Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes

40 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
16 danishes
The easiest dessert you can make this fall is Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes! The pastry is flakey and buttery while the filling is creamy and tastes like a warm autumn day.
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes

The easiest dessert you can make this fall is Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes! The pastry is flakey and buttery while the filling is creamy and tastes like a warm autumn day.

The inspiration for this recipe actually came from a seasonal Trader Joe’s item! They release this frozen dessert item every year in the Fall and although it is popular, I think it could be so much better. Let’s make it at home and even better!

The Fillings

There are two different fillings for this recipe! Now the Trader Joe’s Danish is actually just one filling – cream cheese infused with pumpkin. I thought it would be better though to keep the cream cheese filling and pumpkin pie filling separately. That means a bit more work for us but I promise, it’s worth it.

THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING

For the cream cheese filling, you only need four ingredients!

  • cream cheese
  • granulated white sugar
  • egg yolk
  • vanilla extract

Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature or softened. Otherwise, the filling won’t be smooth. Combine everything together using a hand beater or stand mixer with the paddle attachment.

Now, let’s make the pumpkin filling! These are the ingredients you will need.

  • pumpkin puree
  • light brown sugar
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • large egg
  • sweetened condensed milk

Whisk everything together in a small bowl until smooth and set aside. That’s it for preparing the fillings!

Assembling the Danishes

For the egg wash, you will need one egg and a dash of whole milk. You will also need some additional granulated sugar to sprinkle on the edges.

Start out by unrolling the puff pastry once it’s at room temperature. Roll it out so that it’s slightly thinner and a larger rectangle. Then using a knife or a pizza cutter cut each sheet into 8 even rectangles. Place the rectangles on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Use a knife to make a slightly smaller rectangle indentation all the way around but do not cut all the way through. This helps the puff pastry rise appropriately.

Brush the edges with the egg wash. Add the cheese filling and spread across the smaller rectangle portion. Add a spoonful of pumpkin filling on top of the cream cheese filling and spread across. Pop in the oven to bake at 350°F for about 14 to 16 minutes or until golden on the edges.

Allow them to cool out of the oven and then it’s time for the glaze. It is optional but if you prefer to make it more sweet, here’s what you need:

  • powdered sugar
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract

Whisk together until smooth and then drizzle on the danishes after they’ve cooled a bit out of the oven. If the danishes are still too hot, the icing will run thin.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes

The easiest dessert you can make this fall is Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes! The pastry is flakey and buttery while the filling is creamy and tastes like a warm autumn day.

The easiest dessert you can make this fall is Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danishes! The pastry is flakey and buttery while the filling is creamy and tastes like a warm autumn day.

40 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
16 danishes

Ingredients

CHEESE FILLING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
PUMPKIN FILLING
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
EGG WASH
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
ICING
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
OTHER
  • 2 puff pastry sheets
  • granulated white sugar

Instructions

MAKE THE CHEESE FILLING
  1. To make the cheese filling, combine softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and egg yolk.
MAKE THE PUMPKIN FILLING
  1. In another mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, an egg, and sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Whisk together until completely smooth.
MAKE THE EGG WASH
  1. To make the egg wash, whisk together the egg and whole milk and set aside.
MAKE THE DANISH
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out 2 sheets of puff pastry and cut each sheet of puff pastry into 8 even rectangles.
  2. Then using a knife, make an indentation slightly smaller than the rectangle all around but do not cut all the way through. This step will help the puff pastry rise appropriately.
  3. Brush the edges of each danish with the egg wash. Add the cheese filling to the center and spread just to the edges of the smaller rectangle. Spread a spoonful of pumpkin filling on top of the cream cheese filling and add a sprinkle of granulated sugar around the edges.
  4. Pop in the oven to bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until beautifully golden.
  5. While it bakes, combine powdered sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla extract in a small bowl to make the glaze/icing.
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then add a drizzle of icing on top if you'd like and enjoy!
Tips & Notes
  • The icing is entirely optional, it just depends if you want a sweeter taste profile.
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Absolutely delicious MashaAllah!
I love cheese danishes for as long as I can remember. A scrumptious fall twist to coffee shop classic 🧡

tastes amazing and is so easy to make! 100% recommend making this

These are yummy. Please make sure none of the filling pours over the sides or you will have a burnt bottom.

This recipe is perfect. Everyone in my family loves it. I will make it again for sure!

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