Lemon Cream Cheese Danishes
These flaky Lemon Cream Cheese Danishes are a quick and easy breakfast, brunch, or dessert recipe, taking a shortcut with store-bought crescent roll dough. With just a few ingredients, you can make a bakery-quality, homemade Danish in 30 minutes. The lemon-scented cream cheese filling tastes just like cheesecake, and the glaze amps up the lemon flavor. When you're looking for a cheery and bright breakfast or dessert, turn to these decadent treats.
FOR THE PASTRY, REMOVE:
FOR THE FILLING, BEAT:
FOR THE GLAZE, WHISK:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
For the pastry, remove crescent roll dough from tubes, but don’t unroll. Cut each roll into 4 slices; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Using your fingers, create a nest out of each slice to hold filling. Brush edges with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar.
For the filling, beat together cream cheese, sugar, yolk, zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Divide filling among prepared pastry.
Bake Danishes until golden brown, 15–18 minutes.
For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, zest, lemon juice, and softened butter until smooth. Drizzle glaze over Danishes.
Be sure to pat the bottom of the dough “nests” into a thin, even layer to ensure they bake uniformly.
For easy piping, fill a small plastic bag with glaze, snip off the corner, then pipe over Danishes.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 62mg 20%
Sodium 611mg 25%
Carbs 43g 14%
Fiber 0g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.