Homemade Cheese Danish


Homemade Cheese Danish

Homemade Cheese Danish
20 Min

When the Test Kitchen made this, everyone in the office went nuts over it! We were all blown away at how creamy and to-die-for this Danish is. The best part is just how easy it is to make. So don't wait another second to try our Homemade Cheese Danish...it's that good!

What You'll Need

  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine walnuts, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon; set aside. Unroll 1 can of crescent dough and press into bottom of 9- x 13-inch baking dish, pressing seams together.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining sugar, and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Unroll remaining can of dough and place over cream cheese mixture. Pour butter evenly over dough and sprinkle with nut mixture.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before cutting.


  • Thanks to ready-made crescent roll dough, we don't have to spend lots of extra time in the kitchen making our own pastry dough. To check out even more great recipes made with crescent rolls, check out our collection of Super Easy Crescent Roll Recipes


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made today baked it at 350 25 min let it cool down cut out a piece and the bottom dough was still RAW had to throw out what went wrong????

Hello! We suggest first checking that your oven is calibrated correctly, just to be sure. Once you've checked that, we suggest baking at 375 degrees, and using the rack below the center rack, but not on the bottom. Hope that helps!

These are so good! I have made them several times now. So easy too.

This is a huge hit in my family. For added deliciousness, I add pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer, top with the crust (unroll onto wax paper on the backside of a cookie sheet, press seams, then flip wax paper with crust on top of pie filling layer peel off wax paper), top with butter, then the cinnamon sugar/nut mixture bake until golden on top. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream--you will not regret it!

can you use cream cheese after it has been frozen

Hi there! Yes, you can use cream cheese that has been previously frozen. The Test Kitchen says to remember to safely thaw it until softened as the recipe calls for. Enjoy!

This recipe leaves 'store-bought' products in the dust! Once you've tried it, you'll never go back to buying a Cheese Danish. Oooooooo, so good!

I've had this recipe for 20 years. I have had success using Truvia instead of sugar, for those on low sugar diets. It does make the filling firmer, but it seems to work all right. Also, using real vanilla extract makes a huge difference in the taste. It always gets compliments and requests for the recipe.

I was lucky to be able to try one that stuck to the pan as they disappeared so fast at the church supper I would have wondered about all the ohhs and ahhs.

This thing is damn delicious! That's all I have to say about that.

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Would this work without the second layer of crescent rolls on top? I also can not save a recipe without signing in every time. I have checked the box to save the information but it doesn't work.

Hi there! Yes, you can leave out the second layer of crescent rolls and butter, and just sprinkle the nut mixture directly over the cream cheese. This will make this recipe more like a cake than a pastry, since you'll need a fork to eat it this way! :) Enjoy!

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Every one loved this! I have also added apple, cherry or blueberry pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer with great results. I find it easier to unroll the second can of dough onto the underside of a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, crimp the edges together, then flip it on top of the filling(s) layer crimp the other side as needed. Awesome warm with a scoop of ice cream, too!

This was easy and very good.

Now this deserves a 20 star rating!! o) easy peasy and when it's done people would think you were in the kitchen all day. It is absolutely delicious...I would add a little more walnuts because i'm a nutty person that way lol

I have made this sooooo many times. I find the cream cheese mixture a bit to thick to spread but if you add just enough milk while mixing, you can easily get a smooth creamy spread, and is sooooo delicious! I have co-workers that ask me to make it all the time. I don't mind because it is quick, easy cheap!

why do i have to sign in every time i try to get a recipe to go to my recipe box

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why will i not stay signed in so i can put my recipes in my box i do belong to your site Mr. Food . I will not sign in every time i want a recipe.

easy and very good

I made these and we thought thye were very good, but I thought thye tasted better the next day. Maybe just me!

What a quick and easy, but delightfully delicious, dessert! (I used 16 oz.of cream cheese instead of 12 oz.) This is definitely a keeper!

This recipe is wonderful. My question is: how do you store leftovers? Refrigerate or set out on the table?

I live in the deep south so after I make it I put it in the fridge on the lowest shelf. Before eating I just cut the amount out I'm going to use. Let it set until it comes to room temp& enjoy!

This looks so good had to print a copy.

Add marmalade or cherry preserves to the cream cheese, swirl gently, then go on with the rest. A great adaptation!

Delicious, quick to make and loved by all who tried it. For a special treat I serve with a scoop of vanilla sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon/sugar mixture. Serve with hot coffee or cold milk. Not a bite left every time I have made this.

I made this when I had family in town staying with me. When they smelled it baking in the oven, they were going nuts to try whatever I was making. Once they cooled and we tried them, they went crazy! This is a recipe I will hold onto for company - it is so easy and delicious. You would never know it was made with crescent rolls.


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