Cheese Danish

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Love the Starbucks cheese danish? Save money by making these easy danishes at home with just a few ingredients!

I love grabbing a treat along with my coffee in the morning, especially when I’m pressed for time. 

The Starbucks cheese danish is simple, yet hits the spot when you want something just lightly sweet.

cooling rack with Starbucks cheese danishes

The only problem is that those delicious pastries can add up in cost, making a trip to the coffee shop an expensive outing.

Luckily, it’s easy to make this cheese danish recipe at home! Plus, you can bake an entire batch and reheat them as needed to enjoy a homemade pastry all week.

Ingredients

I was surprised to find out that the Starbucks cheese danish only has a few ingredients.

Ingredients for a cheese danish recipe.

In fact, aside from the puff pastry, you might already have everything else on hand!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Puff pastry sheet
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Water

That’s it!

Starbucks cheese danishes on cooling rack

What kind of puff pastry should I use?

Depending on where you live, there might be only one or two varieties of puff pastry available to you.

I like the Wewalka or Jus-Rol brands of puff pastry, which are found near the other refrigerated doughs. I find it is easier to work with than frozen puff pastry rolls, and doesn’t require thawing.

Dufour is an excellent brand of puff pastry that uses all butter. It’s well worth searching for!

Of course, you can always just use whatever brand is available to you. You can also make rough puff pastry at home, if you like.

Make sure that you are using puff pastry, not croissant dough sheets. You could also try this recipe using puff pastry shells, but keep in mind you will likely need to adjust filling and baking times.

If you have extra puff pastry, you can make a batch of homemade cream horns for dessert!

platter of Starbucks cheese danishes

How to make Starbucks cheese danish

I recommend preparing the cheese filling before the pastry. 

You want the puff pastry to be as cold as possible before going into the oven, while still being soft enough to handle. 

If you’re using refrigerated puff pastry, that means you don’t need to let it sit out long before unrolling and cutting.

For frozen puff pastry, thaw it according to package directions. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, this can take 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the fat content of puff pastry means it won’t stick to the pan, the parchment helps with easy cleanup and helps make the browning a bit more even, especially if your pans are aged.

Beat together the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl. I use a hand mixer for this step to ensure the mixture is completely smooth.

You can beat the cream cheese to break it up before adding the sugar, or mix in one step.

Unroll your pastry and use a rolling pin to gently roll it to about 9×13 inches.

Then, cut the pastry into 8 rectangles. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly equal!

Transfer the rectangles to your prepared baking sheet.

Use a paring knife to score a smaller rectangle into each pastry piece, leaving a ½-inch border all around.

Be careful that you do not cut all the way through the pastry.

cream cheese being spread onto puff pastry

Spread some of the cream cheese mixture onto the pastry, keeping it inside the smaller rectangle you just scored. Repeat until you’ve used all of the pastry and filling.

Beat together an egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on the edges of each puff pastry. 

egg being brushed on puff pastry

If you don’t have a pastry brush, use a paper towel dipped into the egg wash.

Bake the cheese danishes until crisp and golden brown. The cream cheese might start to brown too; that’s OK! Let cool slightly before serving.

baked Starbucks cheese danishes on baking sheet

Storage tips

Because of the cream cheese, I recommend storing any leftover cheese danishes in the refrigerator.

Store in an airtight container and reheat as needed. 

The cheese danishes will lose their crispness during storage, but you can crisp them up again by warming in the oven or toaster oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.

If you like, you can freeze the pastries for longer storage. They will keep, well-wrapped, in a freezer safe container for about 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as above.

Starbucks cheese danish on black plate

Cheese danish variations

These cheese danishes are just one version of the popular Starbucks pastries. 

Seasonal fans should check out the summery red berry cheese danish or my sugar plum cheese danish. Now you don’t have to wait for your favorites!

You can also change up this recipe to suit your mood or tastes. Make it a blueberry danish, or add lemon zest and juice for a bright start to the morning.

