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Celebrate summer mornings with a delicious batch of cream cheese danish pastry! A beautiful addition to breakfast and brunch, they’re also perfect for tea time and as a small mid-day snack. These delightful puff pastry desserts are quick and easy to make at home in just 35 minutes. So pull out your apron and let’s get baking!

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Cream Cheese Danish Pastry Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients for making fabulous cream cheese danish pastries: store-bought puff pastry sheets (or use my easy homemade puff pastry recipe), cream cheese, granulated sugar, sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, vanilla extract, fresh blueberries and strawberries, melted butter, and bakery-style sanding sugar.

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How to Make Cream Cheese Danish Pastry Desserts

Here’s how to make puff pastry desserts, step by step. STEP ONE: Adjust your oven rack to the center position. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place one thawed-out sheet of puff pastry on a lightly-floured surface and unfold it. STEP TWO: With a 4.5-inch biscuit cutter, cut out four rounds from the sheet of puff pastry. Within the large rounds, use a smaller biscuit cutter or drinking glass to score the dough.

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Continued Instructions for Cream Cheese Danish Pastry

While baking in the oven, the scoring will encourage the puff pastry dough to lightly rise in a beautiful way around the fruit and cream cheese filling. Prick the center of the dough a few times with a fork. STEP THREE: Repeat this cutting-out process for the second sheet of puff pastry dough. Gather the dough scraps together, roll them out, and create two additional puff pastry circles. Place the rounds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

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STEP FOUR: Add the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer. Blend until all ingredients are incorporated, and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Place two tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each dough round. With the back of a spoon, spread out the cream cheese leaving a 1/4-inch border.

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STEP FIVE: On half of the puff pastry desserts, place rinsed and dried blueberries over the cream cheese. Decoratively place halved strawberries (with stems removed) on the rest.

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Brush melted butter along the rims of the pastry. Sprinkle the edges with sanding sugar. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until the rims of the puff pastry are lightly golden. Allow the cream cheese danish to cool on the cookie sheet before serving. If desired, garnish the middle of the strawberry breakfast pastries with additional lime zest.

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How to Store Cream Cheese Danish Pastry

All baked goods containing cream cheese must be stored in the refrigerator. Do not leave your fruit and cream cheese danish pastry sitting out at room temperature for more than two hours. In the refrigerator they’ll stay nice and fresh for up to five days.

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Kitchen Tools for Cheese Danish Recipe

These handy kitchen tools will make your breakfast pastries easy and fun to create! Do you have a KitchenAid stand mixer? There are so many beautiful colors to choose from. My husband just surprised me with a brand new one in a lovely summery ocean blue. I get a tropical vacation vibe just looking at it!

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These easy-to-make breakfast pastries are as delicious as they are beautiful! Fruit and cream cheese danish are ideal for relaxed weekend mornings, Sunday brunch, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and more. I like to make these puff pastry desserts when friends are coming over to visit. It’s a fabulous kiss of hospitality!


  • 1 box of puff pastry dough (2 sheets), thawed
  • 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice, freshly squeezed or bottled
  • Lime zest from one whole lime
  • 21/2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla (or vanilla extract)
  • Fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • Fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing
  • Sanding sugar
  • Optional garnish: additional lime zest


  1. Adjust your oven rack to the center position. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unfold the thawed puff pastry sheets on a lightly-floured board. With a large 4.5-inch biscuit cutter, cut out 4 rounds of dough from each piece. Lightly score the rounds with a slightly-smaller biscuit cutter or drinking glass. Transfer the puff pastry rounds to baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Gather together the remaining scraps of dough. Roll out the dough and create two or three more danish pastry circles. Add those to the baking sheets.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and the consistency is smooth and creamy. Place two tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each puff pastry circle. Using the backside of a spoon, spread it out, leaving a 1/4-inch rim.
  4. Arrange blueberries on half of the rounds. Artistically arrange strawberries on the rest of the batch.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes, or until the rims of the puff pastry desserts are lightly golden brown.
  6. Allow the cheese danish to relax on the baking sheets and cool down to room temperature. If desired, add a light sprinkling of lime zest to the middle of the strawberry breakfast pastries.
  7. Serve with coffee, milk, orange juice or tea.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Tea Time, Snack, Dessert, Party
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. The recipe left out the very important step of pricking the pastry dough before applying the cream cheese! Could have been a more beautiful treat if it wasn’t for that mistake.

