Cream Cheese Danishes


Guests don't have to know you took a shortcut on this elegant breakfast pastry by using purchased puff pastry. It looks and tastes amazing!

Cream Cheese Danishes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
18 pastries


  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen fruit

  • 1 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

  • ½ - 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond, or lemon extract

  • ½ cup fruit preserves, jam, or marmalade

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Thaw fruit if frozen. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium until smooth. Beat in sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. In a small bowl stir together fruit and preserves.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll one puff pastry sheet into a 10 1/2-inch square. (Keep remaining sheet chilled.) Cut into nine 3 1/2-inch squares; place on a baking sheet. Prick with a fork to within 1/2 inch of edges. Combine egg and 1 Tbsp. water; brush over squares. Spread each square with 1 Tbsp. cream cheese mixture; top with about 1 1/2 Tbsp. fruit mixture.

  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden. Remove; let cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining puff pastry. Makes 18.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

200 Calories
11g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2.1mg 11%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Folate, total 3.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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