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Easy Cherry Danish

Elevate your mornings with the enchanting allure of our Cherry Danish — a symphony of flavors that will dance on your palate. Imagine a delicate, golden pastry, its layers whispering promises of flakiness and tenderness. Nestled within is a velvety cream cheese filling, harmoniously sweetened and kissed with the essence of pure vanilla.


  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
  • 2 cups Lucky Leaf Cherry Fruit Filling
  • sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream


  1. Step 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner. In a small bowl mix together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until smooth and combined.

  2. Step 2
    Unroll the puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and slice in half lengthwise. Cut each strip into 3 rectangles. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.

  3. Step 3
    Using a paring knife, create a 1/2 inch border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Make sure to not cut all the way through! Poke the center square of the puff pastry a few times with a fork, this will ensure the edges rise, but not the center. This helps hold the filling of the Danish.

  4. Step 4
    Divide the cream cheese mixture between the pieces of puff pastry, making sure to only fill within the middle border. Smooth out the cream cheese in the middle as best as you can, making sure to not go passed the scored edges. Top with an equal amount of cherry fruit filling and desired amount of sliced almonds. Brush the edges of the Danish with the heavy cream.

  5. Step 5
    Add to the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.

  6. Step 6
    Optional: top with glaze 1 cup powdered sugar to 2 tablespoons heavy cream. Additional spices or flavorings can be added for additional flavor.

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Brandy is the cook, author and head dishwasher of the blog Nutmeg Nanny. Brandy is a small town girl who left the cornfields of Ohio for the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley region of New York when she was just 19 years old. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world. Join her on her journey through a sweet and savory life!

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