Quick and Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes
These quick and easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes are the perfect on the go breakfast, or sweet treat for the end of the day!
Dish Count :: 1 Baking Sheet, 1 Rolling Pin, 1 Mixing Bowl
Nothing will make you feel like a slow, asthmatic kid in gym class like going from sea level to 8,000 feet and then going for a hike… after having a short rib grilled cheese for lunch, with seven salted caramels for dessert. So basically, Tahoe was everything I dreamed it could have been, and I gorged myself on every possible confection under the sun. Do you have Instagram? Hopefully you do and you followed along with my latest adventure you saw it all unfold. Or, even better yet – Snapchat?! I’ve resisted really putting that latest social media medium into practice until this weekend, but when 11 food bloggers get together, it gets a little out of control and it gets captured – every huffy, hiking, picturesque, food gorging minute of it!
But I realized after this weekend, that two weekend away from home is too much for me. Granted I got to spend the majority of the weekend in my yoga pants, and a big gooshy sweater, in a log cabin, – being away from home for 8 days in the last 14 is too much for me. Do you ever get that feeling when you travel for a while? I think the magic number is 3 days away from home before that feeling kicks in.
Being home with Ben and Huck may seem monotonous every once in a while, our routine is very consistent and unwavering, but it’s home, and it’s where I’m the happiest. Who wouldn’t be home with their squishy, adorable beast to hug every day and their dog?! It is my happiest place on earth.
Quick and Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes
I know you’ve all seen these danishes crop up on the blog from time to time – but with such a quick and easy treat to make making several renditions is also super fun! The puff pastry and cream cheese is a canvas for whatever toppings you want to add! And you can even make them savory! That sweet tooth of mine usually gets the better of me though – and my jeans. Self control goes out the window when danishes are around! But really, let me just put one of these in front of you and see if you can resist. It won’t work.
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Quick and Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danishes
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 20 Minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Danish
- 1 sheet Puff Pastry dough, thawed
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 1/2 cup canned Cherry Pie Filling
- 1 Egg + 2 Tablespoons water, whisked for egg wash
- Shaved Chocolate, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12×9″ rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½” strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4×4 ½” pieces.
With a knife, score ½” border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising.
In a bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly, ensuring the mix stays within the borders.
In the middle of the cream cheese, add about 6 cherries into the middle.
Brush the egg wash around the edges of the puff pastry.
Bake for 20 minutes, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Shave chocolate over the top as well, if desired.
Keywords: Danish, Breakfast, Cherry, Cream Cheese
Ok, these are drop dead gorgeous!! Nice work!
You make me believe I can make these!! Puff pastry needs to be my new bff. These look amazing!
You are the danish queen! These are gorgeous!
Love these! Puff pastry and cream cheese for the win!
I miss you!!! I need several of these right now!
A thousand times yes! I love Danish pastries and these look so simple and delicious!
Love these – so gorgeous and tasty looking!
Ahhhhh these are so freaking pretty and you’d never know how simple they are!
These look SO good! That rich cherry sauce looks absolutely amazing, we can’t really get pie filling in the UK but I bet it would be easy to make your own too.
These are almost too pretty to eat!!
Welcome back home! Your trip looked amazing and who wouldn’t love the Tahoe area.
Hopefully you get some downtime with your leading man and dog.
I looovveee cheese danishes and boy do these look delicious. Great recipe, pinned 🙂
Thanks so much for the pin – I hope you’ll make these soon, they disappeared awful fast in my house!
I love a quick cheese danish, and this looks so good with the cherry! Looked like a great weekend in Tahoe!
It was a great weekend, the girls were just a hoot! But coming back, it’s always great to be home! I just wish I had some of these waiting!
I am like you I like to travel, but I need to stay home and recharge the ol’ battery before heading out again. I love these danishes, they look so darn good, no one could resist gobbeling them up!
Thanks so much, Amy! Yeah, it’s always great to be home – it’s the best place to recharge for sure.
