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This easy Cherry Danish is made from puff pastry dough filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling

Imagine a cherry cheesecake cupcake, but in breakfast form. That’s basically what these danishes are! If you love cream cheese and cherries, you’ll love these pastries.

Golden baked cherry danish on a white plate

Brunch in 30 Minutes or Less!

Imagine this: a beautifully crafted pastry that looks like it came straight from the local bakery, filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with a dollop of tart cherry pie filling.

Sounds like the perfect item to serve for brunch, right?

You might expect something so fancy to take significant time and effort, but this tasty Cherry Danish recipe is ready in MINUTES with little effort (thank goodness for quick and easy recipes)!

Serve these beauties at a brunch, or make them ahead and use them for an easy breakfast throughout the week. They even make for a great after-school treat because kids love them! 

Cream cheese filling for the cherry cheese danish

how to make cherry danishes

PREP. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Heat oven to 400°F.

EGG WASH. Crack the whole egg into a small bowl. Add the water and beat together. Set aside.

CREAM FILLING. In a medium bowl, add egg yolk, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix the ingredients together using an electric mixer on medium high speed.

PUFF PASTRY. On a clean surface, spread out both puff pastry sheets. Cut each sheet into 4 even squares (a pizza cutter works great for this). Make the squares into octagons by folding over each corner about 1 inch. Add each pastry to the baking sheet.

FILL. Add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each danish. (about 2 tbsp each). Keep the cream cheese in a dollop shape. Don’t spread it out.

Optional Cherry topping: Spoon cherry pie filling on top of the dollop of cream cheese.

BRUSH. Dip a pastry brush into the egg/water mixture. Brush the top of the exposed puff pasty with the mixture. Add a dusting of sugar over the exposed pastry.

BAKE. Bake for 15-27 minutes until the pastry is an even golden brown. Serve your cherry danish after it has cooled.

Assembling and filling a cream cheese cherry danish

Switch it up!

It’s not difficult to change up the filling in these easy danishes. In fact, any kind of pie filling will be delicious spooned on top of the cream cheese filling. You could try:

And you can also used canned OR homemade pie filling!

And don’t forget that you can omit the filling altogether and make it a classic cream cheese danish. 

You can even drizzle a glaze on top (made by combining some sifted powdered sugar, vanilla or almond extract and milk) and sprinkle on sliced almonds. 

If you can’t find puff pastry, a package of canned crescent rolls or a crescent sheet work for this too. 😉

Brushing an egg wash over the unbaked cherry danish

FAQ

Can you make these danishes ahead of time? YES! Assemble the danishes the night before. Keep them covered with plastic wrap in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.

How to store? Store leftovers covered, at room temperature for 1-2 days. Keep them in the fridge for about a week.

How to freeze danishes? Freeze them for 2-3 months. If you want to freeze them, I would wrap each cherry danish individually with plastic wrap then store them together in a freezer Ziploc.

Cherry cream cheese danish on a white plate

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5 from 24 votes

Cherry Danish Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This easy Cherry Danish is made from puff pastry dough filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling.
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp sugar plus some for dusting
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (17.3 oz) package frozen puff pastry sheets thawed
  • 1 can cherry pie filling optional
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Instructions 

  • Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Crack the whole egg into a small bowl. Add the water and beat together. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add egg yolk, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix the ingredients together using an electric mixer on medium high speed.
  • On a clean surface, spread out both puff pastry sheets. Cut each sheet into 4 even squares. Make the squares into octagons by folding over each corner about 1 inch.
  • Add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each of the octagon shapes. (about 2 tbsp each). Keep the cream cheese in a dollop shape. Don't spread it out.
  • Optional Cherry topping: Add cherry pie filling on top of the dollop of cream cheese.
  • Dip a pastry brush into the egg/water mixture. Brush the top of the exposed puff pasty with the mixture. Add a dusting of sugar over the exposed pastry.
  • Bake for 15-27 minutes until the pastry is an even golden brown. Cool and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 267mg, Potassium: 166mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 599IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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23 Comments

  1. Amber says:

    This looks great! Just wanted to check…the only reason to refrigerate them overnight is to be able to have the fresh in the morning, right? Or does it develop the flavor or texture?

    Wanted to know if I could skip the overnight part without any loss of yumminess.

    Thanks!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It does help, but someone just shared that they let it sit for 25 minutes & it turned out great, so really it’s as much time as you can give it 🙂

  2. Liz says:

    Yum to all recipes. Love your site.

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Thank you, Liz!!

  3. Serene @ House of Yumm says:

    Love that you start the dough the night before so it’s ready in the morning!

  4. cathy - Noble Pig says:

    Oh my gosh these are just so yummy looking. My tummy is growling.

  5. Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I can’t say no to a cherry danish!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    A cherry danish is such a classic, and for good reason! This homemade version looks amazing!

  7. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says:

    Oh man, these look amazing! Danishes are one food that I haven’t attempted to make gluten free yet. My family would love these <3

  8. Stephanie says:

    I’m with you – I have such a big sweet tooth! These look awesome!

  9. Amanda | The Chunky Chef says:

    I would seriously pay good money for a danish that delicious… but now I can make it at home! Thanks for sharing 😀

  10. Amy @ Frugale.org says:

    This is the most popular in our family. Never made them though. I’ll try a batch this weekend. Thanks.