Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Lemon Glaze (VIDEO)
This Cream Cheese Danish recipe is so easy to make. The cheese danish filling tastes like cheesecake and the fresh berries and lemon glaze add a bright pop of flavor. This puff pastry recipe always disappears fast!
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From the flaky buttery crust to the creamy center, everything about this cheese danish is good. Baking fresh strawberries is undeniably a great idea. They become so juicy and the strawberry flavor is really amplified – you will wish the whole thing was loaded with strawberries!
The method for forming the puff pastry makes them look super cute and fancy but it’s really very simple and you will be a pro in no time. This is a perfect summer party dessert and Mother’s Day dessert of course.
Ingredients for Cheese Danish Recipe:
Using a store-bought (thawed) puff pastry, is the easiest way to make these. You can of course use a homemade dough if you prefer. For this cheese danish, you will need about 1 1/2 cups of fresh berries or 12 count of each berry. If you prefer to make them all blueberry danish or all strawberry danish, that would work as well! P.S. Scroll down for the full video tutorial print friendly recipe with exact measurements.
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For Best Results Making Cheese Danishes:
Be patient at the end! Let the pastries cool completely to room temperature once they are out of the oven. Because the cream cheese filling is very much like cheesecake, it needs a little time to set properly before enjoying. Also, be generous with that lemon glaze. We use every last drop and then lick the spoon ;).
Watch How to Make Cheese Danish:
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Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Berries and Lemon Glaze
This Cream Cheese Danish recipe is so easy to make! The cheese danish filling tastes just like cheesecake and the fresh berries and lemon glaze add a bright pop of flavor.
Berry Cheese Danish Ingredients:
- 1 lb puff pastry (2 sheets) thawed
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest from 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
Egg Wash Ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp water
Thaw puff pastry according to package instructions. Preheat Oven to 400˚F with a rack in the center of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner.
How to Make Cream Cheese Danish:
In a large mixing bowl, combine 8 oz of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp lemon zest. Beat together on medium/high speed until creamy and smooth.
Unfold the first puff pastry sheet onto a clean work surface and roll lightly into a 10"x10" square. Use a pizza cutter to slice each sheet into 12 even strips.
Combine 2 of the strips by tightly pinching two ends together then twist the strand from top to bottom. Press one end onto your work surface and loop the twisted strand around it, working from the center out. Pinch the end to attach it to the pastry. Flatten the center slightly with fingertips and poke the center a few times with a fork to prevent the center from puffing up too much.
Place 1 Tbsp of the filling into the center and press the berries halfway into the cream. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for the remaining strands and second sheet of puff pastry. Transfer filled pastries to lined baking sheet, keeping at least 1/2" space between them.
How to Make Eggwash & Bake:
In a small bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water. Beat together thoroughly with a fork.
Brush outside edges with egg wash and bake in the center of the oven at 400˚F for 18 -20 min. Let cool completely to room temperature so the cream cheese filling sets properly then drizzle with lemon glaze.
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More Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas You Will Love:
The possibilities are endless with puff pastry; braided, filled, folded, rolled and even made into a cake! These are our favorite easy puff pastry dessert recipes you will make over and over.
- Easy Peach Tartlets with shaved almonds and fresh peaches
- Apple Danish Braid with cranberries and sweet glaze
- Mom’s Puff Pastry Cream Horns always fly off the plate
- Napoleon Cake – an oldie but goodie
Q: What is YOUR favorite way to use Puff Pastry? I would love to hear about your creative ideas in a comment below!