This danish looks so good and pretty with the cherries
Thanks so much Rahul!!
Haha, I huffed and puffed up that hill – it was hard!! But worth it after all those caramels, OMG I think I ate half the bin. And yeah – 3 days and I’m ready to be home. Sometimes even 2!! These danish are so gorgeous, I kind of wish I had one for dessert right now.
Hahah, yes that hill was totally hard – especially for a vacation hike!! But those caramels made it worth it haha SO glad I got to meet you this weekend. 🙂
Your Tahoe trip looked like so much fun!! I LOVE Tahoe and will be going again the end of the month to the north side of the lake. I can’t wait!
These sweet danishes look so delicious, Megan!
It’s so nice to get away with a great group of friends…good for you to take the time to do it! My kids guilt me every time I try to get away hahaha! Lovely danishes, craving one now with my coffee!
This is one of my favorite things in the universe — I get one every time I visit Panera 🙂 Yours are absolutely gorgeous and look so much better!
I’ve been eyeing these since I first saw them the other day…I definitely want to try them! I love danishes but have never made them myself!
Short rib grilled cheese? Oh man. Come to mama! And only to be met with these cherry cheese danishes!
These are beautiful and look so yummy! Can’t wait to try!
I am baking these as I type, but I’m very confused- you include ingredients for an egg wash, but it’s nowhere in the directions. I just guessed and used it around the edges right before I put them in the oven. They smell great, though.
Beautiful! I love all the varieties of the Danishes you have made! This one might be the best!
Salivating as I look over the fantastic varieties of danishes. Everything looks so yummy!
These all look so delicious! 🙂
Yum! These look so adorable, with the pop of red cherry in the center. I also love that you have so many variations. <3
i LOVE THE DANISH IN YOUR RECIPES SINCE i WAS BORN AND RAISED IN DENMARK
i would love your Danish recipes since I was born in Denmark.
Thanks so much Hanne!! I know it’s not a completely authentic recipe, but it helps when the danish craving strikes!
THESE. LOOK. INCREDIBLE. I can’t get them out of my head!
Recipe looks great – but in the ingredients list you have “1 Egg + 2 Tablespoons water, whisked for egg wash” but the egg wash step is not included in your instructions.
Thanks for catching that Nicole, I’ll make sure to add it in!! Sorry for any confusion.
I see a lot of people asked about the egg wash. I questioned it too when I was making them. Since she did not answer how to do, I read the recipe with the Blueberry on top. It had the directions for the egg wash. After you put the cream cheese and fruit on, brush the egg wash around the edges to brown.
These are stunning!!! Oh i love your photos so much!!!
Egg wash details have still not been added
Brush egg wash around edges to brown after you put on cream cheese and fruit. I had the same question as I was making them.
Hi – I’m in New Zealand and we can’t get Cherry Pie filling – is it possible to make your own? Thanks
Hi Beth, yes it’s definitely possible to make your own. I don’t have a recipe on my site for homemade filling, but check pinterest. There are lots of fabulous recipes out there that would be perfect! Good luck!
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Thanks very practical. Will certainly share website with my good friends!
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This looks tasty. But seriously, as the slow kid with asthma in PE class, why does that kid need to be shamed in this article. Since you must now know what it is like to not be able to breathe easily, imagine that is your life, every day. That you are forced to take PE class in front of your peers while you are struggling with each breath to keep up with them. Asthma is not a choice, but your trip was.
What fun. And beautiful photos! I’m definitely saving this recipe – my grand daughter can make them with me! pinning!
Can these be made the night before? I want to make some for a wedding tomorrow afternoon but I’m not sure how to store them if I do make them tonight. Thank you for any help!
I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.I am quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!
what happened to the egg wash????
Brush Egg Wash around edges to brown pastry after you put on cream cheese and fruit. Was my question when I made them. Had to look on Blueberry Recipe to find answer.
is it a cream cheese spread or cream cheese?
Cream cheese is best.
Zara, I use cream cheese, not the spread. But you can try with whatever you have, I just don’t know the results with the spread.
