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Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish

Cherry Cream Cheese Danish is an easy homemade breakfast pastry filled with cream cheese and cherry pie filling. 
Course Breakfast & Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling

For the Danish

  • 2 cans store-bought crescent rolls
  • granulated sugar, to dust

For the Icing

  • 1 cup powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and cream cheese. Beat until smooth; set aside.
    Unroll crescent rolls. There will be 4 large rectangles of dough pre-cut down the center lines. Run a knife down the center both vertically and horizontally. Disregard the crescent shapes, you want 4 rectangles. Repeat with second crescent rolls container. SEE NOTES FOR A SIMILAR YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK to demonstrate this.
    Pinch the seams in each rectangle to hold together and form a solid piece of dough. Generously coat each side of the rectangles with sugar. You should have 8 rectangles of dough from two containers of store-bought rolls.
    Slice each rectangle of dough in half the long way. You will have 16 strips of sugared dough once done.
    Gently stretch each strip of dough without it breaking.
    Twist the dough rope.
    Spiral the rope around itself to form a loose circle/spiral. SEE NOTES FOR A SIMILAR YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK to demonstrate this.
    Place onto cookie sheet, spacing danishes about 2 inches apart.
    Using a spoon/fingers, press fingers into center of dough to create of bowl/well.
    Add cream cheese to the center and spoon a little cherry filling on top of cream cheese.
    Bake in oven for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
    To make the icing, combine powdered confectioners' sugar and water. Mix until smooth. Drizzle over the top of each cooled danish. 

Notes

VIDEO of a similar recipe link below.  I've changed a few things.  You'll want to follow my recipe but use the same technique shown in this video.  Each rectangle of dough is only sliced into two strips, not four.  I find if the strips are any smaller, they are hard to work with and the filling won't stick well. VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVhY2UZNNwY