Recipe: Homemade Cream Cheese Danish with icing

Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Danishes - you've got to pin these because they're amazing!


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)

Butter (optional)



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!!!


Amazing homemade braided cream cheese danishes!



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!

Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe


4 Responses to Recipe: Homemade Cream Cheese Danish with icing

  1. Hiya! Just stopping to let you know that I’ve featured this recipe at my Tasty Tuesdays party this week! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Hope to see you back this week!

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