Easy Apple Cheese Danish

These danish are made with a shortcut: refrigerated crescent roll dough! You can make these into triangle shaped danish with the regular cut dough if you don’t have the crescent dough sheets on hand.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1⁄3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 containers (8 oz.) Pillsbury® Crescent Creations Seamless Dough Sheets
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and sliced


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg yolk, and lemon zest. Mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag or a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag.
  • Take the crescent dough sheets out of the containers. Cut each sheet into 8 squares. Slice a 1-inch cut from each corner toward the center of each square; then fold every other tip into the center of the square, pressing well to make sure the dough sticks. Transfer pinwheels to 2 baking sheets using a spatula.
  • Snip the tip of the piping bag and pipe an equal amount of filling into the center of each pinwheel. Top the cheese filling with equal slices of apple, then bake each pan for 15 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the danish are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.