Homemade Blueberry Cheese Danish

These homemade Flaky Blueberry Cheese Danish are super buttery, not overly sugary, and they’re loaded with fresh seasonal blueberries. How’s that for a great way to start your morning?

Blueberry Cheese Danish on a baking sheet with a baking rack.
Treat your family to something really special with these homemade blueberry Danish.
 
More and more I want to expand my baking horizons and bake more things with homemade laminated pastry dough.
 
It’s really not all that hard to do, it just takes a little time, a little patience, and a LOT of butter!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Laminated Pastry Dough is available near the end of this post. 

 

A blueberry danish on a white plate with more in the background on a baking sheet.

The ingredient list for making Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Laminated Pastry Dough;

  • yeast
  • sugar
  • salt
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • milk
  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • orange zest
  • blueberries
  • confectioners sugar

Why this recipe works;

Making homemade blueberry cheese Danish is a labor of love.

I don’t want to fool you into thinking homemade blueberry cream cheese Danish are super simple to make, but I also don’t want to scare you away thinking that they’re too advanced for you if you’re not all that comfortable in the baking/yeast department.

Don’t be frightened.

I’m here to walk you through the process so that you’ll be successfully savoring your Blueberry Cheese Danish in no time at all.

A baking sheet filled with homemade Danish with blueberries and icing
 

The Kudos Kitchen method of making laminated puff pastry dough;

What I urge you to do is read through the recipe at least once, maybe twice, before you start.

It’s the old “do as I say, not as I do” method of teaching.

I’ve adapted this recipe (well, more the technique than the ingredients) from one I found online from Epicurious.com.

You see, I didn’t follow the directions properly. I jumped the gun (as I tend to do) and wound up improvising the steps in assembling and rolling out my Danish dough.

The results are here in this post and written in my recipe, but if you check out the Epicurious recipe, you’ll find a whole other way to create Blueberry Cheese Danish.

But this is my method and I’m sticking to it… 🙂

If I want to use store-bought pastry dough, can I still do that and be successful with this recipe?

Yes!

In the instructions, just pick up from where you cut the dough into squares, and take it from there. 

Don’t worry. I promise I won’t tell a soul. 😉

Closeup photo of a cream cheese dansih with blueberries and an icing drizzle
 

What does laminated mean?

Thin layers.

In this case, thin layers of dough and butter.

Wondering about laminated puff pastry dough?

Here’s a quick lesson as to what it is, and why it’s so delicious!

How long does it take to make laminated pastry dough?

For my version, this recipe will take approximately 90 minutes of dough preparation time. This does not include baking time.

Much of this 90 minutes will include the hands-off chilling time which is imperative for making a successfully laminated dough.

Vertical photo of a baking sheet filled with homemade blueberry cheese Danish.
Better than any bakery. Homemade blueberry cheese Danish are always a hit!

 

For wonderful information regarding laminated pastry dough, you’ll love this article from Baker Bettie. She’s a whiz in the kitchen when it comes to making puff pastry dough.

 

Sweet Breakfast Recipes

When you'd like to start your mornings off with something sweet, I've got some great suggestions for you.

A baking sheet with a rack and 4 blueberry cheese Danish.

 

My Kudos Kitchen steps for making laminated pastry dough;

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  • Let sit 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the 2/3 cups sugar, salt, 3 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 2/3 cups milk.
  • Stir well to combine.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
  • Using a dough hook for the stand mixer (or a wooden spoon if mixing by hand), stir in the 3 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour until the mixture forms a smooth, semi-stiff ball.
  • Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form the dough into a flattened rectangle shape.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
  • Place the 3 sticks of butter into the zip top bag and use a rolling pin to gently pound and roll the butter into a flat sheet inside the plastic bag.
  • Freeze the flattened butter until the dough had been chilled for 30 minutes.
  • When the dough is ready to roll, use scissors to cut the butter bag open, remove the butter sheet from the plastic, and cut the butter sheet into two even, flat pieces.
  • While the dough and butter are chilling, prepare the filling by blending all the ingredients (except the blueberries) in a large bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Set aside until ready to construct the Danish.

