This easy cream cheese danish is made with lemon curd, and puff pastry for an easy breakfast or brunch danish recipe that everyone will love.

Flaky cream cheese danish with glaze

A good cheese danish has always been my favorite breakfast indulgence. That flaky puff pastry crust and the sweetened cream cheese in the middle….it’s the ideal way to start the day!

This easy cream cheese danish recipe uses premade puff pastry to keep things simple but we have fancied it up by lacing the top into a beautiful braid.

Inside is sweetened cream cheese and delicious lemon curd to the perfect combination of sweet and tart (we have recipe for peach cream cheese danish too!) . Add a little glaze on the top after everything is baked and you end up with a breakfast pastry that is easy enough to make for the family and awesome enough to add to your brunch menu.

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a whole cream cheese danish braid before slicing

Using premade doughs is a great way to simply your breakfast baking without sacrificing flavor. We use it for our easy chocolate croissants, holiday breakfast ring, and even our air fryer maple bacon donuts…OMG you have to try them!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen puff pastry – You’ll need 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry.
  • Cream cheese – Cream cheese adds the perfect tangy flavor to this cheese danish.
  • Confectioner’s sugar – You’ll use this powdered sugar to sweeten the cream cheese filling and to make the glaze for the puff pastry.
  • Vanilla extract – A little vanilla extract helps mellow out the lemon without masking the flavor.
  • Lemon zest – Zesting a lemon is a great way to get a real punch of flavor without the added liquid of using lemon juice. You’ll use this in both the filling and the glaze.
  • Lemon Curd – Yum! I could eat this stuff with a spoon. You can make your own lemon curd or you can find it in the aisle with the jellies and jams at the grocery store.
  • Egg – This is used to make a simple egg wash to brush over the puff pastry to give it a nice golden brown appearance.
  • Milk – You’ll add this to the glaze to thin it out enough to drizzle it over the cooled danish before serving.
A lemon cream cheese danish cut into slices

Instructions

Step 1 – Prepare oven. Preheat oven to 400F.

Step 2 – Make the filling. Mix cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest together until thoroughly combined.

Steps for making a cheese danish braid

Step 3 – Fill pastry. Unfold thawed puff pastry sheet and roll it out into a rectangle that is ¼ inch thick.

Cut 1 inch strips down the left and right thirds of the puff pastry, leaving the middle section untouched.

Add cream cheese mixture to the middle of the puff pastry and then spread the lemon curd over it. Fold the end of the puff pastry up and over, then fold the top strip from the left in towards the middle. Fold a strip from the right inwards to overlap the left strip. Continue alternating left and right down the length of the puff pastry.

Make a simple egg wash by mixing the egg and water and brush the egg wash over the puff pastry.

Step 4 – Bake. Place in a 400 F oven to bake for for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 5 – Glaze. While the pastry bakes make the glaze by mixing the confectioner’s sugar, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest together in a bowl.

Once the pastry is cooked and has cooled to room temperature drizzle the glaze over and enjoy!

You’d never believe it was that easy to make just looking at it! This danish is delicious and beautiful and absolutely perfect for spring and summer brunches or make it ahead of time for a lazy morning breakfast this summer. Either way you and whoever you share it with (I won’t tell if you keep it all for yourself) will love it.

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish

This flaky Lemon Cream Cheese Danish is an easy breakfast or brunch recipe made with puff pastry and filled with a creamy, sweet and tart filling.
This flaky Lemon Cream Cheese Danish is an easy breakfast or brunch recipe made with puff pastry and filled with a creamy, sweet and tart filling. This is the perfect pretty but easy recipe for Mother’s Day brunch.
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Ingredients

Danish

  • 1 sheet Frozen puff pastry, , thawed
  • 4 oz Cream cheese, , softened
  • ¼ c Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Lemon zest, (whole lemon)
  • 4 oz Lemon Curd
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Water

Glaze

  • ½ c Confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Mix cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest together until thoroughly combined.
  • Unfold thawed puff pastry sheet and roll it out into a rectangle that is ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut 1 inch strips down the left and right thirds of the puff pastry, leaving the middle section untouched.
  • Add cream cheese mixture to the middle of the puff pastry and then spread the lemon curd over it. Fold the end of the puff pastry up and over, then fold the top strip from the left in towards the middle. Fold a strip from the right inwards to overlap the left strip. Continue alternating left and right down the length of the puff pastry.
  • Make a simple egg wash by mixing the egg and water and brush the egg wash over the puff pastry.
  • Place in a 400 F oven to bake for for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the pastry bakes make the glaze by mixing the confectioner’s sugar, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest together in a bowl.
  • Once the pastry is cooked and has cooled to room temperature drizzle the glaze over and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 233mg, Potassium: 55mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 300IU, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1.3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast pastry, cream cheese danish recipe, homemade danish, puff pastry danish