Apricot Cream Cheese Danish

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This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat. Crescent dough spread with a sweet cream cheese and a delicious apricot fruit spread makes for a lovely addition to a Mother’s Day brunch or afternoon tea.

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

My grandma loved apricot jam. She always had some on hand, and at least once a month she would make these delicious apricot filled crescents. They were simple – just Pillsbury Crescent Rolls filled with apricot jam, and a basic powdered sugar glaze. She would enjoy them for breakfast on the weekends or with her afternoon coffee.

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

I remember when I got to enjoy them with her too, it felt like such a treat! Yet I never knew until I was older just how simple they really were to make.

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

When Rigoni di Asiago sent me some of their delicious organic fruit spreads to try, I knew I could put that “recipe” to good use and gave it a nice upgrade for this Apricot Cream Cheese Danish. They are still just as easy to make. First roll out the Pillsbury Crescent Dough into a rectangle, pressing the seams together as you go. Then spread a layer of sweetened cream cheese, followed by a layer of Fior di Frutta Organic Apricot Fruit Spread. It’s sweetened with apple juice and 100% organic. It really tastes just like fruit – my family loved it!

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish with Fior di Frutta Organic Apricot Fruit Spread is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

The dough is then rolled up into a log shape and sliced into the rolls shape and baked. The final touch is a powdered sugar glaze. I gave it a little tartness with a teaspoon of lemon juice, but you could eliminate that and use just plain water. I suggest making just enough to eat in a day or two, because they don’t keep too long.

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

Your reward at the end of all that hard work (ha – I joke – it’s hardly any work at all!) is this delicious, sweet and creamy Apricot Cream Cheese Danish!

This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

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A tray of danishes

Apricot Cream Cheese Danish

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This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat. Crescent dough spread with a sweet cream cheese and a delicious apricot fruit spread makes for a lovely addition to a Mother’s Day brunch or afternoon tea.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 298kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Icing

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water and/or lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl and with an electric mixer, beat together 4 ounces softened cream cheese, ½ cup powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla until fluffy.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, warm apricot jam slightly in the microwave, just enough to make it easier to spread.
  • Roll out crescents and press seams together to form a large rectangle. Gently spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the rectangle. Spread the apricot jam over the cream cheese.
  • Roll each rectangle into a log shape, starting with the shorter side for larger danishes or the longer side for smaller, more bite-sized danishes.
  • Slice each log into 1-inch pieces. *
  • Place each danish onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 13-15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar, softened butter and water/lemon juice. Set aside.
  • When the danishes are finished baking, remove from the oven and cool for several minutes before drizzling with the icing.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

*Pro tip: chill the logs in the refrigerator to make it easier to slice, and use plain dental floss for cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 295mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

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 This Apricot Cream Cheese Danish is the perfect springtime treat or snack from Mother's Day brunch to afternoon tea.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I recently found your blog & bookmarked this recipe to try. I made these using orange marmalade & added orange zest. For the icing used orange juice instead of lemon juice. Made six large rolls. They were delicious!

  2. Kristin–I don’t understand. The powdered sugar is listed as an icing ingredient, but (maybe) is used in the filling? And where does the softened butted come in? Thanks. (And I really enjoy your blog!)

    1. Hi Mary, looks like the recipe got a little jumbled. I’ve fixed it so everything should be correct now. So sorry for the confusion! And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the blog!