Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

March 20, 2019

This creamy Lemon Cream Cheese Danish is so sweet and delicious. You will not be able to stop eating this breakfast pastry!

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

I love having pastries for breakfast, and this Lemon Cream Cheese Danish is no exception. It’s only second to my Blueberry Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Oat Streusel. It’s easy to make and everyone in your family will love it! The tart lemon flavor is very enjoyable. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and now you’re a pastry chef!

This recipe was kindly provided by my friend, Jenna.

Cream Cheese Danish with Lemon Curd

What You Need for Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 T lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 T granulated sugar
17.3 oz package puff pastry
¼ C flour
½ C prepared lemon curd
1 egg
1 T water
¼ C powdered sugar

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

How to Make Lemon Cream Cheese Danish 

Making lemon cream cheese danish can seem tricky at first but it is really easy. Just read through the instructions before you start. Let me know if you have any questions!

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and lemon juice.

Gently flour a clean work surface and unfold the puff pasty. Using your fingertips, gently press the creased areas flat. Use a rolling pin if necessary.

Use a 4 inch cookie cutter (like this one – affiliate link) or glass to cut out 4 circles. Repeat with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.

Place circles onto the baking sheet.

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

Gently score the border about half an inch inside each puff pastry circle with a butter knife. 

Using a fork, poke several times inside each of the inner circles.

Spread cream cheese mixture into each circle, keeping inside the border.

In a small bowl, mix together egg and water until frothy.

Brush the border of each with egg mixture.

Bake for 18-21 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet.

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

Heat lemon curd in the microwave for 25 seconds, then spoon on top of each danish.

Sprinkle a pinch of lemon zest and dust with powdered sugar prior to serving.

What is a Danish?

A Danish pastry is a puff pastry with a layered texture. Danishes are frequently made with curds, jams, nuts, and chocolate. 

What is Lemon Curd?

The word “curd” isn’t very appealing, is it? Fortuntely, lemon curd is delicious! It is just lemon preserved that have added butter and eggs and sugar. Fruit curds are usually associated with dessert recipes and contain citrus fruits. 

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

Where Can I Find Prepared Lemon Curd?

If you have never baked with lemon curd before, you might be asking yourself “What aisle is lemon curd in?” Lemon curd is sold in jars and can be found either by the jams and jellies or in the baking aisle. Lemon curd can be found in most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can make your own.

What Can I Serve with Danishes?

Danishes can be eaten by themselves and go great with a cup of coffee in the morning. If they don’t fill you up, here are some ideas for what you can serve with danishes:

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

Yield: 8 Danishes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

This creamy Lemon Cream Cheese Danish is so sweet and delicious. You will not be able to stop eating this breakfast pastry!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 17.3 oz package puff pastry
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 C prepared lemon curd
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T water
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and lemon juice.
  3. Gently flour a clean work surface and unfold the puff pasty. Using your fingertips, gently press the creased areas flat.
  4. Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut out 4 circles. Repeat with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  5. Place circles onto the baking sheet.
  6. Gently score a circle about half an inch inside each puff pastry circle using a butter knife.
  7. Using a fork, poke several times inside each of the inner circles.
  8. Spread cream cheese mixture into each circle, keeping inside the border.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together egg and water until frothy. Brush the border of each with egg mixture.
  10. Bake for 18-21 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet.
  12. Heat lemon curd in the microwave for 25 seconds, then spoon on top of each danish.
  13. Sprinkle a pinch of lemon zest and dust with powdered sugar prior to serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 danish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 548 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 75mg Sodium: 286mg Carbohydrates: 47g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 16g Protein: 8g
Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Recipe with Powdered Sugar

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