This raspberry and vanilla cream cheese danish puff pastry treat is baked to perfection with cream cheese and a raspberry reduction and drizzled with icing.Jump to Recipe
Puff Pastry Raspberry and Cream Cheese Danish
Raspberry danishes taste like sweet childhood memories to me.When I was little, my dad would occasionally swing by Dunkin’ Donuts (like a true Bostonian) and grab some donut holes for my daycare before school. He’d drop me off with donuts in hand and all the kids would loose their minds over their sugary surprise. Before you know it, my dad was dubbed Donut Joe.
Donuts were good and all, but those sugary, deliciously iced danishes were my all time favorite. My dad would special order one for me and I would scarf it down along the way to school before anyone could pester me for a bite. Selfish, I know…zero regrets.
It’s no wonder I have forever loved sweet breakfast pastries. I especially loose my mind over ones that use a fruit jelly or reduction. I seriously lose all control and will eat them until I am remorseful.
These puff pastry cream cheese and raspberry danishes were made just in time for Valentine’s Day! They are a special treat made healthier by using honey, fresh raspberries, and protein packed cream cheese. The puff pastry dough is baked in the shape of a heart and then drizzled with icing for an extra little sweetness for your sweetheart!
Puff Pastry Danish Recipe Ingredients
- Puff pastry dough– found in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Keep frozen until you are ready to make this recipe.
- Cream cheese– let the cream cheese come to room temperature beforehand.
- Vanilla extract– the vanilla cream cheese this recipe produces is addicting, you’ve been warned!
- Raspberries- this recipe uses frozen (unthawed) raspberries, but you may use fresh!
- Honey– this recipe is made healthier by using honey as a sweetener.
- Lemon juice- just a squeeze of lemon juice in for the raspberry reduction.
- Cornstarch– the raspberry sauce will thicken perfectly for placing on top of the danish.
- Confectionary sugar– Icing on top of the cake.. or danish in this case. This is an optional ingredient, but if you’re already indulging, you might as well enjoy!
- Almond extract– we’re going to kick this icing up a notch and add some almond extract for an extra flavor!
How to make this Easy Danish Pastry
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Let the frozen puff pastry dough, raspberries, and cream cheese thaw on the counter.
- Mise en place. Gather all the ingredients and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the raspberry reduction. Add the raspberries to a small pot. Heat over medium heat. Within 5 minutes, the raspberries will soften. Using a fork, mash the raspberries. Add the honey. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and add the the raspberries. Continue to stir until it has thickened. Remove the pot from the stove and set to the side.
- Make the vanilla honey cream cheese. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla extract, and honey in a small bowl until well combined. Place to the side.
- Make the almond icing. Combine the confectionary sugar, water, and almond extract. Stir until well combined, then place to the side.
- Cut the puff pastry sheets. These sheets can be cut into any shape or size, so have fun and get creative! Prick the center of the puff pastry with a fork a few times.
- Add the cream cheese and raspberry sauce. Layer a little cream cheese first, then add the raspberry sauce on top.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. Bake the danish until lightly browned.
- Cool, ice, enjoy! Let the danishes cool a little. While they are still warm (not piping hot) drizzle the icing over the danishes. Serve and mangia!
More breakfast recipes
- Lox and bagels are an easy, on the go breakfast made of smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels.
- Mini blueberry buttermilk pancakes with lemon icing is a refined sugar free, healthy family breakfast that is ready in under 30 minutes!
- Loaded breakfast scramble is packed with eggs, chicken sausage, and topped with spicy arugula to help kick start your morning.
- Overnight strawberries and cream oatmeal is an easy, healthy and delicious breakfast that the whole family can enjoy.
- Peanut butter banana muffins are the perfect on the go breakfast for those busy weekday mornings!
More Backyard Bohemian Classics
- Antipasto Quinoa Salad
- White Wine Vinaigrette
- Baked Honey Sriracha Salmon
- Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Recipes
Easy to make Puff Pastry Danish Recipe
Raspberry and Cream Cheese Danish
This raspberry and vanilla cream cheese danish puff pastry treat is baked to perfection with cream cheese and a raspberry reduction and drizzled with icing.
- 1 puff pastry sheet room temperature
For the raspberry sauce
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 TBS honey
- 1 TBS water
- 1 TBS cornstarch
For the vanilla honey cream cheese
- 4 TBS cream cheese room temperature
- 1 TBS honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the almond icing
- 3/4 cup confectionary sugar
- 2-3 TBS milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Let the cream cheese and puff pastry sheet come to room temperature.
Add the raspberries and honey to a medium sized pot over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes. The raspberries should begin to soften. Crush the raspberries with a fork and allow the raspberry sauce to reduce for another 5-10 minutes.
Make a cornstarch slurry by mixing one TBS of water and one TBS of cornstarch in a small glass. Add it to the raspberry sauce. Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes until raspberry sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set to the side.
Add the cream cheese, honey and vanilla to a bowl and mix to combine. Set to the side.
Lay the puff pastry dough out on a flat surface. Cut the dough into squared or whatever shape you desire. Prick the dough with a fork a few times.
Spread the cream cheese over the puff pastry dough. Layer the raspberry sauce over the cream cheese. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.
While the danishes are baking, add the confectionary sugar, milk and almond extract to a bowl and mix to combine. Once the danishes are cooled a little, drizzle the icing over the danishes. Serve and mangia!