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Christmas Breakfast Danish

Try this festive Christmas Breakfast Danish – cherry cheese pastry in the shape of a candy cane! This gorgeous candy cane danish is easy to assemble with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and sweetened cream cheese. It’s a fun Christmas breakfast treat to make with kids!

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Christmas Breakfast Danish

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! I love hearing how others celebrate and the traditions they’ve cultivated with their families. For myself, I have cherished memories of family traditions that – more often than not – revolve around food.

One of my favorites is a pre-Christmas ritual that involves making over half a dozen batches of different types of cookies with mom while listening to classic Christmas music. My favorite cookie changes from year to year, but I’m currently in love with Brown Sugar Shortbread.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Another favorite tradition involves the morning-of. As we wait for everyone to wake up before opening presents, we like to enjoy a slice of potica with a cup of coffee.

Potica is nut roll pastry from my Polish heritage. My father makes and delivers them as gifts on Christmas Eve to lucky recipients.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

This year, I have a new pastry to add to the morning breakfast table – this Christmas Breakfast Danish. It’s really a cherry cheese Danish baked into the shape of a candy cane and it is so festive!

Plus, it’s made with refrigerated crescent dough, so it’s fast and easy to put together. You can use store bought cherry pie filling or homemade if you put some up.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

The cream cheese filling can be flavored with vanilla or a blend of vanilla and almond extracts. The almond complements the cherries so well.

This recipe makes two candy cane pastries. If you wanted to make just one, you would need an extremely large baking sheet! For ease, I like to use parchment paper on my pans. It will keep the pastry from sticking to the pan and makes cleanup a breeze.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Align four crescent triangles in a straight line, slightly overlapping. With the fifth crescent, begin curving the head of the cane.

Top with cream cheese and cherries, then fold over the points of the triangles. After baking, frost with a simple white icing to complete the candy cane stripes.

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Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Christmas Breakfast Danish

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Christmas Breakfast Danish: cherry cheese pastry in candy cane shape! Easy to make with crescent rolls, cherry pie filling and cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • (OR 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract, each)
  • 2 tubes of crescent rolls
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla (or vanilla and almond extract).
  • On one cookie sheet, align four crescent triangles in a straight line along the wide ends, slightly overlapping the corners. Starting with the fifth crescent, begin curving the head of the cane.
  • Spread the inside along the wide end of the triangles with half the cream cheese. Top with half the cherry pie filling. Fold over the points of the triangles to form stripes. Repeat assembly with remaining tube of crescent rolls, cream cheese and cherries.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • For the icing:

    1. While the pastries are baking, combine all the ingredients for glaze, mixing until smooth. Frost the danish while it is still warm, taking care to only frost the crescent stripes.

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    This Christmas Breakfast Danish first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ where I am a guest contributor.

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    Jeff @ Make It Like a Man!

    Friday 30th of December 2016

    That is just about THE cutest thing I've ever seen. And I lo-o-o-ve Danish. Thanks for the recipe!

    Regina A

    Saturday 17th of December 2016

    So cute, I'll make it for Christmas this year.