Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many of us skip it as we rush out the door in the morning. If you need something to grab on the way out the door, this strawberry danish recipe is just what you need! Filled with strawberries and cream cheese, on a crispy pastry, you won’t know why you skipped breakfast before.
As a mom, my mornings are always crazy busy! It’s not that I don’t want to eat breakfast, but I barely have time to grab a cup of coffee before I’m rushing out the door. These delicious strawberry cream cheese danishes have really made grabbing something to eat so much easier. I just make them ahead of time, and I have a quick and easy breakfast every day of the week.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishes
A danish is a multilayered, sweet pastry that originates from Denmark. This strawberry cream cheese danish recipe is made with puff pastry that is stuffed with a sweet cream cheese mixture, topped with fresh, sweet strawberries, and baked to a perfect golden brown. This version is my Starbucks copycat cream cheese danish recipe but with strawberries!
Strawberry Danish Ingredients
Before you get started on your breakfast treats, you need to make sure you have everything you need. Take a look below to start your grocery list:
- Puff pastry: I like to get the Pepperidge Farms puff pastry sheets rather than a full roll so I don’t have to do as much cutting. If you plan to make these danishes soon, make sure to let your puff pastry thaw before using.
- Fresh strawberries: Fresh is always best! Get the brightest, reddest ones you can find.
- Cream cheese: The cream cheese adds a great tang and richness to the Danish.
- Sugar: The granulated sugar helps sweeten the Danish and the strawberries.
- Vanilla: The vanilla along with the sugar enhances the sweetness and flavor of the strawberries.
- Lemon juice: The lemon juice helps brighten the filling and provide a bit of acid. It really makes the strawberries pop! This is an optional ingredient.
For a full list of exact ingredients, please scroll to the bottom for the recipe card!
How to Make Strawberry Danishes
For an easy breakfast you can grab and go, follow the simple steps below:
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 400F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
Step 2: Cut the Puff Pastry
Unroll the puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and slice in half, lengthwise. Then, cut each strip in quarters so you have eight large rectangles. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.
Step 3: Create a Border
Using a small paring knife, create a ½” border around the edge of the each piece of puff pastry, but make sure not to cut all the way through! Then, poke the center square of the puff pastry a few times with a fork– this will ensure the edges rise, but not the center. This will help hold the filling in the Danish.
Step 4: Make Cream Cheese Filling
In a small bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar, and vanilla.
Step 5: Make Strawberry Danish Topping
In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, chopped strawberries, and lemon juice.
Step 6: Fill Your Pastry Puffs
Divide the cream cheese mixture between the pieces of puff pastry, making sure to only fill within the border. Then, spoon the strawberry mixture over the cream cheese.
Step 7: Bake Danishes
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
What is a Puff Pastry?
A puff pastry is a flakey dough that puffs up when you bake it, giving it a delicious crunchy texture. You can find puff pastries at almost any grocery store in the freezer section. Make sure that you are getting puff pastry sheets and not cups.
Do I Have to Use Fresh Strawberries?
In my opinion, fresh is always better! However, if you don’t have fresh strawberries, you could use frozen strawberries. Keep in mind that this will change the danish flavor. It won’t be as sweet since frozen strawberries tend to be more bland.
Strawberry Danish Recipe Tips
Danishes make the perfect grab and go breakfast solution. Here are a few tips when serving them up:
- Garnish them with strawberries: I like to add fresh minced strawberries to my danishes while they are still hot. They soften slightly, but add a little more texture.
- Glaze them: You can use any leftover cream cheese filling to make an icing. Thin it to your desired consistency with milk and glaze on your danishes.
- Store Leftovers in the fridge: Since there’s cream cheese in these danishes, you will want to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They are good for about 3 to 5 days.
- 1 package (2 sheets) puff pastry, thawed
- 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional
- Preheat your oven to 400F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
- Unroll the puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and slice in half, lengthwise.
- Then, cut each strip in quarters so you have eight large rectangles.
- Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.
- Using a small paring knife, create a ½” border around the edge of the each piece of puff pastry, but make sure not to cut all the way through!
- Poke the center square of the puff pastry a few times with a fork-- this will ensure the edges rise, but not the center. This will help hold the filling in the Danish.
- In a small bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar, and vanilla.
- In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, chopped strawberries, and lemon juice.
- Divide the cream cheese mixture between the pieces of puff pastry, making sure to only fill within the border.
- Then, spoon the strawberry mixture over the cream cheese.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g
Other Danish Recipes to Try
If you like danishes, I have a variety that you can try! Here are some of my other delicious danish recipes:
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