Top with your favorite fruits before baking, or try a bit of a savory taste and add tomatoes and sauteed onions. 

Nuts are also an excellent choice. Layer on sliced almonds or chopped pistachios, then drizzle the baked danish with warmed apricot jam or honey.

Round out the breakfast table with some fresh fruit and mini egg muffins!

Starbucks cheese danish with bite taken

Whether you make them for brunch or to have on-hand all week, these cheese danishes are a must.

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cooling rack with Starbucks cheese danishes

Cheese Danish

Love the Starbucks cheese danish? Save money by making these easy danishes at home with just a few ingredients!
Author : Megan Myers
4.70 from 130 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 pastries
Calories 152 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Unroll puff pastry and, if needed, use a rolling pin to gently roll out to a rectangle approximately 9×13 inches. Cut pastry into 8 rectangles.
  • Transfer the rectangles to the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between. (You might need two baking sheets.) Using a paring knife, score a smaller rectangle inside each piece of dough, leaving a ½-inch border all around. Be careful to not cut all the way through the dough.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture onto each smaller rectangle. Beat together egg and water, then use a pastry brush or paper towel to brush the egg wash on the uncovered pastry edges.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

I use Wewalka brand puff pastry, which can be found in the refrigerated dough section.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 danishCalories: 152 kcalCarbohydrates: 9 gProtein: 3 gFat: 12 gSaturated Fat: 6 gCholesterol: 52 mgSodium: 107 mgSugar: 7 g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate based on online calculators. Any nutritional information found on Stetted should be used as a general guideline only.

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23 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have to tell you I’ve tried so many different danish recipes that haven’t turned out good. (Note that I have tons of other baking experience.) This danish turned out perfect. I’ve never made a danish that turned out so good! Awesome recipe! ??

    1. Hi Doug, I recommend putting leftovers in the refrigerator and then re-warming them in the oven or a toaster oven briefly to crisp up. Enjoy!

    1. Hi there, you can make these in advance, but I recommend re-warming them in the oven or a toaster oven before serving to crisp up the pastry.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these with just a slight alteration. I didn’t have puff pastry but I did have a can of Pillsbury pizza crust. I rolled it out and poked a few holes in it because I didn’t want it to puff up too much. It’s not that big so I only got 6, kinda wonky rectangles out of it. Did everything else exactly and baked at the temp in this recipe for 12 min and OMG I’M IN LOVE. I really don’t like the flakyness of puff pastry so this was a perfect substitution for me. The flavor is amazing with just a light sweet flavor. Please… whatever dough/pastry you use….MAKE THESE.

    1. Hi Hannah, they can be frozen! I prefer to freeze them after baking and reheat in the oven or toaster oven until crisp. You can freeze before baking but puff pastry doesn’t rise quite as well when it has been thawed and refrozen.

  3. 5 stars
    Love them! They’re dangerous! Haha, I made mini ones so I won’t feel bad about eating 1 or 6 of them! Froze them individually and will reheat in the oven, because as a former Starbucks barista, they 100% do the same thing for theirs. It ships in frozen to them. I will make this as often as I can eat them in moderation, lol!

  4. 5 stars
    For whatever reason mine didn’t look as pretty as yours – but they were still delicious! These are so simple to make … my waistline is in trouble!

  5. Can i add other cheese to it as well? Also, for interest sake, whats the reason for adding sugar. (What if i don’t).

    1. Hi Fay, the sugar is just to add some sweetness and temper the tanginess of the cream cheese. You can absolutely leave it out if you prefer. You can add other cheeses and make this a savory tart too!

  6. 5 stars
    Ever since I’ve been working from home I feel like I’ve missed out on the occasional indulgence in a good pastry. I’m so happy I found your recipe, it satisfied that urge so deliciously! I froze the extras per your directions so I can pull one out when a danish emergency strikes again! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    My puff pastry is 3 fold so I just make 9 squares instead of 8 rectangles. Sometimes I make half the filling to emphasize the crispy pastry. Sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on them after cooled is a nice simple upgrade. I love these