Puff Pastry Cream Cheese Danishes

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An easy, but elegant, brunch idea. Puff Pastry Cream Cheese Danishes are delicate, pretty, and tasty.

These danishes can be made in any flavor you like. I did chocolate chip, raspberry, and blueberry. Use whatever filling sounds good to you!

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Danish recipe made from Puff pastry.anishes made from puff pastry. Try any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

While these danishes may not be exactly the same as their very labor-intensive traditional counterparts, but they are a pretty good make-at-home substitute when craving an elegant breakfast.

Puff Pastry Danishes

I got together with friends a few a few weeks ago for brunch and we all brought food to share. There is always way more food than we could eat, but everyone loves to bring something.

I made these little Puff Pastry Danishes because I had been wanting to make something with puff pastry. It’s so easy to work with and it’s always fun to see it magically puff up in the oven.

And if you’re wondering, no I don’t make my own puff pastry. The frozen stuff is just too convenient.

It might be a fun skill to master some day in the future, but for now, I’m all about the ready-made pastry option.

Easy Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert. Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. Try any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

Cream Cheese Puff Pastry

Here’s a little step-by-step photo tutorial showing how easy it is to make these Puff Pasty Danishes.

Simply cut the pastry into squares, spread with cream cheese and filling, bake, and drizzle with glaze.

Easy Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert. Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. Try anh flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

These are best enjoyed the same day they are made, otherwise, they start to get a bit stale, so keep that in mind when making them.

I prep all the filling ingredients before and then just assemble and bake them the day you want them.

Don’t get me wrong, these are still good the next day, they just don’t have the same crispness after the first day.

Easy Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert. Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. Try anh flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

If you make them, let me know what filling you tried! Chocolate chip was my kids’ favorite because they really do love everything chocolate, but raspberry was my own favorite.

For the blueberry ones, I tried to use some homemade blueberry pie filling, but it was a tad too runny. I recommend sticking with jam or jelly for the filling.

Apricots are awesome in fruit desserts too, so I’m thinking I would like to try an apricot version next.

Easy Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert. Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. Try any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

Puff Pastry Danish Recipe

  1. Prepare the filling. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in the egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla until combined. Set aside. You will have a bit of filling left over, you can decide what to do with it or only make 2/3 of a batch if math is your thing.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll each puff pastry sheet into a 12 x 12 inch square. Cut each into 9 pieces. Prick with a fork several times in the center. Beat the egg white and water together and brush onto each puff pastry square.
  3. Place a scant tablespoon of cream cheese filling onto each square and then a teaspoon of your choice of jam, jelly or chocolate chips.
  4. Bake at 400 F for 15-18 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  5. Make the glaze by beating the powdered sugar with enough milk until smooth. Drizzle on cooled Danishes. Best served the same day. Or store tightly covered for up to several days.
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Danish recipe made from Puff pastry.anishes made from puff pastry. Try any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

Puff Pastry Cream Cheese Danishes

4.84 from 12 votes
Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. You can make them any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry. It’s a quick and easy dessert recipe for brunch.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 danishes

Ingredients 

For the filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

For the Danishes

  • 2 puff pastry sheets slightly thawed
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Several tablespoons of Jam Jelly or chocolate chips

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Prepare the filling. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in the egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla until combined. Set aside. You will have a bit of filling left over, you can decide what to do with it or only make 2/3 of a batch if math is your thing.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll each puff pastry sheet into a 12 x 12 inch square. Cut each into 9 pieces. Prick with a fork several times in the center. Beat the egg white and water together and brush onto each puff pastry square.
  • Place a scant tablespoon of cream cheese filling onto each square and then a teaspoon of your choice of jam, jelly or chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 400 F for 15-18 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  • Make the glaze by beating the powdered sugar with enough milk until smooth. Drizzle on cooled Danishes. Best served the same day. Or store tightly covered for up to several days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pastry · Calories: 119kcal · Carbohydrates: 14g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 53mg · Sugar: 12g
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{originally published 7/2/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/6/21}

Looking for some more other delicious ways to use Puff Pastry?

Try a Lemon Raspberry Tart from Amira’s Pantry or a Buttery Almond Pastry Braid from Willow Bird Baking.

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Easy Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Dessert. Try these easy danishes made from puff pastry. Try any flavor you want, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry or any fruit you want. Quick and easy Brunch Dessert.

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  1. shelby says

    I love anything made with puff pastry, It adds such a buttery deliciousness to anything its made with. These pastries are a hit with me and I love their individual portioned sizes!

  2. Margaret Harasym says

    4 stars
    I docked the middle of each square and each one still puffed up (along with the cream cheese) and the jam all fell off…delicious, but not as pretty.

  3. Jala says

    Hiya thanks for the fillings but just so you know. Puff Pastry is the easiest dough to make. All the “keep it coldl scare is nonsense. Mix it, flatten butter, wrap and roll. Cool room. Don’t worry about all the fridge time. Truly easy as white bread.
    Bissous

  4. Debra Theriot says

    5 stars
    I used homemade blueberry and strawberry jam. WOW.
    Followed directions and these were delish! I will be making some for 4th of July morning.

  5. Judith Alexander says

    I am 67 and I just learned to make puff pastry so you could be right about the timing thing. I just wanted to tell you it’s not very hard but it is time consuming and it will give you muscles in your arms and back. I’m going to give you the link here if I can make it work for a guy who I learn to make it from and he just has the simplest easiest method. I haven’t made these yet but I’m going to get the ingredients today. I do have quite a large piece of puff pastry that I finish making yesterday In the refrigerator so I’ll be making a ground beef and cheese roll tonight with it and also these danishes I think. I do love a good cheese danish so I’ll let you know how they turn out. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Jean says

    5 stars
    These are so “bakery shop” looking, so easy and oh so good! My son said he’d rather have these than kolackys I make and they used to be a favorite in the house. I used apricot, raspberry and cherry cans of Solo filling.

  7. Maddi V says

    5 stars
    Truly a wonderful recipe. And very simple too! For a novice like me it was really easy. A quick question though: has anyone figured out what to do with the leftover cream cheese filling, because I’m not quite sure what to do with it?

    • Mary says

      I’m glad you like the danishes, Maddi. I typically use all of the cream cheese filling, but it would be delicious on pancakes or waffles, on muffins, pretty much any way you think it might be tasty!

  8. Elaine says

    5 stars
    These were the absolute best and easiest recipe. Only 2 were left for the next day and I agree they are better on the day made. I used strawberry preserves for the top and tried just to use the fruit and they were terrific without the icing. Thanks for sharing what will become a family favorite!

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