These cherry danish muffins are an easy and delicious breakfast or dessert that the whole family will love. Flaky crescent roll dough is filled with a rich vanilla cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling, then baked to a perfect golden brown and topped with a sweet glaze.
These tasty treats look like a cross between muffins and mini cheesecakes and taste like a delicious cherry cheese danish!
If you love freshly baked danishes but thought that the only place to get one was at a fancy bakery, you’re going to love these cherry danish muffins. With crescent roll dough and premade pie filling as the base, this easy recipe gives you that freshly baked pastry taste with very little effort.
Perfect for a holiday or weekend breakfast, these muffins are a great choice any time you want a delicious homemade treat without spending hours in the kitchen. Next time you have a craving for a delicious and indulgent pastry, forget the fancy bakeries and give this easy recipe a try!
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💗 Why We Love This Recipe
- It’s a creative way to turn ordinary crescent roll dough into a delicious sweet treat.
- These muffins are perfect for special weekend or holiday breakfasts, but they also make a delicious dessert for parties or bake sales.
- This is one of our favorite easy recipes. Starting with premade dough and pie filling makes it incredibly simple to prepare, yet it still tastes homemade.
- This recipe gives you three delicious desserts in one. Muffin, danish, and cheesecake lovers will all go crazy for these tasty treats.
- You can make these for a Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert as a fun little surprise for someone sweet in your life!
- For the muffins:
- Crescent rolls
- Cream cheese, softened
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Cherry pie filling
For the glaze:
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
Step One: Prepare the Dough
- Heat oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into two rectangles of equal size. Pinch the seams together.
- In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over each dough sheet.
- Spread the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer on both sheets.
- Starting at the short end, carefully roll up each sheet, then slice each roll into four equal pieces.
Step Two: Bake and Glaze
- Place each dough slice into one of the prepared muffin cups and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.
- Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool to room temperature.
- While the muffins are cooling, make the glaze by placing the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and whisking until smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over the top of the muffins and serve.
Tips and Suggestions
- Be sure to use full fat cream cheese. You won’t get the same rich taste or creamy texture with the low fat or nonfat variety.
- For best results, roll out your crescent dough onto a floured cutting board, so you can slice it easily without the dough sticking to the board.
- You can skip the paper liners for this one – these muffins work best when the dough is placed directly into greased muffin cups.
- Use your favorite pie filling in place of the cherry. Apple, peach, or blueberry pie filling would all be delicious in this recipe.
- Add some slivered almonds or chopped pecans. You can sprinkle them on top of the pie filling before rolling the dough, and add some on top of the glaze before serving.
- You can make your own homemade cherry pie filling, or use your favorite flavor of jam or fruit preserves in place of the pie filling.
How Do I Store Cherry Danish Muffins?
These muffins taste best when served the same day they are made. If you have leftovers, you can wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for about a day, but I don’t recommend keeping them for much longer than that.
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Cherry Danish Muffins
- 1 8 ounce package crescent rolls
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the dough into two rectangles. Pinch the seams together.
- Stir together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and spread the mixture evenly over each dough sheet.
- Spread the cherries evenly over the cream cheese on both sheets.
- Carefully roll up the sheet starting at the short end, then cut each roll into four equal pieces.
- Place the slices in the prepared muffin pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.
- Allow the muffins to cool in the pan until they're safe to touch, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
- While the muffins are cooling, prepare the glaze by whisking together the milk, vanilla extract, and sugar until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the muffins before serving.
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