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Cheese Danish
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Cheese Danish

There's no need to miss the cheese Danish from your favorite bakery. It's so easy to make at home and you'll get to enjoy it hot out of the oven - plus, your whole house will smell incredible!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry defrosted
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sanding sugar optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Beat egg yolk, cream cheese, sugar, almond extract, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Roll out the puff pastry, removing any fold lines from the packaging by gently rolling over them with a rolling pin.
  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, divide the pastry vertically in thirds by drawing guide lines not quite all the way through the dough.
  • Remove the bottom two corners of the dough diagonally up to the center lines.
  • Cut diagonal lines all the way up the dough on both sides going in to the guide lines. You can make as many or a few as you like. Remove the corners when you get to the end.
  • Spread the cream cheese filling over the top of the dough.
  • Fold the bottom tab of pastry over the cream cheese filling.
  • Starting at the top of the pastry, fold the diagonal pastry strips over the cream cheese, alternating sides. The strips should cross over each other in the center of the pastry.
  • Trim off any excess pastry that goes past the top and bottom edges of the rectangle.
  • Beat the egg and generously brush the puff pastry.
  • Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.


It's best to serve your Danish within a couple of days of making it - otherwise it will lose its crispiness.
You can drizzle it with a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and milk or lemon juice (see my raspberry scones for any example of how this glaze looks).
You can also garnish with chocolate ganache and fresh fruit or macerated berries


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg