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Easy Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

  • Author: Michelle - Powered by Mom
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Danish, Pastry, Crescent Roll


Easy Crescent Roll Danish Recipe Recipe Type : Dessert, Snack, Danish, Pastry Author: Michelle – Powered by Mom Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 16


  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp softened butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (4 rectangles per can). In each of the rectangles, pinch closed the diagonal line to form a solid sheet of dough. Then, slice lengthwise to form two strips from each.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with the granulated sugar.
  4. Roll each of the rectangles into a roll.
  5. Gently lift and twist the opposite ends in opposing directions to form a loose rope.
  6. Form a circle with the twisted dough and place onto a cookie sheet lined with a parchment paper. Space each Danish at least 2 inches apart.
  7. Using your fingers, press the center to make a well for the filling. You may also need to stretch out the sides a bit.
  8. In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, granulated sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and sour cream. (I used a mixer to make this easier).
  9. Once creamed, add approximately a tablespoon of the filling to each roll.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  11. Remove, and allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes.
  12. Icing
  13. While Danishes are cooling, use a small bowl and mix together powdered sugar, milk and butter.
  14. Place in a plastic baggie by using a small glass or cup (to make an easy piping bag), and push to one corner. Snip the corner off with a pair of scissors. Then, lightly drizzle over the cooled Danishes.


2 cans crescent rolls makes 16 smaller size danishes.

You can also fill with pie filling, jams, and preserves! You can use cherry, apple, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, apricot, lemon, etc. – whatever your favorite is!)

Do not handle dough any more than you have to as it can cause it to become tough, not flaky.

Recipe is easily halved or doubled.

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