Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish

by | Mar 15, 2018 | All, Breakfast & Brunch

No need to mess with bread dough for this impressive breakfast pastry! This Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish is made with packaged crescent rolls making it a snap to get on the table.

Apple Cream Cheese Danish slices drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze on parchment paper with apple slices.

Apple anything is always a hit with my family and friends so it’s always apple season in our house. And it’s just an added bonus that my house smells like cinnamon and apples. That combination can bring a smile to anyone’s face, especially when it involves this Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish.

Each bite is filled with apples, cinnamon, and cream cheese making it the perfect sweet addition to any breakfast or brunch. And brunch isn’t brunch when there aren’t pastries involved.

Time saving tips: Line your jelly roll pan with parchment paper for easy clean up! Don’t have time to cook the apples? Apple pie filling makes a great substitution.

Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. I love recipes that look impressive enough to serve to guests but are easy enough that I make them for my family on a regular basis. This Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect example.

When my family oohs and aahs over the apples and cream cheese oozing out of the danish and asks if there is any left, I know I have a winner. Now when we have out of town guests or it’s my turn to host brunch, this danish is always part of the spread. Complete your menu with our favorite Overnight Fireman’s Breakfast Casserole, some fruit, and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar and your brunch is set! And all of it can be done ahead of time making hosting easy like a Sunday morning.

Entertaining tip: You can make the cream cheese and apple fillings a day or two before you bake the danish. Just store in airtight containers until ready to use.

Close up shot of Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish drizzled with frosting on a gray plate with white and red striped towel underneath.

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Yield: 8

Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish

Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish

This easy apple danish always disappears at brunch!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 package of 8 crescent rolls or crescent roll sheet

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced (I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons water


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

To make the cream cheese filling:

  1. Mix cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth and set aside.

To make the apple filling:

  1. In a medium pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons water and cook until apples are soft, about 7 minutes. Add more water one tablespoon at a time if apple mixture gets too thick. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

To make the danish:

  1. Place crescent roll dough on lined jelly roll pan, making a rectangle. Use a rolling pin to seal seams and thin dough out slightly. Make 2 inch diagonal cuts about an inch apart on the long sides of the dough.
  2. Spread cream cheese filling in the center of the dough. Spoon apple filling on top of cream cheese filling.
  3. Pull the top and bottom of dough over filling and then pull the dough from the sides, creating a braided look. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for at least 20 minutes.

To make the frosting:

  1. Mix powdered sugar with water in a small bowl until smooth. Add additional water if needed to get to desired consistency. Drizzle over warm danish.


Serve slightly warm, at room temperature or cold.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 4g

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    So easy and delicious looking! Looks like Granny Smith is the essence of the recipe, but I guess I can replace it with any sort of apples, right?

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      Absolutely, Amber! Use whatever apple is your favorite. It’s a definite keeper of a recipe. 🙂

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        Just made this and it is scrumptious! Used 3 different types of apples…just leftovers from this week, it all worked out wonderfully! Thank you!

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    Hey Ladies,

    We just wanted to let you know that we are featuring one of your recipes on our blog tomorrow.

    Janette and Jordan
    The 2 Seasons

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    If one uses canned apples do you just use the apples right from the can and not add anything?

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      If the apples are already sweetened for apple pie, you don’t need to add anything! Enjoy!

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    How much cinnamon and where do you add it?

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      Oops! Recipe is amended now to include the cinnamon. Thanks for your keen eyes, Alice!

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    Can you use puff pastry instead of crescent rolls?

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      Hi Maggie, I haven’t tried it with puff pastry, but I’m sure it would work!

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    How many cans of pie filling per recipe. I will be making 4 of these. Would I be able to prepare 2 of them on one jelly roll pan? thanks!

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      Hi Sue, I make my own pie filling for this recipe, but I would imagine that you could use 3 cans between the 4 danishes. I can only fit one on my jelly roll pan. Good luck!



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