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Cinnamon Swirl Danish

Main photograph of prepared recipe.

Fancy-looking pastry filled with cinnamon cream cheese. A lovely breakfast treat to share over coffee, and easy to make, especially if you don't try to follow the recipe instructions, the way I did.

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • 15 min prep
    40 min baking time
    TOTAL 55 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese
    1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP granulated sugar
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 17.5 oz puff pastry sheet
    2 TBSP unsalted butter
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1 1/2 TBSP milk or heavy cream
    3 drops almond extract (optional)

Number of Servings

  • 6


  • Medium bowl
    2 small bowls
    Plastic bag or piping bag (optional! you could just use a spreader or spoon)
    Rolling pin
    Large spatula
    8-inch round cake pan
    Nonstick cooking spray
    Pastry brush (optional)


  • Set cream cheese out to soften
    Set puff pastry sheet in fridge to defrost (NOTE: microwave defrosting instructions included in podcast)
    Preheat oven to 350°
    Grease round cake pan with nonstick spray

Additional Notes

This pastry is impressive to present and tastes good, but the center pastry will be moist, not crispy and flaky like the outside of the danish.

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