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Easy Cherry Danish with Sweet Cream Cheese

This sweet danish combines cream cheese and cherries in a puff pastry dough and drizzled with a sweet glaze.
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Ooey, gooey, flaky, and delicious. This easy to make cherry danish is filled with a yummy cream cheese filling and topped with a sweet, beautiful drizzle.

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The other day I made one of my favorite brunch recipes and I realized I had never shared it here on my site. It is so darn delicious. And ridiculously easy. Why have I not shared it before?

I guess better late than ever. So here it is, in all its glory. My easy cherry danish with sweet cream cheese.

It’s sweet and slightly tart from the cherries. It’s flaky from the puff pastry sheet. It’s beautiful to look at. It’s just so many things.

The most important bit?

It is way better than those store-bought danishes. You know which ones I’m talking about. The ones that harden 15 seconds after opening. The ones with not enough filling. Not enough fruit. And very skimpy with the drizzle (which is often my favorite part).

Nope. This is none of those things. And it isn’t even difficult to make, thanks to the store-bought puff pastry sheets and the canned cherry filling. Oh, thank goodness for these ready-made helpers!

This is the perfect recipe to make on those special Sunday brunches. It also makes a great centerpiece for more intimate gatherings and is so easy. Last but not least, you could totally make this all for yourself. It’s easy enough. I know I did.

No matter when you plan on making this, and for who, it will always be scrumptious.

Keep scrolling for detailed instructions on how to make this easy cherry danish. All with pictures! Enjoy!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • egg yolk
  • vanilla extract
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • Original Country Cherry
  • puff pastry
  • egg yolk (for brushing the danish)

What do I need for the glaze?

  • powdered sugar
  • milk
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If you love desserts as much as I do, you’ll enjoy these recipes:

An Easy Strawberry Cake Roll with Drizzled Chocolate can be made at home with little to no effort.

I love making Easy Grilled Sweet Ginger Pineapple Slices in the summer!

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Easy Cherry Danish with Sweet Cream Cheese

This sweet danish combines cream cheese and cherries in a puff pastry dough and drizzled with a sweet glaze.
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Course: Desserts, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 463kcal

Equipment

  • Cooling rack
  • Pizza cutter
  • bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 21 oz Original Country Cherry, 1 can, drained
  • 1 large egg yolk, for brushing on the danish
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Take the frozen pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes (do not unfold- it will easily break).
  • Beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed until creamy. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt and continue mixing until the mixture is nice and smooth.
  • Place the puff pastry on a try lined with parchment paper, dust it with flour and roll it out carefully.
  • Place the cream cheese mixture down the middle of the puff pastry sheet lengthwise- creating about a 3 inch strip of filling.
  • Spread the cherries on top of the filling.
  • Using a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors, cut the sides of the pastry into 1 inch wide strips. Cut towards the filling, leaving about 1 inch before actually getting to the filling.
  • Alternating the sides, fold them in over the filling until it will look like a braided pastry with fruit peeking out.
  • Brush the dough with the beaten egg yolk.
  • Bake for 400° F for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Mix powdered sugar and milk and mix until well blended.
  • Let it cool before glazing the pastry.

Nutrition

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

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