Cream Cheese Danishes

Easy Cream Cheese Danish Recipe – skip the bakery and whip up these easy cheese danishes. They are effortless to make and taste great! Hawaiian rolls brushed with melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and filled with cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. These delectable pastries are a delightful addition to breakfast, brunch, or as a snack any time of day.

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Hawaiian Roll Cream Cheese Danish

These Cream Cheese Danishes are a delectable treat that boasts a perfect balance of sweet, creamy, and flaky goodness. Soft Hawaiian rolls, with squares pressed down into the dough, creating pockets that are filled with a rich cream cheese filling. As they bake, the aroma of warm, buttery rolls fills the air. The result is a delightful blend of textures, with the outer layer turning golden and flaky, while the inner filling becomes a luscious cheesecake-like delight. These pastries are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. You must make them ASAP!

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How to Make Cheesecake Danishes

These pastries are effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. Add cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix together with an electric hand mixer. Set aside.

Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut a square in the top of each roll and press the bread square down into the roll. Combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Brush the melted butter mixture over the rolls and inside the holes.

 Spoon the cream cheese filling into the rolls. Bake in a preheated oven until the cheesecake filling is set and the rolls are golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use a package of Kings Hawaiian Rolls.
    • You can leave the rolls together or separate them into individual rolls.
    • The individual rolls will get a little crisper.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • Fold in your favorite fruit: strawberry, apricots, or blueberry.
    • Add a dollop of your favorite jam to the cheesecake filling before baking.
    • Add a splash of lemon juice or almond extract to the cream cheese mixture for a pop of flavor.
  • I top the rolls with some powdered sugar.
    • Add a drizzle of a quick powdered sugar glaze to put the pastries over the top.
  • Can I make Easy Cheese Danish ahead of time? Yes! You can assemble the rolls ahead of time. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.
    • This is a great recipe for overnight guests, hectic weekday mornings and holiday breakfasts.
  • Can I freeze Cheese Danishes? Yes! Bake the danishes and cool to room temperature. Place the baking sheet in the freezer. Once the rolls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 4 months.
    • Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
plate of cheesecake danishes

What to Serve with Cream Cheese Danish

This recipe has been on repeat at our house. They are the perfect treat to bring to a potluck or serve at an upcoming holiday brunch. They are guaranteed to be a hit with your guests! To create a balanced and satisfying meal or snack, consider offering a fresh fruit salad to provide a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the danishes. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert. For those who enjoy a warm beverage, a cup of hot chocolate or spiced tea pairs beautifully. Give this dish a try the next time you need a quick and easy recipe the whole family will enjoy!

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Cream Cheese Danish

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Easy Cream Cheese Danish Recipe – skip the bakery and whip up these easy cheese danishes. They are effortless to make and taste great! Hawaiian rolls brushed with melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and filled with cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. These delectable pastries are a delightful addition to breakfast, brunch, or as a delightful snack any time of day.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Place rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut a square in the top of each roll and press the bread square down into the roll.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Brush the melted butter mixture over the rolls and inside the holes.
  • Add cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix together with an electric hand mixer.
  • Spoon the cream cheese filling into the rolls.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown and the filling is set.

Notes:

    • Be careful not to cut all the way through the rolls. Do not remove the bread, just press the bread down into the roll.
    • I use a package of Kings Hawaiian Rolls.
        • You can leave the rolls together or separate them into individual rolls.
        • The individual rolls will get a little crisper.
    • Variations/Additions:
        • Fold in your favorite fruit: strawberry, apricots, or blueberry.
        • Add a dollop of your favorite jam to the cheesecake filling before baking.
        • Add a splash of lemon juice or almond extract to the cream cheese mixture for a pop of flavor.
    • I top the rolls with some powdered sugar.
        • Add a drizzle of a quick powdered sugar glaze to put the pastries over the top.
    • Can I make Easy Cheese Danish ahead of time? Yes! You can assemble the rolls ahead of time. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.
    • Can I freeze Cheese Danishes? Yes! Bake the danishes and cool to room temperature. Place the baking sheet in the freezer. Once the rolls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 4 months.
        • Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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