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Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling are made with a tender, sweet yeast bread, a sweet cream cheese center plus a generous drizzle of a powdered sugar glaze!  I have received product related to these brands to use for #Brunchweek. All opinions stated are my own. Please scroll down to see how you can win some of these fabulous giveaways!

Way before the Internet, my mom learned of all the latest finds from her bridge club, church or university friends. One summer it was all about the Sara Lee outlet in the metropolis of Des Moines, 30 miles south of my hometown, and their cheese danish. What the heck was cheese doing in a sweet roll, my sisters and I wondered???

Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

I was not thinking of cream cheese but instead cheddar or Parmesan when picturing “cheese danish” for the first time. What in the world, thought my pre-teen self? Who would eat those?? I loved breakfast pastries, but these sounded a bit strange!

Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally tasted these cream cheese filled danish after my mom purchased a case for the freezer. I was smitten after that initial nibble! These danish twists with cream cheese filling are reminiscent of those pastries I first tasted in the 1970’s!

Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

Cheese Danish Recipe Tips

From that moment on, I adored a cream cheese filling—whether in a Bundt Cake, Tea Roll or these danishes, it pushes a recipe over the top! My tip for filling these rolls is to scrape it into Ziploc bag, snip off one corner, and pipe it into the centers. The result will be neater than if you use a spoon. You can use a fork to criss cross the drizzle over the finished cheese danishes, but you can also utilize another Ziploc bag and snip off a smaller corner to attractively ice these rolls.

Bill, AKA the picky hubby, eyed these after a long day at work. “Are these up for grabs?” he inquired. “Why yes, but let’s freeze most of them, to keep them fresh,” was my practical reply. Day after day, he started his day with one of these marvelous cheese danishes and loved every bite. I think you will, too!

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Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling


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Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

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Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling

Sweet yeast bread twists with cream cheese filling!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch



  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons Dixie Crystals sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup warm milk, about 120 degrees

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Eggland’s Best egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon LorAnn’s  Butter Vanilla Bakery Emulsion


  • 1 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or enough to make a good drizzling consistency)


In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, mix together 2 cups of the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the egg, butter, and milk. Continue mixing, then add in remaining cup flour.

Replace paddle attachment with dough hook and knead for 5 minutes, until dough is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl. Turn the dough around in the bowl to apply a light coating of oil. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Make the filling while dough is proofing. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar, then mix in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

When dough has doubled, punch it down in the bowl, then place on a lightly floured work surface.. Roll out into an approximate 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Gently fold dough in half width wise to make a 12 x 5-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 12 1-inch wide strips. Twist each strip and shape twist into a spiral and place on the baking sheet. Press the dough down in the center to create a well for the filling.

Place twists on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise for 20 minutes in a warm spot or until puffed. Use the tips of your fingers to make a center well for the filling in each twist.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Divide the filling between the danishes. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until twists are a golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Make glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and enough milk to make a drizzling consistence. Drizzle over twists when cool.


Dough adapted from A Kitchen Addiction.

Total time does not include proofing time.


  • Calories: 314kcal
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Sodium: 231mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 54mg

Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling - tender, sweet yeast bread twists with a luscious cream cheese filling






















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36 comments on “Danish Twists with Cream Cheese Filling #BrunchWeek”

  1. These Danish twists look bakery perfect, Liz. Wish I could grab one for my morning tea now 🙂

  2. These look like a breakfast dream! Love the cream cheese filling 🙂

  3. Oh boy, one of my favorites! It would be dangerous if I had some of these in my freezer:@)
    My favorite brunch item would be Quiche, Ma and I would both enjoy it with a nice strong cuppa. Great give-away, thanks!

  4. I wish I had a stash of these in the freezer. They would be my “go to” everyday too!

  5. Brunch Week!!! What could be better? Love it. Yes, back in the day before internet our mom’s gathered their favourite recipes from friends, family, neighbours, and newspaper clippings! I have a drawer full of my mom’s gatherings with her most used recipes splattered and worn looking. Your danish’s look scrumptious Liz. I will be following this weeks recipes for sure to “gather” in my “virtual” drawer.

  6. Looks so good! I would love to have these Danish rolls for brunch with some bacon and an egg. I always love having brunch with my husband.

  7. My favorite brunch dish is Eggs Benedict which I make for myself about once a month. I use packaged Hollandaise sauce mix – too many egg yolks & butter in the homemade stuff.

  8. Bill is so lucky to enjoy this delicious danish daily….and I’m so glad we don’t have parmesan with danish. Or maybe it’s to create one?

  9. This looks PERFECT! I love anything with a cream cheese filling myself! Can’t wait to make these for my own Mother’s Day.

  10. I love the cream cheese filling in this danish. They are perfect for breakfast!

  11. this looks so delicious I would love one of these! Love the new look here so pretty!

  12. These sound delicious Liz. I do remember discovering cheese Danish after having the same thoughts! P.S. Love you new design!

  13. Love this so much! Baking pastries is one of my favorite things to do. Can’t wait to make these!

  14. These look absolutely delicious. My fiancé would love these. Will have to make these one weekend.

    I wish I froze more pastries. I made a whole pan of strawberry sweet rolls and she and I ended up eating them in two days lol.

  15. Huevos rancheros is my favorite brunch dish, with a nice bloody mary on the side

  16. My favorite brunch dish is eggs Benedict, and I would love to eat it with my girlfriends as an escape from every day life.

  17. I think we will love these too. I can’t wait to make them.

  18. I can always count on you for delectable sweets, but this one sounds and looks phenomenal! I have loved cheese danishes since my early days working downtown where I’d sneak a cheese danish on my way to work from the train. That’s when my body actually used the calories for good rather than the evil it does now! I’m going to try these for our next sleepover guests for sure, they are gorgeous! I know I can’t win.

  19. This is gorgeous! Looks like pure deliciousness! 

  20. Wow Liz – you knocked it out of the park with these gorgeous rolls. I’ve always wanted to make them and the cream cheese version is a personal favorite. LOVE these!  Pinning and sharing 🙂

  21. I remember our neighbor discovered that Sara Lee outlet and would deliver treats to the neighbors. What fun for farm wives!
    My very favorite brunch was a 80’s recipe of stuffed French toast, a favorite when college kids and friends would arrive for weekends home. These days two seniors keep it much simpler but I have the danish roll ingredients on the counter. Fond memories! Thanks.

  22. I love croissants with strawberry jam for brunch. I love having my girlfriends over to talk and eat. Those danish rolls look spectacular.

  23. Love these danishes! I thought cheese danishes were made with cheese when I was little too hehehe. Pinned!!

  24. These look professional! Yummy!

  25. These look amazing! Yum! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  26. There wouldn’t be any point in freezing these they disappear quickly.

  27. I adore anything with cheese, & your pastry is divine! xoxo

  28. This dessert looks so elegant, and I can’t wait to make it for breakfast with some black coffee on the side, I’m sure making it will impress my hubby big time 🙂

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  35. Great way to have a great breakfast. I hope for new recipes in a similar form

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