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Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish

Bakery-fresh pastries are so delicious, but rarely are they gluten-free. Not anymore, with these Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish, made with frozen GF puff pastry and a delightfully lemony sweet cheese filling!

Remember walking to the local bakery as a little kid? You walk in, see an array of amazing homemade pastries, and your mom orders with the sweet lady at the counter. Now you get to walk out with a warm cheese danish that is the perfect breakfast, midday, or dessert treat.

Bakery pastries are still attainable and easy to make gluten-free! These Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish are so simple and come together in less than 30 minutes! The secret is using frozen GF puff pastry, which you can get online if you cannot find it in stores.

Punchy lemon zest, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla combine to make the creamiest, most delicious filling. For guests, breakfast, or dessert, make these amazing simple treats!

What Is Puff Pastry?

Puff pastry is a labor-intensive dough that layers dough and butter over and over. The result is a crisp, layered dough that melts in your mouth from all that butter. You can use it for sweet or savory dishes. While you can make your own, it takes a long time and a lot of effort, so frozen puff pastry comes in handy.

Use puff pastry from homemade danish, savory pesto bites, apple tarts, or anything else! It is so versatile and saves you a lot of time and effort. Plus, the end result is always delicious. Buy gluten-free puff pastry from frozen, keep it in the fridge, and you will always have options for quick desserts, appetizers, and snacks!

Ingredients in Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish

  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 1 box gluten-free puff pastry, such as Schar, thawed and brought to room temperature

How to Make Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, lemon zest, vanilla extract, sugar, and egg yolk only. Mix well.

Add the other egg to a separate bowl and mix with a small splash of water. This will be your egg wash.

Lay out your puff pastry sheets. Slice into 6 equal-sized squares on each sheet, 12 in total.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lay each pastry square onto the lined sheet. Dollop some of the cream cheese filling in the center of each pastry.

Fold each edge into the middle until it is just touching the filling. 

Use your egg wash and a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of egg wash on top of the pastry.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the pastry is browned and puffed all over. Allow to cool before serving.

Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish

Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish

Tracy Nawara
Bakery-fresh pastries are so delicious, but rarely are they gluten-free. Not anymore, with these Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish, made with frozen GF puff pastry and a delightfully lemony sweet cheese filling!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 pastries

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 1 box gluten free puff pastry, such as Schar, thawed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, lemon zest, vanilla extract, sugar, and egg yolk only. Mix well.
  • Add the other egg to a separate bowl and mix with a small splash of water. This will be your egg wash.
  • Lay out your puff pastry sheets. Slice into 6 equal-sized squares on each sheet, 12 in total.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lay each pastry square onto the lined sheet. Dollop some of the cream cheese filling in the center of each pastry.
  • Fold each edge into the middle until it is just touching the filling.
  • Use your egg wash and a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of egg wash on top of the pastry.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the pastry is browned and puffed all over.
Keyword Easy 6-Ingredient Cheese Danish
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