Easy True Lemon Cheese Danish


Technically, this is not a real cheese danish. But we’re pretty confident that aside from walking to your nearest bakery and buying one, this is about the quickest way to make a simple and delicious cheese danish at home!


For Pastry: 

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon sour cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 packets True Lemon dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water

For Glaze: 

½ cup confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  3. Carefully remove the packaging from the crescent rolls.
  4. You do NOT want to unroll the “log” of dough. Slice the log into ½ inch slices. Use your fingers to press an indention into the dough. This will hold the filling.
  5. To make filling, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, True Lemon juice and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth and cream.
  6. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of filling into each crescent roll.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. While the crescents are cooling, whisk together the confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. (Add more sugar or more milk to reach desired consistency, it should be runny but still thick) and pour over the tops of each danish.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted and photo credit from Lemon-Sugar. Some very yummy recipes on this blog – check it out!