Easy Cheese Danish

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 danish
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min


1 large egg plus 1 yolk

8 ounces cream cheese, softened 

3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting 

1 teaspoon lemon juice 

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

One 17.3-ounce box frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the whole egg with 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat the egg yolk, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth.
  4. Lay out the 2 sheets of puff pastry and cut each into 4 squares. Fold the corners of the squares over by about 1 inch to make octagon shapes. Spoon the cream cheese mixture evenly into the center of each (about 2 tablespoons per); do not spread the cream cheese. Brush all of the exposed pastry with the egg wash, then dust generously with sugar.
  5. Bake until puffed and golden brown all over, about 18 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
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23 Reviews

Dana T.

Wonderful! Just made these scrumptious pastries this morning for Christmas Eve breakfast and added about 1/2 teaspoon of blackberry jam on top of the cream cheese filling. I also added 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest in the cream cheese filling along with the lemon juice. So good ♥️

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