I came across this a couple of weeks ago, and it caught my eye because it’s one of my favorite breakfast treats, and it says “Easy”.
It came out good- I’d definitely make it again. It was very sweet, I’d add a pinch of salt to the filling next time. I also had less than the required 8 oz. of cream cheese, so I adjusted the amount of sugar to compensate. The amount of filling I ended up with was more than sufficient. Also, it definitely needs to be eaten at cool room temperature- it was too much “too much” to be eaten warm. I would say it’s even better the next day.
Easy Cheese Danish
- 5 or 6 oz. softened cream cheese (less than 8 oz. package)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 can (8 oz. tube) refrigerated crescent rolls
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 or 3 TBSP cream
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- optional 3 TBSP sliced almonds for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla & salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Open crescent roll dough and unroll, leaving rectangles intact. Lay out the crescent roll rectangles out side by side, long sides touching. Dough should be almost the entire length of a half sheet pan.
- Press edges together, and push perforations together to seal any holes.
- Carefully spread the filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3” wide.
- Cut ½” diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Fold the ½” strips up over the filling, alternating sides over each other and pressing down lightly to seal. It should look like a braided pattern. Fold the end pieces as neatly as possible.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until filling is set and dough is golden in color.
- Cool before removing from baking sheet to a serving platter.
- In a small bowl, mix icing ingredients, use only 2 TBSP cream to start, adding more as necessary for desired consistency. Spoon icing into a small zip top baggie, close, and snip 1/8” off one corner. Pipe in a drizzle over cake. You could sprinkle some sliced almonds over the top for decoration.
It definitely tastes like crescent dough, but I honestly thought it improved a lot by the next day, but it was EASY! It would be a great quick take along to a small brunch party.