Cream Cheese Crescent Danish

Making your own danishes as home has just gotten easier! This Cream Cheese Crescent Danish recipe uses pre-made crescent roll dough to make delicious and easy cream cheese danishes!

If you love easy breakfast recipes like this one, try my Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches and my Sheet Pan Pancakes!

Cream cheese crescent danishes on a white plate.

Cream Cheese Crescent Danishes

Danishes seem like something super fancy to make, but these cream cheese crescent danishes are made easy with a pre-made crescent roll dough! Topped with a delicious cream cheese filling and your favorite fruity preserves, these cream cheese danishes are the perfect breakfast to make on any occasion!

Ingredients

  • Crescent Roll Dough: You will need pre-made crescent roll dough for this recipe. You don’t have to make your own dough, which makes this so easy!
  • Cream Cheese: Mixing cream cheese with a few other ingredients makes for a delicious sweet and savory topping.
  • Vanilla: Is added for flavor. You could also add in almond extract.
  • Lemon Zest: Lemon zest adds flavor and adds a tangy bite to the cream cheese topping!
  • Fruit Preserves: You can choose your favorite fruit preserves like apricot, cherry, blueberry, or strawberry.
  • For the Glaze: Powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract.

Cream cheese crescent danish with spoon drizzling glaze on the top.

How to Make Cream Cheese Crescent Danishes

  • Preheat and prep topping: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest to a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Fingers pinching the seams together on crescent roll dough.

  • Prep the dough: Roll out the crescent roll dough. Pinch the seams together with your fingers.
  • Cut the dough: Starting at the shorter end, cut into 6 strips.

Crescent roll dough being cut into strips.

  • Assemble the danishes: Twist each strip so it looks like a rope, then form it into a circle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

Hand forming the crescent roll dough into a danish form.

  • Create a dent: Make an indent with your finger in each crescent roll.

Finger making an indent into the raw crescent roll dough.

  • Fill: Fill each crescent roll with the cream cheese topping and your favorite fruit preserves.

Crescent roll dough formed into circular danishes on a baking sheet.

  • Bake: Bake the cream cheese danishes for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the danishes to cool before drizzling with glaze.

Danishes before they are baked with cream cheese and preserves on top.

  • For the glaze: Combine powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Then, glaze the danishes once they are cooled for added sweetness!

Baked danishes on a baking sheet with parchment paper underneath.

Tips for Success

  • Allow time to cool before eating. The cream cheese center needs some time to set before you dig into these cream cheese crescent danishes!
  • Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature before using it. This will cream a smoother, more consistent mixture.
  • For added fruity flavors, add fresh berries like blueberries or raspberries to the cream cheese filling!
  • Make chocolate chip cream cheese danishes by putting mini chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture!

Cream cheese mixture in a white bowl with a silver fork.

Storing, Freezing and Reheating Instructions

  • To store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • To freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. When you are ready to eat the danishes, let them thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • To reheat: From frozen, reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn!

Danishes stacked on a white plate with one that has a bite taken out of it.

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Cream Cheese Crescent Danish

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Making your own danishes as home has just gotten easier! This Cream Cheese Crescent Danish recipe uses pre-made crescent roll dough to make delicious and easy cream cheese danishes!

Ingredients

  • 1 can crescent roll dough
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • preserves for topping, apricot, cherry, blueberry

Glaze

  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Instructions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Add cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Roll out crescent roll dough. Pinch seams together with your fingers.
  • Starting at the shorter end cut into 6 strips.
  • Twist each strip so it looks like a rope then form it into a circle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Make an indent in the center or each crescent roll.
  • Fill with cream cheese filling and top with your favorite preserves.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
    Allow the danishes to cool before drizzling with glaze.

Glaze

  • Combine ingredients in small bowl and whisk until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Crescent Danish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 356mg15%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 0.03g0%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brunch, Cream Cheese Danish

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