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Lemon-Cream Cheese Crescent Danish

These flaky Lemon Cream Cheese Danishes are a quick and easy breakfast, brunch, or dessert recipe, taking a shortcut with store-bought crescent roll dough. With just a few ingredients, you can make a bakery-quality, homemade Danish in 30 minutes. The lemon-scented cream cheese filling tastes just like cheesecake, and the glaze amps up the lemon flavor. When you’re looking for a cheery and bright breakfast or dessert, turn to these decadent treats.

Lemon-Cream Cheese Crescent Danish

Lemon cream cheese Crescent Danish are a variation of the traditional lemon danish, made with crescent roll dough and a lemony cream cheese filling
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cream Cheese, danish, Flaky Pastry, Lemon, Lemon-Cream Cheese Crescent Danish, Pastries, Puff Pastry
Servings: 8
Calories: 427kcal


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons Set
  • Hand Mixer
  • Pastry Brush Set
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • Half-Sheet Pan
  • Lemon Juicer
  • Zester/Grater



  • 2 cans Refrigerated crescent rolls (8 oz. each
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 tbsp. Granulated sugar


  • 8 oz. Cream cheese,   softened
  • cup Granulated sugar 
  • 1 Egg yolk   
  • ½ tsp. Minced lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract 
  • ¼ tsp. Table salt


  • ½ cup Powdered sugar  
  • 1 tsp. Minced lemon zest
  • 4 tsp. Fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter, softened 
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • For the pastry, remove crescent roll dough from tubes, but don’t unroll. Cut each roll into 4 slices; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Using your fingers, create a nest out of each slice to hold filling. Brush edges with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar.
  • For the filling, beat together cream cheese, sugar, yolk, zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Divide filling among prepared pastry.
  • Bake Danishes until golden brown, 15–18 minutes.
  • For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, zest, lemon juice, and softened butter until smooth. Drizzle glaze over Danishes.


Per Danish, Calories: 427

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories427
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 25g 39%
    • Saturated Fat 12g 60%
  • Cholesterol 62mg 21%
  • Sodium 611mg 26%
  • Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
    • Protein 6g 12%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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