I must say that I love a good cream cheese danish. Thanks to this recipe from a 1996 Pillsbury cook booklet I’ve been able to make my own at home. Of course this recipe uses one of my all time favorite ingredients – the crescent roll! These are easy to put together and you can create all kinds of flavors depending on the jam of preserves you use. My favorite is to use my homemade raspberry freezer jam. I have also mixed up the filling the night before and had that waiting in the fridge. Then you only have to assemble them in the morning.
1 (8 0z) pkg of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 (8 oz) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 tsp. preserves or jam
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 to 3 tsp milk
Heat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Separate dough into 8 rectangles, firmly pressing perforations to seal. (or use the crescent creations dough and cut into 8 rectangles. This is what I do now. No pressing the perforations needed!) Spread each rectangle with about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Leave 1/2 inch around 1 long sides and two short sides clean and free of cream cheese. Roll up jelly roll style starting on long side, rolling to long side with 1/2 inch free of cream cheese. Firmly pinch edge and ends to seam. Gently stretch each roll to around 10-12 inches. On an ungreased cookie sheet, coil each roll into a spiral with the seam side on the inside, tucking end under. Make a deep indentation in the center of each roll and fill with 1/2 tsp. jam or preserves.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until deep golden brown. In a small bowl blend glaze ingredients, adding enough milk to make drizzling consistency. Put glaze in a small plastic zipper bag. Snip a small amount off the corner of the bag, creating a small hole. Drizzle glaze from bag using hole over warm rolls.