Cream Cheese and Fruit Pastries

Super easy and delicious heart-shaped cream cheese danishes made in one hour!

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Cream cheese danishes are one of my go-to desserts whenever I go to bakeries. So when I learned how easy they are to make, I was SO excited. Because that meant I could make them at home ‌whenever‌ I wanted and change up the flavor to my liking. Now I'm sharing this super easy tutorial so you can make them too!


Start things off by making a cream cheese frosting, which requires just four ingredients. The filling is then piped onto store-bought puff pastry and, if desired, topped with fruit. After baking, the heart danishes are lightly dusted with powdered sugar—that's it!

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This recipe couldn't be any easier. Feel free to make it your own by adding different fruits or by flavoring the filling with lemon zest, extracts, jams or powders. You could make matcha danishes, coconut danishes, strawberries danishes... The options are endless!

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Quick Recipe Overview

SERVINGS: ‌9 heart danishes

PREP TIME‌: ‌45 minutes

‌‌‌‌BAKE TIME: ‌15 minutes‌

TOTAL TIME: ‌1 hour

Part 1: Make cream cheese filling

Things You'll Need

  • Medium mixing bowl or bowl of stand mixer

  • Hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment

  • Silicone spatula

  • Scissors

  • Piping bag

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened

  • 4 Tbsp. heavy cream

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 4 to 6 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1. Whip cream cheese

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In your medium mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese. Using your hand mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 to 4 minutes.


Use your silicone spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of bowl.

2. Add heavy cream

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Add heavy cream and beat until fully combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Again, use your silicone spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of bowl.


3. Mix in vanilla extract and powdered sugar

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Mix in vanilla extract and powdered sugar until cream cheese filling is light, fluffy and smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.



Don't overmix or the filling will become loose. If that happens, add a splash of heavy cream and mix again.

4. Transfer to piping bag

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Using your silicone spatula, transfer all of the cream cheese filling to your piping bag. Use scissors to cut a large tip.



To make transferring easier, prop the piping bag in a cup so it stands upright!

Part 2: Assemble cheese danishes

Things You'll Need

  • Rolling pin

  • Baking tray

  • Parchment paper

  • Heart cookie cutters (1 slightly bigger than the other)

  • Pastry brush

  • Sifter

  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

  • Cream cheese filling

  • Blueberries

  • Powdered sugar, for sifting

1. Roll out puff pastry

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Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.


On a lightly floured surface, gently use a rolling pin to smooth out thawed puff pastry sheet. It doesn't have to be perfect!

2. Cut out heart shapes

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Use your larger cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the puff pastry. Transfer to lined baking tray.



3. Add heart indents

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Using the smaller cookie cutter, add indents inside the hearts, being careful not to cut all the way through. This helps the middles of the puff pastry sink.

4. Lightly apply egg wash

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Lightly add egg wash to the entire heart using your pastry brush. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top.

5. Pipe cream cheese filling

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Pipe a layer of cream cheese filling within the indent of the heart.

6. Add blueberries

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You can also add blueberries to the cream cheese filling on puff pastry heart. Push berries into the cream cheese to prevent them from falling out while baking in the oven.


7. Bake

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Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until puff pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking tray for 5 to 10 minutes.

Sift powdered sugar on top and that's it! Enjoy!

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To store danishes, let them fully cool at room temperature. Wrap in plastic and keep in fridge for up to 3 days.

Looking for more puff pastry recipes? Check out our strawberry pop tarts recipe!