Easy Cheese Danish

There’s something incredibly comforting about a freshly baked cheese danish. Its warm, soft texture combined with a sweet, creamy filling makes it a perfect treat for any time of the day. Whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned pro, this Easy Cheese Danish recipe is sure to impress.

Using simple ingredients like Rhodes Dinner Rolls, cream cheese, and lemon curd or raspberry preserves, you can create a delightful pastry that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack.

The best part? You can find all these ingredients easily, like the dinner rolls which are available at stores like Walmart. So, let’s get baking and fill your kitchen with the delicious aroma of homemade cheese danishes!

Easy Cheese Danish Recipe:


  • 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 12 tablespoons lemon curd and/or raspberry preserves

White Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Flatten each thawed roll into a 3-inch disc using a little flour on your hands. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Brush each disc with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cover with a lint-free dish towel or plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray. Let them rise in a warm spot until doubled in size (about 50 minutes).

While the rolls rise, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Make an indentation in the center of each roll and fill with a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and a teaspoon of lemon curd or raspberry preserves.

Brush the edges of the rolls with beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes until light golden brown.

Let the danishes cool for 5 minutes. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk for icing. Adjust the thickness as desired. Drizzle icing over the danishes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: Enjoy these danishes within 1-2 days for the best taste and texture.

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