 

How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.

 

  • Working quickly roll the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface to form an approximate 14″ x 9″ rectangle.
  • Place one of the butter sheets in the center of the dough and fold each side of the dough in towards the center, overlapping the butter sheet.
  • Use the rolling pin to firmly roll the dough out into another approximate 14″ x 9″ rectangle.
  • Complete the same steps with the second butter sheet as done with the first, placing the butter sheet in the middle of the dough, and overlap the sides of the butter sheet.
  • Roll again, using pressure to flatten the dough as much as possible.
  • Turn the dough occasionally and roll firmly to form into another approximate 14″ x 9″ rectangle.
  • Trim the edges with a pizza cutter to form straight, neat edges.
  • Discard the scraps.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
  • *Note – The process of rolling the butter sheets into the dough is important to form a light and flaky pastry. It’s also helpful to brush any additional flour from the dough during the rolling process or problems with adhering the dough to itself may occur and rolling may be difficult.
  • Using the pizza cutter (or sharp knife), cut the dough into 9 equal pieces.
  • Use your fingers to lightly press each dough square to increase its size slightly.
  • Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each square.
  • Gently press the edges of the dough to form a neat square.
  • Gently spoon the cream cheese filling over the top of the pastry square, and top with a handful of fresh blueberries, pressing them lightly into the filling.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining dough squares and the cream cheese filling.
  • Place the formed Danish onto a parchment lined baking sheets leaving 3″ of space in between each Danish.
  • Allow the Danish to rest at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven, or until they’re crisp and golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before icing.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the icing ingredients.
  • *Note – If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioners sugar. If it is too thick, add a drop more milk.
  • Drizzle the icing over each Danish and serve at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate any uneaten Danish.
How to make homemade blueberry cheese danish photo tutorial.
 

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Pastry.
 
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Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe with Homemade Pastry - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Pastry
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 
These homemade Flaky Blueberry Cheese Danish are super buttery, not overly sugary, and they're loaded with fresh seasonal blueberries. How's that for a great way to start your morning?
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: Pastry
Keyword: blueberry cheese danish, homemade flaky pastry
Servings: 9
Calories: 724 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • ¼ cup warm water, 110 -115 degrees
  • 2 packages active dry yeast, 2¼ teaspoons
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 sticks cold butter
  • 1 large gallon ziptop bag
For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
For the icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Stir in the 2/3 cups sugar, salt, 3 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2/3 cups milk. Stir well to combine. 
  2. Using a dough hook for the stand mixer (or a wooden spoon if mixing by hand), stir in the 3 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour until the mixture forms a smooth, semi-stiff ball. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form the dough into a flattened rectangle shape. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the 3 sticks of butter into the zip top bag and use a rolling pin to gently pound and roll the butter into a flat sheet inside the plastic bag. Freeze until the dough had been chilled for 30 minutes.
  4. When the dough is ready to roll, use scissors to cut the butter bag open, remove the butter sheet and cut the butter sheet into two even, flat pieces.
  5. While the dough and butter are chilling, prepare the filling by blending all the ingredients (except the blueberries) in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Set aside until ready to construct the Danish.
  6. Working quickly roll the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface to form an approximate 14" x 9" rectangle. Place one of the butter sheets in the center of the dough and fold each side of the dough in towards the center, overlapping the butter sheet. Use the rolling pin to firmly roll the dough out into another approximate 14" x 9" rectangle. Complete the same steps with the second butter sheet as done with the first, placing the butter sheet in the middle of the dough, and overlap the sides of the butter sheet. Roll again, using pressure to flatten the dough as much as possible. Turn the dough occasionally and roll firmly to form into another approximate 14" x 9" rectangle. Trim the edges with a pizza cutter to form straight, neat edges. Discard scraps.
  7. *Note - The process of rolling the butter sheets into the dough is important to form a light and flaky pastry. It's also helpful to brush any additional flour from the dough during the rolling process or problems with adhering the dough to itself may occur and rolling may be difficult.
  8. Using the pizza cutter (or sharp knife), cut the dough into 9 equal pieces. Use your fingers to lightly press each dough square to increase its size slightly. Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each square. Gently fold the edges of the dough square up and slightly over the cream cheese filling and top with a handful of fresh blueberries, pressing them lightly into the filling.
  9. Continue the same process with the remaining dough squares and the cream cheese filling. Place the formed Danish onto parchment lined baking sheets leaving 3" of space in between each Danish. Allow the Danish to rest at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven, or until they're crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely before icing.
  11. In a small bowl, whisk together all the icing ingredients. *Note - If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioners’ sugar. If it is too thick, add a drop more milk. Drizzle the icing over each Danish and serve at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Pastry
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 724 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 192mg64%
Sodium 622mg27%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1420IU28%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Blueberry Cheese Danish with Homemade Pastry as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!!
 

