Crescent Cheese Danishes

Crescent Cheese Danishes: A Sweet and Flaky Breakfast Treat

Crescent Cheese Danishes are a delightful breakfast pastry that marries the buttery, flaky goodness of crescent rolls with a rich and creamy cheese filling. These mini danishes are not only easy to make but also a surefire way to start your day with a touch of sweetness. Whether you’re serving them at a brunch gathering or simply enjoying a cozy morning at home, join us as we explore the recipe for Crescent Cheese Danishes that will make your taste buds sing.


For the Crescent Cheese Danishes:

  • 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • Fruit preserves or jam of your choice (e.g., raspberry, apricot, or strawberry)

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prepare the Crescent Cheese Danishes:

  1. Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on the crescent roll package (usually 375°F or 190°C).
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough onto a clean surface. You’ll typically find the dough divided into triangles.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk, and lemon zest (if using). Mix until the filling is smooth and well combined.
  4. Take each crescent roll triangle and place a spoonful of the cream cheese filling in the center.
  5. If desired, add a small dollop of fruit preserves or jam on top of the cream cheese filling.
  6. Fold the corners of the crescent roll triangle over the filling, creating a little bundle or pocket. Pinch the edges to seal.
  7. Place the filled crescent roll pockets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between each.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for the time specified on the crescent roll package, or until the danishes are golden brown and puffed.

Prepare the Glaze: 9. While the danishes are baking, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth and drizzleable consistency. Adjust the milk or sugar as needed.

Glaze and Serve: 10. Once the Crescent Cheese Danishes are out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes.

  1. Drizzle the glaze over the warm danishes for a sweet finishing touch.
  2. Serve your Crescent Cheese Danishes while they’re still warm and enjoy the flaky layers and creamy cheese filling.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Experiment with different fruit preserves or jams to create a variety of flavors. Raspberry, apricot, and strawberry are classic choices, but you can get creative with your favorite options.
  • For a little extra texture and flavor, you can sprinkle some chopped nuts (e.g., almonds or pecans) over the cream cheese filling before folding the crescent roll dough.
  • If you prefer a less sweet glaze, you can substitute milk for lemon juice for a tangy twist.
  • These danishes are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheated briefly in the oven or microwave.

 Crescent Cheese Danishes are a delightful way to start your morning with a touch of sweetness and a whole lot of flaky goodness. With their creamy cheese filling and fruit preserves, they are the perfect addition to a breakfast spread or a cozy weekend brunch. So, whip up a batch of these mini danishes, and let the irresistible aroma and flavor of freshly baked pastries brighten your day.