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!

Cheese danish puff pastry recipe served with a drizzle of lemon glaze surrounded by berries

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.

Stacked berry cheese danishes glazed with lemon glaze and showing the inside of the cheese danish puff pastry recipe

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.

puff pastry recipe ingredients

Tools We Used to Make this Recipe (affiliate links):

Electric Hand Mixer (or a stand mixer)
Rimmed Baking Sheet lined with Parchment
Rolling Pin and a Pizza Cutter
Small Cookie Scoop to portion cheese filling
Pastry Brush for applying egg wash

Baked cream cheese danish cooling to room temperature without lemon glaze

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 ;).

Up close cheese danish with lemon glaze and berries showing texture of puff pastry dessert recipe

Watch How to Make Cheese Danish:

Watch the video below where Natasha will show you how to make this easy recipe. See our full collection of video recipes here and make sure you subscribe to our Youtube Cooking channel (p.s. click the bell icon to get a notification as soon as we post a new recipe). Thank you so much for watching and subscribing!

Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Berries and Lemon Glaze

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
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. This puff pastry recipe always disappears fast!

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. 

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Calories: 329 kcal
Servings: 12 cheese danishes

Ingredients

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

Ingredients for Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

Recipe Prep:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water. Beat together thoroughly with a fork.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Berries and Lemon Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Potassium 64mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Natalia
    October 6, 2018

    Hi Natasha, love your recipe, thanks for sharing! I initially used soft cheese (couldn’t find ‘cream cheese’ in shops in the UK). When I mixed it with 1 egg yolk, the mixture became way too liquid. I couldn’t use it as danish filling. I tried mascarpone cheese next time – without adding yolks. Still it wasn’t thick enough. Seeing this, I put my pastry into the oven without any filling for 10 min, took it out, filled with cream and backed for another 8 min. Still, much of the filling ended up on the baking tray. If you have any advice on how to adapt the recipe, would you please share it? Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 6, 2018

      Hi Natalia. It sounds like the soft cheese is too soft causing your filling to be runny.. American cream cheese is pretty firm and keeps its shape really well unless it is warmed. I would recommend bring your mixture to slightly under room temperature. I hope this helps Reply

  • Izabela
    October 5, 2018

    I made this recipe and it is sooooo amazing delicious… Thanks Natasha. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 5, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Izabela!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • Brittany Gough
    September 6, 2018

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been trying to find a danish like this forever. I went to Italy last year and had a danish just like this in Rome. I have never been able to get it off my mind since. It sure is a bit of heaven! This is the closest I have found to it. Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2018

      Wow! Thank you for this amazing review! I’m so happy you found our recipe! Reply

  • Alena
    August 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha, do you think frozen fruit would work for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 13, 2018

      Hi Alena, I think frozen blueberries might work best if using a frozen berry. Reply

  • Nora Guerrero
    August 6, 2018

    Can I use fruit preserves or jams instead of fresh fruit? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2018

      Hi Nora! I haven’t tried that honestly. It does sounds like a good idea however. If you experiment please let me know how you like it! Reply

  • Taffy Sew
    July 19, 2018

    Do you have to refrigerate after you finish them? I found that filo pastry dough didn’t work too well, it would not roll out. But I didn’t get the pastry shown on this site. I still made them they just weren’t as pretty but equally delicious I think. Next time I will use filo pastry shells and otherwise follow the directions. I love filo Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 19, 2018

      We enjoy them fresh but if you need to store them, cover them loosely but fully and refrigerated overnight. Reply

      • jackie
        September 27, 2018

        will they get soggy in the fridge overnight? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 27, 2018

          Hi Jackie! We enjoy them fresh but if you need to store them, cover them loosely but fully and refrigerated overnight. Reply

  • Emily
    July 7, 2018

    Can we use Betty cocker croissant dough? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 7, 2018

      Hi Emily, I haven’t tested it that way so I’m not sure but it might be worth experimenting! Keep an eye on them though as the bake time might be slightly different with the different dough. Reply

  • Ashley
    June 29, 2018

    Any tips on if one wanted to make these smaller, for part of a small appetizer for brunch? Only use one ribbon of dough? Or still two, but thinner? Kind of sounds like a silly question but I’d love more, smaller servings 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      June 29, 2018

      Hi Ashley, I think it might be tough to make this same shape of pastry smaller. It won’t twist properly if it is just 1 ribbon. You could modify the recipe for smaller pastries but you may need to do a simpler shape of pastry. Reply

      • Oksana
        July 7, 2018

        I Made them with one ribbon instead of two and i actually preferred that! THEy were perfect size, not too big or small 😊 Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 7, 2018

          That’s so great Oksana! I’m so happy it was perfect for you! Reply

  • Inna
    May 22, 2018

    Wow!! Simply delicious!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2018

      Thank you for the compliment Inna 😀 Reply

  • Holiday accommodation mandurah
    May 4, 2018

    This is looking so tasty. I want make this. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2018

      They’re so easy and good! I hope you try them! Reply

  • Emily
    May 3, 2018

    Do you think frozen berries work ok? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2018

      Hi Emily, I think that would work and frozen blueberries are probably your best bet for not becoming overly juicy. Reply

  • Julie
    May 2, 2018

    They were incredibly easy to make and ohh sooo yummy!!!! My husband loved them. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2018

      You’re welcome Julie! I’m glad you both love the recipe, thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Elena
    May 2, 2018

    These look sooooooooooo delicious. But do you have to use the store-bought dough? Is there a different recipe for it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2018

      Hi Elena, you could use a homemade dough if you prefer 🙂 We don’t have a recipe for that posted yet so you might have to google that one. Reply

  • Shirley
    May 1, 2018

    Hi Natasha do you think if I make these at nite and keep them in fridge and cook them in the morning will okay Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2018

      Hi Shirley, I think that would work to prep them ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake the next morning. Reply

      • Shirley
        May 3, 2018

        I made these thanks for your recipes they came out so awesome pity I did not take photo – morning tea at work it was so amazing and they got finished in no time will be making them again Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 3, 2018

          You’re welcome Shirley, I’m glad you love them! Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • Nafisah Innis
    April 29, 2018

    Great Recipe!!! I was always afraid of baking, but my danishes came out perfect. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2018

      I am so happy to hear these cheese danishes were a success for you!! Thank you for the amazing review 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    April 28, 2018

    Those look amazing. I’ll need to make them! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2018

      They taste as good as they look, I hope you love them Julie! Reply

  • Veronika
    April 28, 2018

    Will these be good if made the night before brunch ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2018

      Hi Veronika, these are their very best fresh but we have enjoyed leftovers the following day and they still tasted great. We covered loosely but fully and refrigerated overnight. Reply

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