Blueberry cheese danish on a white plate with a bowl of fresh blueberries in the background.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Oh, my goodness, Renee! These look astounding. I will give it a try soon. With the boys out of school next week, I have more kitchen time for the next eight weeks. Woohoo.

  2. Oh my goodness … you are a baking angel! I do love baking so much, but I just don't think I'm patient enough to make these. I will however be using the term "butter sheets" — and dreaming about your GORGEOUS danishes — as much as I possibly can! KUDOS!

  3. What the heck, I'm up for a challenge! These look GORGEOUS and your process shots definitely help demystify the…process. I think I know what I'll be making this weekend. Or trying to make. If they come out looking half as good as yours I'll consider it a success. Thanks for sharing these!

  4. I can just imagine how flaky and irresistible this danish base is…and don't even get me started on the filling. I want one of these, they sound beyond amazing!

  5. Dear Renee, what a beautiful treat! Worth every bit of work…these are just heavenly! I wish I had one right now. xo, Catherine

  6. Wow, I am very guilty of starting a recipe without reading it through!! These look totally delicious!!

  7. I've been wanting to try danish for a long time. thanks for sharing

  8. Great step by step photos and they look fantastic!

  9. These are totally my weakness. Anything cream cheese is immediately a must. But, the blueberries take them over the top for me. Love!!!

  10. One of my all-time favorite breads is a Danish! I have so many memories going to a favorite bakery when I was little (with a Danish baker)and the pastries he made were amazing. Your step-by-step photos could get any one scared of baking a bread to give a recipe a try! Loving the aprons, Renee!

  11. When I use to work at starbucks I use to eat their cream cheese danishes almost every day that I worked! I miss them so much and the ones they make now are nowhere near as good as the old ones! I may just have to use this recipe to make my very own!

  12. These danishes look absolutely amazing!

  13. Mmmm danish!! After reading your post, I am craving me some cheese danish! They almost look store-bought (in a sense that they are perfect but I'm sure they taste a million times better!!) Awesome recipe!

  14. Oh my goodness you are a sweetbread making machine! While this recipe looks to have a lot of steps it also looks to be TOTALLY worth it!

  15. First recipe I came across to day to make me literally salivate…and in a big way! Good Heavens I want to eat these right this second! Beautiful!

  16. Jacqueline DiNuoscio

    5 stars
    Who wouldn’t love to wake up to a batch of these! So perfect for summer!

  17. Helene D'Souza

    5 stars
    I am so addicted to these Danish pastries with blueberry. So good!!

  18. 5 stars
    These are exactly what I need to start my day! Your directions are easy to follow so I’m confident I can make something that resembles your recipe – but it is good to know I can buy pastry and get a similar look and taste!

    • Yes. I’m glad that you saw that you can purchase puff pastry too. There are no steadfast rules for this recipe. Either one will for fine. Thanks for the comment, Beth!

  19. 5 stars
    I love danish! These are just as good, if not better than the ones from the bakery.

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