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Small Batch Cream Cheese Danish

Made with just five basic ingredients, this Cream Cheese Danish recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make! Perfect with your morning cup of coffee!

cream cheese danish on a piece of parchment paper

The only bad thing about not hosting Christmas dinner is the lack of leftovers. I never think to take any with me from my Mom’s because I always leave there so stuffed that I don’t think I’ll ever eat another meal. But as I sit here two days later surrounded by boxes and piles of toys that need to find homes in my kids’ closets, I could sure go for some Overnight Caramel French Toast or Cornbread Dressing

Really, I’d eat just about anything right now to keep me from having to clean up. Part of me is itching to take the tree down and reclaim my living room, but the other part of me isn’t ready to go back to reality.

I got a little jolt back into reality when I went to the grocery store yesterday. We were out of paper towels, diapers, laundry detergent, dish detergent, and toilet paper… you know, all of those one off items that you don’t buy every trip but easily add $20 to your bill when you do.  I spent $100 on 5 items, and we couldn’t eat a single one of them. Merrrrry Christmas haha.

Needing to console myself after my shopping trip, I came home to make these cream cheese danishes. I’ve been craving some of my Breakfast Cheesecake, but I wanted to try and find a way to make a smaller batch. These small batch cream cheese danishes are soft, flaky, easy to eat with one hand, and so simple to make. Perfect with coffee or a dollop of fruit preserve on top.

What’s Needed for Homemade Cheese Danish?

Spoiler: this is a crescent roll cream cheese danish recipe. That means the only thing you have to make from scratch is the cheese danish filling. Score!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the crescent roll cheese danish:

  • Cream cheese
  • Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract

a crescent roll cream cheese danish on a piece of parchment paper

How to Make Crescent Roll Cheese Danish

  1. Make the cream cheese filling for the danish.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough onto an ungreased baking sheet and separate into four squares.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto each square.
  4. Gently fold in each of the corners of the dough.
  5. Bake until the edges are lightly golden brown.

Can I Double This Cheese Danish Recipe?

Yes, you can double this crescent roll cream cheese danish recipe. Double all the ingredients EXCEPT the egg yolk. You can get by with just one egg yolk even if doubling the recipe.

Tips for Making Cream Cheese Danish

Be generous with the filling, there will still be a little leftover once you’re done adding it to the crescent rolls.

To switch up this recipe a bit, try adding a dollop of fruit preserves to the center.

Make sure to securely fold up the edges of the crescent rolls as they have a tendency to spread.

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Small Batch Cream Cheese Danish

3.79 from 32 votes
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 package Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream together sugar and cream cheese.
  • Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Separate the dough into four squares.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture onto each square.
  • Gently fold in each of the corners of the dough.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.


  • Be generous with the filling, there will still be a little leftover.
  • You can double this recipe, but still only use one egg yolk.


Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 78mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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Friday 5th of March 2021

What size Crescent roll package?


Saturday 19th of September 2020

ugh. put in a whole egg by mistake! use coconut sugar so does not look right and was a mistake. will try again another day.


Sunday 10th of February 2019

Oh..yum..going to try these using 1/2 the cream cheese and sugar as I see they spread the idea of a dot of jelly in center..will try each with different flavor..also have a pepper jelly..will try.


Friday 26th of October 2018

We love all things cream cheese! Made these for breakfast today, delicious! We'll be making them again, but probably with a tad less sugar.


Sunday 19th of August 2018

Just took them out of the oven. Didn’t fold my edges in enough, they do spread out. No worries still taste amazing. Did add a drop of jam in the middle. These are definitely be added into the breakfast rotation.

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