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Shortcut Cream Cheese Danish

Shortcut Cream Cheese Danish is an easy breakfast option using refrigerated crescent rolls. Be sure to bake them the night before so that they are cooled and set up just in time for breakfast.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast recipes for kids, cream cheese danish, cream cheese danish with crecent rolls, cream cheese squares, crescent roll cream cheese danish, crescent roll danish, does a cream cheese danish need to be refrigerated, shortcut cream cheese danish
Servings: 16
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls (8 ounces each)
  • 16 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Unroll 1 package of crescent rolls onto a cookie sheet. Keep the crescent rolls together and pinch the seams together to make one large rectangle.
  • With a mixer, cream softened cream cheese, white sugar, and vanilla extra until smooth and lump free.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crescent rolls, almost to the edge.
  • Roll the other package of crescent rolls on top of cheese mixture, pinching the seams together to make a solid sheet.
  • Seal all four edges with a fork. Whisk egg yolk and brush on top; sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Once chilled, cut off the edges, and then cut into desired shapes - rectangles or squares.


  • Here's another great shortcut. Start with crescent dough sheets instead of rolls.  This will save you the steps of pinching together the seems of the rolls to form a rectangular sheet.  Crescent roll sheets can be found at many larger chain supermarkets. 
  • Be sure to start with softened cream cheese. This prevents a lumpy filling. 
  • Don't get caught up in a asymmetrical rectangular or a uneven appearance.  Before serving, you'll cut off the sides to make pretty rectangles (or squares), and you'll sprinkle the top with brown sugar. 
  • Let these cream cheese squares cool completely before refrigerating.  It's best to refrigerate overnight before cutting into your desired shapes. 
  • Did you know you can use refrigerated crescent rolls to make cinnamon rolls? Find that recipe here!


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg