This morning I wanted something different for breakfast… something I have never made before. With a roll of Pillsbury dough in the fridge and some cream cheese I needed to use, I remembered a recipe I had recently seen for homemade Cream Cheese Danishes. Using the recipe as a guide, I edited it a bit because I did not have as much cream cheese as it called for. Much to my surprise, the Cream Cheese Danishes turned out AMAZING!
What you will need for the danishes:
A roll of Pillsbury Dough
4oz of cream cheese
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of granulated sugar (optional)
What you will need for the icing:
1 tsp of milk
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or less (optional for taste)
Preparing the danishes:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) Roll out the dough and slice into 1″ fringe along the edges. I cut into the dough about 2 inches on either side but it can vary depending on your preference.
3) Mix the 4oz of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract in a bowl with a hand mixer.
4) Smooth an even layer of the cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough.
5) Pull the 1″ fringe pieces over the cream cheese 1 at a time, almost criss crossing them then cut the dough in half so you now have two danishes. If you prefer, you can cut it into more, but I saved that for after it was cooked.
6) Optional: Sprinkle a little bit of sugar over the danish – this helps give it a slightly sweet, crispy outer layer.
Cook the danishes in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they are slightly golden on top. I used a cookie sheet to cook them on but you could probably use a clear dish as well.
Prepare the icing while the danishes cook:
Simply mix 1 tsp of milk and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Depending on your preferred consistency, you can also add 1 tsp of softened butter. For taste you could also add 1 tsp of vanilla extract. If it seems too runny, you can add more powdered sugar. I did leave my icing a bit runny so that it would go onto the danishes very thinly since they are already sweet.
Enjoy your danishes!
Once the danishes are removed, let them cool for a few minutes, then use a spatula to remove them from the pan or cookie sheet. Cut into 3 or 4 pieces and serve. You can now drizzle the icing onto the danishes or use it as a dipping sauce. Enjoy!!!
The original recipes I used as guidance can be found below. I believe in tweaking recipes to fit your own preferences so feel free to change my recipe up to match your taste as well. Be creative: add pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar or even fruit to your danishes!