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Easy cheese danish on a white plate
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4.77 from 17 votes

Easy Cheese Danish

One of my favorite breakfast foods are danishes. I have liked them ever since I was a kid. I would have a danish over a donut any day. These homemade cheese danishes are so easy to make and super yummy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Austrian, Danish, French
Keyword: cream cheese, flaky, puff pastry, sweet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • pizza roller or knife
  • Basting brush
  • spoon
  • Bowls
  • Fork
  • Spatula
  • sheet pan
  • parchment paper or a silicone mat
  • Hand mixer


  • 8 oz of softened room temp cream cheese 226g
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1ml
  • 1 tsp. of citrus juice orange, lemon, lime (5ml)
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. white granulated sugar 25 to 50g
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 puff pastry sheets I get the pepperidge farms brand
  • flour for dusting work surface
  • Cinnamon and sugar mix for dusting or plain white granulated sugar

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp water 10ml


  • Remove the frozen puff pastry from the freezer 30 minutes before use, to thaw it out.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C.
  • Create the cream cheese filling. In a bowl add the softened room temp cream cheese, vanilla extract, orange juice, sugar, and egg yolk and cream them together with a mixer until smooth.
  • In a small bowl add an egg and the water and whisk with a fork to create the egg wash.
  • Take a sheet of puff pastry and set it on a floured surface. Cut it into 4 squares with a knife or pizza roller. Add egg wash to each of the corners and then fold the corners over creating an octagon shape.
  • Add a few tablespoons of cream cheese filling to the middle. Then baste the edges of the pastry with egg wash. Sprinkle sugar or a cinnamon and sugar mix over the edges.
  • Place the danishes onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before serving. You can also add fruit or jelly/jam if you want.


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