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Crescent Cheese Danishes

A Morning Delight: Easy Crescent Cheese Danishes

The aroma of freshly baked pastries wafting through the kitchen is a surefire way to start your day on a positive note. And what better pastry to greet the morning with than a warm, flaky crescent cheese danish? This recipe makes creating these delightful treats at home surprisingly simple.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Effortless Indulgence: These crescent cheese danishes come together quickly and easily, using readily available ingredients and minimal prep work. They're perfect for those mornings when you want a homemade treat without a lot of fuss.
  • Flaky Perfection: The base of these danishes utilizes store-bought crescent dough, ensuring a beautiful flaky crust.
  • Creamy Delight: The filling is a simple yet flavorful combination of cream cheese, sugar, and a touch of lemon juice, creating a creamy and satisfying center.

Ingredients:

  • The Creamy Dream Filling:

    • 1 medium package of softened cream cheese (Philadelphia brand recommended)
    • ½ cup regular white sugar
    • ¼ cup light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • The Flaky Base:

    • Two tubes of crescent roll dough
  • Buttery Goodness:

    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Sweet Glaze (Optional):

    • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
    • 4 teaspoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get your oven ready by preheating it to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Creamy Filling Magic: In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer or blender, combine the softened cream cheese, white sugar, light brown sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth and well-combined.

  3. Preparing the Crescent Dough: Open both tubes of crescent dough and separate them into triangles.

  4. Shaping the Danishes: On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lay each crescent dough triangle flat. Using your fingers or a small measuring cup, gently press the edges of the triangle inwards to create a slight well in the center. This will hold the creamy cheese filling.

  5. Sweet Brushing: In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter and the light brown sugar. Brush this mixture over each of the prepared crescent dough bases.

  6. Filling Up with Flavor: Evenly distribute dollops of the cream cheese filling into the center of each crescent dough base.

  7. Baking to Perfection: Place the baking sheet with the assembled danishes into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C), or until the edges of the crescent dough are golden brown.

  8. Cooling and Glazing (Optional): Remove the danishes from the oven and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet. Once cool, drizzle with the optional glaze if desired.

To Make the Glaze (Optional): In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until a smooth glaze forms. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled danishes.

  1. Savor the Morning! Enjoy your homemade crescent cheese danishes warm or at room temperature. They're the perfect way to start your day with a delicious and satisfying treat.

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