Easy Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish

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Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish

Crescent roll cream cheese Danish is a very easy way to get your cream cheese Danish fill, anytime, and in just a few minutes. We are so excited to share this recipe with you, as it is one of our favorites, and we hope you will like it too. 

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish close up on one

For detailed instructions and even a video that shows you how to make it, check out the below recipe card. 

Plus, we have several ideas for you on additional fruit toppings you can add to your Danish, and different kinds of shapes you can make your cream cheese Danish into. 

Cream Cheese Danish Recipe (with Crescent Roll Dough)

Making a cream cheese Danish does not have to be difficult. We are so excited to show you one of our favorite ways to make a cream cheese Danish using crescent rolls. This is a quick and very simple way that anyone can make and enjoy delicious cream cheese Danishes in a matter of minutes. 

A Simplified Way To Make Cheese Danishes

A very simplified yet delicious way to make cheese Danishes is to use a can of refrigerated crescent rolls. 

You can shape the crescent rolls into many different shapes, will go into this in detail below, but in order to make crescent roll cream cheese Danishes you only need a few ingredients, and a few minutes of hands-on time, followed by a few minutes of baking time in order to enjoy the tasty Danishes.

This is seriously one of our favorite go-to breakfasts when we want something fancy, but don’t have a whole lot of time to spend on it. This is the perfect recipe for you if you don’t want a lot of fuss or hassle but are still elegant and tasty! 

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

Now, let’s jump right into what ingredients you will need in order to make this delicious crescent roll cream cheese Danish recipe. 

We will also follow this up with tips and tricks, as well as answers to all of your common questions in regard to this recipe. 

We will also give you a few ideas on some filling ideas in different shapes you can make your crescent roll cream cheese Danishes into. 

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Easy Breakfast Cheese Danish Recipe With Crescent Rolls Dough

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Baking sheet

Mixing bowl

Hand mixer

Knife

Large measuring spoon

Measuring cups and spoons

Cooking spray 

Cookie scoop

Ingredients Needed (Full Recipe At The Bottom Of The Post)

A can of your favorite refrigerated crescent rolls

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz cream cheese

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 pinch salt

1/8 tsp lemon juice

Icing Ingredients:

½ cup powdered sugar

1 ½ Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla 

How to make Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish:

Step 1: How to Make the Crescent Dough Rounds

To begin making your cream cheese Danishes out of crescent rolls, open the can of crescent rolls leaving your rolls completely rolled up. Take a knife and cut your tube of crescent rolls into approximately eight slices. 

Make sure the slices are patted together so that they won’t unravel, then place them evenly spaced onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. 

Step 2: How to Make the Indentation

Once your crescent rolls are evenly spaced in round circles on your cookie sheet, take your large tablespoon measuring spoon and create a slight indent in the center of each role. This is where you will place your cream cheese filling. 

Step 3: Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling

Now, take a mixing bowl and add your cream cheese. Whisk your cream cheese with a hand mixer until it is soft and creamy. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla, eggs, a pinch of salt, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth and creamy. 

Step 4: How to Fill the Danish

If you have a cookie scoop, or muffins scoop these work great for Skippy in your cream cheese filling into the prepared dent in your cream cheese Danishes. However, if you do not have a cookie scoop, you can simply use a large spoon to scoop your cream cheese filling into the center well of your crescent rolls. 

Step 5: Baking Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°F. place your prepared crescent roll cream cheese Danish pan into the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the crescent rolls begin to turn a lovely golden brown color, and a toothpick that is inserted into the center of your cream cheese comes out clean. 

From the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. 

Icing Directions:

Step 6: Prepare the Powdered Sugar Glaze

After your crescent roll cream cheese Danish have had a chance to cool on the cookie sheet, you can remove them and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack, or on a clean dish towel. 

Once they are cool, prepare your powdered sugar glaze by mixing powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle on top of your cooled cream cheese Danishes, now you are ready to serve and enjoy! 

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish close up

Notes

You can choose to serve your crescent roll cream cheese Danish once they have cooled from the oven, or after they have been refrigerated. My personal preference is to enjoy them after they have completely chilled in the refrigerator, however, you may prefer them to be slightly warm. 

Tips For Making These Easy Danishes:

Make-Ahead. If you are like me and enjoy a cream cheese Danish that has had a chance to chill in the refrigerator, then I highly recommend that you make them ahead of time. 

Cream cheese Danishes are delicious in my opinion, when they are baked the evening before, and then refrigerated overnight in an airtight container. This allows them to chill in the flavors meld together and become much tastier. However, this is optional, and not a requirement for this recipe.

Leftover Cheese Danish. How should I store leftover cream cheese Danishes? For this recipe, we highly recommend that you store any leftover cream cheese Danishes in the refrigerator. You will find that they will have the best flavor and keep the best when stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. 

You can also choose to store leftover cream cheese Danishes in the freezer; however, it may slightly change the texture of the cream cheese once frozen.

Can I freeze these cream cheese Danishes? Although cream cheese Danishes may be frozen, we do not recommend it. When cream cheese is frozen, it tends to change in texture and not be as good once thawed. We recommend that you store leftover crescent roll cream cheese Danish in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days, then discard anything remaining. 

Can I use Puffed Pastry? Yes, you can use puff pastry instead of canned crescent rolls if you wish for this recipe. You can prepare them in a similar manner, or you can simply mayor the puff pastry with cream cheese filling in the center. Either way is delicious. 

