Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish With Vanilla Glaze

Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish With Vanilla Glaze

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 workday 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 checkout. 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 wants 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, let me out of here…. YO, 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 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.

ingredients

How To Make Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish

Combine cherries, water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. 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 the 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.

pastry wheel cutting dough

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

pastry wheel cutting dough

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

pricking dough with fork

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.

cherry filling, cream filling and pastry dough

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

cherry  cream cheese danish baking

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

cherry cream cheese danish on cooling rack

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.

easy cherry cream cheese danish coated with frosting

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

easy cherry cream cheese danish

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

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
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry, cream cheese, danish, glaze
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 564kcal
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:

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Remove the danishes from the baking sheet with a spatula and place onto a wire cooking rack to cool.
  • 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.
  • Serve warmed in the microwave or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 13.1% | Vitamin C: 11.6% | Calcium: 5.4% | Iron: 7.8%
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