Do It Yourself Danish

June 20, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 25 Comments

Do It Yourself Danishes!!

My boss’s birthday was last week, and I wanted to bring something in to celebrate that we could eat in our morning meeting.  There was the obvious choice – muffins.  Good, yes, but a little boring, I thought.  Then I considered breakfast casserole – delicious, but sort of complicated for a meeting – would require plates AND forks AND napkins.  I considered scones.  Could be good, but could be dry.  Then I actually thought, I’ll just order a tray of danishes.  We have an amazing pastry shop here in Arlington, Heidelberg Bakery, so I went to their website and got ready to order a tray of danishes.  I was ready to confirm the order when I decided that I really wanted to take in something homemade.  But I didn’t have a lot of time to mess around with pastry dough.  What to do??

A found a recipe that worked out just perfectly – crescent danish rolls!

So I bought a few packs of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls – big and flaky variety.

I popped them into the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Took them out, and sliced them into 12 pieces, as you would if you were making slice and bake cookie dough, and pressed indentations into them with a large spoon.

For the filling, I mixed together:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sour cream

I spooned this, along with a bit a jam (I used raspberry and apricot), into the indentations, and baked them for about 20 minutes.

Once these were cool, I mixed a little powdered sugar and water and drizzled it on top for a real danish look:

These were so easy and really cute.  A perfect alternative to muffins, and a definite crowd pleaser!


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  1. these look great! I bet blueberry and apple jam would work well also.

  2. I will have to try these! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These sound wonderful! I can just see them on a breakfast buffet, or even as a tea time dessert.

  4. Oh yum!! I will so be doing this with my homemade bread.

  5. oh my do these look good! I think I will need to print this out and make some this weekend! oh and I will bookmark you blog also.

  6. These look awesome!


  8. These look So yummy! I will be making them for our family’s 4th of July breakfast!

  9. they look good and easy to make ,i will try this

  10. Would like to follow this blog. thanks

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  12. Sounds great,but what temp did you have the oven at?

  13. These look so YUMMY! I think I found my next new recipe to try… keep em coming! 🙂

  14. This look so good and very easy to make,I will try this recepie..Thank you so much to share your recepie..

  15. 350!

  16. looks yammy have to try making them!!!!!

  17. looks good ..have to try them

  18. hey, they are good. been making these for years. for family and friends and breakfast at church. always get rave reviews and people want the recipe!!!! yum-yum!!!

  19. This looks really good, and I bet you could use the pie filling too

    • Or cherry pie filling.

  20. yes…finally something yummy and simple…thanks

  21. This will save me a ton of money on danishes. Thanks!!

  22. I just found this recipe and have checking out all your recipes for over an hour…love this, keep up the excellent work!! Loving your creativity and honesty! Thanks! I cant wait to make these in the morning!

  23. Our local store doesn’t carry the big crescens but they had crescent rounds, so I’m trying them. I just made an indentation in the center with an old ladle….hopefully it all tastes the same!

  24. I did this recepie and it is amazing ….

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