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Easy Crescent Danish Rolls

by Laura

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.

Easy Crescent Danish Rolls

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.

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Jenny D. January 8, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Made these rolls tonight! They were great and easy!

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Aubrey's Spot November 5, 2009 - 2:53 pm

I just made these today…they were very good. My husband really liked them. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Laura July 31, 2009 - 7:45 am

Thanks Barb for pointing out the typos. I think I fixed them all.

Barb P. July 31, 2009 - 5:38 am

My rolls are in the oven – I just have one quick question. The directions say cut the dough into triangles – shouldn't this be rectangles. Just curious.
Can't wait to eat them when they come out – yummm.

Laura May 14, 2009 - 7:28 am

Nathan & Terra,
You roll it out into 8 rectangles, that's 4 from each roll of crescent dough. Then roll up just like you would cinnamon roll dough for each one and pinch off the edges. Hopefully this clears it up for you. Glad to hear you enjoy the site.


Nathen & Terra May 14, 2009 - 6:32 am

How do you roll this out, Rectangles or Triangles? I can’t visualize it my mind yet.I have to tell you, I love your site! I have already tried several of your recipes and they all have turned out delicious….thanks for sharing!

Katy ~ May 13, 2009 - 4:30 pm

Looks so very good. I think I’d like the raspberry as well! YUM!

Red Geranium Cottage May 13, 2009 - 3:49 pm

Oh my goodness that looks good. I love crescent rolls.

~Carole May 13, 2009 - 2:59 pm

Oh, I know my family would love these. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Misty May 13, 2009 - 12:21 pm

I have an amazing turnover recipe using crescent dough too! And a baked Brie recipe… Crescent dough is everything.

Laura P. May 13, 2009 - 11:36 am

I love danish and I love stuff that’s easy to make…yum! : )

Sara May 13, 2009 - 10:02 am

These look yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Brindi May 13, 2009 - 8:16 am

Love crescent roll recipes – so easy and so crowd-pleasing.

Lynda May 13, 2009 - 8:10 am

What an easy, delicious looking roll! I’ll have to try these.

The Bentley Family and Aussiemuminthekitchen May 13, 2009 - 7:46 am

Mmmm looks great!


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