Cheese Danish

I always feel like I’m cheating when I don’t bake absolutely EVERYTHING from scratch. But this recipe just seemed too tasty to pass up! And to this day, I’m glad that I gave it a try. Perhaps one of you more savvy bakers can tip me off on how to make a buttery, flaky biscuit from scratch. But until then, this will just have to do! I have made this dessert a number of times, now, and my family always gobbles it up and requests more! It’s so easy to make, and if you’re ever in a pinch and need a quick dessert, this is a must!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tbsp. flour

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4+ tbsp. heavy cream
  • splash vanilla extract

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Pop open crescent rolls and unroll, leaving the crescents in rectangles. Lay the crescent rolls together on an ungreased baking sheet, lining them up width-wise.
  • Press edges together to even them out and seal any holes. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide (At this point, feel free to add blackberries, raspberries, or almonds to the filling. Get creative!).
  • Cut 1/2 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Fold 1/2 strips up over the filling, alternating sides, to create a braided pattern. If you have access dough when you reach the ends of the danish, just fold them in as best as you can.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until filling is set and crescent dough is a golden brown. Cool before removing from baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream to create icing. Drizzle atop the danish once it has completely cooled. Slice into desired amount of slices, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: Lauren’s Latest