This copycat cheese danish will quickly become your new favorite breakfast!
Hey yall. I have a little bit of a secret to share. I love Starbucks. That’s no secret really. The big secret is that I am obsessed with their cheese danishes. I’d say about 80 percent of time I run by for a cup of coffee, I’ll grab a cheese danish. Gah. They are my favorite. So flaky and warm. And full of cream cheese goodness. It’s hard for me to NOT order one when I go.
As much as I love them I always feel a little bad for buying one because they seem so easy to make. So this past weekend I decided to try my hand at making them at home.
What is a cheese danish made of?
I was so excited when I nailed the recipe at home. It was perfectly flaky and full of cream cheese goodness. Just like the Starbucks version! But at home! Which means I can make them anytime and even in my pajamas!
You only need a few ingredients to make this copycat cheese danish at home, all of which can be found at your local grocery store. You will need:
- frozen puff pastry sheets
- cream cheese
- vanilla extract
The puff pastry sheets are in the frozen section at most grocery stores. It is normally next to the whipped cream and ice cream area. Ya know, all the good stuff. If you want to make it homemade, try this puff pastry recipe.
You can use any type of cream cheese for this recipe. Regular, low fat, or even the flavored variety. I bet something like the strawberry cream cheese would be a great addition to this copycat Starbucks cheese danish.
Sugar, or your sweetener or choice, and vanilla round out the ingredients needed. Plain white sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar or even Stevia would work for this recipe.
Starbucks cheese danish recipe
This recipe can be broken down into three basic steps.
- Unrolling/cutting the puff pastry
- Mixing and adding the cream cheese
You want to make sure that you are starting with thawed puff pastry. It comes frozen so it needs to sit out for a bit to thaw. This cuts the cooking time down and makes sure that the cheese danish comes out super flaky.
Roll out the puff pastry and slice it into rectangles. The puff pastry itself comes in a large rectangle. It should be easy to cut down to size using a pizza cutter. Feel free to make your rectangles bigger or smaller, depending on how many cheese danishes you want to make.
While the puffy pastry is baking for the first time, mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. You can do this with a hand mixer of if the cream cheese is soft enough you can just use a fork or spoon.
Remove the pastry from the oven and allow to cool slightly, just so they are not super hot to the touch. Spoon in a good amount of cream cheese onto the puff pastry; making an oval shape in the center if possible.
Place it back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!
Do you secretly love these cheese danishes from Starbucks as well? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a secret anymore. Join the Starbucks cheese danish lovers club!
The even better news is that it is SO easy to make these Starbucks copycat cheese danishes at home. (In your pajamas if you prefer.) Just be sure to let the cream cheese cool before biting into one of these bad boys! (I say from experience.)
Preheat the oven to 400 and line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking sheet. Unfold the puff pastry and slice it into small rectangles. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. While the pastries are cooking, whip together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Remove the pastries from the stove and use a spoon to press an oval into the center. Spoon a tablespoon into the oval and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Allow to cook until the edges of the pastry are golden brown. Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 530 Total Fat: 33.1g Saturated Fat: 12.1g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 236mg Carbohydrates: 53.3g Fiber: .9g Sugar: 25.6g Protein: 6.6g
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Preheat the oven to 400 and line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking sheet.
Unfold the puff pastry and slice it into small rectangles.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
While the pastries are cooking, whip together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.
Remove the pastries from the stove and use a spoon to press an oval into the center.
Spoon a tablespoon into the oval and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
Allow to cook until the edges of the pastry are golden brown.
Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!
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