Looking for an easy, last-minute breakfast recipe for Christmas morning? Skip the fuss of making something from scratch and try this Christmas Tree Cream Cheese Danish.
Made with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and sweetened cream cheese. The crescent rolls are then formed into the shape of a Christmas tree. Your guests will be amazed when they see this festive breakfast come out of the oven.
Check out all the other Christmas Breakfast Recipes for even more delicious ideas.
Christmas is for spending time with family, enjoying good food and of course, FOOD! This year, why not try adding something a little festive to go along with your breakfast casserole?
This cream cheese danish are made using crescent rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree. They're easy to make and sure to please everyone at your holiday gathering!
All you need for this crescent roll Christmas tree is two cans of crescents rolls, cream cheese, cherry pie filling and a little powdered sugar to make the sweet glaze on top.
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What to make for breakfast?
I know we all try to have the perfect Christmas morning with an amazing breakfast all laid out on a beautifully set table with really cute Christmas plates. But in reality most Christmas mornings are a rush and sometimes not as perfect as social media makes you think it is.
Which is why I love this recipe. I know what it's like to not have the perfect "story-book" Christmas morning. Yes, I have fed my family cereal with milk and even frozen waffles on Christmas morning.
I know if you try this recipe just one time, it will soon become a new tradition for your family every year.
How to make cream cheese danish
Making cream cheese danish is a great way to show your baking skills and impress your friends and family. This recipe is simple, but the results are impressive.
The sweetened cream cheese filling pairs well with the buttery crescent roll dough. Plus, this recipe can be customized to fit your preference.
Whether you’re treats for a special occasion or just want something delicious to snack on, cream cheese danish is sure to satisfy. Check out all my crescent roll recipes for more easy ideas.
What can I make with a crescent dough sheet?
Crescent rolls are so versatile and can be used for all kinds of fun recipes. Crescent dough sheet is a convenient pre-made dough that can also be used for a variety of recipes.
It's perfect for everything from appetizers to main dishes, and it's easy to customize to fit your needs. I use it in my Candy Cane Cream Cheese Danish recipe and for Making Pizza with Crescent Rolls.
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For the Danish:
- Refrigerated crescent rolls
- Cream cheese; softened
- ¾ cup to 1 cup cherry pie filling
- Vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
- Powdered sugar
- Step 1: Open the packages of crescent rolls, but do not separate them. With a serrated knife, slice each "roll" into 11 equal pieces.
- Step 2: Using your thumb, tart tamper or the back of a spoon, gently indent the middle of each circle so there is a space for the cream cheese to be placed inside.
📌Quick Tip: Make sure you make the indentation deep enough so the cream cheese and cherry pie filling do not overflow. I like using my tart tamper to get the perfect size "hole" for the filling.
- Step 3: Starting at the top with one crescent roll circle and then work your way down increasing the number of crescent roll circles as you go. Row one will have one circle, row two will have two circles and so on until you run out of crescent roll circles. Make sure you save one for the stem of the tree!
- Step 4: In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Place a small spoonful of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each crescent circle.
- Step 5: Then place a small spoonful of the cherry pie filling on top.
- Step 6: Bake the danish in a preheated 350° F oven for 18 - 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
- Step 7: Allow the Christmas Tree Cream Cheese Danish to cool while you prepare the glaze.
- Step 8: Combine the powdered sugar and milk together in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze on top of the slightly cooled danish and serve immediately.
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Make Ahead Tips
- You can make the cream cheese filling the night before. Store the filling in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Remove the container about 30 minutes before assembling.
- Make sure you make an indentation in the center of each crescent circle. Otherwise, the filling will spill over while the danish bake.
- Using parchment paper really helps to lift the danish off the baking sheet when it's baked and onto a serving platter.
- Allow the Christmas Tree Danish to cool completely at room temperature.
- Once cooled, place the danish in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap.
- Store the Danish in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for up to 3-4 days.
- I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
Ingredients for the Danish
- 2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls.
- 8 ounces cream cheese; softened
- 1 can of cherry pie filling
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Ingredients for the Glaze:
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. milk
- Combine the glaze ingredients together until smooth and set aside until the danish is baked and cooled.
- Open the packages of crescent rolls, but do not separate them.
- Using a serrated knife, slice each "roll" into 11 equal pieces so you have a total of 22 round circles.
- Arrange the crescent circles into the shape of a Christmas tree.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
- Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, gently indent the middle of each circle so there is a space for the cream cheese to be placed inside.
- Place a small spoonful of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each crescent circle.
- Then place a small spoonful of the cherry pie filling on top. You will not use all the cherry pie filling.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 - 20 minutes.
- Let cool slightly before drizzling with the glaze.
I like to heat the icing up in the microwave before drizzling on top of the Danish.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2015 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!