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Easy Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish Recipe

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One thing I love about the holidays is the way we celebrate with food. This easy candy cane cherry cheese danish recipe is delish! And looks adorable on the Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch table. 

Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish crescent rolls recipe

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming, and I’m working on upping my holiday meal game.

I usually rely on my mom to get me through these meals, but she’s back in Texas, and I’m on my own in Virginia.

And in true Shenanigans fashion, I’m starting with dessert first: because this easy candy cane cherry cheese Danish recipe sounded fantastic.

Browsing through Pinterest as one does was a little overwhelming.

But I found something I knew my kids would think was fun.

I truly expected this to be one of those Pinterest Fail posts, but it turned out ok.

Phew!

There are a couple of different recipes out there that I took inspiration from and tweaked the basic idea for my preferences.

I used low-fat crescent rolls and low-sugar cherry pie filling to make things just a wee bit “healthier.”

And I do mean a wee bit.

Ahem.

Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish crescent rolls recipe

Easy Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish Recipe

INGREDIENTS for Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish

  • Two rolls low-fat crescent rolls
  • One 16 oz bar of low-fat cream cheese
  • One can of low-sugar cherry pie filling
  • 2/3 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

GLAZE

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 TBS milk
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract
Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Open a can of crescent rolls and shape them into a candy cane on a cookie sheet. One roll should be enough to make the cane.

The second roll will be used to make the stripes on top later.

Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

3. Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in a bowl.

4. Blend until smooth.

5. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough.

Don’t get too close to the edge; it will get a little messy!

6. Now spread a small layer of cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer.

On this level, you definitely want to go slowly and evenly.

Too much cherry mix is a sure way to overload the Danish.

Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

7. Use the second roll of crescent rolls to create strips to lay across the top of the cherry filling.

I ripped the crescents apart and rolled the strips between my hands and placed them on the top.

8. Press the ends of each strip down to the side of the Danish.

Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

9. Pop in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.

GLAZE

1. Slowly add the milk and vanilla to the powdered sugar and mix.

I didn’t use all the milk, but I was hoping for a little thicker glaze.

This is where you can adjust to taste by mixing slowly.

Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

2. Pour the glaze over the top of the Danish.

3. Plate and serve with vanilla ice cream if you want to be extra decadent!

Looking for a Christmas dessert or breakfast idea? Try this easy candy cane cherry cheese danish with crescent rolls and cream cheese. SO good and festive for your holiday meal.

My kids love this one!

Lucy asked me to make it again tomorrow.

And the next day. And the next…

I’m not sure about that, but I do think this was easy enough to make for our Christmas morning brunch.

It took about 30 minutes to make and I’d rate it as a 4 in complexity (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most complex).

Be sure to pin it for later!

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Candy Cane Cherry Cheese From Danish Crescent Rolls

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes

One thing I love about the holidays is the way we celebrate with food. This easy candy cane cherry cheese danish recipe is delish! And looks adorable on the Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch table. 

Ingredients

  • Two rolls low-fat crescent rolls
  • One 16 oz bar of low-fat cream cheese
  • One can of low-sugar cherry pie filling
  • 2/3 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 TBS milk
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open a can of crescent rolls and shape them into a candy cane on a cookie sheet. One roll should be enough to make the cane. The second roll will be used to make the stripes on top later.
  3. Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough.
  6. Now spread a small layer of cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer.
  7. Use the second roll of crescent rolls to create strips to lay across the top of the cherry filling.
  8. Press the ends of each strip down to the side of the Danish.
  9. Pop in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.
  10. For The Glaze: Slowly add the milk and vanilla to the powdered sugar and mix.
  11. Pour the glaze over the top of the Danish.
  12. Plate and serve with vanilla ice cream if you want to be extra decadent!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 350mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 7g

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Monday 23rd of December 2019

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Tracy

Friday 22nd of December 2017

Made this last year!! It was delicious!! Have to make it again this year!

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