Crescent Roll Cheese Danish

cheese danish on parchment paper with honey on top

You need to try this shortcut version to the danishes you all love to buy at the local supermarket and bakeries! This crescent roll cheese danish is absolutely light, not too sweet, creamy with a hint of citrus. I was very pleased with how these came out and I couldn’t wait to share with you as I know how much you guys love an easy sweet treat!

The touch of jam on top really takes it over the top with flavor. You can use any jam that you prefer for this cheese danish; I went ahead with fig! Crescent rolls really come in handy when in a pinch. It is nice to always have a tin in the fridge. Who knew you can make a crescent roll cheese danish?

You only need a few ingredients and steps to make this super delicious cheese danish. It is the perfect serving size too I might add. It is just around 150 calories a serving but will definitely satisfy that sweet tooth. You cannot go wrong with trying this recipe.

Be sure to check out my quick video below to see how to make these crescent roll cheese danishes in no time at all. If you are anything like me; you love to see a visual! I will take you step by step in the process so you will have these on the table in less than 30 min!

Here are some other super easy dessert recipes worth trying:

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Banana Bread

Panna cotta with berry sauce

cheese danish being picked up
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5 from 2 votes

Cheese Danish

This is the recipe to an easy cream cheese danish with hints of lemon and sweetness!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese danish, cream cheese danish, crescent roll, crescent roll danish, danish, danishes
Servings: 16
Author: Heifa


  • 2 Crescent Roll Tin
  • 8 oz Cream cheese room temp
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar (confectionary sugar)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavoring
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon juice about half a lemon's juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 tsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Granulated sugar


  • First, take out the crescent rolls rom their package but DO NOT unwraevel the rolls into their triangles. Keep it in the cylinder shape and cut into 8 pieces. Please see video demonstrating.
  • Once cut into 8, use a spoon to create a nest in the center of each crescent disc. Then, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet a few inches apart.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg and water. Brush this eggwash onto the crescent rolls then sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • To make the filling, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and zest until it is super creamy and smooth. I used my kitchenaid with the paddle attchmen tto do this but you can use an electric beater or even a bowl and a rubber utensil.
  • Add a dollap of the filling to each of the crescent roll nests that were created. About 1-2 tbsp of the filling.
  • Then place in a 350 F oven to bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and then add a little bit more lemon zest on top.
  • Spoon a tsp of your favorite jam over the top as well for that fruit cheese flavor that is loved in a danish.

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  1. Hi Heifa! Am really wanting to try this recipe but can’t find crescent rolls where I’m at. What can i use in place of it? Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi Heifa! Am really wanting to try this recipe but cant find crescent rolls where I’m at. Is there any alternative to this? Puff pastry? Thanks in advance!

  3. 5 stars
    So this recipe was calling my name! I love love danishes and I’ve made them from scratch before but this is such a simple easy go to when ur in the mood but not in the mood to make fresh dough. It was such a great idea! They taste so so so good perfect amount of sweetnesss. The only thing I had to change was the coating of eggs on the rolls cuz I’m allergic so i melted unsalted butter instead and spread that. Came out amazing. I def recommend this recipe for anyone who’s just starting to get into baking and wants to impress a crowd at the same time 🙂

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