Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish With Vanilla Glaze

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

If you’ve been eyeballing cherries this summer, but you didn’t know what you would do with them if you had them, this easy cherry cream cheese Danish recipe is exactly what you need.

I didn’t even know I liked cherries until a couple of summers ago. I think it is because I remember the sour ones growing up and I assumed all cherries were created equal. WRONG!

I have about twenty minutes to kill each work day between when I get off of work and when David gets off work. Sometimes I like to run down the street to The Fresh Market and do a little food gawking. I love the store and sometimes I like to see what they have in there that will inspire me to cook. Anyway, I was all up in the produce checking things out and came across one of those “Free Sample” plastic domes, with little cups filled with cherries. So, I decided to sample one. The cherries were on sale, which was a good thing, because after I bit into one, I immediately wanted another one. I picked up a huge bag of cherries and proceeded to the check out. I drove down the street, pulled up outside David’s work building and I sat in the car spitting cherry pits out of the window, while waiting for him to get off work (classy, I know…). I’ve been in love with cherries ever since.

So that’s how I fell in love with cherries. I have eaten at least four bags this year, plain by themselves. This year, instead of making a cherry pie, I decided to try something different. David is always hollering that he want breakfast, whenever we happen to be home for breakfast, so I decided to make something that he could enjoy while we were on our Staycation a couple of weeks ago. Besides, I had a leftover puff pastry sheet in the freezer from when I made the roasted tomato cheese tart, just calling my name…

“Debbie…. Debbie…. Debbie, let me out of here…. DEBBIE!”

For this recipe, I cut the homemade cherry pie filling recipe In half. I have used that recipe countless times before and love the way the cherries taste. I suppose if you cannot find fresh cherries you could always use the canned store-bought stuff, but I highly recommend you use fresh cherries. The homemade filling, with fresh cherries is so much better. It is easy and only takes just a few minutes to whip up. It’ not complicated; just stirring around pitted cherries and sugar in a pot on the stove. Almond extract is the secret weapon to making cherry pie filling absolutely amazing and once it, hits those warm gooey cherries, you’ll thank yourself that you made the cherry filling from scratch.

First, I topped the puff pastry with a vanilla flavored sweetened cream cheese. I then topped the cream cheese with the cooled cherry pie filling and baked it in the oven until it was light, flaky and golden brown. When the Danish pastries were cool enough, I drizzled them with a soft and sweet vanilla glaze.

Here’s how I made them:

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish | Servings: 8 | Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry dough, thawed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup cherry pie filling ~ Use canned or use the recipe to follow
  • vanilla glaze ~ recipe to follow

Cherry Pie Filled:

  • 4 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine cherries, water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Bring the cherry mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 to 10 minutes. The cherry sauce will start to thicken significantly. Turn off heat and stir in almond extract. Allow the filling to cool while thawing the pastry dough, at room temperature, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out the thawed pastry dough on a lightly floured surface, into a 9 x 12 rectangle. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, then cut each half into thirds. Using a pastry wheel or small knife, score a border ½ inch around the edge of each rectangle.

I used  pastry wheel, but it had no effect on the shape of the puff pastry; it just made it easier to cut.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Using a fork, prick the middle of the border 5 to 6 times. This will keep the middle portion of the dough from rising.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture into the middle of each piece of dough. Spread the cream cheese evenly, trying to make sure the mixture stays within the borders. Spoon 5 to 7 cherries into the middle of the cream cheese with some of the cherry juice.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, on the middle rack in the oven.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Remove the danishes from the baking sheet with a spatula and place onto a wire cooking rack to cool.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

When the danishes are cool, Combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the danishes or use a piping bag for a more decorative touch.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Serve these easy cherry cream cheese Danish warmed in the microwave or at room temperature.

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Thanks to puff pastry sheets, you can enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese Danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast or dessert any day of the week.

I wish I had an easy cherry cream cheese Danish right about now, don’t you?

 

Yum! Enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast any day of the week. | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
Thanks to puff pastry sheets, you can enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese Danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast or dessert any day of the week.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 8
Author: Debbie Spivey
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry dough thawed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup cherry pie filling recipe to follow or use canned
  • vanilla glaze recipe to follow
Cherry Pie Filled:
  • 4 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • teaspoon almond extract
Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine cherries, water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Bring the cherry mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 to 10 minutes. The cherry sauce will start to thicken significantly. Turn off heat and stir in almond extract. Allow the filling to cool while thawing the pastry dough, at room temperature, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Roll out the thawed pastry dough on a lightly floured surface, into a 9 x 12 rectangle. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, then cut each half into thirds. Using a pastry wheel or small knife, score a border ½ inch around the edge of each rectangle. 

  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture into the middle of each piece of dough. Spread the cream cheese evenly, trying to make sure the mixture stays within the borders.
  5. Spoon 5 to 7 cherries into the middle of the cream cheese with some of the cherry juice.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, on the middle rack in the oven.
  7. Remove the danishes from the baking sheet with a spatula and place onto a wire cooking rack to cool.
  8. When the danishes are cool, Combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the danishes or use a piping bag for a more decorative touch.
  9. Serve warmed in the microwave or at room temperature.

 

5 thoughts on “Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish With Vanilla Glaze

  1. I think I’m one of those people that isn’t sure if I like cherries….. I just don’t remember ever eating them! I, too, stroll expensive grocery stores & basically make a lunch out of free samples. 😀 I really want to make this for my hubs! He loves sweet breakfasts.

  2. Rachel! You’ve never tried cherries? Washington State grows some of the best. Aren’t you out that way? Your hubs will do whatever you want if you make these for him! Thanks for stopping by!
    p.s. I snack on samples too…lol! 🙂

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