I’m going to be honest. This recipe has been a long time coming. I’ve been wanting to make homemade cream cheese danish for months now. But I keep putting it off. I don’t know why. These were so simple to make! I think I was just nervous that they wouldn’t turn out as good as the ones I buy. But in all seriousness, I’m a pastry fiend. That’s right. A fiend. I would hoard pastries if it wasn’t “socially unacceptable”. I have often said to the hubby that if I had to choose a different profession, I would be a pastry chef. My latest obsession has been with these easy cream cheese danish.
Let’s start with a close-up shall we?? Look at that flakey golden crust. Oh my. That beautiful golden cheese! And the cracks in the cheese showing its perfect done-ness! Woah woah woah. Back up. Stop drooling on the keyboard and/or licking the screen (she says to herself). It’s times like these that I wish smell-o-vision was a real thing. I’ll stop being mean and tempting you with pictures. On to the recipe!
- 2 sheets puff pastry; thawed but still cool
- 8 oz cream cheese; at room temperature
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs; divided
- ¼ cup flour; for rolling
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
- In a medium bowl, place room temperature cream cheese and sugar. Using a spatula, cream together the cheese and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and 2 egg yolks and stir until just combined.
- On a floured surface, unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry. With a floured rolling pin, slightly roll it until it is 10×10-inches. Repeat with second puff pastry sheet.
- Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese filling into the center of each square.
- Brush all 4 edges of each pastry square with an egg white wash (2 egg whites beaten with 1 tablespoon of water). Fold each corner in to be slightly touching the filling. Carefully transfer each pastry to the lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pans once halfway through. Enjoy!
So easy, right!? You just use puff pastry… one of the 7 wonders of the
world kitchen. AND one of the beauties of making these fresh at home is getting them warm, right out of the oven! YUM! So good.
Are you a pastry fiend? What is your favorite type of pastry?