Easy Cheese Danish

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
15 min
20 min

8 Danish

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don't whip!

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled Danish for 15 minutes.

Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.

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I made these this morning for Christmas breakfast and my kids LOVED them! The cheese filling had a delicious, light flavor. Would definitely make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was pleasantly surprised to find these are super simple to make! And, as another reviewer shared, they look like bakery quality pastries. My DH loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These taste like a bakery made them. I like that! Do you have anymore Magic factors, Ina? Don't hesitate to share them with us! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely fantastic. So easy to make - even for a beginning cook like myself. I first saw her prepare these on her show and she was absolutely right, the lemon zest makes all the difference. Thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had such hope for these little guys! The process took me a long time (I'm a beginner cook) and I was elated when they came out of the oven looking bee-yoo-tee-full. Of course, I tried them when they were way too hot to eat and.....blah. No flavor. So, I let them cool and tried another. Nothing. Refrigerated them for a few hours. Nothing. Microwaved them. Nothing. Bottom line: if you have one cheat day a week and/or limited time to indulge your cooking hobby, consider a different Ina recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Danish ever, I made them for my girlfriends husband, he was crazy about them, then my girlfriend who hates cheese, tried one and she raved too. When I grow up I wanna BE Ina! You are the best... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought that when I made this I had all the ingredients but I did not have the fresh lemon or the ricotta cheese so I left both those our and added a few splashes of lemon juice. These were very tasty and will make again for sure.. next time as written and maybe do some with cherry pie filling... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very flavorful and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I didn't change the filling recipe at all, but I had to use pastry shells instead of sheets since the store was out of stock of the sheets. I rolled each shell out so each was a circle, 4-5 inches in diameter. They still came out delish, but I over filled a couple and didn't take too much care in sealing them, so a couple leaked filling. That being said, I am not ashamed to say I scraped off the leaked filling and ate it! Yummm item not reviewed by moderator and published
ok so it was good but make sure to let the batter sit for about 10 min before putting it on the pastry also unless u love lemon flavor leave out the lemon zest it makes taste very lemony and you cant taste the cream cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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