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I can’t find the recipe for the Cherry Cream Cheese Danish. I’m wondering if you just add cherry pie filling on top of the original Quick and Simply Cheese Danishes; use that basic recipe and put any topping on?
Thank you! They look delicious!
If you use the “search” on the top right corner of my page, it will come up! Sorry I will go back and link to the recipe itself.
Would this possibly work if I didnt cut the pastry into smaller squares, if I spread the fruit filling on the whole sheet of pastry and baked it that way? Thinking how to save time on this.
Cat, I’m sure it would work great if you made it into one big one! It might take slightly longer to bake, so be sure to adjust your baking times. Be sure to tag me on social media so I can see the finished result!
Delicious. Easy to make and looked just like the picture. Have made it several times with different fruits and preservers.
I’m so so pleased you loved them!
Your comment about making it savory peaked my curiosity…. This looks delish. Not really a cherry person but I could totally do this with apples and cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. Great pictures!
I do have an easy apple pie version!! You can search for “danishes” on my site, and multiple versions will come up, including a couple of more savory versions!
Thank you for this wonderful creation, a recipe that turns your head and heart I love, Thank you for share! i like this
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If I make these a day ahead of a planned brunch, can they be stored at room temp or should they be refrigerated
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Why do you have egg wash in the ingredients but never in the instructions???
Oh! Thanks for letting me know! Whisk together the water and egg to create the wash, then brush over the edges of the danishes. I will get it added!
and the egg ??? what do we do with it ???
Sorry about that! Brush the egg wash around the edges of the danishes on the puff pastry crust. I’ll update the recipe to reflect that 🙂
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This look so good! It would be fun to have a few different fillings so family can choose their own filling!
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
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This looks so good! I love that it is such a versatile recipe and that you can make other kinds too!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?
I made these this morning and the husband loved them!!! They are so easy to make, don’t be afraid to try, even if they aren’t perfect or pretty, they will still taste AMAZING!!! I did sub the pie filling for sweet dark cherries in juice and I drained the juice out and they worked perfectly. Try them!!!!
Merydith, thank you so much for your comment! I’m so so pleased that these turned out for you! Hooray!
So Delicios!!! Thanks)
How long will these keep please?:)
These will keep about 3 days. Or you can freeze them!
Will these be as good warmed over next day?
Yes they will be great!!
These were outstanding! Although I flowered my silicone pad when I rolled the dough, the squares stuck and stretched as I lifted them on to the baking sheet making them somewhat misshapen and thinner than I hoped. I wanted to add a little extra almond extract and mistakenly added anise to the mix. I also made my own pie filling using frozen cherries which when thawed had a lot of liquid so I guessed but did not measure. In spite of this learning curve for such a simple recipe, my guests raved about these danishes. Will definitely make these again.
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These were delicious!! I was looking for a recipe to use up some puff pastry in my freezer and I already had canned peaches and this was perfect!! The temps have just dropped here in Texas as this was perfect with coffee on the backyard patio!!
I’m so glad you liked them!! This is my favorite way to use up puff pastry too!
I was glad to see this recipe had a demonstration video, but was very disappointed that it cut to another recipe before the cherry danish video was finished. What is the purpose of that? Yours isn’t the only website that does that. I just don’t understand.
I’ve been making these for Christmas morning breakfast for over 10 years now. I use cherry pie filling for the adults, Nutella or chocolate chips for the kids (minus the cream cheese filling)(Nutella will taste burnt after 15 minutes so I cook it for less time or add it in after cooking puff pastry). I used blueberry pie filling last year and though good, it wasn’t my favorite. I may try lemon filling this year. The recipe I originally used was from a long time ago and last Christmas I found I had misplaced the it. I came across this one and it’s almost identical. I make 8 pastries total out of the 2 pieces of puff pastry dough. I also gather the four corners to the center and pinch in the middle, then give a tiny twist so it sticks. One of my favorite recipes and super easy to make.
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