents. I made some cherry and some blueberry, both were very good."

Trease User ID: 3374699 145833
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Such a delight. No left overs on these."

allison22_23 User ID: 1889782 170799
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"Very festive! They actually taste the best after they've been sitting for a few hours. Delicious."

KaleandKameron User ID: 3398460 117235
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Rolls looked delicious, but had little flavor in the dough."

Bettie Jones User ID: 4675900 109513
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Excellent. Made some cherry and apple. Family loves it. easy to make. Will definately do again."

dmatio User ID: 4699126 186338
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"The reciepe takes alot of time but well worth it. My family loved them!"

guilbault User ID: 4650328 188880
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"This recpe was easy to make a definate hit with my family.I also made some into turnovers.These are great to pack in luches. I look forward to making them again and trying different flavors of pie filling."

booko1 User ID: 62805 128186
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"Excellent recipe. I didn't have half-and-half, so I used evaporated milk instead. I liked that I could mix them up at night, then bake them in the morning. Everyone raved about them. Next time I'll try blueberry pie filling."

jlsmith5 User ID: 4096226 170796
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"My grandmother always used to make these danish for Christmas, they never lasted long enough, they absoulutely melt in your mouth....thought I had lost my opportunity to get the recipe when my gram passed on, thank you Taste of Home for finding and printing this recipe. I will definately be making these soon!"

jjr1947 User ID: 3425002 211425
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Can I substitute the half & half cream with milk??"

Kml9876 User ID: 1575811 170794
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"These did require a bit of work but were amazing. They tasted like a danish you would buy at a bakery."

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