    1. Hello Amanda, thank you for pointing that out. Although the dough is shown pricked in the step-by-step images, this step is not included in the recipe card. I apologize. – Denay

  2. I used this recipe as a base for making a bunch of mini danishes for a family brunch. The cream cheese filling tastes great, I had to swap the lime for lemon but I think any citrus would work – don’t skip out on it though, it adds a really nice flavour. I used strawberries, peaches and chocolate chips for three different variations, and all of them work great too. They look adorable and I’m sure everyone will love them.

    1. Hello Denise! Thank you so much for asking. I didn’t realize this instruction didn’t make it into the recipe card. Brush melted butter along the rims of the pastry. Sprinkle the edges with sanding sugar. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until the rims of the puff pastry are lightly golden.

  3. Hi there I’m going to be making these for brunch this weekend with my kids.. Is cream cheese meant to be cold or softened?

    1. Hello Tulea. What a great question! If using a stand mixer, the cream cheese can come straight from the refrigerator, nice and cold. Just cut it into 8-10 pieces before adding it to the mixing bowl. This will make it easier to blend. If using a hand mixer, allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature so it’s easier to work with.

  4. Can you freeze them? It’s just my husband and I and I know we couldn’t possibly eat them all in 5 days. Or shall I say, we shouldn’t.

    1. Hello Melody. Yes, they can be frozen! Bake only what what you’d like to enjoy right now and over the next few days. For the rest of the batch, place them in a single layer on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Put the tray in the freezer for a few hours until the Danish treats are frozen solid. Then transfer the Danish pastries to a freezer-safe container or a zip-top kitchen bag. If stacking them, place parchment paper between each layer. They’ll keep for up to two weeks. There’s no need to thaw before baking, but you’ll need to add a few minutes onto the baking time.

  5. I have everything I need for this recipe right now so I will be making them as soon as I can. I’ve rated it high even though I haven’t made it, yet, but I just know it’s going to be scrumptious!

  6. Not only do these look delicious, they also look gorgeous! I have a house guest coming in about a month and I wanted to serve something memorable for breakfast. This is what I am making!

  7. OMG these look absolutely delicious! Breakfast and pastries have been a huge pregnancy craving lately. I need to make these this weekend for next week!

  8. OMG these are adorable! I love fruity pastries, so I think I’m going to have to try to make them! My 4yo might even be able to help!

    1. The danish recipe is always a fast and good recipe to make. I hope you really like them.

  9. These look delicious! As a mom of toddlers I’m always looking for something new and easy to make to shake up breakfasts and snack time. Thanks!

    1. I totally understand that. It has to be so hard. These danishes are really gonna hit the spot.

  10. This looks so easy and delicious! I’ve always been a bit hesitant to try puff pastry, but danishes are one of my favorites, so definitely excited to give these a try.

  11. These are the prettiest little breakfast pastries! They’re so easy to make too. I’m excited to try them!

  12. I made these yesterday for afternoon tea and they were such a hit with the whole family!
    I loved the strawberry ones but my kids love the blueberry ones.
    Going to try them next week with raspberries :D

    1. Claire, how fabulous! Thank you so much for coming back to share your love of this easy recipe for breakfast pastries. I’m so glad to know that they were a big hit with your whole family. This makes me smile!

    1. Yay! Rebekah, I’m so excited to hear that you’ll be baking up a batch of these yummy cream cheese danish pastry with your favorite fresh fruit. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Natalie! Once you take a bite of one of these yummy breakfast pastries, you’ll be hooked. This is a quick easy recipe you’ll love to make time and again! :-)