Cream Cheese Danish Made With Crescent Rolls

Cream cheese Danish treats made with crescent rolls are easy to make, and they taste fabulous. This recipe is a great make-ahead dish, or a simple way to make a tasty breakfast the morning of. It all depends on if you prefer your crescent rolls cream cheese Danish chilled, or slightly warm. Now, let’s transition to some variations of this recipe as far as additional fruit flavors you can add to the top, or other shapes you can make your Danish into. 

What Variations Can I Make To This Cream Cheese Danish Recipe?

There are many variations you can make it to this cream cheese Danish recipe. You can simply add some canned pie filling to the top to add a delicious fruit topping as well, or you can change the shape of the Danish. Below we will look at each of these in detail. 

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish on a plate

Variations

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Crescent Danish

A very tasty and delicious way you can liven things up with your cream cheese Danish rolls is to add a fruit topping. When you take a can of raspberry pie filling and add a scoop on top of your cream cheese Danishes it livens it up with a delicious raspberry flavor. You can add a scoop of raspberry pie filling before you cook your cream cheese Danish. You can also choose to make your own raspberry pie filling from scratch if desired.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Crescent Rolls

Adding blueberry pie filling to your cream cheese Danish crescent rolls is another way you can mix up the flavors if desired. A quick and easy way to do this is to pick up a can of blueberry pie filling from your local grocery store. Then simply add a scoop on top of each crescent roll before baking. 

If desired you may choose to make your own blueberry pie filling from scratch, or take some fresh blueberries and sprinkle them with a little bit of sugar and a dash of lemon juice. Then scoop the blueberries on top of your crescent rolls then big according to the instructions above. 

Cherry and Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Ring

Adding cherry pie filling to your crescent rolls cream cheese Danish is another delicious way to add fruit. You can simply pop open a can of cherry pie filling and add a scoop to the center of each cream cheese Danish on top of your cream cheese filling. 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish

You may also enjoy topping your crescent roll cream cheese Danish with fresh sliced strawberries, or strawberry pie filling. 

An easy way is to buy a can of strawberry pie filling from your local grocery store. You may also choose to use fresh strawberries cut them into small pieces, and sprinkle them with a little sugar and a bit of lemon juice. 

Scoop the strawberry mixture on top of your raw Cream cheese Danish filling. Bake according to the instructions in the recipe card. 

Cream Cheese Danish Shape Variations

Cream Cheese Squares

You can use the above recipe and make a cream cheese Danish square using an 8 x 8 pan. To do this, take half of your crescent rolls, and lined an 8 x 8 cake pan with them. Pinch together any perforated marks. 

Next, take your cream cheese filling and spread it evenly on top of your first layer of crescent rolls. Thake your remaining half of the crescent rolls on top of the cream cheese filling mixture, and if desired brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cream cheese filling comes out clean. Allow for your Danish to cool, and then add your drizzle of icing on top. Serve hot or chilled. 

Danish Ring

Another way you could mix things up with the shape of your cream cheese Danish is to make it into a ring. You can do this by folding your crescent roll dough over your filling, then slicing halfway through your loaf, then shaping it into a ring. Or you can prepare as above, then bake your crescent rolls arranged in a circle.

Cream Cheese Danish Braid

Another gorgeous where you can prepare your Crescent roll cream cheese Danish is to roll out your crescent rolls, then add a line of filling down the center. 

Take each side and cut approximately 1 inch across with a pizza cutter until you reach the filling. Then fold each side towards the center, alternating sides. This will make your Danish look like it is made in a braided loaf. 

Cream Cheese Danish Christmas Tree

Finally, if you want to make your crescent rolls cream cheese Danish for Christmas, you can arrange your circle Danishes in tree form. To do this create a pyramid, then place one ring at the bottom for the truck. This makes a fun and festive breakfast for your holiday celebrations. 

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish cover

FAQs

Can Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! One of our favorite ways to make crescent roll cream cheese Danish ahead of time is by baking it the night before, then placing each Danish into an airtight container, or sealing them in a plastic bag and then refrigerating them overnight. This allows them to chill, and in our opinion even better the next morning. 

What are some good fillings for a Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Ring?

You can use any kind of fruit filling on top of your cream cheese Danish crescent rolls. Some of our favorites include blueberry pie filling, raspberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, strawberry pie filling, and apple pie filling. 

Do danishes need to be refrigerated?

We strongly recommend that you refrigerate any leftover crescent roll cream cheese Danish. To do this place in an airtight container, then refrigerate for up to four days. 

Can cream cheese danish be frozen?

Although cream cheese Danish can be frozen, we do not recommend freezing them. Once the cream cheese is frozen the texture changes when it is thawed, making it not quite as good as it was originally. 

What shapes can these danishes be made into?

These Danishes can be made into many shapes. The two easiest are making them into circles or layering your crescent roll cream cheese Danish with one layer beneath, cream cheese filling, and one crescent roll layer on top. Then you can cut them into squares. You can also make your crescent roll cream cheese Danish and crescent rolls shape, in a coffee ring shape, or even a Christmas tree shape. 

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish

Crescent rolls cream cheese Danish is a very easy and tasty breakfast, brunch, or even dessert recipe. You only need a few ingredients, in a couple of minutes of time to prepare them, then simply bake and enjoy.

This is one recipe you can’t go wrong with! If you love cream cheese, you just might have a new favorite with this recipe. 

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