Cream Cheese Danish Hack is One of the Best Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipes

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Looking to make a cream cheese danish, but don't want to spend a lot of time on prep? Try my Pillsbury Crescent Roll recipe for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.

This crescent roll cream cheese danish is so easy to make, and you can top with any of your favorite fruits.

cream cheese danishes on platter

Why Make These Cream Cheese Danishes...

  • Easy
  • Use Canned Crescent Rolls
  • Quick Cook
  • Top with any or all your favorite toppings
  • Affordable

Ingredients Needed

  • Crescent Rolls
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar

How to Make

Full directions on how to make this cheese danish recipe are in the printable recipe card below.

Mix up the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl.

Then you will make 8 circle medallions for the pastries.

Add on some cream cheese mixture then pie filling. Then air fry as directed till cooked.


These danishes can be stored in a container for an airtight feel. You will want to store your danishes in the fridge for 3-4 days.

The cream cheese danishes will dry out as they sit. So they are best eaten within the first few days. These cherry cream cheese danishes are addictive.

holding danish in hand

Variations To Recipe

  • Blueberry Canned Filling - blueberry cream cheese danish
  • Raspberry Jam or Pie Filling - raspberry cream cheese danish
  • Fresh Strawberries or Pie Filling - strawberry cream cheese danish
  • Apple Pie filling or apple butter - apple cream cheese danish

Expert Tips

  • Leave space in between each danish or they will not cook the right time.
  • Depending on the size you make the cook time will vary.
  • Feel free to use any flavor you would like to dress up your danishes
danish on serving tray

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze danishes?

Danishes can be frozen. Just bake them up as directed, allow to cool then freeze for 3-4 months. Thaw in the fridge and eat cold or warm up in the microwave.

Can I use biscuits instead of crescent rolls?

You will find using biscuits will change the texture a bit when it comes to making these easy danishes. I recommend sticking to the crescent rolls.

What is a danish pastry?

A sweeter dough that is then topped with cream cheese, fruit, nuts, etc. Depending on the recipe you will find the toppings do vary.

Can you buy danish pastry dough?

Some bakeries might sell pastry dough, but you will find at local grocery stores more than likely you will not find true pastry dough. You can use crescent rolls in replace.

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Yield: 16

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Danish

danishes on platter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes




  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 1/2 can of cherry pie filling (10 oz)
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl. Mix the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy
  2. Don’t roll out the crescent rolls but rather cut them roll of dough into 8 medallions.
  3. Flatten each medallion into 2-3” circlesTop with cream cheese mixture and then the cherries or other fruit you opt to use.
  4. Place danishes in air fryer basket and cook on 350 for 6 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from air fryer basket.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 31mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 3g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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