December 3, 2021

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish

I think it's about time for a breakfast pastry! A danish pastry is a versatile and easy breakfast choice.

What is a Danish Pastry?

A danish pastry, or just danish for short, is made with puff pastry. Puff pastry is a multilayered, laminated dough. It has layers of butter and dough to help create the flaky and light bite of pastry. Another puff pastry dessert you may be familiar with is a croissant!

A puff pastry danish can be topped with fruit or cream cheese filling.

How to Make the Cream Cheese Filling

The cream cheese filling for this Danish pastry is very simple. You will take all of the ingredients and mix them until it is very smooth. You can go ahead and put the filling into a pastry bag, or you can use a sandwich plastic bag and cut the corner off so you can pipe out of it.

How to Make the Strawberry (or any fruit) Filling

I loved using fresh fruit for this filling, but you can also use frozen if needed. Combine the fruit into a pot with the sugar, and heat it on medium-low heat until all the sugar has melted, and there's some liquid in the bottom. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl, then add it to the strawberries. Continue to cook until the liquid has thickened.

Take it off the heat, and strain the liquid away from the strawberries, and set both aside to cool off.

How to Make a Puff Pastry Danish

While I would love you show you all how to make homemade puff pastry, that is a big endeavor, so I will save it for another day, when I have a bigger kitchen!

I used premade puff pastry sheets for my strawberry danish recipe. You can find this in the frozen section with other frozen desserts.

Thaw the puff pastry according to the directions on the box. The one I got had it unwrapped and out at room temperature for about 40 minutes. You want to make sure it is unthawed enough where when you open the sheet up, it won't crack the dough.

With the puff pastry sheet opened up, cut it into 9 squares.

Then, take each square, and take the opposite corners and fold them into the center. Press them down into the dough. Then do the same for the other corners.

Take your cream cheese filling, and pipe it in the center. I piped a ring, so that the strawberry filling had a little nest to go in.

Bake the cream cheese danish pastry at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes.

Now you will add the strawberry filling. Spoon some of the strawberries into the middle of each Danish pastry.

Finish baking them for another 5-8 minutes. Let them cool slightly, but they are best when they are warm, so dig right in! I drizzled some of the strawberry liquid on top as well!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish

This perfect breakfast treat is flaky, and has a wonderful filling of cream cheese and strawberries! Start your morning right with this danish.


Sydney Delong











  • 1 package puff pastry sheets you can find this in the frozen dessert section at the grocery store
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup powder sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Strawberry Filling
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Take the frozen puff pastry sheets out of its packaging, and allow to thaw according to the instructions on the box.
Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together until it is very smooth.
Strawberry Filling
  1. Cut the strawberries into small pieces, and combine in a pot with the sugar. Cook on low heat until there is a little bit of liquid in the pot.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and water, and add to the pot. Cook on low heat until it is slightly thickened.
  3. Strain the juice from the strawberries and set both aside to cool.
Building the Danish
  1. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 squares.
  2. On each square, fold the opposite corners into the middle and press it into the dough, as shown in this picture.
  3. I used a pastry bag for the cream cheese filling, or you can use a ZipLoc bag and cut the corner tip off, and pipe a circle of cream cheese filling on the puff pastry.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Take the danishes out, and add the strained strawberries to the top. Return to the oven to bake for another 5-8 minutes.
  5. Allow the danishes to cool, and then eat while warm!

To reheat, I recommend using an oven or toaster oven. It will get the puff pastry flakey again.You can replace the strawberries with any fruit!

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